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Nov 2017 General, Latest News | Comments Off on SELECT: Review should recommend mandatory approved certifier schemes

SELECT: Review should recommend mandatory approved certifier schemes

The Scottish Government should seize the chance of a new review into building standards to make sure that its own approved certifier schemes become mandatory across the construction industry, SELECT has said, in response to the Review Panel on Building Standards (Compliance and Enforcement). The review was prompted by an independent report into the closure […]

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Nov 2017 General, Latest News | Comments Off on NI housebuilding recovering – but still a way to go

NI housebuilding recovering – but still a way to go

The number of new homes being started in Northern Ireland is at the highest level in seven years, according to new statistics released by the Department for Communities. The department’s Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin shows the number of new dwellings commenced over April to June was 2,444. This is 19% higher than the same quarter […]

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Jun 2017 Energy Efficiency, General, Solar power | Comments Off on Sun seekers

Sun seekers

Sun seekers

John Forster, product manager at Heatrae Sadia, explains the gap in the market where electrical installers could be helping homeowners to make the most of solar PVs Despite amendments to the feed-in-tariff (FiT) last year, there is still plenty of power left in solar. However, these changes do mean that it’s more important than ever […]

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Jun 2017 Cable & Wire, General | Comments Off on Can your cable management cut it?

Can your cable management cut it?

Can your cable management cut it?

Contractors could be forgiven for going for the cheapest cable management product. However, says Emma Segelov of MK Electric, quality can differ between manufacturers and it’s important to buy from a reliable, reputable source For electrical contractors, reputation is everything. Many rely on word of mouth referrals to generate new business, and therefore it is […]

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Jun 2017 Energy Efficiency, General, Heating | Comments Off on Hot stuff

Hot stuff

Hot stuff

As consumer energy costs continue to rise, an increased number of homeowners are investigating alternative energy systems to provide for their needs. Robin Adderley, sales director at NIBE Energy Systems, discusses the options available Renewable energy systems, including ground and air source heat pumps, solar PV, solar thermal and biomass are all becoming more common, […]

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Jun 2017 Enclosures & Racks, General | Comments Off on Protect and survive

Protect and survive

Protect and survive

Mark McCall, category manager at Rexel, outlines some of the latest issues driving electrical enclosure system developments in industrial and commercial applications, to help electrical contractors ensure that they stay ahead of the game Many electrical contractors are familiar with the consumer enclosure unit market, where a combination of recent legislation changes, safety considerations and […]

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Jun 2017 Enclosures & Racks, General | Comments Off on Designs on consumer units

Designs on consumer units

Designs on consumer units

Steve York, market manager, residential and building automation at Hager, looks at how an ongoing evolution in consumer unit design can help electrical contractors meet safety, regulatory and aesthetic challenges across different properties Hager’s range of consumer units has been a focus of continuous innovation to ensure it develops products that not only meet the […]

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Apr 2017 BIM, General | Comments Off on Buying into BIM

Buying into BIM

Buying into BIM

As Building Information Modelling (BIM) Level 2 becomes a requirement for all appropriate Scottish public sector construction projects, it is vital companies invest in BIM education to secure future opportunities. Emma Segelov, head of marketing at Honeywell company MK Electric, explains how The report of the Review of Scottish Public Sector Procurement in Construction was […]

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Apr 2017 General, Training, Ventilation | Comments Off on Learn and earn in ventilation

Learn and earn in ventilation

Learn and earn in ventilation

You used to learn everything on the job but advancements in technology and installation techniques mean installers must widen their skill sets with regular training. Craig Cundey, training manager at Redring Xpelair, talks through the latest resources on offer when it comes to ventilation It’s a time of great change for the modern ventilation category. […]

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Feb 2017 General, Lighting | Comments Off on The future of lighting

The future of lighting

The future of lighting

Lighting Industry Association President Peter Scott discusses the current position of the lighting industry and what effect technology, politics and consumer choice are likely to have on the direction it takes in the future What would be your prediction for lighting in 10 years’ time? The majority of commercial members won’t be supplying commodity type […]

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