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Aug 2017 Latest News, Legislation | Comments Off on Just one in 16 firms back wiring regulations changes

Just one in 16 firms back wiring regulations changes

Just one in 16 electrotechnical businesses (6%) from across the entire industry ‘absolutely support’ the proposed 18th Edition update to the wiring regulations, according to major new survey findings from the ECA. Nearly three in 10 respondents (28%) said the planned changes were unfavourable’ or were ‘strongly opposed’ to them. Six in 10 firms (61%) […]

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Aug 2017 Fire & Security, Latest News | Comments Off on Successful FIREX launch for FIA qualifications

Successful FIREX launch for FIA qualifications

The Fire Industry Association (FIA) has officially launched its new qualifications in fire detection and alarms at FIREX. Three seminars were held on the topic of the new qualifications; one on each day of the three-day fire industry expo. The seminars were given by VIP speaker, FIA general manager Martin Duggan, who delivered presentations about […]

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Aug 2017 Tools | Comments Off on Professional tools make the cut

Professional tools make the cut

Professional tools make the cut

Professional cutting tools have an important role in reducing the risk of injury, says Jasmina Prill, associate product manager fastenings & fixings at HellermannTyton Ask any electrician what their most valuable tool is and they will probably tell you their hands. While the products we install are becoming more technologically advanced, the methods we use […]

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Aug 2017 Tools | Comments Off on Pick the right kit

Pick the right kit

Pick the right kit

Malcolm Duncan, distributor of Klein Tools in the UK and Ireland, looks at how the careful specification of hand tools can greatly improve on-the-job efficiency for electrical contractors, and have a positive impact on safety and costs too Summer is finally here and for those handful of weeks when the weather is warmer and the […]

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Aug 2017 Heating, Ventilation | Comments Off on Breathing new air into ventilation

Breathing new air into ventilation

Breathing new air into ventilation

One way to maintain indoor air quality is to thoroughly ventilate the home. Lee Stones, category manager for Xpelair, explains how mechanical ventilation and heat recovery (MVHR) can help Indoor air pollutants can be detrimental for both the fabric of a building and the health of its occupants. Fresh air can be brought into the […]

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Aug 2017 Heating | Comments Off on 8 things you need to know about Lot 20 legislation

8 things you need to know about Lot 20 legislation

8 things you need to know about Lot 20 legislation

Chris Stammers, head of insight for Dimplex, considers eight things installers need to know about the impending EcoDesign Lot 20 legislation and how it will affect space heater efficiency From January 2018, all local space heaters manufactured for sale in the EU must comply with a minimum efficiency standard under Lot 20 of the Energy […]

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Aug 2017 Cable & Wire, Data Communications | Comments Off on Take charge

Take charge

Take charge

People want to charge their smartphones and tablets wherever they go, says Crabtree national sales manager Jim Hutchison, so make sure your wiring accessories make the process as safe as possible The rate at which the public use socket outlets in commercial builds has increased dramatically in recent years – you only have to take […]

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Aug 2017 Test Instruments | Comments Off on There’s an app for that

There’s an app for that

There’s an app for that

Smartphones have become an essential part of your toolkit and there’s an increasing number of apps available to assist you – whether on the job or with paperwork JIB Apprentice Function: Advice and guidance for JIB-registered apprentices Download: App Store/Google Play If you’re a JIB-registered apprentice, the JIB Apprentice App is the essential guide to […]

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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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