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CONTENTS

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6 Editorial

Cabling & Cable Management

Get ready for Amendment 2

8 Industry News Three-quarters of electricians don’t feel comfortable handling finances; Domestic electrician apprenticeship receives green light; One in three tradeswomen experience discrimination; and more

16 Contract News Torquay’s Royal Terrace Gardens showcased in the best light; Complex sixth form college gets Hochiki fire system upgrade; VolkerHighways to provide LED lighting upgrades across Oxfordshire; and more

Specifying sustainable 30 cable management

32 Cable ties – what are the options? 34 With a spring in our step! 36 Premature collapse of wiring systems Innovative suspension system 40 supports MMC Retrofit and refurbish – easy 42 options for cable protection

20 Training New generation of skilled engineers in the making

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22 Interview Carly Wills speaks to David Hall, VP Power Systems, Schneider Electric UK & Ireland, about the work that the company does, along with its plans to help drive sustainable innovation

Hairmyres University Hospital 44 upgrades car park and reception lighting

26 Project Focus Optelma works out with Third Space Mayfair

Exterior lighting for 46 commercial premises DW Windsor’s Ren blossoms at 48 RHS Garden Wisley

28 Key Issue Be open or get shut off: why electrical contractors and panel builders must cooperate

58 Competition Win a £250 Amazon gift card with Ovia

69 Company Showcase Sponsored content from across the sector

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54 Light up your security Hamilton’s springing up all 56 over the garden!

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ello and welcome to the April issue of ECN. The industry now has a six-month period (until 28 September 2022) before the changes outlined in Amendment 2 of the 18th Edition Wiring Regulations come into effect – during this time, electrical contractors must make sure they are up-to-speed with the adjustments set out in the new regulations. These include recommendations for the increased use of arc fault detection and surge protection devices, further strengthening of previous rules, and certificate documentation, identification labelling, and testing schedules have also been covered. Hager has welcomed the publication of Amendment 2. Ian Smith, the company’s Country Marketing Leader, comments: “At Hager, we welcome and fully support the publication of Amendment 2 of the 18th Edition Wiring Regulations. It provides further clarity around important safety-driven issues such as the

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mandatory use of arc fault detection on all sockets up to and including 32 Amps in higher-risk building scenarios, and the reinforced use of surge protection devices.” The Hager Academy online is offering convenient access to relevant training modules and webinars that busy contractors can log on to when it best suits them. In addition, Hager’s Amendment 2 onsite training courses in Telford are available for electricians who want to invest the time to get to grips with the new Amendment 2 changes. This issue is packed full of the latest from the Cabling & Cable Management, Exterior Lighting, and Software and Apps sectors, along with all of the usual features. Plus, we are offering one lucky winner the chance to win a £250 Amazon voucher, courtesy of Ovia. Next issue’s features are Circuit Protection & Switchgear, HVAC, and Tools & Workwear – if you would like to contribute an article on any of these subject areas, or would like discuss future editorial ideas, please email me at carly@allthingsmedialtd.com. I hope you enjoy the issue – see you next month!

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INDUSTRY NEWS THREE-QUARTERS OF UK ELECTRICIANS DON’T FEEL CONFIDENT HANDLING FINANCES Almost three-quarters (74%) of UK electricians don’t feel confident in handling their company finances, and many have lost money as a result, new research has revealed. The study, conducted by ElectricalDirect, surveyed electricians from across the country and found that only 26% are comfortable dealing with the financial side of their business. This includes pricing up jobs for customers, with a quarter (25%) admitting to having lost money because they’ve made mistakes whilst giving quotes. A simple way for workers to check if their prices are reasonable is to see what other electricians in their area are charging for similar jobs. However, almost three-quarters (73%) of respondents said that this isn’t something they do. Furthermore, the vast majority (76%) of electricians do not account for the cost of living or inflation rates when giving quotes to customers. This is despite living costs rising at their fastest rate for 30 years and inflation predicted to reach 8.3% in April, meaning take-home pay could fall heavily. Although they don’t specifically consider the cost of living, more than a quarter (28%) of UK electricians have raised their prices since the start of 2022, and four in five (80%) have upped their quotes in the last year. However, despite the pandemic significantly disrupting the industry, one in 20 (5%) have not increased their rates in the last two years. This equates to more than 2,000 electrical businesses across the UK. ElectricalDirect, electricaldirect.co.uk

GARDENERS URGED TO STAY SAFE ON SPRING RETURN UK Power Networks wants gardeners to put safety first as many spring into action and venture back outside at the end of winter. The UK’s biggest electricity distributor is reminding those with green fingers to stay on red alert when undertaking any digging work. The company needs gardeners to understand that contact with high voltage underground electricity cables can be fatal. The main risk to gardeners comes with deep digging, but wider advice includes how to stay safe using mowers, ladders and even replacing fence panels which may have been damaged during recent storms. The top tips for gardeners include: •  Be aware of the location of underground electricity equipment and request details before work starts. Cable plans can be found at linesearchbeforeudig.co.uk. For larger projects use a Cable Avoidance Tool (CAT). •  When digging deep in the garden, for instance planting trees or installing fence panels, assume all cables are live and hand dig trial holes to check the depth of cables. •  When mowing the lawn, always fit plugs with a Residual Current Device (RCD) to protect against electrocution. This safety device automatically switches off power when there is a fault. •  If doing outdoor jobs involving a ladder, always look up and look out for overhead power cables, as contact could cause serious injury or even death. UK Power Networks, ukpowernetworks.co.uk

HIGH-PERFORMERS TRIUMPH AT EDA AWARDS Ten future leaders won an Electrical Distributors’ Association Learning Achievement Award at an annual lunch high above the rooftops at London’s iconic The Shard on 4 March 2022. The Association’s celebration of training excellence brings together talented individuals from EDA wholesaler and manufacturer businesses. Each worthy winner has delivered an outstanding performance in the EDA’s Product Knowledge Programme or in an apprenticeship. Margaret Fitzsimons, EDA CEO, says, “Our winners are the cream of the UK’s electrotechnical sector. Travelling from as far afield as Guernsey to the South, Cork in Ireland to the west, and North Yorkshire and from businesses large and small, but they all have one thing in common: each has worked extremely hard to achieve amazing results in their training. For an outstanding performance in the EDA Product Knowledge Modules, the Learning Achievement Awards went to: •  Sian Alford, Edmundson Electrical in Guernsey •  Joe Sayer, BEW Electrical Distributors in Peterborough, part of the Fegime UK buying group •  Gary Dowling, Kellehers Electrical, part of Rexel UK, in Cork, Republic of Ireland •  Dean Jones, Alert Electrical Wholesalers in Ilkeston, part of The IBA Buying Group •  Alex Bright, Termination Technology in Bristol •  Richard Banks, Deta Electrical Company, Charlton, Bedfordshire For an outstanding performance in an apprenticeship, the Learning Achievement Awards went to: •  Shannon Rooney-Sadler, BED (Corby), part of the ANEW buying group •  Finley Maxwell-Hoff, LAMPS – Lighting and Mains Power Solutions in Aylesbury, part of the AWEBB buying group •  Joshua Craggs, CEF in Ripon •  Harvey Small, Stearn Electric Co in Southampton Electrical Distributors’ Association, eda.org.uk

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INDUSTRY NEWS REVEALED: THE MOST IN-DEMAND TRADES ACROSS THE UK Brits search for local tradespeople on Google over 700,000 times a month and now new research has revealed which of the trades are most in demand. The study, conducted by IronmongeryDirect, analysed search data from across the nation and found that in 82 of the UK’s 100 largest towns and cities, plumbers are the most coveted tradespeople, followed by electricians.

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DOMESTIC ELECTRICIAN APPRENTICESHIP RECEIVES GREEN LIGHT The domestic electrical market in England now has a formal, funded training structure following the approval of the new Domestic Electrician Level 3 apprenticeship standard. With the new apprenticeship, recently approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, domestic electrical work now has its own clear identity with an industry standard and assessment route agreed by employers. Three years in duration, the apprenticeship standard provides a comprehensive Level 3 training programme that will cover all facets of planning, installing and maintaining electrical services within a domestic setting. It also includes training and assessment in domestic electric vehicle charging point installation, and will provide a strong platform of foundation skills to equip learners to undertake further training in the installation of new and low carbon technologies. Domestic Electrician apprentices will gain a new Level 3 technical Electrotechnical in Dwellings qualification and will have to carry out an in-depth End Point Assessment that is a modified version of the existing industry assessment of competence, the AM2. The standard was developed by an industry employer group, in response to growing demand for a high-quality training route that clearly ring fences domestic electrical work and provides a structured training programme for both new entrants and those already in the workforce. Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, instituteforapprenticeships.org

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The people of Bath are most likely to seek the services of a tradesperson, with 103 monthly Google searches per 1,000 residents – the highest rate in the UK. The Somerset city is followed by Preston (102) and Bedford (88). However, this varies by trade, with Exeter being the most lucrative city for many workers. Dominick Sandford, Managing Director at IronmongeryDirect, says: “Tradespeople are incredibly valued members of communities all over the UK, but it’s interesting to see exactly where their skills are most sought after at the moment. “For people looking to enter a trade or set up their own business, data like this could be really useful when choosing a location to establish yourself, as it’s a helpful indicator of potential demand for your services.” IronmongeryDirect, ironmongerydirect.co.uk

NEW RESEARCH INTO THE HUMAN IMPACT OF FIRES LAUNCHED The Housing Safety & Wellbeing Taskforce, with founding member Aico, is launching a seminal piece of research into the human impact of fire and how different legislations across the four nations impacts its prevalence. “One way or another we need to make buildings safe, that’s carbon monoxide and fire dangers. We have perhaps contributed to allowing a bad situation to continue for too long and I welcome finding the way forward,” says Sir Peter Bottomley, MP for Worthing West, and Father of the House at the Housing Safety & Wellbeing Taskforce (HSWT) Launch. The key findings from the research are: •  The cost of each fire has reduced by 41.5% in Scotland, compared with 23.2% and 24.4% in England and Wales respectively •  Accounting for additional investment, balanced against the net cost to the economy of fire incidents, significant savings have been seen in Scotland. If England saw reduction in costs at the same relative scale as Scotland, this would amount to £243 million of savings per year •  The aggregate cost of dwelling fires amounted to £1.1 billion in 2019/20 after adjusting for inflation •  Those classed as lower-income are a staggering 60% more likely than higher-income groups to face serious fire hazards in their homes •  Those to have ever experienced a fire, 18.7% reported subsequent psychological trauma. This represents an estimated 957,000 adults •  Individuals with children younger than five years’ old were the most likely to have experienced trauma in the aftermath of a fire, amounting to 31.8% of those in this category. Housing Safety & Wellbeing Taskforce, hswtaskforce.org.uk

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INDUSTRY NEWS ONE IN THREE TRADESWOMEN EXPERIENCE DISCRIMINATION New research from Rated People has revealed the biggest challenges faced by women who work in the trades industry, as well as the trades which have the lowest representation of women and the biggest gender pay gaps. The study discovered well over a third of tradeswomen (39%) aren’t taken seriously because of their gender. One in seven (15%) have had personal safety concerns when working, and almost one in 10 (9%) say they’ve had customers who won’t let them work on a job when they see they’re a woman. The findings are taken from the newly-launched 2022 edition of Rated People’s Home Improvement Trends Report, where researchers spoke to more than 600 tradespeople across the UK about working in the industry, and over 2,000 homeowners about their attitudes to hiring tradeswomen. Positively, there’s growing demand from UK homeowners – nearly half (46%) say they’d definitely hire a tradeswoman, 43% have no preference and only 11% of UK homeowners say they’d prefer a tradesman. Almost one in three (29%) women in the UK also say they would feel safer hiring a tradeswoman to do a home improvement or maintenance job in their home. But the research highlights just how out of balance the industry is. Over half (11) of the 20 professions with the worst levels of representation of women in the UK are within the trades industry.

Women make up less than 1% (0.99%) of carpenters and joiners in the UK, and less than 4% of electricians, plumbers, floorers and tilers are women. Across the 10 trades with the lowest representation of women, none of them have more than 5% of women in the workforce. Women electricians earn 54% of what men do. Women in construction and building trades only earn the equivalent of 57% of a man’s salary, and women plumbers would take home just 61% of what a man would in the same trade. Rated People, ratedpeople.com

NIGLON JOINS THE EDA A company supplying a range of more than 4,500 products to UK wholesalers has joined the Electrical Distributors’ Association (EDA). Niglon is now an affiliated member of the EDA, which represents around 75% of the wholesale industry – acting as a voice for the sector among policy makers and trade bodies. Paul Dawson, Niglon’s Commercial Director, says: “We are delighted to have become an affiliated EDA member and to be working more closely with the organisation going forward. “The EDA has a fantastic reputation within the industry and offers valuable networking opportunities, campaigns, initiatives and information sharing. “We’re looking forward to taking full advantage of our membership and to seeing the positive impact this will have on our business.” Niglon, niglon.co.uk

RECOLIGHT WORKSHOPS IN LIGHTING PRODUCT DESIGN FOR A CIRCULAR ECONOMY Recolight has announced a new series of workshops to help manufacturers embed circular economy principles in the design of lighting products. The one day in-person workshops will describe circular economy standards and specifications that companies can use to show the circularity of their products. They will also provide practical guidance on circular design issues, including design for long and extended use, upgradeability and repairability, replaceability, choice of materials, use of recycled raw materials, and design for recovery. A series of case studies will be used to show how these requirements can be implemented in practice. Furthermore, participants have the option to bring their own company product to the workshop, for review by attendees, to consider how it might be adapted for greater circularity. The workshops will feature a roundtable environment with a maximum of 12 delegates, giving the opportunity for full interaction, feedback, and questions for each topic. The workshops take place on four dates:

SELECT DONATES POSTERS AND TOOLBOX CARDS TO KEEP APPRENTICES SAFE SELECT is distributing posters and handy toolbox-sized safe isolation flowcharts to remind apprentices and adult trainees of correct working practices. The campaigning electrical body is currently handing out ‘Ten Steps to Safe Isolation’ posters to all 22 training centres used by the Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust (SECTT), to be displayed prominently as a reminder of how to work safely. Smaller durable versions, designed to fit handily into toolboxes, are also being made available to all 2,669 electrical apprentices and adult trainees currently training in Scotland. Running under the banner ‘Work dead safely: Stay alive’, the posters and cards have been adapted from the range of safe isolation materials launched by SELECT in January 2021. The first resources were handed over to David Henderson, SECTT Assessment Centre Manager at Cambuslang, in March and the remaining posters and cards will now be distributed to the 21 approved centres around Scotland. The cards will also be handed out at SELECT’s upcoming Toolbox Talks in May and June, and posters are also available for members on request. SELECT, select.org.uk

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BGEN has appointed Greg Duncan as Group Health & Safety Director. The board level appointment reinforces the company’s commitment to health and safety and will see Greg tasked with continuing the company’s continuous journey to zero harm. This will include overseeing the ongoing digitalisation of the organisation’s health and safety systems. The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has announced Graeme Rees as its new President. Graeme takes over from Terry Sharp who has held the role for the past two years, while Paul Wetherfield will take Graeme’s place as Vice-President. Lighting design practice, Michael Grubb Studio, has expanded its expert team with the appointment of Rachael Flint. Joining the practice as an Associate, Rachael brings with her more than a decade’s experience in the lighting industry. Having worked for consultancies in London, Oxfordshire and Sydney, Rachael understands the differing challenges of national and international projects.

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COMPLEX SIXTH FORM COLLEGE SITE GETS HOCHIKI FIRE SYSTEM UPGRADE Paston College in Norfolk has transformed over the years from a grammar school for boys into a co-ed sixth form college dedicated to working with young people ages 16-18. Following a recommendation from Norwich Education Services, a completely new fire system was required which would need to meet BS5839 Part 1 2017 for an L2 category. The life safety system installation project required networking across multiple sites and buildings, as well as ensuring the protection of the historic Nelson Museum. And with a main road acting as a physical divide through the middle of the campus, this was a complex project to undertake. TP Fire & Security was commissioned to install the new system, and the company selected Hochiki’s ESP intelligent range of addressable fire detection and alarm equipment. Kevin Harris from TP Fire & Security comments: “This was an incredibly complex project. We were working with modern and historic buildings, we had to ensure the protection of the Nelson Museum, and of course the campus is split right down the middle by a main road. We chose Hochiki because it afforded us the flexibility with the systems and devices that were needed, with a project such as this.” As an educational facility, it was important to keep to strict budgets, especially when it came to the ongoing operational costs for the system, and, with hundreds of pupils and staff in attendance each day, a system which would be reliable and reduce false alarms was vital. Hochiki, hochikieurope.com

J S WRIGHT SECURES £3.5M-PLUS DEAL FOR DOCK DEVELOPMENT J S Wright has secured a contract valued at more than £3.5 million for a new harbourside development in Bristol. The company will design and build the mechanical services for 142 high quality apartments on a long-derelict site at McArthur’s Yard on Gas Ferry Road in the city’s historic dock area. The £36 million project, led by award-winning housebuilder, Hill, in association with leading housing provider, The Guinness Partnership, will deliver a mix of one to three-bedroom homes for market sale, shared ownership, and social rent, as well as ground floor commercial space. J S Wright’s contract will involve designing and installing an energy centre with associated pipework to distribute low temperature hot water heating to radiators in each apartment via direct single plate heat interface units (HIUs). The company will also install a boosted cold water system for the domestic hot and cold-water supply. In addition, J S Wright will install energy efficient mechanical ventilation heat recovery systems, smoke ventilation and dry risers, as well as water sprinklers within residential areas. The brief will also involve providing a building management system (BMS), incorporating a prepayment billing system for monitoring each apartment’s energy use. J S Wright, jswright.co.uk

VOLKERHIGHWAYS TO PROVIDE LED LIGHTING UPGRADES ACROSS OXFORDSHIRE VolkerHighways has been awarded a Highways Electrical Assets contract by Oxfordshire County Council, worth £30 million. Works have begun and will continue for five years, with three possible years of extensions. The contract will see VolkerHighways maintain approimately 60,000 streetlights and over 6,000 illuminated signs, bollards and other illuminated equipment, across the county. This will include upgrading 35,000 units with LED lighting, to increase their energy efficiency. In addition, the team will replace aged lighting columns, and carry out both planned and responsive maintenance inspections, testing and repair works, for the duration of the contract. Councillor Tim Bearder, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways Management, says: “The County Council is looking forward to working with VolkerHighways to deliver the maintenance and upgrade of our street lighting assets within Oxfordshire. These are exciting times as we change the existing assets to LED units, saving the authority 15,000,000kWh of energy and delivering a reduction of 2,600 tonnes of CO2”. VolkerHighways, volkerhighways.co.uk

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CONTRACT NEWS TORQUAY’S ROYAL TERRACE GARDENS SHOWCASED IN THE BEST LIGHT Set amongst the picturesque coastline of Torquay, South Devon, the Royal Terrace Gardens are a popular tourist attraction frequented by locals and visitors alike. Michael Grubb Studio was commissioned by Torbay Council to develop ‘Lightplay’ – a new, permanent, lit interactive route along the seafront. The overall concept is to encourage visitors to enjoy the gardens and take inspiration by extending the notion of sunset, so as to bring a sense of health, happiness and enjoyment that comes with the warmth of evening light. The main elements are composed of step lighting, cliff floodlighting and bespoke artist designed columns that create a holistic experience for the gardens, encouraging people to pause and enjoy their surroundings, as well as providing a safer environment. Michael Grubb Studio collaborated with visual artist Anouk Mercier in partnership with Torquay Museum to develop a series of interactive lighting columns to form beacons and create pools of light with integrated projections along the lower pathway inspired by the museum’s collections. Back lit, laser cut forms with the columns, ranging from corals and seaweed to birds, form a fine tracery articulating the lower pathway. Gobo projections onto the walkway of selected designs form playful dynamic punctation points. The illuminated staircase, in an array of colours, leads to a new viewing platform with impressive sea views. Electrical contractor, Drew and Co, formed part of the project team, working collaboratively with the creative team and suppliers to install the lighting in a live working environment. Michael Grubb Studio, michaelgrubbstudio.com

SIGNIFICANT ENERGY SAVINGS DELIVERED AT SPEEDY INNOVATION CENTRE Tools, plant and specialist equipment hire provider, Speedy, recently opened its new Innovation Centre in Milton Keynes. Part of Speedy’s mission is to reduce energy usage, emissions and shrink its carbon footprint whilst increasing the emphasis placed on employee wellbeing. To help achieve this at the Milton Keynes site the hire specialist turned to global associates. From the initial site visit at Milton Keynes, global associates focused on the need to provide a smart solution which met the objectives of Speedy, whilst ensuring that every single item installed added value to the project. This was achieved thanks to the implementation of a Smart Eco Solution which brings together Edge computing, Cloud enablement, LoRaWan wireless sensors and a Tridium N4 powered control platform to create a hybrid IoT BMS solution. Carefully controlled ambient levels of heating and cooling create a healthier working environment to maintain the comfort and wellbeing of staff, whilst occupants also benefit from other energy saving measures such as PIR controlled lighting which uses daylight harvesting to maintain a 300 lux level. Features of the installation include:

GLOBAL PUBLISHING COMPANY UPGRADES LIGHTING AT UK FACILITY Powerlite Fitzgerald has been selected by global leader in publishing, education and research, Wiley, to update the lighting systems at its UK site. Based in Oxford, the company was looking to overhaul its current fixtures and chose Powerlite Fitzgerald’s systems and experience for the application. Throughout the project, Powerlite Fitzgerald’s team brought the lighting levels in line with the latest CIBSE guidelines and refreshed the current fittings which were reaching the end of their lifespan. Taking into consideration the size of the site, which houses more than 350 members of staff working around the clock, Wiley had previously faced the challenge of ensuring emergency light testing was compliant and found it difficult to set aside time for the FM team to change the constantly failing lamps and components. The office space also had a 500x500mm concealed grid, which meant that the replacement product needed to be able to fit around its location. This led the installation team to change the planned fitting to another within the Powerlite Fitzgerald range that would work with the ceiling to allow for a quick and easy installation. Ben Arscott, Sales Director at Powerlite Fitzgerald, says: “Our wireless system Fitz-i offered huge flexibility over a traditional hard wired DALI system. The facility management team now has access to a secure web portal where all of the reporting is captured. This allows the storage of energy and occupancy reports (heat maps and figures) and remote emergency testing results that are kept secure and can be viewed from anywhere in the world. The facility management team can then use this information to optimise the building and ensure compliance is maintained with minimal involvement.”

•  Control of the 305kW solar photo-voltaic array which exports excess power back to the grid. •  DALI controlled Intelligent high bay lighting in the warehouse which uses daylight harvesting and motion sensing. •  Office lighting with PIR sensing. •  A VRV system for efficient heating and cooling in the office space. •  Demand led power control with integrated PIR motion detection for work bays in the testing area. •  Smart heating control of the warehouse heaters using LoRaWAN sensors. •  IAQ monitoring for the office and retail areas. •  Temperature and roller shutter door contact status monitoring for the warehouse, ensuring that the space is only heated when required. global associates, global-associates.co.uk

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A NEW GENERATION OF SKILLED ENGINEERS IN THE MAKING As the new Vice President of the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA), Paul Wetherfield discusses the ways in which the organisation’s focus on training and apprenticeships is helping to tackle the skills shortage.

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e are entering an age that offers an abundance of technology, which enables us to manage our buildings more efficiently. And with the UK’s net zero by 2050 target aimed specifically towards preserving the health of the planet, we are entering an era in which a lot of this technology is no longer viewed as a luxury addition to a building, but an outright necessity. As the levels of product innovation continue to reach ever higher levels, the skills to select and integrate products need to be sharper than ever. In recent years the BCIA has been leading the charge in ensuring there is enough talent coming into the building controls sector to deliver the buildings of tomorrow – today. The good news is we are potentially sitting on the crest of a wave in terms of a new generation of skilled engineers in the making. Today’s school leavers are abundantly aware of the challenges facing the world they are going to inherit from their parents and grandparents, and an increasing number of them are looking for opportunities to make a difference. Just look at the level of youth involvement in events like the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) that took place in Glasgow at the start of November, as well as other similar events such as the Youth4Climate Summit in Milan and the 16th UN Conference of Youth.

“As the levels of product innovation continue to reach ever higher levels, the skills to select and integrate products need to be sharper than ever.”

It is now up to organisations such as the BCIA and its members to make the Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) sector attractive to anyone looking to embark on a new career. Not only that, we also have to provide the appropriate training pathways that ensure the engineers of the future have the necessary levels of knowledge and competency to meet the demands of a job that is constantly changing with the advancement in technology.

Evolution An advantage we have now is that with the abundance of ‘smart’ technology and its integration into the built environment means the BEMS sector is perhaps not considered as ‘niche’ as it once was. Last year, in an interview to mark the BCIA’s 30th anniversary, Roger Woodward, one of the founder members, explained how the organisation had evolved into a “significantly more mature body compared to what it started out as.” The evolution that Roger described has been vital in transforming the BCIA into a body that can influence key decisions in industry and government. With technical guides, working groups, apprenticeships and training courses just some of the things the BCIA now has to offer, it has become a vital resource for young engineers now and in the future and also to help inform people on what the industry is about. The focus on training and apprenticeships is one of the main reasons Paul decided to join the BCIA’s Management Committee, as his passion is driven by the lack of young and talented engineers within the industry. Paul has shaped his own business around the development of young apprentices, which currently make up 15% of the workforce. In 2021, after more than four years of hard work by the Trailblazer Employer Group, the BCIA launched its Level 4 Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) Controls Engineer Apprenticeship in partnership with training provider Group Horizon. With commercial buildings representing one of the largest capital expenses for businesses, and building owners and managers constantly looking for ways to make them more efficient and sustainable, the challenge for the BEMS Controls Engineer is knowing how to achieve this level of efficiency.

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This apprenticeship provides the answer, offering a balance of on-the-job assessments and technical training which covers all aspects of the industry. The training programme is delivered on the apprentice’s company site and through classroom and/or online learning sessions. It can take up to 36 months to complete.

A fresh start The apprenticeship isn’t just for school leavers either. The programme presents an ideal way for someone to get into a different industry if they are looking for a new challenge. In the anniversary interview with Roger Woodward, George Belfield, who was born the same year the BCIA was formed, explained how becoming a BMS engineer provided the “technical challenge” he was looking for after working for a local council. He also emphasised how the BCIA’s courses helped on his new career path, saying: “Having those courses as a start point provides a fantastic grounding in BMS and helps you get the most out of your work experiences as well.” Career changes are becoming more and more common and the lockdown periods in the last two years have even forced many people who have suddenly found themselves out of work to look for a fresh start.

Positive signs There are positive early signs that the apprenticeship will be a tremendous success. The first two programmes began before Christmas and were fully booked up and the third cohort recently got underway. The feedback has so far been very good. On successful completion of the programme, individuals will receive a BEMS Controls Engineer Apprenticeship at Level 4. In addition, on completion of specific BCIA technical course modules, individuals will receive the BCIA Technical Certificate and the BCIA Advanced Technical Certificate. Individuals will also be eligible to apply for an Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) Building Controls card at Associate or Integrator Level (depending on their level of experience). Building Controls Industry Association, bcia.co.uk

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SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INTRODUCES INFRASTRUCTURE OF THE FUTURE Carly Wills speaks to David Hall, VP Power Systems, Schneider Electric UK & Ireland, about the work that the company does, along with its plans to help drive sustainable innovations. CW: Tell us about yourself and how you got into the sector. DH: I am the Vice President of Power Systems for Schneider Electric UK and Ireland and have been in the role since 2017 when I joined the company. Prior to joining Schneider, I was the Managing Director for Business Energy at ENGIE and I have held several senior leadership roles within SSE, EON, Severn Trent Water, AES and RWE Npower. I am also an electrical and electronics engineer and have a real passion for energy management and sustainability. CW: For those who may not know, can you give us an overview of the work that Schneider Electric does? DH: Schneider Electric helps power and maintain the nation’s most critical assets 24/7 – the electrical grid, water networks, hospitals, food processing plants, data centres, telecom networks etc. Schneider’s purpose is to empower people to make the most of our energy and resources, bridging progress and

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sustainability for all. We drive digital transformation by integrating world-leading process and energy technologies to realise the full efficiency and sustainability opportunities for businesses. We are advocates of open standards and partnership ecosystems to unleash the infinite possibilities of a global, innovative community that is passionate about our shared meaningful purpose, inclusivity and empowered values. CW: Tell us about your current role – what are you responsible for and what does the normal working day consist of? DH: I am leading the Power Division for Schneider Electric in the UK and Ireland Zone, during one of the most transformative periods in the energy landscape. It’s an incredibly exciting time to be working in a company at the heart of the sector as the world electrifies and sustainability moves towards the forefront of businesses and people’s agendas. One of the most rewarding elements of the job is seeing a sustainable powerhouse like Schneider Electric work towards reaching

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net zero internally, while developing products and solutions to enable our customers to endeavour their own sustainable journeys.

“Schneider’s purpose is to empower all to make the most of our energy and resources”

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INTERVIEW On a day-to-day basis, I work with my team of sales, business development and project engineers – we strive to bring best in class energy management digital technologies to energy-critical customers. This will help to enable the shift to a more sustainable and efficient energy landscape, in key areas such as renewable generation, electric vehicles, rail, shore-to-ship electric charging, data centres and hospitals. Ultimately, the key to delivering this is working directly with our utility partners in helping to digitise the grid to facilitate the transition from Distribution Network Operator (DNO) to Distribution System Operator (DSO). CW: How has COVID-19 affected the industry? Do you think things will be finally able to get back to ‘normal’ soon? DH: During the COVID-19 crisis we have seen that while the fossil fuel industry has struggled due to reduced demand from transport and other sectors, the renewable energy industry has experienced record growth. In fact, it was estimated that by 2025 renewables will become the largest source of electricity generation worldwide (as predicted by the International Energy Agency). What’s more, key stakeholders such as various governmental bodies (excluding the EU) have responded to the COVID-19 crisis by investing in energy-related stimulus packages worth $220 billion – half of which focus on clean energy technologies. CW: Aside from COVID-19, what have been the biggest changes across the industry in recent times? What will be the biggest changes in the future? DH: 2021 was a sobering year for anyone concerned about climate change. We’ve witnessed record breaking temperatures, devastating wildfires, and catastrophic flooding. However, there has never been more significant support and desire to tackle the climate crisis from policymakers, businesses and consumers. And, we already have the technology and solutions to make real inroads into creating a net zero future. The cost of clean, renewable energy is becoming cheaper and policymakers, including those in the UK and in Ireland, are strengthening their climate policies and commitments on the road to achieving net zero by 2050. Climate-related extreme weather events are becoming increasingly common, which is causing more frequent disruptions to the core infrastructure that supports the way we live and move. Moreover, mass urbanisation will create a growing demand for resilient, low carbon infrastructure. As cities become more modern, integrating electric vehicles, electrified public transport, and smart buildings powered by renewable energy, there needs to be a sense of security in being able to accommodate this influx of energy demand. The expansion of our population and growth in demand for energy will also lead to fluctuating demands, and the development of energy ‘prosumers’ with self-generated power sources. This will put further stress on aging energy infrastructure, which will need to be more efficient and resilient to stay ahead of the energy transition.

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CW: What’s next for you and for Schneider Electric? DH: We’re continuing our journey to achieve a more sustainable future by working with key organisations and stakeholders to achieve our climate commitments. An integral cog in ensuring this future is having the right infrastructure in place. Our current infrastructure is under growing pressure to deliver resilient and reliable services, which is why it’s important we look towards innovative, green solutions to keep energy flowing, transport moving and protect business and society against climate change. This is why we’re introducing Infrastructure of the Future. This integrated suite of industry-leading technology will create a modern, sustainable and resilient infrastructure that will accelerate global decarbonisation and promote a better quality of life for all. CW: What do you think are the most exciting products or technologies coming to the market?

– or Grids of the Future – are the only way to enable the energy transition and enable multiple sources of locally generated renewable energy to enter the network, stabilising it and cutting transmission and distribution losses simultaneously. Vehicle to grid will be a powerful weapon in the electric vehicle revolution and smart digital grids will be vital to supporting the ability of drivers to sell surplus electricity back to the network. As utilities stakeholders look to invest in upgrading the electrical network to increase EV charging capacity, they will also be looking to avoid creative upward pressure on the cost of electricity for consumers and businesses. Additionally, the development of next generation advanced batteries in the market will help to increase availability and resiliency of critical power infrastructure, which will be beneficial in extending the EV range. Schneider Electric, se.com

We already have the technology and solutions to make real inroads into creating a net zero future

We will need to rely on distribution utilities to make decarbonisation a reality

DH: To help drive sustainable innovations, we will need to rely on distribution utilities to make decarbonisation a reality. We can still limit global heating to 1.5C but only if we remove 10Gt of CO2 per year to 2030. Only a data-driven grid overhaul allows the prosumer revolution – we are all counting on – to decarbonise society’s biggest CO2 emitters. This is why Schneider Electric has launched its own suite of smart grid solutions designed to facilitate a fast and secure energy transition to satisfy the increasing demand for smart and clean electricity. These smart bi-directional grids

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A little helping hand from Schneider Electric Do you need some new workwear or artwork for your van? How about a new website or other marketing materials? Whatever business support you need, you can win £1,000 to put towards it with mySchneider! New and existing users are eligible to enter the giveaway. All you need to do is register or log into the mySchneider platform between 1st February and 30th April, and your entry will be counted.

We’re giving away five prizes of £1,000 each – that’s five chances to win! The first lucky recipient will be announced at the end of February, the next at the end of March and the remaining three at the end of April. mySchneider provides the electrical community with one-stop-shop access to products, tools and business advice to help set up, finance, promote and grow an electrical business.

“We are delighted to continue our support of the electrical community here in the UK. mySchneider electricians are the backbone of the electrical industry and we are constantly thinking of new ways we can champion them in any way we can. I really hope the money makes a difference.” Tom Gillam, Electrician Programme Manager for UK and Ireland at Schneider Electric

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OPTELMA WORKS OUT WITH THIRD SPACE MAYFAIR Third Space is a luxury health club operator with seven locations across London. The latest opening in Mayfair offers a sophisticated space to work out, train, enhance fitness and unwind.

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ituated a stone’s throw from the brand’s Soho location, the Mayfair site is perfectly placed for those living and working in the area. Each of the clubs have their own individual style, while offering the same outstanding levels of fitness space that cater to the needs of members. At Third Space Mayfair, members can work out in the Eleiko strength training area or performance watt bike zone, as well as benefit from award-winning personal training. Unique touches include UV treated fresh air, a Himalayan sea-salt walled sauna and the provision of cycling shoes. With Third Space known for its luxury and exclusivity, the space itself needed to enhance the member experience, in which the lighting played a key role. A standout design was created by interior architect, Virgile & Partners, and technically implemented by Antarchitecture. Having been specified in a number of other Third Space locations, including the visually stunning Islington health club, Optelma was the first choice for luminaires to fulfil the ambitious lighting design. With only the highest calibre being sourced, and Optelma’s proven quality, creativity and innovation on previous Third Space projects, a significant number of the brand’s solutions are now illuminating the Mayfair branch.

Optelma was the first choice for luminaires to fulfil the ambitious lighting design

As members enter the reception area, their eyes are drawn to the unique feature chandelier above the staircase. This was created by Optelma on a design by Virgile & Partners through a bespoke tube installation. The stairs are further illuminated with 30m of continuous constant current LED strip to the underside of the balustrade. Soft residential lighting in the reception area has been achieved through Optelma’s TOOB 50 spotlights, Quad 55, XEN downlights and Firo Nano mini profile. The XEN downlights and Cove XL mini profile create the same ambience in the changing rooms. To illuminate the running track, Optelma has combined the Graze suspended profile with RGBW LEDs and a bespoke infinity mirror LED panel. These highlight the track on to the gym floor. In the HIIT studio, members work out under the signature X ceiling lights, which are a feature of all clubs. This was custom-made for Third Space by Optelma, through Quad 46 crosses with RGBW LED, Fire Nano mini profile with RGB, and RGBW downlights. Drad mini profile with RGBW LED in the watt bike zone has been used to create a chamfered design of LED lights. These dynamically extend in a continuous line from the walls to the ceiling of the space. Jonathan Philips, National Sales Manager at Optelma, says: “Optelma is

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proud of our ongoing partnership with Third Space, having worked on a number of their existing health clubs. Our uniquely created lighting installations have now become a signature part of the work-out environment for Third Space members. “It is always exciting to be part of the project team for Third Space locations, bringing together the brand identity with elements of individuality for each club. With high-end clientele and expectations, Optelma’s expert solutions perfectly align with Third Space’s requirements.” Ewald Damen, Creative Director at Virgile & Partners, says: “Third Space is known for its energetic health club environment. The design of the Mayfair club needed to ensure it stands out as a premium offering against high street gym offerings. “The design harmoniously brings together bold and industrial features such as the architectural metal staircase, with refined pieces such as the bespoke cast reception desk. “Adding to the chic décor, the comfortable seating areas and dressing rooms are adorned in high-end stone, metal finish and walnut materials. The attention to detail is outstanding; creating the individual style to reflect the personality of the location, as well as appealing to the Mayfair community.” Optelma, optelma.com

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BE OPEN OR GET SHUT OFF: WHY ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS AND PANEL BUILDERS MUST COLLABORATE Moving into the electric era, enabling smart power infrastructure is vital. The only way to do this is to drive innovation and efficiency through effective collaboration, yet this is often made impossible due to outdated, siloed technology, writes Stewart Gregory, VP Power Products at Schneider Electric.

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o meet and exceed the levels of speed, reach and flexibility now required in the power industry, electrical contractors and panel builders must be able to work together easily and effectively. The only way to do this is to create open partnerships and embrace digital transformation. As a common feature of many modern business ecosystems, closed or proprietary platforms prevent organisations from opening up to and working efficiently with each other. Contractors and suppliers often lack the accessible platforms, interoperable architectures and open partnerships that spark innovation in the sector, and this needs to change.

Open partnerships enable open collaboration

For electrical contractors and panel builders, effective collaboration seems more than natural

Giving your organisation the digital tools to work effectively with partners and contractors is crucial. The first step towards a more collaborative future is to make openness your digital priority. Since electrical contractors and panel builders often have a natural relationship when it comes to low- and medium-voltage projects, it is vital for them to collaborate easily and answer emerging customer demands for more digital and sustainable solutions.

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Since few, if any, ground-breaking developments ever emerged from a silo mentality, contractors and partners must acquire the digital know-how and interoperability required to create meaningful collaborative business relationships. Wherever an organisation’s emphasis lies, be it safety, availability, reliability, cyber security, or simply overcoming the digital transformation learning curve, finding the right solution is paramount. Technical support and advanced tools should be available anytime, anywhere, to create an open, sustainable, and resilient digital ecosystem.

Boundless potential with open digital technologies Digital tools like assistance portals, online forums and mobile apps must be engineered with openness and accessibility as a top priority. Tapping into open, flexible platforms to obtain support, facilitate engagements, exchange ideas, and foster new business opportunities is essential for electrical contractors and panel builders to stay ahead of the curve. Put simply, open systems are about choice and flexibility. Digital technology excels when openness is applied to system architectures, software, and protocols, offering interoperability to customers, developers, and integrators alike. It allows for more cost-effective development and support, while lessening the risk of painful disruptions, and gives organisations the tools to scale and evolve according to changing business needs. Deadlines are becoming shorter, and projects require multiple stakeholders, so connectivity and collaboration is simply good for business. Being able to think digitally and sustainably is now a requirement for success, and organisations need to have easy access to relevant expertise and shared resources to future-proof operations. However, you must remain mindful that partners may be at different stages of their digital transformation journey. Having the ability to answer learning curve challenges at a pace that is right for teams, customers and projects is a must.

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Meaningful business relationships are more than transactional Smart digital technology allows us to unlock the true power of openness for our industry. It brings everyone into a more diverse, knowledgeable, and rewarding business network than was ever possible before, through digital forums and meaningful collaboration. In the coming years, partners and manufacturers will have to work together to adapt and answer the challenges of the new electric world. Partnerships of the future go beyond solutions, technologies, and training. They provide you with future-facing opportunities to better navigate new challenges and collaborate to win more business.

Leverage collective intelligence to support the entire value chain Creating a dialogue, not just between electrical contractors and panel builders, but consulting engineers, distributors, and other digital innovators and experts, is crucial. Connecting the right technology partners across diverse projects and multiple regions, in online spaces like the Schneider Exchange Forum, offers the opportunity to promote business innovation and solve energy and automation challenges across the entire value chain. From showcasing business success at product, solution, and marketplace levels, to revealing how you overcome pain points and answer industry needs, sharing this intelligence benefits our whole industry. Being part of a space to share go-to-market strategies that have paid off helps to create commercial agility, as well as promoting yourself as an innovative service provider to grow your business. For electrical contractors and panel builders, effective collaboration seems more than natural. To allow organisations to work at the pace required to hit sustainability and business targets, this shift to a more open dialogue and system architecture is paramount. Not only does it benefit both parties individually, but it will also create a powerful competitive advantage and help protect the future of our planet. Schneider Electric, se.com

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CABLING & CABLE MANAGEMENT

SPECIFYING SUSTAINABLE CABLE MANAGEMENT Sustainability in all areas of a building’s design and construction is now a priority. Here, Jon Chamberlain, Managing Director (Designate) at Marshall-Tufflex, discusses why responsible selection of plastic products, such as cable management systems, is essential, the current lack of attention on the issue and how the cable management industry has the potential to make a positive impact with buy-in from contractors.

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or many businesses within construction, including electrical contractors, sustainability is an important part of their work, a core element of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy and an essential component of the tender process. This is increasingly true as a growing number of tenders require contractors to demonstrate sustainable practices for pre-qualification. However, one area where many otherwise environmentally conscious businesses are still lagging behind is on the use of responsibly sourced plastic products, especially cable management systems. There are two key and related environmental issues – carbon emissions and waste.

Carbon emissions It is now clear that action has to be taken to reduce – and even reverse – the impact of human activity on the environment in order to limit the potentially disastrous effects of climate change. For the built environment, the focus is often on reducing operational carbon, the ongoing emissions associated with the day to day use of the building. However, until recently, the embodied carbon has largely been overlooked.

Embodied carbon is the CO2 emitted in producing the materials and products, from the extraction of raw materials to manufacturing to installation in the building. This is one of the biggest issues for the built environment sector and the primary consideration for products such as cable management systems, which do not impact operational carbon emissions.

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In addition to the carbon impact, there is also the issue of waste. More than a third of the UK’s annual waste comes from the construction sector alone, of which an estimated 25 million tonnes is sent to landfill. In terms of plastic waste specifically, over one million tonnes of PVC-U is removed from buildings each year across Europe, yet currently only 30% of this is recycled. The issue of waste is closely linked to carbon emissions as recycling plastic requires far less energy than primary

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Overcoming the obstacles Despite the clear benefits of using recycled content in manufacturing, such products have not yet been widely adopted. This is perhaps in part due to some misconceptions about the products. Firstly, there is a false assumption that recycled products may not offer the same strength or appearance. In fact, PVC-U conduit and trunking products with recycled content offer the same performance as the equivalent made from virgin materials. However, as with any product, regardless of the raw material, it is important to choose high quality solutions from reputable manufacturers. Thanks to Marshall-Tufflex’s long heritage in extruding PVC and injection-moulding techniques that have been developed in house, it can offer superior products with recycled content that retain their high quality and outstanding finish. To achieve this, the company has rigorous quality control measures in place throughout the manufacturing process to ensure the expected standard, including achieving a glossy white finish for colour consistency throughout the project. If a product does not meet Marshall-Tufflex’s exacting standards, it can easily be recycled back into chips and re-enter the production process, meaning there is no waste. There is also a misconception that the cost of such products will be higher and, as a result, impact the overall cost of this element of the project, and even make a proposal uncompetitive on price. However, the cost of cable management products made from recycled material is usually in line with others of the same quality, as with products from the Marshall-Tufflex range, making it a simple and cost neutral switch.

Driving demand Marshall-Tufflex is striving to maximise the amount of recycled content in its products to lower carbon emissions and divert waste from landfill. However, this can only be done in collaboration with contractors who have an essential role in promoting the use of these products. The company says that the industry also needs other manufacturers to follow what it is doing, but this will only happen with increased demand from contractors and clients. That is why Marshall-Tufflex is calling on everyone involved in project specification to aim for all PVC-U cable management products installed in buildings to include at least 50% recycled material by 2028.

80 years of innovation The company says it is proud that Marshall-Tufflex has been at the forefront of innovation in the industry for 80 years and a leader in cable management since 1970. When the company was founded in 1942, it was among the pioneers of manufacturing in PVC, a relatively new material of this era which had only recently begun to be used for commercial applications. While the company is still a family-run business, many things have changed since those wartime beginnings. Marshall-Tufflex now has warehouses in Watford and Manchester, with its head office and manufacturing facility in Hastings, East Sussex. It has launched several market leading products including Odyssey Profile and Sterling Curve and, in addition to working with customers to improve sustainability, it also strives to make their work simpler and easier – as demonstrated by the company’s latest product launch, the Tufflex Tile. This innovative Correx pattress product replaces the use of traditional plywood or MDF for ceiling installations and makes installing spotlights, smoke detectors, PIR sensors and speakers simple. As the market leader and a major player in the electrical industry, Marshall-Tufflex says its ongoing priority is to continue to re-invest for the future and to produce new and effective solutions, underpinned with an unwavering commitment to drive sustainable specification. As such, and to mark the 80th anniversary of the company’s founding, in 2022 the company is aiming to increase the average recycled content in its products to reach 80% by the end of the year. Sustainability is now a key consideration in the specification of building materials and products. It is also an essential qualification factor for many tenders. Using cable management products that include a high percentage of recycled content is a simple and cost neutral way of reducing embodied carbon and waste. Together, we can make a difference and Marshall-Tufflex says that it is looking forward to the next chapter. Marshall Tufflex, marshall-tufflex.com

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specify cable management products with higher levels of recycled content. The positive news is that this is a trend we are seeing in the industry, but more still needs to be done. Both post-industrial waste, such as discarded material and off-cuts from manufacturing, and post-consumer waste from products such as windows removed from buildings, can be reclaimed and recycled. Manufacturing products from this reclaimed material is not a new innovation. For example, Marshall-Tufflex has been using reclaimed PVC-U in the manufacture of its products for over 25 years. Over the years the company has continued to invest in research and development to increase the proportion of reclaimed material. In 2020, this figure was an average of 74%, with all white conduit and white mini and maxi trunking lengths manufactured using 100% recycled material. This is currently saving the equivalent weight of 300 double decker buses going into landfill each year.

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CABLE TIES — WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS? Electrical installers need to ensure that they are using the best type of cable tie solution to suit the installation or project that is being worked on. There is usually a good chance that the cable will need to be re-visited at some point, therefore, it makes sense to choose a solution that is going to prevent any damage occurring to the cable when adjustments need to take place.

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and can allow for some movement. You can segregate the wires in your home and office workspace, data centre or comms room according to their utilisation and size using VELCRO ties.

ngineers can choose from a variety of options including single use and re-useable cable ties. Which option is the best one to use and on what types of installations?

What are the advantages? The benefits of using reusable hook and loop cable ties are as follows:

Single use or reusable cable ties? Single use: Single use cable ties were the first type of cable tie to be invented and are widely used to fasten and hold different items together. These items primarily include cables and wires, but they can be used to bundle other items. The standard cable ties are preferably made from grade 6.6 nylon. As the name suggests, single use cable ties cannot be released or reused once fastened. Whenever there is a change to be made, modifications can become difficult and in the process of removing the nylon cable tie, accidental, unnecessary damage can be inflicted on a cable. Reusable: There are many types of reusable cable ties, including releasable cable ties, beaded cable ties, and VELCRO brand hook and loop ties. Reusable cable ties are preferable to single use cable ties because they are more sustainable, environmentally friendly, and versatile, making them ideal for almost any application. While reusable cable ties provide an ideal solution for cable management, they can also be used in a host of other environments, including many office or domestic settings, easily taking care of trailing wires and computer cables. They are extremely easy to use, and easy to remove.

VELCRO hook and loop cable ties are ideal to secure heavy-duty cables and larger wires

Cable Management Warehouse has been successfully distributing the VELCRO brand product range for 17 years. As a VELCRO Companies VELCRO Brand Premium Distributor, customers can be assured that they can obtain the full range of VELCRO brand solutions at the best possible prices for next day delivery.

Why VELCRO? VELCRO straps and ties are the obvious choice as far as reliability and durability are concerned when it comes to securing your cables. VELCRO cable straps and ties are reusable and releasable and are available in various lengths ranging from five to 18 inches. It is also available in differing roll lengths, widths, and colours, perforated and non-perforated varieties. VELCRO ties are versatile and ideal for handling cables and wires. Their hook and loop ties are both durable and soft, making them suitable for a wide variety of applications without the fear of wire insulation damage or any abrasion due to friction. Easy to use and secure, they allow the passage of air through cables, reducing heat created, potentially prolonging the wire’s lifespan. They also allow for optimum bend radius which helps to optimise cable performance. They maintain their shape

Bespoke solutions As well as the standard VELCRO brand solutions, CMW offers an in-house production facility which can cut-to-length strips and bespoke shapes to suit a customer’s specific project requirements. Separate hook and loop, mated pieces, non-adhesive, or self-adhesive solutions can all be accommodated on the specialist machinery which is operated by its team members. Both large run and small volume projects are welcome. Working to a customer’s exact specifications, these bespoke orders can be turned around in 48 hours. Cable Management Warehouse, cmwltd.co.uk

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VELCRO hook and loop cable ties are ideal to secure heavy-duty cables and larger wires. A VELCRO cable tie can be removed and readjusted as many times as needed without the risk of crushing or damaging bundles of cables. This type of cable tie is also a much more environmentally friendly form of securing cabling and other objects.

•  Can be unfastened easily and used repeatedly •  Environment friendly, compared to single use plastic cable ties •  Keep cabling and wires tidy, secure and safe •  Minimal risk of crushing or damaging cables •  There is no need to use cable tie replacement tools or snips when using hook and loop cable ties, reducing the risk of damaging the cable •  Really easy to use, store and remove •  Ability to retain shape

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WITH A SPRING IN OUR STEP! With some signs of a slow recovery and increased movement in terms of raw material availability, and opening travel corridors, 2022 should be a less challenging year for product manufacturers and suppliers. However, we must remain agile, flexible and responsive if we are to meet the needs of a fluctuating market and wider environment exacerbated by a booming construction sector, says David Mattin, Managing Director of Dietzel Univolt.

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avid says, “For Univolt, as with many other product manufactures, we are consolidating our business and marketing our current product range rather than investing in the development and launch of new products. For us, it’s important that we focus on our core cable management solutions, notably our LSFOH and SLXL – premium safety driven trunking solutions; as well as core lines – bench trunking, power poles and PVC tray. “With more and more contractors moving towards offsite construction and MMC, it’s important that we are able to support this movement with our own product range. We are already working with specifiers and architects to supply prefabricated products and systems that can range from bespoke colour, length and width to a fully prefabricated solution that is supplied ready to simply slot in. We are seeing a lot of demand from the student accommodation sector, where an offsite approach is increasingly considered the norm.” According to David, the benefits from a cable management perspective are instantly evident, saving time on site and far less labour intensive work resulting in cost reductions as well as reductions in waste. Whilst the majority of UK construction are not switched on to this fully just yet, David believes that this approach is undoubtedly on everyone’s radar and will become fully integrated into the industry throughout the next decade.

Access to raw material remains challenging

“More conversations with end users will help our industry understand the contractors’ needs as they evolve, and clear guidance from government is vital as they drive Modern Methods of Construction onto our industry,” says David. “We will continue to pilot this approach in off site and prefabrication with the aim of becoming a go to supplier within this niche field. “Issues surrounding logistics and transport still remain challenging and much of 2021 was spent managing delays and disruption. As issues with COVID-19 slowly ease and we adapt to Brexit, we are all finding our feet within a new landscape. Our manufacturing facility in Austria allows us access to a steady stream of core products and we have been innovative in securing transport solutions to ensure our client orders are met. These issues, we believe, will continue to ease as the year gathers pace. “Access to raw material remains challenging – costs continue to fluctuate and remain difficult to source but again, we believe and hope that these concerns are alleviated as markets begin to react less in the face or threat of change. “We have begun working with the MOD on a number of projects who recognise our SLXL as a strong fit for their refurbishment and new build projects. Their commitment to specifying our products has been a welcome development and one which we believe will provide a springboard in opening new doors to more clients who may be considering this type of specification.” The SLXL product range has been under development for some time from Univolt’s headquarters in Austria. It offers a higher ignition point of up to 15% than standard PVC, the halogens contained within the products are released at a slower rate, therefore, smoke release is also reduced by up to 65% in the first four minutes of a fire (when compared to standard PVC dado trunkings). Not only does it essentially complete the Univolt range catering for Cat5e, Cat6, Cat6A, Cat8 and OM3 Fibre Optic cables but it now offers far reaching safety benefits through its slow burning fire resistant properties.

Univolt says that it is important that it focuses on its core cable management solutions

“This specific product has been an important development for us and one which we’re particularly excited about, David says. “SLXL offers customers something entirely different, combining functionality and aesthetics with safety and durability as well as delivering a future-proof cabling solution. “We are already seeing Cat8 being installed within data centres, delivering 2000MHz bandwidth, representing three times more than Cat 6A. Whilst we don’t envisage this having any major impact on the commercial market for the next 12 months, this product essentially future-proofs any cable containment system. “Safety has and continues to be the most pressing element when approaching any electrical installation. With relatively little price differentiator between PVC and PVC- LSF, and with very few other manufacturers offering this specification, we see this as an easy choice to make. “We believe that we have come through the challenges that the last two years have brought as a stronger, more astute and more agile business. We recognise and understand now more than ever before the benefits of our products and their place within the market and look forward to realising our growing potential in the year ahead.” Dietzel Univolt, dietzel-univolt.com

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PREMATURE COLLAPSE OF WIRING SYSTEMS Jake Green, Technical Engagement Manager at Scolmore Group, considers the general requirements of Regulation 521.10.202.

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fter several tragedies, Regulation 521.11.201 (AMD 3 BS 7671: 2008) was introduced; its purpose being to limit the risk to firefighters from entanglement by cables when they entered or exited a premises. This regulation has now been renumbered as 521.10.202 but remains essentially the same, except for the removal of any reference to escape routes. It now reads: “Wiring systems shall be supported such that they will not be liable to premature collapse in the event of a fire.” This requirement should not be confused with the recommendations of standards like BS 5266-1 (emergency lighting) and BS 5839-1 (fire detection and fire alarm systems), which recommend methods of cable support to maintain circuit integrity during a fire.

Under fire conditions, failure to make the right installation choices may lead to serious consequences

Premature collapse

Escape routes and BS 7671 The original regulation referred to escape routes, and this generated a level of confusion: ‘How should escape route be defined?’ BS 7671 defined escape routes differently to that used in other guides, regulations, and legislation. For example: • B S 7671 – ‘Path to follow for access to a safe area in the event of an emergency’. • Building standards technical handbook – means a route by which a person may reach a place of safety. • Approved Document B in England and Wales – that part which a person has to traverse before reaching either the safety of a final exit or the comparative safety of a protected escape route…

“There is a great deal of responsibility placed on contractors to apply Regulation 521.10.202”

The removal of ‘escape routes’ from the regulation now means that it applies to all areas of the installation.

There is no specific definition of ‘premature collapse’ to be found in Part 2 of BS 7671. One dictionary definition of ‘premature’ is, ‘occurring or done before the usual or proper time; too early’. Since the purpose of Regulation 521.10.202 is not to maintain the critical signal path, rather to limit the risk to firefighters; premature collapse should be considered in relation to that single purpose. Electrical contractors, network installers and the like are not best able to judge how fires behave, the likely temperatures that will be attained, nor how firefighters will carry out their role within a premises that is on fire. It is important therefore, that electrical contractors and other installers give due consideration to the support given to wiring systems to provide maximum reasonable application of Regulation 521.10.202. Scolmore group company, Unicrimp, offers a comprehensive range of cable accessories within its Q-Fire fire-rated range that are designed to provide the necessary protection from premature collapse. There is a great deal of responsibility placed on contractors to apply Regulation 521.10.202, not because they want to meet minimum expectations, rather because they want to protect firefighters who are working under extremely dangerous conditions.

An electrical contractor should consider, as a minimum, the following: all fixings: • W - Careful consideration should be given to the mass of the wiring system that is to be supported (including the trunking, cable tray, etc. with the cables in situ). - Will the structure of the building maintain sufficient fire resistance to permit cables to avoid the need for metallic supports? Will such supports be sufficient if firefighters damage ceilings when applying water? • C able clips – metallic clips are essential as indicated by Note 3 and 4 of Regulation 521.10.202. • Brackets or internal clips for PVC trunking – to keep the lid or cables in place (see Note 3 of Regulation 521.10.202).

Conclusion Electrical contractors should carefully consider their responsibilities when installing wiring systems. Under fire conditions, failure to make the right installation choices may lead to serious consequences. Unircrimp, unicrimp.com

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INNOVATIVE SUSPENSION SYSTEM SUPPORTS MMC The management of cables can now be classified under Modern Methods of Construction thanks to an innovative prefabricated bracket and track suspension system that is fast becoming the system of choice for contractors, not just in the UK, but globally.

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ne such project which has benefitted from using the Fast Trak suspension system is Merlin Park University Hospital in Galway, Ireland. The scheme, designed and delivered by Rhatigan Architects as part of two simultaneous projects, involved the delivery of an ambulance base for Galway City, a two-storey building which sympathetically echoed the original building design and a €1m extension housing two brand new orthopaedic theatres. The modern purpose-built theatres were developed to serve the needs of Galway and surrounding regions.

Challenge All successful construction projects delivered on time and within budget are reliant on the effective working of contractors and consistent supply of materials in-line with the schedule of works. However, more often than not, timescales are squeezed, which is where prefabricated products really come into their own. Sub-contractor H&F Electrical Contractors was chosen to deliver the electrical services at Merlin Park University Hospital and wanted to ensure timescales were met. One way in which

The solution Fast Trak was selected for the suspension of electrical containment on site. The quick bracket suspension solution was chosen to reduce labour intensive on-site activity and help simplify the additional cable containment along with pipework and ductwork in building services applications. One of the new features of Fast Trak is the enhanced bracket innovation, which allows installers to fit the bracket in any orientation. Enabling the use of standard channel products and accessories as well as its unique quarter turn accessories increases flexibility. There is also a suspension point guide, providing faster and safer alignment of brackets as well as a pioneering four-way latch which can be used in any orientation. This negates the need for tools and provides a much faster and simpler installation and quick adjustment. The advancements made to the track include a ladder style – this allows brackets to be installed in increments of 10mm, meaning specified heights can be kept with minimal effort, also enabling the tiering of brackets, to increase the number of services per run. The new manufacturing technologies developed mean that the ladder track is now curved and can be snapped or bent, providing a neat and tidy finish with minimal to zero waste, all while delivering increased track rigidity and load ratings.

Contractor’s thoughts The Contracts Manager for H&F Electrical says: “With the tight programme we have, we needed something that we could get in quickly, so Fast Trak fit the bill. The services we’ve installed using Fast Trak has been containment, tray, basket and trunking. By using Fast Trak we’ve been able to save a considerable amount of time on the installation and I would definitely recommend the system to others.” In fact, statistics show that Fast Trak can make installations on average six times faster when compared with traditional threaded rod installations. In addition, labour cost can be three times less, which can equate to thousands of pounds saved. So with, bottom line savings coupled with increased health and safety plus a measurable and sustainable carbon footprint, Fast Trak really is the system of choice for not only H&F Electrical but for contractors across the globe. Manufactured by Gripple, Fast Trak is also a zero-waste product which comprises metal tracks and mounting brackets which arrive on site in pre-cut lengths, it offers total embodied CO2 savings and provides BREAM credits and LEED points. Gripple, gripple.com

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it found it could work smarter and save time was to look for an alternative to traditional threaded rod suspension kits. These traditional kits are extremely time consuming in both preparation and installation, making deliveries difficult, and also require additional health and safety measures such as hot works permits. The answer the company found was the Fast Trak prefabricated suspension system by Gripple, a modern solution that provides versatility and flexibility and is known to reduce installation times by 85%.

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RETROFIT AND REFURBISH — EASY OPTIONS FOR CABLE PROTECTION When it comes to upgrading the electrical infrastructure of existing properties, retrofit cable protection options can help electrical contractors capitalise on a growing refurbishment market. Alex Smith, Technical Director at Flexicon, identifies some of the areas to consider when specifying retrofit cable protection and how the right system can help speed time on the job while protecting vulnerable or existing cabling.

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he UK Green Building Council reports that the built environment accounts for a staggering 40% of UK emissions. Environmentally friendly retrofit solutions such as new heating, ventilation systems and enhanced energy management control and monitoring are increasingly specified – but all will require electrical cabling installations and infrastructure to be upgraded. In the 2021 Vision report, 96% of electrical contractors interviewed stated that new products to enable sustainable new builds and renovation of existing properties represent an opportunity for their business growth. And elsewhere, homeowners are being encouraged to upgrade to energy efficient solutions such as solar panels and heat pumps. These drivers are all leading to increased demand for retrofit electrical wiring systems, that will avoid major disruption to the building fabric or fixtures. It is important to minimise the duration of installation programmes to avoid unnecessary delay and disruption, meaning many contractors are seeking new cable protection solutions that help reduce time on the job.

“Divisible conduits, such as the new Flexicon FPADS range, allow existing cabling to be inserted laterally via a slit opening”

How to retrofit?

Protecting new cabling

Most contractors are familiar with the complexity of traditional retrofit cable protection solutions, with the installation team required to pull existing cabling through the open end of a conduit system. Conduit system manufacturers have been offering slit conduit options for some time, enabling installers to wrap insert the existing cabling to avoid disruption. However, it is important to ensure that the choice of flexible conduit system continues to offer the appropriate levels of protection for the environment and does not leave any areas of cabling or the installation exposed. Divisible conduits, such as the new Flexicon FPADS range, allow existing cabling to be inserted laterally via a slit opening. This product consists of two open conduit profiles, which then interlock to form a protected IP40 system around the cables. It is also important to consider the cable routing. Traditional split conduit options can potentially expose cabling when bent or routed around corners, whereas the newer, divisible conduit options will maintain more mechanical strength and continuous protection of the cabling, irrespective of orientation or routing due to their interlocking design.

As well as considering retrofit options, specifiers may also be tasked with installing new electrical cabling at the same time. In this scenario, there is a broader range of options available, and specification should consider the range of external hazards that the cabling may be exposed to; whether that is to meet a certain IP rating, enhanced fire performance properties, resistance to chemicals or UV exposure to name a few. Where fatigue life or impact resistance is important, installers should consider nylon polyamide (PA) corrugated flexible conduits, which can offer high impact strength and recovery if crushed combined with excellent temperature performance. Polypropylene and PVC conduit systems are available; however, both systems are inferior to nylon polyamide (PA) when it comes to fire performance, resistance to solvents and their abrasion resistance properties. With no exposed metallic content, non-metallic conduits do not rust or corrode, thus maintaining performance and appearance over time. In addition, it is worth considering labour and installation time. Non-metallic systems are often quicker to install than metallic options as they are easier and faster to cut. Non-metallic fittings will typically be one piece and simply push on and twist to secure. For more complex application requirements, customers should speak to their supplier to discuss bespoke options. These could include conduit supplied in non-standard or pre-cut lengths, in larger or smaller diameters or with different thread termination or fitting options. Additionally, more complex requirements, such as altering performance characteristics to meet a certain temperature requirement, compression strength or abrasion resistance or to achieve a greater fatigue life may also be considered.

Termination and fittings

Most contractors are familiar with the complexity of traditional retrofit cable protection solutions

All cable protection should be specified as a complete end-to-end system, considering not only the flexible conduit used, but the range of termination and fittings required also. To make it easier to terminate cabling in retrofit applications, Flexicon now offers its new Flexicon FPADS range, with a hinged fitting and locknut to wrap around existing cabling, meaning no disruption and easy and secure termination.

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HAIRMYRES UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL UPGRADES CAR PARK AND RECEPTION LIGHTING Powerlite Fitzgerald, a UK manufacturer of energy efficient LED lighting for the commercial, industrial, educational and healthcare sectors, has been selected by Hairmyres University Hospital to update the outdated and ineffective lighting in its car park and reception area.

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ounded in 1919, the University Hospital based in Lanarkshire, Scotland wanted to upgrade its existing car park and interior reception lighting. Powerlite Fitzgerald was approached by Bradstone Lighting to provide an onsite survey and lighting design. Having worked together for over 20 years, Bradstone Lighting chose Powerlite Fitzgerald’s systems and experience for the application of a low maintenance and aesthetically pleasing solution. Hairmyres Hospital was looking to create a safer car park environment for its staff and visitors. It also wanted to reduce the running and maintenance costs associated with its high-level lighting. Powerlite Fitzgerald was able to assist in creating a car park with a more uniform spread of light, reducing light pollution, whilst giving Hairmyres more control over directional lighting to create better coverage. Powerlite Fitzgerald also worked with Bradstone Lighting to create a more

Hairmyres Hospital was looking to create a safer car park environment for its staff and visitors

welcoming entrance/reception area for patients and visitors by installing lighting solutions with warmer colour renderings, which was previously unachievable with its old discharge fittings. Externally, Powerlite Fitzgerald proposed the 70W visage lighting heads to give Hairmyres instant light, and more control, as discharge requires a cooling period. Due to the 24/7 need of the car park – which has constant pedestrian and traffic movement – access was often difficult to orchestrate. However, Powerlite Fitzgerald was able to conduct an out of hours install

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to ensure that there was no disruption to hospital services. Ben Arscott, Sales Director at Powerlite Fitzgerald, comments, “We are delighted that we were able to assist Hairmyres in creating a safe parking and reception environment for their staff and visitors with directional lighting. We were glad to provide suitable luminaires to replace their existing lighting and allow Hairmyres to reduce their running and maintenance costs significantly in each area.” Powerlite Fitzgerald, powerlitefitz.co.uk

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EXTERIOR LIGHTING FOR COMMERCIAL PREMISES Exterior lighting is an important consideration for any commercial property design, essential for heightening safety and security as well as enhancing a building’s aesthetic and visual appeal.

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When designing and installing an external lighting scheme, considerable thought must be given to energy consumption and ratings

hen approaching the design and installation of exterior lighting for a commercial building, a great place to start is by defining why it is needed and what function it is expected to achieve. Is it purely a design element or is employee or visitor welfare a key concern? Once these crucial concepts have been detailed, it’s then time to consider individually the different spaces that require illumination. Of course, the design elements will differ according to the requirements of each individual project, but commonly this will encompass car parks, pathways, pavements to the entrance doors and the entrance area itself. Façade lighting to enhance the aesthetic appearance of the building may also be a requirement for the illumination of company signage unless already supplied pre-lit by a specialist sign company. When it comes to product specification, in each area it is likely that different products will be most suitable. For car parking areas which are remote from the building structure, floodlights and street lights are an ideal solution, providing high levels of illumination to keep individuals and their vehicles safe. It’s also worth ensuring that the specified luminaires are specifically designed to minimise glare for drivers moving around the car park. For pedestrian walkway and access areas, bollard lights are a stylish and practical way to illuminate the path and improve safety after dark. Typically, two to four feet high, bollards improve visibility by projecting light horizontally and/or downward. Many are also CCT selectable, enabling different colour hues to be delivered.

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Wall lights are not only practical lighting options but have decorative appeal too

“LED light sources are the most energy efficient available, using about 85% less electricity than incandescent bulbs and as much as 50% less than fluorescents”

The obvious choice for entrance areas are wall mounted lights. Available in a huge range of styles, encompassing both traditional and contemporary designs, wall lights are not only practical lighting options but have decorative appeal too. As with bollards, many are CCT selectable, meaning the same hue can be achieved throughout the external scheme. Regardless of the type of fitting required, when it comes to external lighting it is also important to consider the construction of the products selected. Die-cast aluminium, polycarbonate or stainless-steel casings are robust and offer the best performance against the elements for a longer lifespan. Ensure products with a hight IP and IK rating are selected. At a time where energy costs are spiralling and businesses and other commercial organisations are focussed on reducing their carbon emissions, when designing and installing an external lighting scheme, considerable thought must be given to energy consumption and ratings. LED light sources are the most energy efficient available, using about 85% less electricity than incandescent bulbs and as much as 50% less than fluorescents. They have a much longer lifespan too, ranging from 30,000 to 100,000 hours or more at constant operation, requiring less maintenance. Automation plays a key factor in improving energy use and automated technology should undoubtedly be incorporated in an eternal lighting system. Where possible, utilising ‘smart’ products to create a connected system will deliver the most controllable and energy efficient external lighting solution available. Systems embedded with technology such as Octo WiZ Connected technology enable

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numerous luminaires to be linked together and controlled, allowing different scenes, groups and schedules to be created as required. This means that external lighting can be set to come on automatically at the end of the working day, for example, or colour temperature can be programmed to become brighter during the late afternoon as natural day light begins to fade. Scheduling time of use, output levels and colour temperatures will all ensure optimum energy use and will eliminate any reliance on human intervention – reducing the risk of users accidentally leaving the lights on and wasting energy. Alternatively, products with either photocell or motion sensor detection technology will also help to optimise energy use. Floodlighting, street lighting and bollard products are often fitted with this technology, enabling the luminaires to turn on as either daylight reduces or motion is detected and off as morning light brightens or stillness resumes. They are convenient, low maintenance options that require almost no human intervention once installed. One final consideration in the external lighting planning process is emergency lighting. It is advisable that there should be a proportion of lighting products incorporated within any external lighting scheme that has emergency functionality, delivering illumination to keep areas safe and secure even in the event of a mains power failure. Emergency lighting can be an integrated feature within the mains lighting equipment or dedicated stand-alone luminaires can be used – either way, it will need to meet the requirements detailed within BS5266-1:2016, BS1838:2013 and BS EN 50172:2004. Ansell Lighting, anselluk.com

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DW WINDSOR’S REN BLOSSOMS AT RHS GARDEN WISLEY Located in the heart of leafy Surrey, RHS Garden Wisley is one of the UK’s most frequented gardens and one of the horticultural charity’s premier green spaces. With a splendid array of flora and fauna spread across 240 acres, Wisley is home to some of the largest plant collections in the world.

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s the Royal Horticultural Society’s flagship garden, Wisley is committed to ‘Building a Greener Future’, and regularly embarks on improvement projects to enhance the visitor experience. The society is currently undergoing a £160 million redevelopment programme encompassing several major projects, including the UK’s first dedicated horticultural scientific centre of excellence at Wisley, RHS Hilltop – The Home of Garden Science. RHS Hilltop is surrounded by four acres of ‘living laboratories’ set in three new gardens, with the Wellbeing Garden designed by Matt Keightley of Rosebank Landscaping, and built by Mark Gregory of Landform Associates. The site is open to the public and will highlight educational opportunities and scientific work in the field of horticulture. Lighting was a key element of the Hilltop project. It was vital that functional lighting was provided to ensure the safety

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of all staff and the 1.5 million annual visitors to RHS Garden Wisley. Ben Brace, Greenspace Projects Manager at RHS, specified the lighting. Having a working knowledge of DW Windsor through previous roles, Ben approached the British manufacturer to supply the exterior lighting. Ben specified DW Windsor’s Ren bollard to illuminate the surrounding pathways within the Wellbeing Garden. The luminaire’s narrow profile and discreet design made it the ideal choice to aid wayfinding without interrupting the look and flow of the garden space. Ren is an award-winning architectural lighting solution offered in two widths, three heights and a range of colour temperatures from 2700-4000K. In addition, it utilises a unique optical system featuring reeded diffusing glass to improve lateral distribution whilst also delivering zero back spill. This makes Ren an incredibly versatile solution while still offering impressive lighting performance for outdoor environments, with the ability to achieve P5 lighting classes at a 6m spacing.

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“It was vital that functional lighting was provided to ensure the safety of all staff and the 1.5 million annual visitors to RHS Garden Wisley”

For the RHS Hilltop scheme, a colour temperature of 2700K was specified, helping to create an inviting ambience within the garden while minimising the impact on the surrounding flora and fauna. Ben says: “Embarking on the Hilltop project has been very exciting for the RHS. While the lighting was an important part of the development, we wanted to ensure the gardens looked as stunning as possible. Ren is the perfect solution to provide function with perfect form; blending in with the surroundings and not disrupting the appeal of the green space.” Dean Johnston, Area Sales Manager at DW Windsor, adds: “As experts in public realm projects, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase our capabilities on a garden project. RHS Wisley is a stunning green space, and the aesthetics, form and function of our Ren bollard work in perfect harmony with the look of the new Hilltop gardens.” RHS Hilltop is already proving popular with visitors and is set to inspire generations of gardeners for years to come. DW Windsor, dwwindsor.com

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HOW TO SAVE MONEY WITH ONE SIMPLE SWITCH With energy prices and the cost of living set to rise significantly from April, many of us will be looking for ways we can save money and reduce our annual energy bills.

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s this is also a time when the weather will be getting warmer, some people will also be looking to update their outdoor spaces in time for the summer without breaking the bank too. One simple way to reduce annual spending through your energy bills is by switching to LED bulbs. LEDs offer an energy-efficient, money-saving alternative to traditional lighting solutions, and the low operating temperatures of the bulbs mean your outside decor isn’t at risk from heat damage. Not only do they require a lot less electricity to run, they are more sustainable. In addition, they also have an extended lifespan of around 50,000 hours – this is 50 times more than a standard incandescent bulb. As a result of this, a bulb with around 10 hours of use per day can cost less than £3 a year. With this extended lifespan, the bulbs won’t need to be replaced as quickly as traditional bulbs, saving money in the long term. For those looking to reduce their carbon footprint, LED lights use up to 90% less energy than standard incandescent bulbs,

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saving money on annual electricity bills at a time when we really need the extra money, and reducing annual carbon dioxide emissions by around 5kg per bulb. To put this into context, the average home could see a 63kg annual reduction in carbon emissions simply by switching to LED lights. Recent research by lighting supplier Ultra LEDs revealed that the average household spent £300 on garden renovations this past year*. Reasons for making changes were varied, but more than half of respondents said they wanted their gardens to be a relaxing haven, while a third stated that entertaining guests was the main reason for the update. However, this year, people will be looking at areas where they can save money rather than spend it. So how do you update your outdoor space while saving money? Festoon lights provide flexible and adaptable lighting for every type of outdoor space and by using LED bulbs, you’ll save both energy and money. Ultra LEDs’ Pro Series Heavy Duty Festoon String Kit has been designed specifically for long term outdoor installations in commercial premises such as retail spaces, pub, bar and restaurant gardens and outdoor events. They can also

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be used for anyone looking to spruce up their garden or balcony at home too, and come in a variety of lengths with five, 10 and 20 metres available. Featuring a robust rubber outer casing on both the cable and bulb sockets, as well as being IP65 rated, you won’t need to worry about the great British weather either. Matthew Shaw, Head of Sales at Ultra LEDs comments: “We’ve seen a lot of customers looking for outdoor lights that are easy to install, which has meant our lighting kits have been very popular. Our bestseller has definitely been festoon lights. “Not only will the LED bulbs help save customers money and energy, the flexibility, reliability and our large range of festoon kits helps make them suitable for all types of outdoor spaces and budgets. We have bulbs in lots of different colours as well as classic white, and because the bulbs and strings can be bought individually as well as in pre-selected kits, customers can easily customise their display.” Ultra LEDs, ultraleds.co.uk

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REDUCING LIGHT POLLUTION FOR DARK SKIES As light pollution increases, curbing the environmental impact of urban lighting is growing in importance. In this article, Dan Griffiths, Technical Manager at Tamlite Lighting, outlines how high quality and consistent solutions can make a difference.

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o one would deny that the problem of light pollution has become more acute as society has moved towards round the clock living. In the words of Amanda Gormley from the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA), “The disappearance of the night sky is tied up in our ever more fast-paced world.”[1] The quality and consistency – or lack thereof – of urban lighting has been a frequent topic of discussion for many years. Simultaneously, there has been a growing awareness of its impact in the environment. Most recently, the Countryside Charity CPRE and the British Astronomical Association’s Commission for Dark Skies sought public assistance in evaluating how light pollution affects the night sky. Such is the current impact of sky glow, it is estimated that 55% of the population in the UK cannot see the Milky Way[2], whilst only 22% of England has pristine night skies, considered as completely free of light pollution. [3] The IDA cites the major causes of light pollution as: “Glare or excessive brightness; sky glow, which drowns out the night sky over urban areas; light trespass or stray lighting falling where it is not needed; and clutter, or confusing groups of bright light sources.”[4] It is not hard to envisage the scale of the problem faced in the UK when you consider that there are more than nine million street lamps and 27 million offices, factories, warehouses and homes. Moreover, the density of urban spaces – and the potential lighting output that comes with it – is increasing at a rapid rate. Data shows that in 1950 the urban population as a percent of the total population was 79%. By 1990 this had grown to 88.7%, and by 2030 it is expected to reach 92.2%.[5] To address the issue, better designed urban lighting is needed – whether it is street lighting, lighting the exterior of buildings or in public spaces – to strike the right balance between light and darkness. Here are Tamlite’s top tips for achieving this.

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•  Switching to LED lighting: LED lighting is extremely energy efficient. Indeed, the Energy Saving Trust reports if every street lamp in the UK was upgraded to LED, it would save in the region of £77 million.[3] •  Design considerations: Poor lighting design results in energy waste, light spill and light intrusion, and the IDA estimates that 35% of artificial light is wasted by being poorly aimed or unshielded.[7] The nature of urban spaces may be subject to considerable variation – from busy side-streets to parks – but it is vital to invoke one universal design principle: that lighting should be highly directional and provided only when and where it is needed. Modern LED systems ensure that lighting is radiated into the right space at the right time, in a way that minimises light spill or trespass. Upward Light Output Ratio (ULOR) describes the amount of upward light distributed from a luminaire. For urban lighting solutions, this ratio needs to be as small as possible, to ensure that the output is angled downwards, only where it needs to be. •  Assessing the area: Another key aspect of urban lighting design that also gets largely ignored is the lack of consideration for the individual requirements of a given area. In many cases, standard fixtures can be applied across the board. Yet, it is essential to ensure that the lighting is appropriate for its environment, whether that’s a major road, residential street or a pedestrianised city centre. For example, a high street will typically require a far higher and more dense level of illumination (10-20 lux) than a suburban space that could fall under the remit of dark-sky preservation orders (5 lux). •  Illumination levels: The level of illumination at different times of night is key. In the evening, exterior lighting eases the transition between day and night, allowing people to adjust to darkening skies. This is particularly important in the autumn and winter as daylight levels are low during rush hour, and many people are walking to or from work. ‘Good lighting practice is the provision of the right light, at the right time, in the right place, controlled by the right system’ is the introduction to the ILP Guidance Note, GN01/21, The Reduction of Obtrusive Light and goes on to talk about how the control and reduction of obtrusive light is hugely important for exterior lighting. The invention of artificial light and its application in the external environment has done much to safeguard and enhance our night-time environment but, if not properly controlled, obtrusive light (light pollution) can present serious physiological and ecological problems.

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•  Colour considerations: When designing exterior lighting solutions, it is also important to take into account the colour of the luminaires installed. For example, blue-rich white light is particularly troublesome when it is excessive, especially in areas where houses are adjacent to commercial properties, because it can impair circadian rhythms and sleep. It is also significantly brighter than most alternative lighting solutions, which increases the level of light trespass and has damaging consequences for both humans and wildlife. By lowering the colour temperature to warmer whites creates a lighting solution that benefits both nature and people.

Better designed urban lighting is needed

The importance of proper planning when lighting urban spaces is bound to become even more crucial as the number of people living in towns and cities grows. Those who want to deliver a safe, attractive, and sustainable environment would be well advised to give lighting due care and attention throughout their urban spaces, working on the basis that a well-specified and efficient lighting infrastructure can be a benefit to all citizens, and the environment, for generations to come. Tamlite Lighting, tamlite.co.uk

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Lighting for Education For over 50 years, Tamlite Lighting has proudly partnered with contractors and Installers. As a trusted UK lighting manufacturer, we continue to offer solutions with both the installer and application in mind, benefitting student and teacher. Lighting for installers. Lighting for education. Lighting for the future. Explore our education offering Visit tamlite.co.uk/ecn-education

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LIGHT UP YOUR SECURITY Securing a home or business property from unwanted attention doesn’t necessarily mean investing in the very latest CCTV system. Exterior security lighting can provide a simple to install and affordable way of enhancing home and business security. Neil Baldwin, Managing Director at ESP, looks at some of the options available.

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or some home and business owners, it may be a case of starting from scratch with the provision of security; for others a case of replacing old and corroded equipment or upgrading to a more sophisticated and reliable system. The installer working on the project can do an assessment of the requirements and advise on the best solution to meet specific needs. For those clients with no external security measures in place to protect their properties, the installation of a simple camera and security floodlight system could be the answer to deterring unwanted intruders. There are a range of products available, such as a complete, all-in-one, energy efficient, high-performance LED PIR floodlight system. A combined security camera and LED floodlight, like ESP’s GuardCam LED for example, is suitable not just for securing domestic properties, but also for areas around offices and industrial or agricultural units. These systems are straightforward to install by simply

“A simple camera and security floodlight system could be the answer to deterring unwanted intruders”

The built-in PIR sensor fitting provides added security, and it comes with predefined settings

connecting to the mains power, fixing to the wall and setting the time and date via the supplied SD card. Once switched on it will detect an intruder, floodlight the area, and initiate a high definition video recording directly to an internal SD card. If selected, an audible warning can be delivered, and users have the ability to record their own warning message. For a more sophisticated solution there are Wi-Fi versions available that offer the additional benefit of remote monitoring via smartphone or tablet. ESP recently added a 2K (4MP) Wi-Fi Security Camera with adjustable Twin Spots to its GuardCam range, offering installers a high specification, superior resolution product. With the typical resolution for security cameras in the market currently at 1080p (2MP), ESP’s 2K (4MP) offer sets the security light apart in a competitive marketplace, providing a key selling point for installers and end users. It makes an ideal contemporary upgrade from an old and worn floodlight and includes the option for remote monitoring via smartphone or tablet, using the specially developed, subscription-free, ESP Smart 2K app. The in-built 2K (4MP)

camera offers notifications and video storage in the event of motion and human detection triggers, and the adjustable 5000K dual LED lamps (with a combined 2600 lumen output) provide flexible options for light coverage. It is available in a white or black finish and features a robust, IP65 rated housing. For other projects, it may be that exterior lighting is required simply to light up areas to the front, back or side of a property to make access around these areas safe during the dark. If this is the case, there are a number of options for a good quality LED floodlighting provision. Today, there are slimline low energy LED floodlights available that are meeting the growing trend for a stylish, more aesthetic lighting solution than the bulky options often associated with floodlights. A range like ESP’s NightHawk Plus offers a choice of wattage/lumen outputs to ensure a solution for a broad range of applications, from small walkways, through to large gardens and work yards. The range offers 10W/800 lumen, 20W/1600 lumen, 30W/2400 lumen and 50W/4000 lumen fittings, with each one available as a straightforward floodlight and as a PIR version. The standard fitting is switched on and off manually or can be wired into an external device – such as a digital timer – and is suitable where control of the lighting system is preferred. The built-in PIR sensor fitting provides added security, and it comes with predefined settings – range, Lux level and the trigger time duration parameters – for ease of use. The fittings are simple and straightforward to install using the adjustable bracket supplied. They each offer a 4000K colour temperature which produces a cool white output and they feature a textured diffuser which helps prevent an intense glare and adds to the overall aesthetic design. Each product in the range is available in black or white to maximise the choice and appeal to suit all exteriors. The robust housings are IP65 rated. Even where an existing external light or security light might be in place, chances are that it is old, corroded and out of order. Yet, a fully functioning, replacement solution can be installed in no more than 15 minutes and without the need for additional cabling. This is an easy solution for installers to sell to customers. ESP, espuk.com

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HAMILTON’S SPRINGING UP ALL OVER THE GARDEN! Spring is often the time that homeowners start thinking about updating their gardens, and for a short period only, have a fervent interest in outdoor lighting and wiring accessories. This makes it a busy season for contractors and an opportunity to reap more sales for wholesalers.

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Power can be delivered to a shed, garden office, or wherever it’s needed

Power can be delivered to a shed, garden office, or wherever it’s needed with Hamilton’s Elemento weatherproof wiring accessories. IP66 certified RCD units ensure safe operation of outdoor equipment, such as hedge trimmers, lawnmowers and outdoor heaters, or an easy-access power solution while working from an outdoor table. To safely power lighting, entrance gates and garage doors – amongst other electrical circuits – the Elemento range features 20AX Retractive and Double Pole Switches. The Retractive Switch automatically sits in the ‘off’ position. Pressing and holding the switch ‘on’ restores power to the circuit, which is indicated by a red neon power light.

The Elemento range is easy to install with convenient white-on-black terminal markings and only requires one size of screwdriver for installation. The solutions are IP66 rated with an easy-to-open latch and scientifically-formulated gel seal that ensures integrity and protection from water, dust and small particles. The casings are contemporary in design but robust and impact resistant. They can also withstand hot and cold extremes without discolouring, fading or cracking, making them perfect for the temperamental British weather! Moreover, they come with a 10-year guarantee for peace of mind.

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250 metres. An additional programmable feature is the ‘Timed’ mode that powers a circuit for up to four minutes - useful to ensure pathways are well lit for those going to and from garden office spaces when burning the midnight oil. Together, Hamilton’s Elemento outdoor wiring accessories and Hamilton Air Wireless Switching help bring a powerful boost in functionality to the garden, making it more comfortable and convenient to use all year round. Hamilton, hamilton-litestat.com

Take control of the garden Once power to the garden has been established, Hamilton’s IP56-rated Air Wireless 4-Channel Switching system enables remote control of different outdoor electrical features, such as garden lighting, electric gates, and pumps for decorative water features. Each channel has a maximum loading of 1.25kW, with a total load capacity of 4kW. Due to the efficiency of modern LED lighting, this maximum load will be more than adequate for most. For control, each unit comes with a battery-powered wireless transmitter wall plate that can be mounted indoors or inside a garden office. Alternatively, a convenient hand-held key fob can be used. Each enables on/off circuit control up to

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via’s EVO range of energy-saving LED bulkheads has been designed with the installer in mind, offering convenience and speed of installation as their

key attributes. The range currently comprises the standard EVO bulkhead, EVO ORB, EVO Slim and EVO Deco XL. They all benefit from a fast-fit twist and lock installation mechanism and they feature a tri-colour CCT switch integrated onto the LED Board, making it easy to switch from 3000k, 4000k and 6000k. The standard IP65-rated EVO bulkhead is available in black and white and in 12W and 16W versions. A popular feature with contractors is the benefit of four 20mm conduit knockouts, which enables surface conduit work directly into the luminaire. The IP65-rated EVO ORB bulkhead is a stylish model with larger dimensions – 320mm diameter and 113mm depth – and is available in 12W and 16W versions. The IP65-rated EVO Slim has a depth of just 57mm, making it ideal where a subtle solution may be sought, or where space is tight. EVO DECO XL is a 20W, IP54-rated bulkhead with a 470mm diameter and 96mm depth. Typical applications will be

larger, more open areas to avoid the need for a greater number of smaller fittings to meet the required light levels. All EVO models are available in Standard, Microwave, Emergency and Microwave Emergency. The Microwave versions feature a step dim function where it steps to 10% or 30% in no

presence areas. Most competitor products would require dimmable control gear to provide this option for corridor function type. All EVO Emergency bulkheads also feature Lithium ion batteries in the emergency packs. Each EVO model comes with a five-year warranty.

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HOW TO SCALE YOUR BUSINESS WITH JOB MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE simPRO Software’s Business Development Manager, Vishal Bedi, shares how electrical businesses can use cloud-based job management software to easily manage their sales, operations and marketing initiatives as they scale their business.

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t’s an exciting moment when the time comes to finally take on more service, project, and maintenance work that will take your electrical business to the next level. But how do you make sure you’re set up for success as you scale? You need to make sure that you have the right technology in place that helps you automate tedious, manual tasks and more efficiently manage your sales, operations and marketing activity as a result so that you can sustainably drive new business (and keep your head from spinning). Here’s how cloud-based job management software can help.

Create competitive estimates on the fly to easily win new business With job management software, you can quickly create, update and submit accurate, winning estimates in your first meeting with a potential new customer via mobile app. It can also allow you to accurately forecast projects and control costs with tools like takeoffs, and features such as pre-built assemblies, individual catalogue items, labour rates, subcontractor costs, contingencies and disbursements. More importantly, it enables you to exceed customer expectations during the life of a project with the capability to make ongoing updates, review approvals and send estimates to your customer from anywhere and at any time. The faster and more accurately you can create competitive estimates, the more likely you will stand out from the competition and win new business. Dan Ogden, Director at D&B Electrical, Leicestershire, finds that cloud-based job management software not only helps

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his electrical business allocate proper resources for new jobs and projects. It also helps the company deliver a better customer experience by allowing it to access job details and easily communicate status to customers quickly. The company’s ability to provide exceptional customer service now sets them apart from others. “simPRO has given us the edge against our competition really,” says Dan. “Now we can easily go ‘here you are, this is exactly what we’ve done, who’s done it, when it was done, and how much it has cost to replace’. Simple.”

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Want to know how long it takes field staff to arrive on-site? Need to find out where you are making and losing money? Or do you just want to know the number of jobs scheduled for the week? Business reporting allows you to answer all of these questions and many more so that you can adequately manage your operations. Solid reporting processes are essential for identifying trends, seeing where you are making and losing money and highlighting inefficiencies while you scale. And when all of your project details are housed in one

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cloud-based software, it is easy to generate reports and gain insight into key parts of your jobs and projects as well as your overall business health. simPRO job management software offers standard reports such as Work in Progress and Cost to Complete, which help keep your projects on track. Advanced business intelligence reporting, such as a BI Reporting Add-On, allows you to create more customised reports, dashboards and data visualisations that can help you make predictions and forecast growth while you scale. Tom Simmonds, Managing Director at Allfire Protection, Sussex, finds that the reporting capabilities provided by job management software increases the company’s understanding of job profitability and overall cash flow visibility. This helps him make better-informed decisions for his business. “Reporting has meant that I can quickly see planned against actual work,” says Tom. “What have we billed? Are we on target? Where are the engineers? How’s the job progressing? Are we ready to invoice? I always know exactly what’s going on.”

Automatically request reviews after service to build credibility and attract referrals According to software review site G2, “about 50% of consumers need to see at least a 4-star rating to consider a business.” Besides simple word of mouth, online reviews can be the make or break for customers when deciding if they even want to hire you in the first place. Put your best foot forward online by asking top satisfied customers to leave positive reviews online. The more reviews you gather, the higher your overall rating, which helps you stand out on review sites. Some job management software actually integrates with review sites, such as Podium (a top review site for electricians), to automatically request customer reviews as soon as you’ve completed a job or project for them. For example, with the Podium integration, completing a job in simPRO triggers a text sent to the customer requesting a review. This integration makes capturing reviews and boosting credibility simple by incorporating the process directly into any workflow. The more positive reviews you can gather, the easier it is to fill your website or other marketing with positive, honest feedback about your business that shows credibility and builds trust with potential customers. Plus, there’s usually an opportunity for a great referral and more new business for every positive review you gather!

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Darren Thorne, Managing Director, at DT Fire Systems, Surrey, quickly saw the positive impact job management software had on the company’s ability to deliver the best customer experience when a large customer gave positive feedback on its quick and clear communication about the status of a job. “I think the confidence came from when we had a large corporate client, that after the first maintenance visit, gave us feedback immediately after we sent the asset report,” says Darren. “They said the information that our system produced was the best they’d ever seen with detail, along with what they were getting at the end of the job.”

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The success trades businesses like D&B Electrical, Allfire Protection and DT Fire Systems have seen with job management software goes beyond sales, operations and marketing. Job management software has helped them streamline all of the tedious manual tasks holding them back from scaling and ultimately helped them grow in every area of their business. How will your business grow and thrive with job management software on your side? Are you ready to run more efficient sales, operations and marketing to scale your electrical business? Visit the simPRO website to learn more. simPRO Software, simprogroup.com

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EASIER THAN YOU THINK Every electrical contractor knows that going digital is the way forward, but some are put off by perceptions that it will take a lot of time and money to make the transition. It’s easier than you might think.

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Quora Group says the system is helping it to win more business

here has been a seismic shift to digital working in recent years and the pandemic has accelerated that trend. A lot of electrical contractors have already made the first move to be at least partially paper-free, with software available for accounting as well as for compliance, job booking and scheduling – and many have also installed vehicle tracking. However, these various systems often operate separately, which increases workloads and complexity along with the challenge of dealing with multiple suppliers. Staff have to switch from one system to another and then manually enter data for customer reporting, invoicing and accounting. Nevertheless, digitalisation is no longer an option, especially for contractors looking to attract bigger clients. Property investors, retailers and large facility management companies have all been busy automating their processes and now require real time, digital reports; proof of compliance, digital certifications and evidence of the ‘job done’.

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“BigChange enables workers on site to use mobile devices to synchronise in real-time with the office – and managers out of the office”

With these growing demands from the industry, electrical contractors have to raise their game. What they are increasingly looking for is a complete end-to-end, seamless and digital solution that works as well out in the field as it does in the office. A great example is BigChange, a solution that brings together customer relationship management (CRM), job scheduling, live tracking, field resource management, job finance and business intelligence into one platform. BigChange enables workers on site to use mobile devices to synchronise in real-time with the office – and managers out of the office – giving everyone 24/7 visibility of all jobs. Compliance is made easy as vehicle trackers provide live location information, which is supported by accurate, time-stamped records, all backed up with accompanying photographs from site.

Scaling up A provider of mechanical and electrical building services says its new job management system is helping it to win more business. Founded in 2005, Quora Group works nationwide with a range of clients across the public and private sector. The £10 million turnover company operates a fleet of more than 20 Ford Transit Custom vans for its mobile engineers. Quora uses the BigChange field service management software, which it says is enabling it to win new public sector tenders. Craig Firth, director and co-founder of Quora Group, says, “BigChange is definitely a sales tool for us and has helped us to grow the business. We work primarily in the public sector, with contracts predominantly in healthcare and education. In these environments there is a high level of compliance and documentation required. BigChange enables us to offer a far higher level of service in terms of digitised, evidence-based compliance and reporting than a company that still uses a paper-based system. It has been a big advantage for us in terms of winning and delivering these public sector contracts.” The North Tyneside company started out in 2005 but has grown from a father and son operation into a thriving business with

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more than 50 direct employees. “Part of that growth has been down to BigChange,” adds Craig. “We use it across three of our four divisions, and it has helped us scale quickly. It is a simple product to use but it has so many functions and our clients love it.” Quora uses BigChange in its electrical, service and maintenance, and water treatment divisions. A complete, simple to use and easy to integrate platform bringing together customer relationship management (CRM), job scheduling, live tracking, field resource management, job finance and business intelligence. BigChange allows for all job scheduling and reporting to be done digitally, eliminating the need for mobile engineers to visit the office to pick up or drop off job cards. Rugged PDAs are also used to record job completion, including photographic evidence. “The ability to adapt the work sheets is a great feature of the software,” says Craig. “We have just won a big contract for a local authority, and that includes specific documentation that they want us to use. I can create a worksheet in BigChange and provide them with a document that is exactly what they want.” Quora also uses live tracking for its emergency call-out service. “We have service level agreements that require us to respond to emergencies within a certain time frame,” says Craig. “With BigChange we can see the locations of the engineers in real time, identify the person who is closest and has the right skill set to respond to the call-out, then inform the client with an accurate ETA.” Quora Group has three ISO accreditations: 9001 (quality management), 14001 (environmental management), and 45001 (health and safety). BigChange has helped it achieve all three. “As part of our ISO management system we use BigChange to monitor and measure the greenhouse gas emissions from our vehicles,” adds Craig. “It also helps with our health and safety management, because we can easily provide evidence that we have done what we said we were going to do.” BigChange, bigchange.com

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HOW TO WIN PROFITABLE ELECTRICAL CONTRACTS THANKS TO ESTIMATING SOFTWARE Ensign’s mission for the last 42 years (and counting) has been to connect contractors to profit and the company says it has been very successful in doing so. In fact, a recent client survey identified that 95% of its users increased the profitability of their jobs. The newly released Ensign X looks to build on this achievement by combining automated take-off with best-in-class estimating.

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he profit an electrical contractor makes on a job is locked in at the quotation stage – not on site – therefore, ensuring your estimate is as accurate as possible is a must. It’s incredibly easy to make simple mistakes when manually quoting a job, whether you miss something in your take-off or accidentally count one of those 300mm trapeze hangers more than once – classic. Human error is one element of a potential loss-making quotation, another is using out of date pricing. Keeping your business successful isn’t possible without making a profit on every job you undertake, but miscalculations and oversights can lead to your margins being eroded. It’s too late to try to claw back margin when you’ve gone to site so it’s really important that you get it right at the estimate submission stage. Software has been revolutionary in countless fields as time and technology have advanced, and the electrical contracting sector is no different. With the wide range of high-quality digital tools on the market today, pricing jobs with a 2B pencil and crossing your fingers that everything will be correct is an outdated approach. That’s where Ensign X comes in. Specifically designed to help you constantly produce accurate and profitable electrical estimates, Ensign X is packed with innovative features that make human errors a thing of the past: DF Background Removal – With a • P single click, you can remove all of the irrelevant information on a drawing and you’re left with what actually matters. You’ll no longer need to be a Where’s Wally veteran in order to ensure you haven’t missed a symbol.

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• S ymbol Auto-Counting – Imagine only having to count one symbol and, in turn, every other symbol is automatically counted. Once you’ve identified one symbol on the drawing, the software will automatically take care of the rest for you with unrivalled accuracy. • Intelligent Assemblies – To help you price jobs with immense speed and accuracy you can create pre-set assemblies that include every necessary component and price a job effortlessly. For example, imagine you’re measuring some 300mm cable tray – with Ensign X with every click not only would you be measuring and pricing the tray, but also the bends, couplers, and supports that come with it. • Seamless Drawing Revision Management – Life is never straightforward and unexpected changes are around every corner.

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Competition is fierce for electrical contractors these days so its mightily important that your vital business practices are as efficient as possible. Estimating is where your money is made, therefore it would be a very rewarding idea to ensure that this step of the quotation process receives a lot of thought and potentially some investment. Take-off and estimating software could be the key for you to stay ahead of the rest and take your business to the next level, so why wait? Ensign, ensignonline.co.uk

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APPY DAYS FOR ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS In 2019, 55.5 million people in the UK were smartphone owners. According to Statista, in 2025, the number is estimated to reach 64.9 million. As the number of people owning a smart phone increases year on year, the popularity and use of apps continues to rise. Katie Plumstead, Marketing Manager at Scolmore Group, looks at how apps are making life easier for contractors and installers.

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sing an app to help with electrical work may have seemed unlikely a few years ago, however electrical professionals are increasingly using apps that deliver quick answers, manage and customise information consumption and hasten communication. Now, with information at their fingertips, they are armed with ever more powerful on-demand IT capabilities. Tasks that used to demand laborious hand calculations or time-consuming diversions to consult hefty code books (and the conveyance of information via face-to-face meetings, phone conversations and emails) have been sped up and simplified. With so many apps and so much information available, electricians will be looking for those that bring as much material as possible to their fingertips to make their working life easier, rather than having to search through a number of different sources. The award-winning Scolmore Group app brings to contractors a comprehensive range of features that will help them in their everyday tasks on site. It incorporates all the businesses within the Scolmore Group, with users having access to the full range of products from Click Scolmore, ESP fire and security, Ovia lighting and Unicrimp cable accessories – with just one click.

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Originally launched in 2016, the app has been continually updated, with the company acting on feedback from electricians and contractors to ensure that the free app works for them to save them time and therefore money. What sets the Scolmore Group app apart is the free ‘Tool Kit’ feature, which includes a selection of valuable calculators, designed to make it quick and easy for electricians to make essential calculations on the job. Included are Z’s values; Cable Selection and Voltage Drop; Power Factor; KVA Convertor; Cost Saving Calculator; Downlights Number Calculator; Resistance Calculator; Voltage Calculator; Current Calculator, Adiabatic Equation Calculator, Inceptor Intense LED Strip Configurator, Quick Quote Calculator and Power Calculator.

Energy and cost saving calculations With households and businesses facing huge hikes in energy bills, any help with energy consumption reductions will be welcomed. For businesses, replacing outdated lighting with modern LED systems will help them to improve energy consumption and reduce costs at a time when many of them are facing rising operational costs. For a quick guide to the cost and energy savings on products within the Ovia lighting collection, contractors can use the ‘Tool Kit’ feature on the Scolmore Group app where they can access the Ovia Lighting Cost Saving Calculator to see cost and energy savings across the product range. Popular among contractors is the ‘Quick Quote Calculator’, which is designed to let electricians/contractors create a quick quote as they are walking around the site. As well as providing the facility to create a quick quote, the ‘Quick Quote Calculator’ also has an advanced setting which allows installers/contractors to set up the unit cost of each item and how much they would like to charge for labour. It is also set up so that if a double socket, for example, is added to the quote, it will also automatically add a double back box.

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Also getting a lot of interest is the recently added LED Tape Configurator for the Ovia Inceptor Intense range of 24V LED strips. With a variety of strips, connectors, and drivers available in the range, installers have the flexibility for complete customisation. The simple LED Tape Configurator allows them to create the perfect LED Strip setup with an easy step-by-step guide. Free to download, the app features a complete range of searchable products from across the Scolmore Group companies (more than 10,000 products in total), product and tutorial videos, catalogue downloads and all the latest news and events to keep users up to date with what’s happening in the company and the industry. As well as browsing the complete range of products, users can add them to their Favourites or the Quote Basket. Electricians have the facility to email the contents of the basket for future reference, or straight to the wholesaler, providing all the information needed to obtain any quotations or make a purchase. Scolmore, scolmore.com

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REMAINING AT THE FOREFRONT OF DIGITAL SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT Andy Reakes, Head of Growth for the Joint Industry Board, discusses some of the new digital systems aimed at improving customer experience and raising industry standards.

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CSCS Smart Check represents a major step forward

or over 50 years the Joint Industry Board (JIB) has verified applicants’ qualifications, experience, identity, training and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in order to issue them with a registration and grading. This is now the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) and covers more than 175,000 individuals across the electrotechnical industry. The JIB administers ECS in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, while in Scotland it is administered by the Scottish JIB. ECS is a partner of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS), covering electrotechnical occupations as well as specialised industries such as audio-visual, building controls and network infrastructure. ECS is often a requirement for construction sites but is also recognised as the personnel certification scheme of choice across the built environment, with a number of public and private sector clients such as councils, NHS trusts, universities, government departments, internet service providers, house builders and social housing organisations, and many more. Throughout the last few years, ECS has been working on a number of system improvements and new digital systems to enhance value for individuals and employers alike, including:

•  MyCPD – a new Continuing Professional Development digital system, allowing all ECS card holders to record and evidence their CPD directly into their online records in MyECS. •  ECS Check for Clients and the Supply Chain – a smart digital platform giving visibility through supply chains of the electrotechnical workforce and a Licence to Practise System in Northern Ireland. •  Remote Invigilation – advanced biometric mapping and monitoring software to allow greater flexibility with online assessments. •  CSCS Smart Check – an industry initiative to develop one app which can verify cards from all the CSCS Partner Schemes. CSCS Smart Check was developed through the CSCS Alliance; the forum of 38 Partner Card Schemes displaying the CSCS logo and Andy was tasked with Chairing the Delivery Group which was set up to oversee this project considering different vendors and proposals, ensuring that the delivered output was one that worked for all; a cost-effective, secure solution compatible with multiple technology platforms and systems, and one which can be quickly and easily used at project entry.

“ECS has been working on a number of system improvements and new digital systems to enhance value for individuals and employers alike”

Major step forward CSCS Smart Check represents a major step forward as, for the first time, all 2.1 million cards displaying the CSCS logo can be electronically verified using a single app. Sites should require everyone working in a construction occupation to hold a card displaying the CSCS logo and they should be checking those cards regularly to ensure they are genuine and in date. However, with 38 schemes offering CSCS logoed cards and many using their own (often incompatible) card checking systems, the process can be complicated.

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This places an unrealistic expectation on site management teams to know every scheme and every type of card available together with the different verification systems used. With CSCS Smart Check, sites and projects of all sizes have a quick and simple way to check that any operative working in construction and the built environment is who they say they are, are suitably qualified for the job they are being engaged to do and have kept up to date with the latest requirements for health and safety, technical qualifications or CPD. The app will allow options for scanning contactless cards (chips or through near-field communication), scanning QR codes (both those printed on cards and within virtual card apps), and a manual entry system for those currently without smart technology. CSCS Smart Check will also help the industry in the battle against fraudulent cards – alerting site managers and CSCS to such cards in order to cancel them and alert authorities where necessary. The roll-out of the app begins in April 2022 and will be free to use and available for Apple iOS and Android devices. Having one app to electronically check all cards at the site gates will make life easier for those responsible. It doesn’t matter what card turns up at the site gates – from asbestos to welding, if it displays a CSCS logo it will be compatible with the CSCS Smart Check app. Existing systems will also remain in place as both a back-up if needed and for access to services from each scheme, such as CPD recording platforms, card application and renewal processes. ECS is committed to remaining at the forefront of digital system development to improve value for card holders and employers, work collaboratively to raise standards and promote the benefits of a skilled and qualified workforce. Joint Industry Board, jib.org.uk ecscard.org.uk

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eading life-safety systems manufacturer, C-TEC, has launched a new series of BS 5839-1 fire detection and fire alarm system compliance courses. Delivered at C-TEC’s state-of-the-art training centre in the North West of England, the courses include both theoretical and practical activities. Thoroughly covering BS 5839-1 Foundation, Design, Installation & Commissioning and Maintenance, the courses can culminate in a regulated qualification in BS 5839-1 through FireQual, the specialist awarding body for the fire protection sector in the UK. Brian Foster, UK Sales Manager at the rapidly expanding company, says: “C-TEC is on a mission to lift industry standards and the quality of fire installations across the UK. We’ve always provided free educational CPD-certified seminars and product training to promote best practice and raise awareness, but the launch of our BS 5839-1 ‘Train-To-Gain’ courses signals our intention to take it to a new level.” “We’re confident the courses will attract a high level of interest as they’re reasonably-priced, centrally-located and specifically designed to encourage people working in the fire industry to embark on a journey to boost their competency, expertise and professional performance – and achieve an industry-recognised qualification in the process.” Each course will be delivered by highly experienced and qualified trainers in line with the technical requirements of the awarding body. Delegates will undergo hands-on practical assessments to ensure they

THE COURSES BS 5839-1:2017 Foundation Course in Fire Detection and Alarm Systems Designed to provide delegates with in-depth knowledge of the standards and legal frameworks relating to fire systems, C-TEC’s one-day fire detection and alarm systems foundation course marks the start of your journey to gain an industry-recognised qualification through FireQual, the specialist awarding body for the fire protection sector in the UK. understand the subject matter and display the necessary competence to attain the regulated qualification. Successful delegates will be issued with CPD Certificates for each module and those who pass a final exam will be awarded a regulated qualification certificate from FireQual. Brian adds: “High-quality training is vital in the fire industry. Whether you’re an industry newcomer or an established company looking to educate new personnel, our new BS 5839-1 courses are designed to equip delegates with the knowledge, expertise and confidence they need to be among the best in the business.” Bookable over multiple weeks or as an intensive week-long cluster, the courses will prepare delegates for the FireQual regulated qualification examination to allow them to design, install, commission and maintain fire detection and fire alarm systems to BS 5839-1 and confidently sign fire certificates where necessary. C-TEC is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of world-class life-safety systems. The company’s latest innovations include its new CAST protocol fire detection and fire alarm systems; Hush, a revolutionary new BS 5839-6 Grade C domestic fire alarm system and EVAC-ALERT, a new evacuation alert system to BS 8629. FireQual is the specialist awarding body for qualifications within the fire protection sector in the UK. Established by BAFE, FireQual works through a network of Approved Training Centres to provide competency based qualifications to support the further development of knowledge and skills within the industry. C-TEC, c-tec.store

BS 5839-1:2017 Design Course in Fire Detection and Alarm Systems An intensive one-day BS 5839-1 fire detection and alarm systems design course taught by an industry expert. Attendees will develop further the knowledge gained from the foundation course and/or their own industry experience in system design.

BS 5839-1:2017 Installation & Commissioning Course in Fire Detection and Alarm Systems A two-day BS 5839-1 fire detection and alarm system installation and commissioning course taught by a highly qualified industry expert. Attendees will build on the knowledge gained from the BS 5839-1 foundation course and/or their own industry experience.

BS 5839-1:2017 Maintenance Course in Fire Detection and Alarm Systems A one-day BS 5839-1 fire detection and alarm system maintenance course taught by an industry expert. Attendees will develop further the knowledge gained on the BS 5839-1 foundation course and/or their own industry experience of the maintenance of fire systems.

Five-day course covering all aspects of BS 5839-1:2017 A five-day fast-track course comprising all aspects of BS 5839-1. Taught by an industry expert, this intensive week-long course covers Foundation, Design, Installation, Commissioning and Maintenance to equip delegates with the knowledge and expertise they need to gain an industry-recognised qualification through FireQual. The exam itself will take place at the end of the week.

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BS 5839-1 FOUNDATION COURSE

An intensive one day training course covering the requirements of BS 5839-1, the code of practice for commercial fire detection & alarm systems. Topics include: the principles of fire • legislation & standards • system selection • system categories • call points • detectors • alarms • zones • wiring & circuit integrity • CIE • standby power • false alarms • documentation Location: C-TEC HQ, Wigan. Cost: £195.00

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COMBI 206 001 Since 1993, WISKA has been developing and innovating the industry with the now iconic COMBI Junction Box series. Designed, engineered, tested, and manufactured to the highest standard, the COMBI range consists of nine different sizes, across three colours and special types for other markets. Offering IP66/67 protection as well as threaded membrane entries (on selected models), its robust design and easy to use features have made it a market leader and the accepted standard when it comes to junction boxes. This has taken a high level of investment, with R&D, moulding and developing the brand in the marketplace. It is important for everyone this continues, and it is not devalued by fake products, to enable future investment and development. WISKA believes in continued development and is actively seeking to innovate the industry, supporting customers with new and exciting products. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower,” comments WISKA UK MD, Will Rich. “It is important to maintain high level of quality and technical performance so that customers can be sure that they are receiving an excellent product. The range continues to develop every year, with additional enclosures and features adding to the range. This continued investment, both in the design and in the equipment and facilities to produce the product, is second to none.” In recent years, through this level of continued investment WISKA has produced the COMBI 407, 304, 206 and 1610 models. Since its launch in 2018/19 the COMBI 206 has taken the industry by storm, culminating in winning Best New Product at the EW Awards in 2021. The smaller design was the result of listening and speaking with contractors who were after a discreet enclosure to place behind LED lighting, CCTV systems and general outside use. The success of the 206 has only further cemented the COMBI’s place as the junction box of choice for electricians across the UK. WISKA, wiska.co.uk

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SMARTER. STRONGER. MORE ATTRACTIVE TRILUX’s modular column system ConStela 19 LED can be quickly and easily equipped with IoT modules (Wi-Fi, camera, audio, EV charging, spotlights, and GOBO) via standardised plug and play interfaces – making the Smart City tangible. Suitable for a wide range of applications, from universities and shopping centres to car parks and town squares, the optical system with MLT lenses (multi-lens technology) enables highly flexible and precise light distribution adjustment. ConStela 19 LED proves it’s worth even under the harshest operating conditions, thanks to its robust design. It is approved for use up to the highest wind zone 4 with terrain category 1, defying wind, and salt on beach promenades. It doesn’t always have to be anthracite. On request, the slender column is available with a special paint finish (including anti-graffiti) in a wide range of colours. TRILUX, trilux.com

Ansell Lighting has extended its Prism Pro range of fire rated downlights with two new additions. Fully compliant in all ceiling types, the new Prism Pro High Output Fire Rated Downlight and Prism Pro Mini CCT Fire Rated Downlight are versatile luminaires, ideal for installation in residential and hospitality settings. Essential when downlighting is recessed or semi-recessed, the two new Prism Pro additions have been fully tested, meeting 30, 60 and 90 minute ceiling types of Part B of Building Regulations as well as Part C (moisture), Part E (acoustic) and Part L (energy). Designed to suit almost any interior scheme, both luminaires are also available with either chrome, satin chrome, matt white and matt black trim bezel accessories and can be used with Ansell’s smart lighting system, OCTO. Delivering higher output than alternative Prism Pro models, the Prism Pro High Output Fire Rated Downlight offers increased versatility in design and installation, and addressing the requirement for a smaller fire rated downlight in the marketplace, the Prism Pro Mini is a smaller diameter alternative to other downlights in the Prism Pro range. Ansell Lighting, anselluk.com

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Knightsbridge has enhanced its best-selling range of screwless sockets and switches with the introduction of two new finishes: smoked bronze and anthracite. Smoked bronze is an excellent alternative for customers looking for a subtle, cool finish that chimes with the trend for more natural, earthier tones. Both finishes are available across a comprehensive range of products, including grid accessories and a modular faceplate. New multimedia combination plates are also available, configured with fast charge A+C USB ports, unique to Knightsbridge, to meet both the commercial – e.g. hotels – and residential need to bring together telecoms, network and charging requirements. Offering a contemporary aesthetic, the two new arrivals provide yet more choice for discerning customers who like wiring accessories that bring a modern twist in terms of style, functionality and versatility. Other finishes in the range include matt white, matt black, brushed or polished chrome, black nickel and polished brass, all crafted to ensure lasting good looks.

Ovia’s EVO range of energy-saving LED bulkheads has been designed with the installer in mind, offering convenience and speed of installation as their key attributes. The range currently comprises of the standard EVO bulkhead, EVO ORB, EVO Slim and EVO Deco XL. They all benefit from a fast-fit twist and lock installation mechanism and they feature a tri-colour CCT switch integrated onto the LED Board, making it easy to switch from 3000k, 4000k and 6000k. The standard IP65-rated EVO bulkhead is available in black and white and in 12W and 16W versions. The IP65-rated EVO ORB bulkhead is a stylish model with larger dimensions – 320mm diameter and 113mm depth – and is available in 12W and 16W versions. The IP65-rated EVO Slim has a depth of just 57mm, making it ideal where a subtle solution may be sought, or where space is tight. EVO DECO XL is a 20W, IP54-rated bulkhead with a 470mm diameter and 96mm depth. All EVO models are available in Standard, Microwave, Emergency and Microwave Emergency.

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UNICRIMP ADDS METAL CABLE CLEATS TO Q-FIRE RANGE Unicrimp has added a range of Metal Cable Cleats to its growing Q-Fire portfolio of fire-rated cable accessory products. The new Metal Cable Cleats meet BS 7671 (18th Edition) requirements and are designed to prevent cables from premature collapse during a fire and in doing so, to keep emergency services and the public safe. The 18th Edition wiring regulations stipulate that cable support systems must be constructed with materials that will withstand premature collapse caused by direct exposure to heat. There are no applications excluded – trunking, conduit and cabling fixed to surfaces of the building or attached to cable support systems must all have fire-resistant supports in place. Unicrimp’s fire-rated black Metal Cable Cleats are available in 14 different size options suitable for cable sizes from 5mm up to 50mm. The key feature of the product is an oval fixing hole which allows for cable diameter tolerances. To install the metal cable cleat, the electrician just needs to bend the cleat around the cable and fix in place to the designated wall. Unicrimp, unicrimp.com

UPTIME INSTITUTE APPROVES RANGE OF INNOVATIVE TIER III READY DATA CENTRE DESIGNS A range of innovative Tier III Ready Data Centre designs have now been fully approved by the Uptime Institute. Cannon Technologies, in conjunction with several OEM manufacturers, including CENTIEL UK, has spent more than three years developing a pre-certified set of solutions now available in ratings of 100kW, 250kW, 500kW and 1MW. CENTIEL’s leading three phase, true modular UPS CumulusPower and technical support was chosen to be incorporated into the designs. The technology offers the highest levels of resilience, is flexible, robust and it has been tried and tested in many scenarios. Louis McGarry, Sales and Marketing Director, CENTIEL UK confirms: “We have worked closely with Cannon Technologies to help with the design and implementation of our industry leading true modular UPS technology CumulusPower for the Tier III ready data centre design. CumulusPower offers the highest level of uptime available, and the extensive range of frame sizes means that modules can easily scale to ensure capacity in each system.” The UPS is only one element of the whole approved set of Tier III data centre solutions which have been developed. Cannon Technologies has also collaborated with other partners to provide a complete solution that includes generators, switch gear, cooling and cabling so the entire design can be offered as an approved product. CENTIEL, centiel.co.uk

BS 5839-1 INSTALLATION & COMMISSIONING COURSE An intensive two day training course covering the installation & commissioning requirements of BS 5839-1,the code of practice for commercial fire detection & alarm systems.

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Axiom Site Electrics combine comprehensive ranges of both industrial wiring accessories and site lighting, with each sector having recently experienced significant new introductions. Starting with accessories, there are portable transformers, extension outlets and leads – plus industrial plug convertors and connectors. And, top of the pile, comes a brand new range of yellow 110v, blue 240v and red 415v industrial plugs and panel sockets. Available in three, four and five pin options with IP44 splash proof protection, ratings run from 16A to 32A. Moving to Axiom Site Lighting, this features tripod worklights, anti-corrosive fittings, tripod and portable rechargeable floodlights and worklights, inspection lamps and a USB floodlight with adaptor. Recent new additions include slim 110v 50W and 100W portable floodlights, 18W and 36W IP54 LED uplights with tripods and, finally, LED festoon lighting. Here, 22m and 25m options are available with 10 lights on each set and the ability to string up to 10 sets together, dependent upon transformer capability. CED Electrical, cedelectrical.co.uk

ESP’s IP POE CCTV range is designed to offer superior, reliable and straightforward installation solutions for a range of applications from domestic through to larger and more complex commercial projects. The range features POE (Power-Over-Ethernet) which enables the camera and power feed to be wired in Cat5e cable up to 100m without the need for additional power, which makes installation much more convenient. A single Ethernet cable provides both the power and the HD digital feed, with just one cable per camera and multiple cameras can be installed anywhere on the network that the NVR is connected do. Processing power, an abundance of features, versatility and high resolution IP CCTV all combine to make this the superior choice over traditional analogue systems. There are two distinct IP ranges available – the REKOR IP 2 Megapixel range which has been tailored for the domestic market, and the HDView IP 5 Megapixel range which is aimed at larger applications with a wide choice of NVR and camera selection. ESP, espuk.com

NEW ELUCIAN PROTECTIVE DEVICES ADDED TO CONSUMER UNIT RANGE New to the Elucian consumer unit range from Scolmore are Time Delay RCDs, higher rated RCBOs and a retro-fit locking device. Time Delay RCDs – a new range of Type S 2 Pole 100mA Time Delay RCDs available in 63A, 80A and 100A options have now been added to the range. Time delay RCDs provide residual circuit protection against short circuits but also provide the correct level of co-ordination when two RCD devices are used in series on the same circuit. RCBOs – the RCBO protective devices range has been expanded to offer new, two-module (36mm wide) Type A Double Pole True 6kA B Curve and C Curve 30mA Trip RCBOs which are available in higher ratings of 45A, 50A and 63A. Locking device – a new retro-fit locking device has been added to the Elucian range, providing the means to secure the consumer unit against unwanted interference. It comes in two parts and requires the L-shaped bracket to be secured to the consumer unit board using the screw and washer supplied. Scolmore, scolmore.com

SNICKERS NEW LITEWORK WORKING CLOTHES Clothes change as the seasons do. That’s why Snickers Workwear’s LITEWork working clothes combine superior comfort and protection for working in spring and summer on site. With sustainability at the core of every garment, the new LITEWork range combines all the features of high-performance sportswear. Its 37.5 Technology fabric technology is quick-drying and functional as well providing UPF 40+ sun protection. It’s also longer-lasting and more sustainable than other comparable workwear. There’s new trousers, shirts, shorts, and jackets and a high-vis range with new styles and stretch features for enhanced freedom of movement, plus trousers that feature the bio-based Sorona fibre for a more sustainable approach. So, to make sure you get the right comfort, durability and ventilation, check out the LITEWork garments for precisely the right clothes to fit your workday and your carbon footprint! Snickers Workwear, snickersworkwear.co.uk

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