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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 Heating, Latest News, Legislation | Comments Off on Dimplex site helps you switch on to Lot 20

Dimplex site helps you switch on to Lot 20

Glen Dimplex Heating & Ventilation, the manufacturer behind the Dimplex, Creda and Nobo brands, has launched a dedicated website on the upcoming Lot 20 regulations, designed to help contractors, installers, merchants, wholesalers and others in the trade get to grips with how the new standard will affect electrical heating appliances. From January 2018, all local […]

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Nov 2017 Cable & Wire, Latest News | Comments Off on ACI finds more unsafe cable for sale in the UK

ACI finds more unsafe cable for sale in the UK

Dangerous flexible cord cable that could cause injury or death has been found on sale in the UK, following random market place sampling by the Approved Cables Initiative (ACI). The cables, manufactured by Italian company Triveneta Cavi, failed the British and European Standards flex test, exposing copper conductors. The ACI is warning that the exposed […]

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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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Nov 2017 Energy Efficiency, Heating, Lighting, Smart Homes | Comments Off on Home automation made Easy

Home automation made Easy

Home automation made Easy

Consumer familiarity with, and demand for, flexible home automation systems is something electrical contractors should capitalise on, says Matt Price, building automation technical engineer at Hager With smartphones and connected devices now commonplace among the population, consumers are both familiar and comfortable with the benefits technology can deliver to their daily lives. Such familiarity has […]

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Nov 2017 Security Systems, Smart Homes | Comments Off on Safe as houses

Safe as houses

Safe as houses

Smart wireless security systems can provide both a comprehensive solution for small businesses and an upsell opportunity to installers, says Emma Segelov of Honeywell Small businesses in Britain are booming – there are currently more than 5.5 million small to medium enterprises (SMEs) listed in the UK, and this number is only likely to increase […]

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Nov 2017 Cable & Wire, Lighting | Comments Off on Driving change

Driving change

Driving change

LED lighting is being used to improve traffic flow on many of the country’s most congested motorways, says Scott Jones, technical manager of Northern Connectors The emergence of LED lighting as a valuable alternative to energy-guzzling, traditional lighting methods has had a significant impact on a number of different industries, as both businesses and consumers […]

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Nov 2017 Lighting | Comments Off on Energy savings are a brighter idea

Energy savings are a brighter idea

Energy savings are a brighter idea

The desire to improve overall standards of illumination and reduce energy consumption has long underpinned the growing number of lighting system upgrades taking place at UK schools, colleges and universities. Increasingly, given the advent of highly sophisticated and user-friendly control systems, enhanced adjustment of lighting conditions and output can also be added All of these […]

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Nov 2017 Energy Efficiency, Heating, Smart Homes | Comments Off on Pump up the savings

Pump up the savings

Pump up the savings

Hybrid heating systems that use smart controls could save up to £1.7 billion annually, says PassivSystems Since 2014, PassivSystems has played a significant role in four out of five innovative UK smart heat pump projects highlighted by Delta Energy & Environment (Delta-ee) by installing its PassivLiving home energy platform to measure, manage and aggregate heat […]

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Oct 2017 Lighting, Smart Homes | Comments Off on LuxLive 2017 goes digital

LuxLive 2017 goes digital

LuxLive 2017 goes digital

Europe’s biggest free annual lighting event comes to the ExCel Centre in November Lighting is changing. Thanks to digital technology, it’s moving beyond illumination and creating exciting possibilities that were undreamt of a few years ago. This revolution is transforming light fittings into smart devices that can monitor and control our environment. The lighting in […]

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