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Electrical Accessories market grew in 2011

The value of the electrical accessories market grew in 2011 due to increases in raw material costs pushing up prices and modest improvements in construction levels in domestic and non-domestic markets.

The value of the electrical accessories market fell in 2008 and 2009 from a peak of £1.6bn in 2007, due to difficult trading conditions and the economic downturn, resulting in a decline of 20% over two years.

79kW PV system installed

Gedling Borough Council installs solar PV panels on one of its largest leisure centres.

The Richard Herrod Centre, based in Carlton in Nottinghamshire is now benefiting from a 79kW solar PV system, which is expected to yield 66,500 Kw/h per annum of electricity. This will mean significant savings for the centre on its energy bills, which is expected to pay back in around 12 years.

ESC welcomes Select Committee report on Part P

The Electrical Safety Council (ESC) has welcomed the report by the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Select Committee which supports the retention of Part P of the Building Regulations.

The Committee’s report presents the findings of an inquiry into the Building Regulations applying to electrical and gas installation and repairs in dwellings. It will feed into the Government’s on-going review of the Building Regulations for England, which has been established with a view to reducing red tape and cutting costs.

Electrician’s Guide to IEE Wiring Regulations

A new edition of the popular guide to the latest legal requirements for electrical installation by the authoritative John Whitfield has been launched.

The Electrician’s Guide to the 17th Edition of the IEE Wiring Regulations BS 7671:2011 and Part P of the Building Regulations (ISBN: 9780953788576) contains Amendment 2011 which became effective in January 2012 and deals with new fuse standards, protection against electric shock, surge protection devices etc and is a requirement with which all electricians must comply.

Commons Committee calls for CO alarms

The House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee has added to pressures for a change to Building Regulations requiring hard-wired carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in all new homes.

Electrical Safety Register - What contractors need to know!

Simon Harrington from http://professional-electrician.com gets to the heart of what the new ESR means for contractors.

If you are already registered through the NICEIC (either as a Domestic Installer or an Approved Contractor) or ELECSA – or if you are a member of the ECA – nothing will change in the immediate future. Your registration remains within that scheme. Your assessor, the way you notify work, your technical helpline, complaints procedure etc… all remain exactly the same.