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Electrical Contracting 2016

Amendment Number 3 to BS7671:2008 Iain Jamieson of WES Electrical provides us with a look ahead at the proposals of Amendment 3 to BS 7671:2008 Requirements for Electrical Installations – and the resulting changes on the design, erection and verification of electrical installations. Introduction The National Wiring Regulations Committee, JPEL 64, will confirm changes to BS 7671:2008 by 1 November 2014. The Draft for Public Comment (DPC), which sets out the proposed changes, was made available for comment  14 December 2013 and 7 March 2014. I outline the draft proposals below. It’s important to note although I refer to the changes in the affirmative, they remain proposals (despite the comment period being closed) and not all of the proposals may be included in the final version of Amendment Number 3 - inclusion of proposals is at the discretion of JPEL 64. Part 2 Definitions Definitions will be expanded and modified. For example, the definition for ‘skilled and instructe


   Regulations in 2015/2016 After I attended a briefing and update session today by the NICEIC I can report on some of the main points of interest to property owners:- Between January and July 2015 electrical installations work undertaken can comply with either the old or the new regulations. From July 2015 the new regulations will apply except in one regard in respect of replacement or new Consumer Units. Any electrical contractor engaged should by January be conversant with the new regulations. Not unexpectedly the changes to regulations are there mainly to improve safety to persons and property. A few of the changes are to better align our regulations alongside common European regulations. For home owners, from January 2016 at the latest, the main change will be a slightly different construction for Consumer Units (aka Fuse Box ). Consumer Units will need to be of a fire resistance construction, in other words steel. They may not be quite so pretty and the method for


Regulations explained (Part P Is not available in Scotland) What is Part P of the Building Regulations? Since 2005, all electrical work in dwellings in England and Wales, whether carried out professionally or as DIY, must meet the requirements of Part P of the Building Regulations. Part P is in place to keep you and your family as safe as possible from electrical hazards, and applies to new domestic properties, as well as any alterations or additions to electrical installations in existing properties, including full or partial rewires.  Who is responsible for making sure that electrical work in your home meets the requirements of Part P? By law, the homeowner or landlord must be able to prove that all electrical installation work on their property meets the requirements of Part P, or they will be committing a criminal offence. Local Authorities have the power to make homeowners or landlords remove or alter any work that does not meet the requirements of the Building Re

Electricians new regulations (Scotland)

WES ELECTRICAL 01418405236 WESThe Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has announced the IET Wiring Regulations BS 7671:2008 incorporating Amendment No. 3:2015 will be available in January 2015 in both print and digital formats. The amended IET Wiring Regulations, which sets out the national standard for which all new and amended electrical installations are to comply, will feature a number of important new changes and will be available from the IET from 5 January 2015. This latest amendment, the third following Amendment No.1 which was published back in 2011 and Amendment No.2 in 2013, will be published as a new consolidated book. The amended regulations will include changes to the electrical condition report section, new requirements for mobile and transportable electrical units and changes for the installation of luminaries and light fittings – bringing them in line with the latest international and European standards. The amended IET Wiring Regulations

Metal Consumer units Giffnock

1. Why are these changes being made? Further to several household fires involving plastic consumer units , investigations by the Glasgow fire brigade, has concluded that a key cause of the fires was substandard cable connections made by the Electrician within the consumer unit. These resulted in overheating, which subsequently ignited the plastic enclosure. The draft of Amendment 3 proposes changes to the fire protection regulations in BS 7671 Wiring Regulations. If approved, these changes will be incorporated in the 17th Edition of the Wiring Regulations, due to be published in January 2015. IET Chief Engineer Geoff Cronshaw interviews London Fire Brigade investigator Charlie Pugsley to find out more about the reasons behind these changes 2. What constitutes a substandard cable connection? Many factors may contribute to a substandard connection. Some of these are inadequate tightening of conductors in the internal devices’ terminals or clamping the insulation of


Electrical Condition Reports  Faulty and old wiring is one of the main causes or electrical fires in the home in Glasgow . You can reduce the risk of a fire, and other electrical hazards such as electric shock by direct contact by checking the condition of your electrical wiring, switches, sockets, main consumer unit know as a fuse board and other accessories regularly. How old is my electrical installation ? Signs that can help you tell the age of your electrical installation in your home include: Fixed cables coated in usually black vulcanised rubber (stopped being used in the 1960s). Fixed cables coated in lead or fabric sheath (used before the 1960s). A fuse box with a wooden back, cast iron switches, or a mixture of fuse boxes (used before the 1960s). Older round pin sockets (or light switches), braided flex hanging from ceiling roses, brown (or black) switches, or sockets mounted in or no skirting boards (used before the 1960s). Light switches on the walls or in bath

Replacement Consumer unit Glasgow

Vist our website  or call 01418405236 17th Edition: Update for customers in the Glasgow and the surrounding areas october 21, 2015 Over the next year the electrical industry in the UK, faces Several changes to the electrical regulations. It has already started with the introduction of BS 7671: 2008(2015) - Amendment 3 to the 17th Edition of the IET wiring regulations - on 1st January 2015 and will continue through to 2016. It is important that electricians and electrical installers and electrical contractors understand what the amendment is and how it will affect their customers and there business  So whats changed?  BEAMA, the independent expert knowledge base and forum for the electrotechnical industry for the UK and across Europe, has said that the primary root-cause of fires in consumer units is loose electrical connections. Additionally, the London Fire Brigade has found that fires involving electrical consumer units have increased to appro

Metal Consumer Unit Regulation 2016 Amendment 3

Below is the new amendments for the 17th edition electrical installation regulations Need an electrician in Glasgow?   NEW NUMBERING SYSTEM The Third amendment recognises UK only regulations and these are now identified by a new numbering system. Regulations with a .100 number are CENELEC requirements and those with a .200 number are specific to the UK. PART 2 - Definitions Definitions have been expanded and modified, including the introduction of some new symbols. A list of abbreviations used in the Regulations has been added. The definition of ‘competent person’ has been removed and it has been replaced with ‘instructed person (electrically)’ and ‘skilled person (electrically)’. These changes have been reflected throughout the wiring regulations. CHAPTER 41 - Protection against electric shock There is now a requirement for RCD protection for socket-outlets up to 20A for all installations, however e

Cosumer Unit / Fuse Board Changes In Glasgow

BS 7671 Amendment 3 & changes to  Consumer Units As you may be aware there are changes being made to the wiring regulations BS 7671 with Amendment 3 which is due to be published in January 2015. One of these changes is expected to involve consumer units installed in household premises and is focused on the material their enclosures are manufactured from. What is driving the changes? Investigation into several fires involving plastic consumer units, by the Strathclyde Fire Brigade, has concluded that a key cause of the fires was substandard cable connections made by the Electrician. These resulted in overheating, which eventually ignited the plastic enclosure. How has Hager been involved with the proposed changes to consumer units ? As a result of the investigations into consumer unit fires, proposals have been made for changes to the Wiring Regulations. Hager has been closely involved in the development of these changes by prov