UK Power Networks has launched a Foundation to support communities during the move to net zero carbon emissions. 
 
The fund is part of the company’s £4.6billion business plan for 2023 to 2028 that has been submitted to the industry regulator, Ofgem. 
power companies will help people experiencing fuel poverty to access renewable energy technology
Now power poles across the East of England have a unique number and QR code to help keep people safe
UK Power Networks, who own and maintain electricity cables and lines across London, the South East and East of England, has introduced a new safety feature to their electricity poles. 
 
You will now see unique six-digit numbers and quick response (QR) codes on almost half a million electricity poles in the East of England. 
This designer can include smart building technology at the beginning
The pandemic has increased awareness of the importance of contactless technology, user behaviour, analytics, and remote management for our buildings. 
 
However, progress with smart buildings faces some interesting challenges although there are also plenty of opportunities. 
It’s predicted that the UK’s smart home sector will grow by more than 15% and will be worth over £9billion by 2025. 
 
To meet the demand across residential, commercial, and mixed-use buildings, devices are now available to help homeowners and building managers improve efficiency and remain flexible as behaviour changes. 
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
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