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Sep 2016 General | Comments Off on Have you got what it takes to be NICEIC and ELECSA Apprentice of the Year?

Have you got what it takes to be NICEIC and ELECSA Apprentice of the Year?

The search is on to find the next NICEIC and ELECSA Electrical Apprentice of the Year, following the success of the inaugural event last year. Last year’s winner, 22-year-old Mark Lee, beat off competition from almost 400 entrants to become the first ever NICEIC and ELECSA Apprentice of the Year and claim the winner’s prize […]

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Sep 2016 General | Comments Off on Economists call for cash to boost warm homes

Economists call for cash to boost warm homes

Leading economists have backed calls for greater investment in energy efficiency in Scotland, calling it one of the best ways to drive up economic activity and tackle cold homes. The economists from the London School of Economics and the University of Strathclyde said that energy efficiency programmes are an excellent way to boost the economy […]

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Sep 2016 General | Comments Off on Select and BESCA are cross-border working

Select and BESCA are cross-border working

Select and the Building Engineering Services Competency Assessment (BESCA) have established an agreement that will allow Select members to join the BESCA Part P scheme. In England and Wales, contractors have a legal requirement to ‘notify’ domestic work subject to Part P of the Building Regulations. This new arrangement will allow Select members to meet […]

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Sep 2016 General | Comments Off on Health spec check

Health spec check

Health spec check

Following continual media headlines around the cleanliness of UK hospitals and the danger of deadly infections, the importance of specifying anti-bacterial devices has never been greater. But contractors must be diligent when specifying electrical accessories in the healthcare arena, explains MK Electric’s Emma Segelov Although the Department of Health has made important progress in raising […]

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Aug 2016 General | Comments Off on Reducing the shocking statistics

Reducing the shocking statistics

Reducing the shocking statistics

Amendments to the 17th Edition present an opportunity to increase the number of RCDs you install while offering customers extra protection, says GreenBrook MD Richard Shaw Residual current devices (RCDs) have been commonplace in the UK since PowerBreaker was first launched more than 40 years ago. Since developing the first RCD for Watney Mann Brewers […]

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Apr 2016 General | Comments Off on Small-scale concerns

Small-scale concerns

Small-scale concerns

The failure to install RCDs or choosing the wrong type puts staff at risk in the workplace. Doepke technical manager Chaz Andrews explains the obligations under Amendment 3 of BS7671 Regulation 411.3.3 The Electrical Safety Council has estimated that around 2.5 million people in the UK receive electric shocks each year, of which 350,000 result […]

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Mar 2015 General | Comments Off on Charge up power savings with voltage optimisation

Charge up power savings with voltage optimisation

Charge up power savings with voltage optimisation

Domestic voltage optimisation (VO) is a smart and very easy way to cut household electricity bills by typically around 10%, as the following article shows. Modern VO units should be (and usually are) straightforward and quick for a qualified electrician to install, and such units can begin working immediately, saving money, cutting carbon emissions and […]

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Jan 2015 General | Comments Off on NICEIC aims to improve Scottish building standards certification

NICEIC aims to improve Scottish building standards certification

NICEIC aims to improve Scottish building standards certification

The UK’s leading voluntary regulatory body for the electrical contracting industry, the NICEIC, has been assessing the electrical competence of electricians for many decades. Today, the organisation has over 800 electrical businesses registered in Scotland alone, as Emma Clancy shows. In March last year, more than 100 representatives from across the construction industry met at […]

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Nov 2014 General | Comments Off on WireIN looks at Amendment 3 to BS 7671: 2008

WireIN looks at Amendment 3 to BS 7671: 2008

WireIN looks at Amendment 3 to BS 7671: 2008

Amendment 3 to BS 7671:2008 (the IET Wiring Regulations) will be published on January 5th 2015, and it contain some important changes to the definitions and requirements for the design, erection and verification of electrical installations. WireIN editor James Hunt explains, with help from the IET, on the eve of publication: The Third Amendment to […]

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Sep 2014 General, Lighting | Comments Off on LuxLive 2014 the UK’s biggest and most important lighting event, is only weeks away!

LuxLive 2014 the UK’s biggest and most important lighting event, is only weeks away!

LuxLive 2014 the UK’s biggest and most important lighting event, is only weeks away!

LuxLive’s 2014 edition will, say the organisers Revo Media, ‘be bigger and better and bursting with lighting know-how’. There is no doubt at all that this London-based two-day exhibition, conference and awards evening is the most important in the UK lighting firmament. James Hunt previews this essential show for all involved in professional lighting. LuxLive, […]

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