Office lights replaced with LEDs and sensors
We’ve been on the road again, this time going to Castleford in Yorkshire, home to Roman legions and Rugby League. 
 
This project involved a ground floor reception area and offices, including toilet lighting renovations and replacements for failed emergency lights across the site. 
 
Like many reception areas the fluorescent lights here had been left on all the time, even when there wasn’t any activity. The lights have been upgraded to energy efficient LEDs and the wall switches have been replaced with sensors to control the lighting automatically. Now the lights switch off when there’s enough natural light and when there’s no movement. 
High-rise buildings should have electrical safety checks
Electrical Safety First and many other commentators have said they are disappointed that the recently published Building Safety Bill doesn’t propose mandatory electrical safety checks in high-rise buildings. 
 
Earlier this year a tower block in East London was badly damaged and residents were evacuated after a fire caused by a faulty consumer unit. 
 
In many high-rise blocks there will be a mix of privately rented, social and owner-occupied flats. Without mandatory electrical safety checks for all of them electrical safety and the associated fire risks can depend on the type of tenure for each flat and the awareness of occupants. 
If you are working on a property renovation or refurbishment project then Building Regulations will probably apply to your wiring work and electrics. 
 
If your electrics aren’t properly installed, they can be a fire hazard and could lead to injury or electrocution. That’s why they have been brought into the Building Regulations under Part P
House being rewired
flames in a fire
The fire resistance of insulated cables plays an important part in building safety. 
 
It must be easy for building designers, specifiers, and contractors to identify and install suitable cables that can survive real-life fire conditions. 
Do you like to mend things when they are broken? 
 
In Europe there’s now a ‘right to repair’ (R2R) movement. It argues that technical information and genuine parts should be widely available, allowing people to mend their appliances. However, manufacturers say that these should only be supplied to qualified professional repairers. 
Electrical device being repaired
green leaves in a tree canopy
A campaign is underway which challenges homeowners to become more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. 
 
#TheGreenReset is running between 22 April and 22 May and is encouraging people to take action. From becoming plastic free or reducing online shopping, growing vegetables or reducing energy use, the aim is to create new ‘green habits’. 
The National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC) and the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) have produced a 2021 Vision report about the future of the industry. 
 
In the last 12 years the UK has seen a major recession and a pandemic. Like many other sectors, electrical contractors have found it difficult to plan ahead. The report aims to look beyond short-term survival and to plan for future business development. 
electricians working on a new building
We had to think outside the box when we discovered we would have to work around asbestos cladding to provide lighting to the rear of this building merchant’s premises. 
 
In fact, while you might think that we spend all our time installing, wiring, inspecting and testing, a lot of our time is spent troubleshooting and problem solving. 
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