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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