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Mar 2018 General, Test Instruments | Comments Off on Round off your service with PAT

Round off your service with PAT

Round off your service with PAT

If you’re an electrical contractor who doesn’t offer PAT testing, it’s time to think again. Today’s customers increasingly prefer to place all of their electrical work with one supplier, says Simon Wood of Megger, so if you don’t offer a complete service, you may well be missing out Almost all businesses need PAT testing so, […]

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Mar 2018 General, Legislation | Comments Off on Part 8: Energy efficiency gets the green light

Part 8: Energy efficiency gets the green light

Part 8: Energy efficiency gets the green light

The 18th Edition will constitute one of the biggest shake-ups to the UK Wiring Regulations to date – with energy efficiency introduced for the first time. With this brings a renewed focus on the role the modern electrician has to play in helping customers reduce their energy use and carbon footprint while boosting their green […]

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Mar 2018 General, Smart Homes | Comments Off on Value vs trust – the IoT paradox

Value vs trust – the IoT paradox

Value vs trust – the IoT paradox

Consumers place great value in their connected devices but are concerned about how their data is being used. Sanjay Khatri, head of IoT platform product marketing at Cisco IoT, examines the issues From intelligent lighting systems to home security and heating that can be controlled remotely from a mobile device, most of us are familiar […]

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Jan 2018 General, Latest News | Comments Off on Carillion: “Thousands of pounds of unsecured debt will be lost by small businesses”

Carillion: “Thousands of pounds of unsecured debt will be lost by small businesses”

A snap poll of Carillion engineering sub-contractors shows that many companies are facing huge financial losses from the collapse of the construction giant, according to data obtained by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and the ECA. Carillion owes around £75m to around 80 engineering services firms, which provide vital services such as electrical, plumbing, […]

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Jan 2018 General, Lighting | Comments Off on Hoare Lea – Shortlisted for LuxLive 2017 retail category

Hoare Lea – Shortlisted for LuxLive 2017 retail category

Hoare Lea – Shortlisted for LuxLive 2017 retail category

The Light is a leisure and retail centre in central Leeds, and includes shops, restaurants, a Vue Cinema, Radisson Blu hotel and Virgin Active. In 2016, the lighting was given a major overhaul to create a dynamic and engaging environment. Studiotech UK was brought in by lighting designer Hoare Lea to assist with the detailed […]

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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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