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BS 7671: the 18th Edition report regulation changes

Thursday 13th September 2018
I.E.T

Significant changes Protection against overvoltages Geoff Cronshaw discussed the work being undertaken on this change in the Spring 2013 issue of Wiring Matters. I summarise the likely changes here. Clause 443 is likely to be significantly revised based on the recently published IEC and CENELEC standard. However, the exact requirements will have to be agreed by the UK national committee. Assuming BS 7671 follows the IEC and CENELEC standard the AQ criteria (conditions of external influence for lightning) for determining if protection against transient overvoltage is needed would no longer be included in BS 7671. Instead, protection against transient overvoltage would have to be provided where the consequence caused by overvoltage affects: human life, e.g. safety services, medical care facilities; public services and cultural heritage,…

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Households To Save Billions Following Halogen Lamp Ban

Wednesday 5th September 2018
Electrical Contracting News

UK households could be wasting up to £2.4 billion per year on halogen light bulbs, according to ECA. The findings come as an EU ban on producing energy intensive halogen bulbs for sale and import entered into force on September 1. Overall, if each UK household replaced 10 halogen bulbs (the average number per household) with LEDs, they could save up to £90 per year. Across all UK households (an estimated 27 million), this would mean annual savings to consumers of up to £2.4 billion. ECA recommends that consumers and businesses switch from existing halogen light bulbs to energy efficient LEDs as soon as possible, rather than simply waiting for them to fail. Although more expensive to buy, modern LEDs are around…

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Five-year electrical checks to be compulsory for PRS landlords

Thursday 19th July 2018
Residential Landlords Association

Landlords must have electrical installations in their rental homes checked every five years under new rules announced today. The new mandatory requirement for PRS landlords is one of a number of safety measures to be brought in by the Government, which has also launched a consultation into building regulations' fire safety guidance. A start date for the checks to be introduced has yet to be announced. The Government has clarified the guidance, following recommendations made by Dame Judith Hackitt in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, and is now seeking views on the revisions. The Secretary of State for Communities, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said there will also be a full-scale review of the guidelines covering fire safety matters within and around…

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