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Mandatory five-year electrical safety check regulations to be enforced in England

Tuesday 14th January 2020
National Landlords Association

The Government has proposed detailed regulations for enforcing mandatory five-year electrical safety checks in the private rented sector from July this year. The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 were laid in Parliament yesterday. They require approval from both the House of Commons and the House of Lords before they come into force. We have written to the Government to highlight unintended consequences that could arise from the current definition of the electrical safety standards. As it stands, the current draft could mean that almost all properties will not meet the new standards and properties built before mid-2019 will need to perform unnecessary installation work. Our proposals, also stress the need to ensure that there…

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BS 7671: the 18th Edition report regulation changes

Thursday 13th September 2018

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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