Jointing of Copper Pipework for Refrigeration Systems - Specification & Procedures for Manual Torch Brazing and Brazer Assessment – Issue 6 v1.1 – Feb 2021  

Recognising the importance of brazed joints in maintaining the effective and efficient operation of refrigeration and air conditioning systems the BRA Commercial Contractors Section has developed this simple brazing procedure specification and approval for jointing copper pipework for refrigeration systems.

The specification also incorporates a practical means of assessing an individual’s competence to braze joints for refrigeration & air conditioning pipe work in accordance with national standards used by the industry and relevant legislation. This revision has incorporated high strength copper alloy pipe in recognition of is adoption on R744 systems and is also applicable to A2L refrigerants.

The BRA hopes that this specification will continue to be the accepted industry standard and, as such, we commend it to you. This specification has been endorsed by the Technical Committee of the Institute of Refrigeration.

This document has been written in accordance with BS EN 14276-1:2020 Pressure equipment for refrigerating systems and heat pumps (harmonised to PED 2014/68/EU), Annex B - Specification and approval of brazing procedures, brazers and brazing operators, as a suitable procedure to assess and approve individuals carrying out the jointing of copper pipework in accordance with Sound Engineering Practice (SEP) and the Category 1 modules of the Pressure Equipment Directive (2014/68/EU) / Pressure Equipment Regulations 1999 (SI 1999/2001).

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