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VOLUME 44 NO. 02 • FEBRUARY 2024

Regulars 4 Editorial Funding announced to cut emissions and reduce energy bills

6 Industry News Sainsbury’s launches a new ultra-rapid service; NICEIC enhances training portfolio with the addition of EWA; LIA and Recolight announce Net Zero Lighting Conference; and more

12 Cover Story Aurora Lighting reveals Seren – the ultimate EV charger with dynamic lighting innovation!

14 Contract News

22 Project Focus

New EV charging points for North London; GBSM completes Lucent project; 3ti delivers new solar installation to Bristol Airport; and more

18 Training

Luceco’s complete lighting solutions package at Springpack

24 Interview Providing solutions to multiple industry challenges

SELECT launches SQA-accredited installation training course; Develop re-launches F-Gas training to bridge the HVACR skills gap; and EA technology relaunches its switchgear course

20 Key Issue EV charging opportunities for electrical contractors

28 Competition Win two MyCreation special edition decorative pendants, courtesy of Signify

57 Company Showcase Sponsored content from across the sector

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42 A secure hold for a photovoltaic facade 44 Powering up solar PV systems transition – a myriad of opportunities 46 inEnergy an uncertain market

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ello and welcome to the February edition of ECN! I hope you’re settling into the new year nicely after what felt like the longest January in history! I’m happy to share some positive news with you this month. The UK Government has recently announced that it is making £190 million available to help industries transition to net zero and reduce manufacturing emissions by switching to cleaner, more affordable energy. The Local Industrial Decarbonisation Plan competition has announced 12 winners, each of whom will receive up to £6 million to develop plans for a low carbon future. This funding will enable winning businesses and their partners to work together to reduce their emissions and learn from each other. They will also have access to technical advisors to help them adopt measures such as using hydrogen or carbon capture. The funding will be targeted at projects outside the UK’s major industrial areas, where companies in dispersed locations away from industrial heartlands account for 55% of the country’s industrial emissions.

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In addition, the Government has launched a new Industrial Energy Transformation Fund, making a further £185 million available to help companies transform their operations and run on cleaner, more secure energy. The fund will support measures such as replacing inefficient equipment, installing electric furnaces, and switching to hydrogen. The aim is to support businesses in their transition to net zero in a sustainable, cost-effective way, while also creating green industrial jobs for the future. These plans are part of the Government’s commitment to spending more than £12 billion on energy efficiency by 2028, helping more households and businesses enjoy lower bills and cleaner energy. Initiatives like these can only help to inspire positive change in the industry and create a greener world for us all. There is a lot going on in this issue – from all the regulars to our special features, Fire, Safety & Security; Power & Renewables; and Wiring Accessories. Plus, this issue also includes our yearly Smart Buildings Supplement. This month’s competition is something new and exciting – Signify is offering a lucky winner the chance to win two MyCreation special edition 3D-printed pendants, so don’t forget to enter! I hope you enjoy the issue – see you next time!

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INDUSTRY NEWS SAINSBURY’S LAUNCHES A NEW ULTRA-RAPID SERVICE Sainsbury’s has launched Smart Charge, a brand-new, dedicated EV charging business that will give drivers access to ultra-rapid EV charging points across its stores. In new research commissioned by Sainsbury’s, 80% of EV users admit to avoiding long journeys because of not wanting to charge at public EV charging stations, describing the main frustrations as chargers being broken, not enough charging bays and speed of service. Designed to mitigate these frustrations, Smart Charge will initially feature over 750 cutting-edge ultra-rapid charging bays rolled out across more than 100 stores by the end of 2024, putting Sainsbury’s in the top five providers of ultra-rapid charging in the UK. Ultra-rapid is the fastest type of EV charging currently available on the market, but 32% of EV drivers surveyed said they have yet to benefit from using it. Designed to be speedy, reliable and easy to use, Sainsbury’s 150kW Smart Charge bays allow users to fully charge their vehicle in as little as 30 minutes, providing enough power to travel up to 200 miles. Many of the chargers can also charge even faster if a driver’s vehicle battery accepts higher charger speeds, up to 300kW. Smart Charge is available at around 200 ultra-rapid charging bays at just over 20 Sainsbury’s locations. The charging technology and equipment are provided by Kempower. Kempower,



NICEIC has announced the addition of the Installation Electrician Experienced Worker Assessment (EWA) to its training portfolio. This industry-approved pathway offers experienced electricians, who might not have completed an apprenticeship or secured a Level 3 vocational qualification (or equivalent), a formal means to validate their competence and industry experience. Candidates applying to undertake the Installation Electrician EWA must have at least five years of proven experience working as an electrician (excluding any time spent in training) and must hold a Level 2 electrical qualification. Acquiring the EWA and its endpoint assessment is recognised in the Electrotechnical Assessment Specification as equivalent to an industry apprenticeship, meeting the application criteria for electrical certification bodies such as NICEIC. Furthermore, the assessment meets the requirements for an Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) gold card. As part of the process, candidates must compile a portfolio of work and undertake practical assessments. On completion of this phase, participants will be required to pass an AM2E assessment, which mirrors the AM2S assessment taken by apprentices at the end of their training.

The LIA and Recolight are collaborating on the Net Zero Lighting Conference 2024, taking place on 2 May in London. The agenda highlights net zero-focused manufacturing practices within the lighting industry, which covers strategy, materials, energy, packaging, and best practices, delivered by a variety of key players and experts in the industry. The conference emphasises the practical steps that lighting manufacturers can take to reduce the carbon emissions of all parts of their operations to contribute to the low carbon economy. The two organisations have come together to organise this conference in recognition of the vital importance of this topic to the industry, drawing upon their combined expertise. By joining forces on this issue, the LIA and Recolight will help members of both organisations and the wider industry as they seek to fully decarbonise. The lighting manufacturing industry is invited to join the companies at the Net Zero Lighting Conference 2024 for a day of learning and practical strategies to push the lighting industry towards a sustainable and an environmentally conscious future.


SKILLS SHORTAGE IN THE ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY UNDER SCRUTINY AT NEW EVENT A new event for the electrical industry will focus on skills, safety and solutions for the UK’s evolving electrical installations. As the UK heads towards a low-carbon future with increased electrification of its built environment, this must be delivered safely and professionally. Given the serious consequences of not having enough skilled, qualified and competent workers to deal with an increasingly electric future, there is an urgent need to attract new talent to the industry, as well as bridge a growing skills gap in the electrotechnical workforce. This topic will be just one of several key issues under discussion at the Electrical Installation Seminar on Tuesday 23 April, hosted by Electrical Safety First. With a theme of ‘Switch on to the big issues’, the seminar will also explore making people’s homes safer, putting the spotlight on the quality and consistency of EICRs (Electrical Inspection Condition Reporting). A rapid-fire session will feature presentations on emerging technologies and trends such as low carbon technologies (LCT) and prosumers electrical installation (PEI), and the importance of understanding safety considerations. Held at IET London on Savoy Place, the free half-day event brings together a range of industry actors including manufacturers, wholesalers, awarding bodies, electrical contractors, government representatives, insurers, housing associations, trade associations, certification bodies, and fire and rescue services.


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INDUSTRY NEWS MENTAL HEALTH AND SILENT DISCRIMINATION IN CONSTRUCTION Over 700 construction workers die by suicide per year in the UK – equivalent to two construction workers every working day. Mental health is a common struggle within the construction industry due to a range of factors including long hours, straining work and financial issues. Colemans has investigated a range of aspects when it comes to mental health within the construction industry, including silent discrimination, which can be common due to the ‘banter’ typically occurring on site. Research shows that 21% of construction employees have experienced bullying in the last year, and almost three in 10 say the bullying was regarded as banter. There are some ways employers can help battle these issues and support employees: •  Training and educating employees, including managers, on mental health and how to support those struggling. •  Implementing mental health procedures in the workplace, such as employee wellness programs, mental health first aiders, and check-in sessions. Mark Coleman, Chief Executive at Colemans, says, “Having experienced difficulties with my own mental health, I know how difficult this complex issue is for any modern-day business to understand and get right.”

He says that at Colemans it started with cultural changes based around education, openness and understanding, where it is necessary to have team members who are empathetic, with high levels of emotional intelligence. “We are working hard to change our own organisation’s attitudes and behaviours, even now after 10 years, we are not there yet and I suppose we will never be perfect, making mistakes along the way. But as long as the culture, attitudes and behaviours are corrected as we go on, we will learn from our mistakes. We will improve and therefore have a positive impact on our people’s well-being.” Colemans,



The groundswell of opinion in favour of the campaign for protection of title for electricians has continued into 2024 with a New Year declaration of support from another four prominent members of the Scottish Parliament. Former Business and Trade Minister, Ivan McKee, and ex-Transport Minister, Kevin Stewart, have both shown their backing for the regulation of the industry by signing up to the Wall of Support, spearheaded by SELECT. They have been joined by Conservative MSPs, Craig Hoy and Oliver Mundell, as the long-running campaign continues to attract cross-party support from all political factions. SELECT’s Managing Director, Alan Wilson says, “As we enter another year in our long-running campaign, it is particularly heartening to receive even more support from prominent parliamentarians, particularly those who have served in a ministerial capacity.” By putting their names on a virtual brick in the Wall, supporters are taking a public stance that underlines their backing for legislation in Holyrood, which would make it an offence for someone to call themselves an electrician when they have inadequate qualifications. As well as more than a third of MSPs, other bodies that have contributed a brick to the Wall include Unite the Union, Electrical Safety First, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Scottish Association of Landlords, the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ Group and the Energy Saving Trust.

Etc., the startup and digital incubation arm of BT Group, has announced powering up its first EV charging unit, built from a street cabinet traditionally used to store broadband and phone cabling. The announcement marks the first step in the rollout of new technical trials, exploring the potential to upgrade up to 60,000 cabinets, helping to meet the UK Government’s sustainability targets by decarbonising the transport system. Developed to help solve EV charging infrastructure needs by repurposing existing street furniture, the pilots explore how this solution could be scaled to address the lack of chargers on UK roads. New BT Group research shows 38% would have an EV already if charging were less of an issue, and with only 53,000 public EV charge points currently on UK roads, the pilot marks an important step in the journey to net zero. Etc. has announced its first installation location in East Lothian, Scotland, with further pilots to roll out across the UK in the coming months. The charging solution works by retrofitting the cabinets with a device enabling renewable energy to be shared to a charge point, alongside the existing broadband service with no need to create a new power connection. EV charging can be deployed to cabinets that are in use for current copper broadband services, or those due for retirement, depending on the space and power available to the unit. Once the cabinet is no longer needed for broadband, as the nationwide full-fibre rollout progresses, the broadband equipment is recycled, and additional EV charge points can be added. This allows the reuse of existing infrastructure while deploying more charge points at pace.


DON’T UNDERESTIMATE YOUR ROLE IN THE NEW SAFETY ACT AEI Cables is advising its customers not to underestimate the importance of cables, as part of the new Building Safety Act legislation requirements. The Act, introduced in October 2023, makes new requirements for ‘higher-risk buildings’, those deemed to be at least 18m in height or at least seven storeys, containing at least two residential units. The systems in these buildings powered by electrical cables – including smoke and heat extraction systems – assist fire services in firefighting and safe evacuation. Stuart Dover, General Manager of AEI Cables, says, “We are emphasising to our customers the important part played by the electrical systems and cables that power these systems as part of this new initiative. “We welcome the move to improve the safety of people and property, but we should be aware of our role as a major part of the supply chain. We are happy to provide guidance and support on these issues as demonstrating competence is also a requirement.” Under the terms of the Act, a Principal Accountable Person who fails to register an occupied higher-risk building ‘without a reasonable excuse’ will be liable to either a fine or imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years. The Building Safety Regulator oversees the safety and performance of all buildings, in addition to focusing on high-rise buildings. It will promote competence and organisational capability within the sector, including building control professionals and tradespeople. The National Construction Products Regulator will oversee a more effective construction products regulatory regime, leading and coordinating market surveillance and enforcement across the UK. The NRCP has already started taking enforcement action under the scope of existing regulations.


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INDUSTRY NEWS CUSTOMER BEHAVIOUR CAUSES TRADESPEOPLE TO WALK AWAY According to research from Direct Line, 47% of tradespeople say they have walked away from a job due to a customer’s behaviour. The study revealed the average value of each job walked away from was £1,062. Four in 10 (41%) tradespeople report arguments with customers because of their behaviour, with the most common issue being late payment (62%). It is a key issue for the industry and can significantly impact cash flow, as tradespeople are owed an average of £6,984 in outstanding payments. Other reasons for arguments include customers trying to tell tradespeople how to do the job (57%) and customers adding additional jobs on top of what had already been agreed (39%). With 42% of Brits struggling to find a tradesperson to do work in their home, the survey also revealed the ‘red flags’ that cause professionals to decline some jobs. On average, tradespeople turn down five jobs a year due to ‘red flags’ they have identified. The most common ‘red flag’ was a customer telling them that they could get someone else to do the job for less (49%). This was closely followed by dictating how much a job should cost (47%) or how long it should take (41%), wanting to cut corners to reduce cost such as using cheap materials (45%), and asking for a discount with a sob story (43%). Alison Traboulsi, Product Manager at Direct Line business insurance, comments on the issue, “We’ve all had to manage challenging situations and people that have tested our patience. While tradespeople understand that often customers’ questions are about trying to understand a task that sits outside of their general knowledge, frequent questions and demands can make for a difficult working environment for tradespeople. It bodes well for

customers to remember that the person they’ve hired, or are looking to hire, is an expert in their field. A tradesperson relies on word of mouth and a good reputation so, ultimately, they want to make sure that they do a good job, on time and at a fair price for the work they’re doing.” Direct Line,

ECA AND FSA MEMBERS VOICE CONCERN OVER APPRENTICESHIP CUTS Over 60 employers from across Wales, including several ECA and FSA Members, have joined together to call for funding for the Welsh Government’s flagship apprenticeship programme to be protected, to ensure the economic prosperity of Wales. In an open letter, employers say that cuts to the apprenticeship programme announced by the Welsh Government on 19 December 2023 will have a devastating effect on apprentices, employers and communities, signalling very challenging times ahead for the FE and work-based learning sectors. It could mean 10,000 fewer apprentices able to start next year, with the reductions falling disproportionately on young people, and those in the lowest socio-economic groups. ECA and FSA Member signatories of the open letter include: •  Powerlink Electrical Services •  Lloyd Morris Electrical •  Crimewatch Alarms •  Chil UK •  CMB Electrical •  FP Hurley •  Fire Rite UK Reacting to the Welsh Government’s draft budget, ColegauCymru Chief Executive, David Hagendyk, says, “As Wales navigates turbulent economic times, colleges are the skills engine needed to drive our economic recovery, and it is critical that future inward investment is not damaged. The draft budget is a huge gamble for Wales’ economy and communities. The Welsh Government must think again and reverse the catastrophic decision to cut the apprenticeship programme.” Further education colleges are fundamental to a fairer, greener and stronger Wales, but they need sustainable funding to support learners and to deliver for employers. The combination of the cuts to the apprenticeship budget and reductions in funding elsewhere means there is a perfect storm facing the sector because of the proposals in the draft budget, says ECA. ECA,

COULD YOUR BUSINESS BENEFIT FROM AN APPRENTICE IN 2024? Logic4training has introduced a new 19+ apprenticeship programme and is calling for employers who are interested in taking on an apprentice. With over 20 years of experience in training plumbers, heating engineers and electricians in essential industry qualifications, the company is well-placed to support the next generation of building services installers. Scheduled for launch in summer 2024 at its Northolt centre, the first apprenticeships will be in Gas Engineering and Smart Metering. It offers an affordable way to nurture new talent as Logic4training apprenticeships are said to provide several benefits over college-based alternatives, including year-round provision so that apprentices can start at a suitable time for the employer. In addition, small class sizes ensure the best possible training experience. Logic4training will do a block-release model, with in-centre training tailored in terms of time and content (where possible) to the needs of a business. By completing training in chunks (one to two weeks at a time), on return to the workplace, the apprentice will have applicable skills straight away. Mark Krull, Director for Logic4training, says, “We are excited to launch our new apprenticeship programme. Apprenticeships offer a great opportunity for both the apprentice and the employer; a mutually beneficial arrangement, which allows businesses to cost-effectively upskill someone to meet their specific needs, while the trainee ‘earns while they learn’. Statistically, an apprentice is far more likely to stay with an employer after training is complete.” Logic4training,

MOVERS & SHAKERS… Domus Ventilation has announced the arrival of three new Contractor Sales Managers – Stuart Bailey for East England, Joe Ash covering London South, and Mark Swain covering London North. The three new Contractor Sales Managers bring a wealth of knowledge in the HVAC sector to their new roles, along with considerable experience in supporting contractors. Tilbury Douglas has announced the promotion of Phil Shaw to Managing Director – Building North. With more than 25 years of experience within Tilbury Douglas, most recently as Regional Director – North West for nearly seven years, Phil has played an integral part in the growth and success of the region.

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AURORA LIGHTING REVEALS SEREN — THE ULTIMATE EV CHARGER WITH DYNAMIC LIGHTING INNOVATION! Aurora Lighting UK, a leading innovator in the electrical and lighting industry, says it is thrilled to announce the launch of Seren, a groundbreaking electric vehicle (EV) charger designed for residential and small commercial environments. Leveraging over 20 years of electrical expertise, Aurora Lighting UK has created Seren, a versatile and installer-friendly EV charger, that seamlessly integrates dynamic lighting features.


eren represents a remarkable addition to Aurora’s product portfolio, showcasing the company’s commitment to delivering advanced solutions for modern electric vehicle charging. This innovative charger is set to revolutionise the EV charging experience while aligning with Aurora’s tradition of delivering high-quality electrical products with the contractor and end user in mind.

Key features of the Seren EV charger: •  Dynamic lighting integration: Seren’s standout feature is its dynamic lighting capability. The RGB lighting feature not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of the charger but also offers valuable user guidance during the charging process. •  Smart charging: With intuitive smart app control, Seren enables users to effortlessly manage and monitor their charging sessions remotely. The app offers features such as scheduling and real-time status updates, putting the power of efficient and personalised electric vehicle charging directly in the hands of users. •  Residential and small commercial use: Seren is tailor-made for residential and small commercial environments, making it the ideal choice for homeowners, small businesses and property managers. Its compact and unobtrusive design ensures it seamlessly blends into any setting.

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•  Installer-friendly features: Seren is designed with contractors in mind. The installation process is straightforward, with installer-friendly features that reduce installation time, ensuring a hassle-free experience for electricians and professionals. •  Personalisation: Seren offers optional personalisation. With a range of colour covers available, users can seamlessly integrate Seren into their homes or commercial spaces, complementing the aesthetics of their surroundings. •  Aurora quality: Seren is built with the same commitment to quality and reliability that Aurora is renowned for. Coupled with a dedication to compliance and extensive R&D, customers can trust in the long-lasting performance and safety features that Aurora products are known for.

Commenting on the launch, Darren Casey, Head of Product Development at Aurora Lighting UK, states, “Seren is the result of our dedication to innovation and our extensive experience in the electrical and lighting industry. We believe this product will reshape the EV charging landscape in the UK by seamlessly blending functionality and aesthetics. It’s the perfect addition to our product portfolio, complementing our existing lighting solutions.” Aurora is excited to introduce Seren to the UK market, and the company anticipates that this innovative EV charger will set new standards for functionality and style. Aurora Lighting UK,

Seren is tailor-made for residential and small commercial environments

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Seren stands out as a premier charging solution for electric vehicles, offering a powerful 7.4KW charging capacity. Come rain or shine, Seren is a reliable choice, as it is built with IP55 and IK10 ratings, ensuring durability and protection against the elements. Moreover, Seren provides peace of mind with a three-year warranty, allowing users to drive worry-free while benefiting from a robust and dependable charging experience.




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NEW MARKET-LEADING ON-SITE WARRANTY A significant number of Aurora’s solutions are now sold with a 5 year warranty; 3 years will be covered by a registered on-site warranty. This impressive after-sales support offers contractors and end users peace of mind, demonstrating the confidence Aurora has in its products to deliver quality & reliability.





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CONTRACT NEWS NEW EV CHARGING POINTS FOR NORTH LONDON New electric vehicle (EV) charging points in North London have been energised and are ready to use, thanks to a partnership through the UK Power Networks Green Recovery programme. The £1.2 million Green Recovery investment is delivering 1.5MVA of extra power to EV charge points at Motor Fuel Group’s (MFG) service station in Stoke Newington. The upgrade is for MFG Ambassador, on the key A10 route, with eight new ultra-rapid 150kW EV Power chargers now online. UK Power Networks is delivering £66 million in investment across 85 sites as part of the Green Recovery programme, fast-tracking low carbon energy projects, helping achieve the Government’s Ten Point Plan towards Net Zero by 2050. This supports the transition to net zero carbon emissions and London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s pathway for London to be net zero carbon by 2030. Martin Symes, Motor Fuel Group EV director, says, “UK Power Networks proudly champions the EV sector in its journey towards empowering sustainable mobility. By fostering innovative connections using its Green Recovery scheme, they pave the way for a resilient and eco-friendly future. This in turn allows Motor Fuel Group the opportunity to continue its fast-paced ultra rapid charging rollout across its nearly 900 locations throughout the UK.” The UK Power Networks team has energised four MFG forecourts so far under the Green Recovery programme. UK Power Networks,

GBSM COMPLETES LUCENT PROJECT Gratte Brothers Security Management (GBSM) recently reached project completion on Lucent W1. This is the building that the Piccadilly Lights sit on and is now a new six-storey, mixed-use building. Over the 36-week project, the company installed a security system that spanned all 144,000ft2 of retail, residential and office space, including two basement levels. Sustainability was at the core of the build, with trees, a Winter Garden, and roof terraces housing over 600 plants. To align with the site’s sustainability goals, GBSM worked hard to ensure the reduction of waste wherever possible on site. With a reported revenue of £1 million lost for every hour the screens are off, it was imperative they remained fully functional for the duration of the project. GBSM successfully installed security equipment, including the discreet cameras directly under the lights with minimal disruption to the public. GBSM installed the base build access control, CCTV and intercom systems as part of the shell and core scheme for Landsec. The project included the supply and installation of bronze-clad speed lanes complementing the architect’s detail within the reception area, as well as full lift integration. Gratte Brothers Security Management,

SANGAMO PROVIDES THERMOSTAT SOLUTION FOR STUDENT ACCOMMODATION The Pinnacles is one of Sheffield’s leading student properties with a mix of one, two, three, four and five-bedroom apartments catering for both UK and international students As the required ongoing programme of maintenance was embarked upon, a key element was overcoming the problems associated with the existing heating control provision. Issues with students operating the system had led to an increase in complaints and maintenance requests, in addition to increased energy consumption due to the heating controls being incorrectly operated. The Sangamo Choice Plus Tamperproof Electronic Room Thermostat from ESP was specified as the solution to overcome the issues identified. To date, more than 200 of the thermostats, in a white finish, have been installed in the communal hallways of each of the flats, and they will continue to be installed on a rolling basis as the maintenance programme is carried out. The Choice Plus electronic room controls are concealed by a discreet tamperproof cover. The set point is adjusted and the cover is fitted to provide protection against accidental or purposeful incorrect operation. ESP,

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CONTRACT NEWS 3TI DELIVERS NEW SOLAR INSTALLATION TO BRISTOL AIRPORT 3ti, a UK provider of large-scale solar projects for private and public organisations, has designed and delivered a 2.8-acre solar installation to Bristol Airport, helping it complete the next phase of its sustainability journey. The ground-mounted solar arrays will generate 1.5GWh of sustainable electricity each year and, when combined with existing renewable energy on site, will cater for over 10% of the airport’s annual energy needs. Bristol Airport will use 3ti’s solar installation to reach its ambitious target of 25% self-sufficiency by 2025, building on its success of becoming the UK’s first carbon neutral airport in 2021. The 3ti project will also help the airport’s efforts in achieving net zero operations by 2030, following a multi-million-pound investment into solar power, the removal of gas use, air source heat pumps and low-energy LED lighting. 3ti has created a unique design for the Bristol Airport installation, spreading 2,968 panels across three steel-framed structures that sit low to the ground, using recycled railway sleepers to negate the need for deep piling. The solar installation will generate the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power 388 houses in the first year. Over its 25-year lifespan, it will save around 6,500 tonnes of CO2. 3ti,


£1.8BN OF CONTRACTS AWARDED TO DELIVER THE UK’S FIRST HIGH-CAPACITY EAST COAST CABLE PROJECT Eastern Green Link 1 (EGL1), a joint venture between National Grid Electricity Transmission and SP Transmission, part of SP Energy Networks, will see the creation of a 525kV, 2GW HVDC subsea transmission cable from Torness in East Lothian, Scotland to Hawthorn Pit in County Durham, England, enabling the transmission of renewable green energy to power more than two million homes across the UK. EGL1 has reached another significant milestone in the development of a new subsea electricity superhighway by awarding the Prysmian Group a £750m contract to deliver the UK’s first 525kV HVDC electricity transmission cable. GE Vernova’s Grid Solutions business and MYTILINEOS Energy & Metals have also been awarded a £1bn contract to supply and construct two HVDC converter stations, one at each end of the link. The UK is transforming the electricity grid – the largest overhaul in generations helping deliver a cleaner, greener, and more secure energy system for the future. This means multi-billion investments in new electricity transmission projects across the country. This upgrade will help move more clean energy from where it is generated to where it is needed and plays a major role in the UK moving towards its net zero target, including six subsea links between Scotland and England, of which this joint project is the first. EGL1 is a key part of the new network infrastructure required for the UK to reach net zero, playing a critical role in supporting the nation’s future security of supply by reducing dependence on and price exposure to volatile global wholesale gas markets.

Bouygues Energies & Services (an Equans company) has completed a contract for the design and build of a new LED lighting and control system for Chestfield Road Tunnel, on the A299 near Whitstable for Kent County Council (KCC). The energy-efficient lighting solution will result in energy savings of over one million kWh per year, a 63% reduction, which is equivalent to the energy bills for over 340 homes per year. The tunnel lighting replacement project presented a significant opportunity to lower the KCC’s energy consumption, carbon footprint and, in turn, reduce maintenance and electricity costs. The previous lighting system had passed it’s designed life span, with maintenance work and costs increasing year on year just to keep the lights on. The tunnel was predominately lit with old fashioned fluorescent tubes containing the hazardous substance, mercury. Forthcoming changes in law, will effectively ban the sale of these lamps going forward, creating further maintenance issues if not upgraded. The newly installed LED system will massively reduce maintenance works and running costs for KCC. The works involved the removal and recycling of all existing lighting systems and cabling along with the associated steel work and control systems, the installation of new stainless steel suspension systems and cable trays, and the latest, most efficient LED lighting technology. The installation was controlled by a completely new state of the art lighting control system incorporating luminance meters (photometers), an RS-485 duplex communication system running throughout the tunnel connecting the DALI controlled lighting to the existing overall tunnel SCADA control system. As part of these works, modifications and replacement to switchgear and electrical distribution systems were carried out, including 14 tunnel distribution panels, 38 function units in existing LV switchboards and over 14km of power cabling, including both AC and DC systems. Additionally, the tunnel’s uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems and battery storage facilities at the end of their design life have been replaced with an efficient and cost effective state-of-the-art UPS system. Equans,

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SELECT LAUNCHES SQA-ACCREDITED INSTALLATION TRAINING COURSE SELECT has responded to the rising demand for electric vehicle (EV) charge points by launching its first installation training course. Developed after extensive consultation with its 1,260 member firms, the one-day module can be delivered in person or online and aims to ensure that EV technology is installed safely and competently by a qualified electrician. Rated at Level 7 on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), the first SQA customised award in EV charging equipment installations was delivered at the Gailes Hotel in Irvine in November. Delegates were given an introduction to the technology and an overview of its electrical requirements before getting hands-on with the units and being talked through the installation process. The course was created by Training Development Adviser, Stuart McKelvie, and Consultant Technical Adviser, Billy McRobert, and both delivered the first session in Ayrshire, with Technical Adviser Robert McGoogan sitting in to experience things as a delegate.

Bob Cairney, Director of Technical Services at SELECT, says, “The future is electric and with this course SELECT is reinforcing its position at the forefront of the green revolution as the electrification of society continues.

DEVELOP RE-LAUNCHES F-GAS TRAINING TO BRIDGE THE HVACR SKILLS GAP Develop Training has re-launched one of its most popular courses – F-Gas (Category 1). The course, certified under the City & Guilds 2079-11 scheme, trains delegates to identify the safe working practices and hazards linked with fluorinated gases. The return of the course is opportune timing, complementing the growth of the F-Gas industry. It aims to bridge the skills gap by responding to the demands of the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) sectors. Brandon Clark, F-Gas Trainer at Develop, will deliver the F-Gas course. He states, “F-Gas maintenance and reduction is crucial to achieving the UK’s target of reducing F-Gas emissions by two-thirds by 2030. This course will enable us to provide a range of essential theoretical, practical and green skills and help our customers successfully manage their F-Gas-containing equipment in line with EU guidelines and regulations.” Develop Training,

“With EVs and charge points becoming more popular, the module helps SELECT members add another string to their electrical bow and provide more business opportunities as they learn how to work with EV technology safely and efficiently.”

The course is designed for qualified electricians with a current BS 7671 qualification and who are a minimum of 18 years old. SELECT,

EA TECHNOLOGY RELAUNCHES ITS SWITCHGEAR COURSE EA Technology, a specialist in asset management solutions for owners and operators of electrical assets, has announced the relaunch of its Keeping Electrical Switchgear Safe course, due to increased demand across the industry. The course is said to be essential for industrial or commercial owners/operators of electrical switchgear, or maintenance managers responsible for electrical switchgear. Additionally, Distribution Network Operators, switchgear equipment suppliers, specifiers or asset managers will also benefit from the course. As a one-day course, attendees can quickly and concisely gain all the essential knowledge and skills they need. Michael Parkhouse, Head of Training at EA Technology, says, “EA Technology is uniquely placed to explain the key points given in the Health and Safety Executive’s publication, HSG 230 – Keeping Electrical Switchgear Safe, and can advise on everything you need to know about how to manage your switchgear assets. The importance of this course cannot be overstated for anyone who works with switchgear equipment, and as the sector goes through positive change across the board, now is the perfect time to ensure your workforce is knowledgeable and your company is compliant.” On the course, attendees will gain critical knowledge of switchgear safety, enhancing the safety for the wider workforce and any others involved with switchgear. Completing this necessary training ensures compliance with safety legislation, helping to reduce the risks of costly accidents and potentially catastrophic failures. The course is framed around five key topics: Legislative Framework and its Implications; Maintenance of Electrical Switchgear; Condition Monitoring; Training and Operational Issues; and Management of Electrical Switchgear. EA Technology,

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EV CHARGING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS The UK’s transition to electric vehicles (EVs) is accelerating rapidly, presenting a significant opportunity for electrical contractors, says Ben Hugh, UK EVC Business Development Manager at Vestel UK.


ith over 30% of the UK’s new car sales now hybrid or fully electric vehicles (excluding mild-hybrid), the rollout of EVs is accelerating much faster than the growth in charging infrastructure at traditional fuelling locations – petrol stations, motorway services and supermarket forecourts. Few of these locations will ever have the space capacity for the longer times required to recharge an EV compared to a liquid fuel top-up, fundamentally changing the way we look to refuel vehicles in the future. Destination charging, where vehicles are charged either at home and/or the destination they are travelling to, is a compelling solution to this problem. Even for those EV drivers unable to charge easily at home, plugging in at work, at the supermarket, at the cinema, in small business and retailer car parks, and at public facilities across the UK will become the new normal of refuelling. EV charger installation at all these locations will be fundamental in creating accessible charging infrastructure, offering a huge opportunity for electrical contractors over the next decade or more. One of the most significant areas of opportunity lies in the installation of EV chargers in residential properties. As more individuals purchase electric cars, the demand for home charging stations is increasing. Installing a charger at home offers convenience and potentially lower charging costs for EV owners and, outside of major city conurbations, there are plenty of homes with private parking and driveways to accommodate personal charging. Beyond residential installations, there will be a growing demand for EV chargers from businesses, particularly retailers. Retailers with their own car parks are ideally placed to offer smaller AC chargers that customers can use to top-up while they shop. This could be offered free to loyal customers as an incentive, discounted with cash-back codes from purchases or simply charged for at a commercial rate. Installing EV chargers looks good for the brand and underpins its sustainable credentials and increases customer dwell-time in-store, which can act as a powerful shopping incentive, or it can be used to simply increase revenue.

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The latter is likely to be the strongest incentive for non-retail businesses to install chargers in their car parks. While this could be offered as an employee perk, free or discounted, the opportunity to offer commercial charging 24/7, including weekends, could generate significant revenue, even outside of normal business hours. While larger hyper-fast DC chargers would be prohibitively expensive for smaller companies to install, AC chargers designed specifically for small businesses are ideal. While Vestel is the manufacturer behind EV chargers from many big name energy, fuel and automotive brands, Vestel’s own models like the EVC04 and EVC10 fully benefit from the company’s experience and economies of manufacturing scale at its 1.3 million square metre European facility. These models are affordable, reliable, compliant with UK regulations, and offer up to 22kW charging with fully automated RFID or credit card payment. With average commercial EV charging costs running at around 75p/kWh and average electricity costs nearer 40p/kWh (and potentially far less at night), just a single 22kW charger could generate well over £7 per hour in profit. Installing just three chargers could easily start generating significant and ongoing margins without any input from the business.


In addition to the revenue, these installations also position businesses as forward-thinking and environmentally conscious, attracting customers who value sustainability. They will also attract and retain customers who drive electric cars and vans. Given the low up-front cost of fully specified dual-output models like the EVC10, these are very compelling reasons for business owners to investigate EV charging, opening the door for contractors to sell the concept and the installation. This growing market for the installation of EV chargers requires skilled electrical contractors who can ensure that installations are safe, efficient and compliant with regulations. The sheer number of potential installations in residential properties, businesses and public facilities translates into a vast market for these services. Electrical contractors who position themselves in this niche can expect a steady stream of business as the EV market continues to grow. As the UK continues its path to a greener future, the role of electrical contractors in shaping this transition cannot be overstated. The time to seize this opportunity is now, laying the groundwork for a more sustainable and electrically driven tomorrow. Vestel,



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LUCECO’S COMPLETE LIGHTING SOLUTIONS PACKAGE AT SPRINGPACK Luceco has supplied a comprehensive lighting solution to Springpack, an eco-friendly packaging provider that has recently completed a state-of-the-art warehouse relocation.


he new 90,000ft² facility is located on a six-acre site in Worcester, providing efficient packaging solutions with a commitment to sustainability and innovation. Such an environmentally focused business required cost-effective energy efficient lighting. Luceco supplied a host of luminaires, including over 250 Elara Bays illuminating the warehouse alongside recessed modular LuxPanels on mezzanine floors where ceiling grids were available, and linear IP65 rated Climate Extra luminaires. Elara is an LED low bay with a fastfix gear tray and an IK10 high-impact resistant steel body. With polycarbonate lenses, Elara Bay is suitable for surface, trunking, or suspended mount installation, offering a flexible solution for warehousing and industrial settings. Contemporary runs of Contour suspended linear luminaires along with Platinum Mini, Element and Platinum Surface downlights were also installed, creating beautifully lit environments whilst offering occupant friendly and practical lighting in office and circulation spaces. The Contour lighting system consists of connectable modules that can be surface mounted, suspended or recessed forming contemporary, decorative and highly effective illumination. With the emphasis on Springpack’s workplace well-being ethics, Luceco’s Leren lighting system was installed in the state-of-the-art gym facility offering

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a modern, flexible environment for employees to work out as well as relax in breakout spaces. Leren offers both upward and downward light distribution, particularly where there are high or open ceiling voids to illuminate. Supplied complete with adjustable wire suspensions, Leren benefits from through-wiring, including electrical connectors as standard, to assist with standalone and continuous run installations. Accessories available include ceiling mount electrical connection rose and blanking modules in 600, 900, 1,200 and 1,500mm lengths. Circulation areas were illuminated with a range of luminaires including Celeste, a circular decorative bulkhead style fitting, with a direct/indirect light distribution offering up to 100,000 hours working life, and Contour Wall was installed in stairwells. The Luceco Contour Wall series extends the Contour linear lighting family’s versatility by including a wall-mounted luminaire with 70% downlight and 30% upward wall washing effect. The Opal and Microprism optical options meet many commercial requirements and have an efficacy up to 124Llm/cW. The lighting installation was carried out by Staffordshire Mechanical Solutions. Jon Rowley, Midlands Regional Manager, says, “This was a great project to work on, allowing us to provide a multifaceted lighting solution for an industrial space whilst still allowing room for flair and creativity in the office and circulation areas. “Elara Bay was selected for the warehouse due to its superior optical

performance. We needed to ensure 250 Lux on the floor, and still achieve exceptional vertical illuminance on the rack face, hence the importance of installing a luminaire with strong optical performance ideal for this application.”

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CW: For those who may not know, can you give us an overview of the work that Kidde does? DC: Kidde has been a leading manufacturer of fire and life safety products for more than 100 years. Our ranges include smoke, heat and carbon monoxide alarms, and our portfolio has been extended with the latest products inherited by the Cavius acquisition in 2021. This is great for electrical contractors as it means we can offer greater flexibility and choice for residential systems. Kidde offers a wide range of Grade D1, D2, F1 and F2 devices that meet the standards required for all types of domestic property in the UK. In addition, Kidde recently launched a new CO2 detector, which is ideal for the home, school or workplace by monitoring air quality levels and also monitoring room temperature and humidity levels. CW: Tell us about your current role - what are you responsible for and what does the normal working day consist of? DC: I am Area Specification Manager for the London region. My current responsibilities include achieving specification for Kidde and Cavius products within the social housing and new build arenas. This is achieved by working with consultants and electricians to provide professional advice and discuss possible solutions to assist the client with their compliance matters. More recently, Kidde has launched a CPD accredited training program called PRO Installer, which I help to deliver. It provides education and guidance to people within our sector, including electricians and social housing consultants. Also, I strongly believe that attending events is key as it’s a valuable platform to speak directly to installers – gaining feedback and opinion. CW: What are the best things about your role? What are the most challenging? DC: I enjoy meeting industry colleagues and professionals on a daily basis and helping to provide a solution to the multiple challenges that are faced in the industry. For example, I thoroughly enjoy showing landlords/residents the long-term benefits of bringing their systems up-to-date with current legislation. Aspects of the role which are most challenging but also rewarding include helping the responsible person to fully understand and appreciate the current regulations and standards to ensure that the building that they have responsibility for is safe and compliant.

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CW: What’s next for you and for Kidde? DC: Over the foreseeable future I will continue to promote Kidde and Cavius products to the sector whilst providing updates to our industry with regards to product development, events and training initiatives. I am extremely excited about the recent launch of the Cavius CV9004 Relay, which is designed to provide enhanced safety to building occupants by serving as a dedicated connection between Cavius RF smoke and heat alarms which can integrate with third party equipment such as Telecare systems, and Part 1 fire detection systems. CW: Do you have any career advice for anyone starting out in the industry? DC: Be yourself, work hard and the training should never stop. Listen to industry professionals and read the necessary documentation and legislation to make sure you remain up-to-date with any changes and revisions. CW: What do you think are the most exciting products or technologies coming to the market? DC: I believe that IoT and integration of services will reshape the way we implement fire detection systems for years ahead, meaning that all professionals within our sector will have to adapt to an entirely new way of working. CW: What are your interests away from work? DC: I like to relax and socialise with friends and family, and I enjoy travelling and walking my dog. I am also a keen supporter of Chelsea FC. Kidde,



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collection that embraces sustainability while showcasing the iconic shape and water-inspired textures from reusing water cooler jugs commonly found in offices and businesses. As a manufacturer, Signify says it prides itself on this innovative manufacturing technique. With it, the company achieves up to 76% less carbon emissions in material sourcing and manufacturing, and saves up to 28% carbon emissions in transport compared to the traditional manufacturing process. The lightweight nature of the company’s products also simplifies the installation process. Using waste to create new products whilst working towards zero-waste production – what’s not to like? Will you make the switch to 3D-printed luminaires?

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The cameras use low light image sensors, which can use background light to produce a colour image in reduced light environments. If the background light is insufficient for the low light image sensors to produce a colour image, the white LEDs on the cameras have the facility to activate by virtual line crossing and perimeter intrusion set by the user. By providing support for up to 8MP recording, the NVRs offer support for high resolution cameras in record, playback and live view modes.

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FOOTBALL CLUB SCORES ADVANCED FIRE PROTECTION A state-of-the-art fire alarm panel by fire protection manufacturer Advanced has been installed at Coventry City Football Club’s training facility.


he installation forms part of a six-figure scheme of upgrade works at Ryton Training Ground, where the Championship club has trained since the early 1960s. The ground’s two pitches and warm-up areas have also been totally reconstructed for the 2023/24 season, as new Executive Chairman and Owner, Doug King, seeks to improve the working environment for the Sky Blues players and staff.

MxPro 5 was the ideal choice for Coventry City FC’s safety needs

Safety and security specialist, Swift Fire & Safety, installed the Advanced MxPro 5 and was involved in design and commissioning. Renowned for its reliability and advanced features, MxPro 5 was the ideal choice for Coventry City FC’s safety needs. The cutting-edge system offers precise fire detection capabilities, minimising the risk of false alarms while ensuring rapid response to any potential fire hazards. The panel was installed alongside Apollo smoke and heat detectors, as well

as third-party VADs, taking advantage of MxPro 5’s multiprotocol compatibility – a standout feature that ensures maximum design flexibility. MxPro 5 is said to stand at the forefront of the fire industry as a premier multiprotocol fire panel, boasting certification by FM Approvals in accordance with the rigorous EN 54 standard. This system empowers customers with a versatile selection of four detector protocols and provides a fully accessible installer network, accompanied by comprehensive training and support. MxPro 5 effortlessly adapts to diverse scenarios, offering the flexibility to function as a single-loop, single-panel configuration or seamlessly integrate into expansive high-speed networks comprising up to 200 panels, capable of safeguarding vast areas. Its effortless installation, adaptable configuration, and extensive array of peripheral options render MxPro 5 a tailor-made solution for virtually any application. Wayne Hill, Business Development and Project Lead at Swift Fire & Safety, says, “Advanced MxPro 5 truly is a panel for all occasions. Its aesthetics, cause and effect programming, battery backup, and ease of installation leave minimal limitations, making it an easy choice for most projects. We will always specify Advanced unless told otherwise for a particular reason.” Neil Parkin, Regional Sales Manager at Advanced, says, “At Advanced, we understand that versatility is key in today’s ever-changing world. The installation of an MxPro 5 panel at this facility showcases its remarkable adaptability. Whether it’s safeguarding a training ground, an office building, or a public space, MxPro 5 proves to be the ideal solution, offering the highest level of protection and peace of mind. This installation exemplifies our commitment to delivering versatile, state-of-the-art fire safety solutions that can meet the unique needs of any environment.”


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SMOKE ALARM INSTALLS: THE HIDDEN REQUIREMENT IN BS 7671 Aico highlights the importance of regulation compliance in fire detection and alarm system installation, and reveals a concealed requirement that must be followed.


ven if familiar with BS 7671 and the electrical wiring regulations, you might be missing a crucial detail lurking within its pages. This seemingly innocuous line tucked away at the back holds major implications for electricians – and your next smoke alarm installation could depend on it. That line simply states: ‘Fire detection and fire alarm systems shall comply with the relevant parts of BS 5839 series.’ But what it truly means is that BS 5839:6, another British Standard specifically dealing with fire alarm systems, is inseparable from BS 7671 when it comes to smoke alarm installations. Remember, the word ‘shall’ in the appendix clarifies that complying with BS 5839:6 isn’t optional, it’s mandatory.

Membership matters: Why compliance is key

For electricians, adhering to BS 7671 is essential. It’s the foundation for maintaining a NICEIC or equivalent membership – and good standing in the industry. That paragraph linking BS 7671 to BS 5839:6 leaves no room for ambiguity. New smoke alarm installations or partial upgrades must meet the minimum requirements of BS5839:6, which vary depending on the type of property:


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•  Rented properties: Grade D1 Category LD2 is the minimum. •  Private dwellings: Grade D2 Category LD2 (new/materially altered property or where rewire is undertaken), Grade D2 Category LD3 in existing properties. The standard states that the level of protection for the occupants needs to be directly related to the fire risk; the categories of system describe the level of protection the systems provide:

•  Rework and frustration: Potentially pulling up carpets and floorboards to install the missing alarm, adding time and complexity to the project. •  Damage and delays: Unforeseen property damage and potentially upset clients are never desired outcomes.

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•  Category LD2: A system incorporating detectors in all circulation areas that form part of the escape routes from the premises, and in all specified rooms or areas that present a high fire risk to occupants, including any kitchen and the principal habitable room. •  Category LD3: A system incorporating detectors in all circulation areas that form part of the escape routes from the premises.

Wireless Radio Frequency (RF) technology offers a convenient and flexible alternative to traditional wired systems. With RF products and accessories, minimal disruption is required to a property. Products such as Aico’s Ei3000MRF Module are part of the next generation of Radio Frequency Wireless Interconnection. The Ei3000MRF Module allows for wireless interconnection and data extraction when installed into any of Aico’s 3000 Series alarms.

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Stay in the know, stay compliant

Often when housing providers are upgrading kitchens and bathrooms, heat alarms get installed in kitchens during the renovations. However, if the living area isn’t equipped with a smoke alarm, the entire installation fails to comply with BS 5839:6, and consequently, BS 7671. Missing that single alarm could mean trouble:


For electricians in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, complying with BS 7671’s point 560.10 means one thing – mastering BS 5839:6. Remember, Grade D1 Category LD2 is the minimum for rentals, and Grade D1 Category LD2 is the standard for private dwellings. Aico,

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DON’T BE DECEIVED Atkore Flexicon unveils the truth about halogen-free conduits for low fire hazard performance.


While many products may look the same, performance properties vary greatly

properties can differ significantly. Where fire performance is a concern, these properties must be scrutinised fully to ensure they meet the stringent safety requirements of the application. There are numerous products available on the market, often for a lower cost than comparable alternatives. Selecting one of these can be a false economy, so it is essential to verify all recommended performance criteria to avoid inadvertently reducing the level of safety and increasing risk. This encompasses the basic requirements such as non-flame propagation, but also additional aspects such as the oxygen index, low smoke emission, high flame retardancy, low toxic fumes, and halogen-free properties. A good way to verify a supplier’s claim is to request details about the testing process that the conduit has been subjected to. Independent test results, conducted by professionals with expertise in the specific field can help eliminate bias in the evaluation. Specifiers should confirm that the chosen testing methods align with established benchmarks for fire safety performance. It can be especially beneficial if the manufacturer can provide evidence of long-term performance testing. To offer low fire hazard classification, a product should meet four clearly defined characteristics. This includes low smoke emission, high flame retardancy, low toxic fumes and halogen-free properties. Low smoke emission: Here a sample of material is burnt under controlled conditions in a smoke chamber and the smoke obscuration of a defined beam

of light is measured. This determines how much smoke is produced when the material is on fire, which could restrict visibility within an installation. Flame retardancy: Flammability – the measure of how difficult it is to ignite the conduit if it is exposed to a heat source – is often cited here. The minimum requirement is that the product is self-extinguishing, according to conduit system standard EN 61386. Here a vertical sample of conduit is exposed to a 1kW burner and must extinguish within 30 seconds of the removal of the flame with no flaming droplets. This determines whether the material will continue to burn or potentially spread the fire. Low toxicity: In this test, a sample of material is burnt under controlled conditions in a smoke chamber and the fumes are analysed for various gases. The concentration of each gas is then multiplied by its toxic potency to give a toxicity index. This determines the type of gases which may be created if the material was to catch fire and whether they are toxic or dangerous. If halogens, sulphur or phosphorus are present in a material, it is unlikely to pass the low toxicity tests. Just because a material is halogen-free it does not mean that it is automatically a low fire hazard product too. Without the accompanying low toxicity, low smoke and flame-retardant properties, it will not meet the full criteria. Typical halogens are fluorine, chlorine, bromine and iodine. All of these produce highly toxic fumes and thick smoke if exposed to a naked flame. Halogen-free Polypropylene conduits without flame retardants are used commonly for data centre cable protection as they are halogen, sulphur and phosphorous free. These will not aid acid formation or damage equipment, but they are highly flammable, and flame propagating. In contrast, PA6 (nylon) can offer a truly superior lower fire hazard classification when it comes to fire performance as it is self-extinguishing, halogen, sulphur and phosphorous-free. While many products may look the same, performance properties vary greatly so customers should always check suitability and compatibility for their application and consider the installation as a complete, system. Atkore Flexicon,

hen it comes to selecting cable protection for low fire hazard performance, looks can be deceiving. Although flexible conduit might look the same visually, with similar colours and profiles, material properties can differ significantly. Traditionally, halogen-free materials have been specified and often based on the common misconception that they offer comprehensive fire protection performance. Although such a conduit, stated as halogen-free, may prevent the generation of toxic gases in some settings, it does not always mean it is flame retardant or consists of low smoke properties – and could still be flammable if exposed to a heat source. Rob Sprason, Technical Sales Manager from Atkore Flexicon, a supplier of flexible conduit, discusses the importance of specifying the correct cable protection to meet all low fire hazard requirements, alongside checking the manufacturer’s performance claims thoroughly. The UK wiring Regulations (BS 7671) require non-flame propagating (self-extinguishing) conduit to be called for and tested by means of the flame propagation test in EN 61386, as a bare minimum. Many operators assume this basic requirement will be met by any flexible conduit they specify, but this is not always the case. This can give rise to a potentially dangerous situation where cables can be laid in flexible conduit that, by its standard, only needs to clarify if it is self-extinguishing and does not offer a comprehensive level of fire performance. Unfortunately, no single European classification standard for low fire hazard cable management products defines the terms and results expected, and further clarification is required. The lack of a defined standard makes it all the more important that specifiers verify the manufacturer’s claims to ensure that the conduit specified offers more than non-flame propagation performance alone. One length of flexible conduit can appear much like another, and while two products might look identical on the surface, their underlying performance

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SAFETY HAS TO BE PARAMOUNT WHEN DEALING WITH ARC FLASH DANGERS Eric van Riet of Fluke explains how thermal imaging and wireless test and measurement devices can help minimise the risk of injury to engineers who work near arc flash zones.


ngineers who are required to work near exposed energised conductors or live circuit components are at risk of significant injury or even death due to the phenomenon known as arc flash, so it is vital that companies prioritise their safety when required to operate in such hazardous environments.

What is arc flash?

Arc flash is the light and heat that can be generated by a massive electrical arc fault explosion in which temperatures can reach between 2,800°C and 19,000°C (5,000°F and 35,000°F). If those figures are difficult to relate to, consider that the temperature at the surface of the sun is said to be around 5,500°C (9,932°F) – making the maximum temperature of an arc flash up to

What causes arc faults?

four times the heat of the sun. These kinds of temperatures are capable of igniting clothing and burning the skin of anyone who comes within a few feet of an arc flash, they can also vaporise metals such as copper, aluminium and steel and can cause lung and eyesight damage and lead to hospitalisation (or worse). Arc fault incidents take place many times a day around the world – in a single year in the USA, 1,000 electrical workers were said to have suffered shocks and burns, some of them fatal – so they are real and they are dangerous. No engineer or health and safety team should ever think that arc flashes will not happen on their watch. They should also be aware that a plasma arc has a virtually unlimited current carrying capacity once it’s established and if vaporised metals are present this could strengthen the plasma arc further, turning a single-phase arc into a more dangerous and powerful three-phase arc.

The first step in minimising injury from arc flash is to understand how it is created. An arc flash is an explosive release of energy from an electrical arc when the electrical current passes through ionised air. In less than a second, an arc flash is initiated from a phase-to-ground or a phase-to-phase fault. The energy of an arc flash converts primarily into heat and light while the associated arc blast creates pressure waves that can rupture panels, create flying debris and lead to acoustic injuries or devastating physical trauma for anyone nearby. One of the most common causes of arc flash is voltage transients or spikes, resulting from switching reactive loads or lightning strikes. The transient might last only microseconds, but it can carry thousands of amps of energy and if it happens while measurements are being taken, a plasma arc can form – inside a measurement tool or outside. Other common causes of arc faults – making them particularly difficult to predict or avoid – can include touching a test probe to the wrong surface or something as simple as dropped tools, worn or loose connections, gaps in insulation, improperly installed parts, dust or corrosion.

What is an arc flash boundary?

No engineer or health and safety team should ever think that arc flashes will not happen on their watch

In order to minimise the risk of electrical injuries, three arc boundaries have been defined: the restricted boundary closest to the exposed equipment; the limited approach boundary further away; and the arc flash boundary. The latter is usually the furthest boundary from the exposed equipment. Essentially, the closer a worker is to exposed and live equipment within these boundaries, the more they require personal protective equipment (PPE). The arc flash boundary is the minimum ‘safe’ distance from an arc fault incident and can change depending on the

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potential arc flash hazard. The boundary is calculated to 1.2 calories/cm2 of incident energy, which is the distance where a worker without appropriate PPE would receive second-degree burns. Sometimes this boundary is the furthest one from the exposed equipment, other times the limited approach boundary is the furthest out. When the arc flash boundary is the furthest away, it becomes the line no one should pass without proper training and PPE.


It is important to inspect equipment regularly in order to identify any wear and tear before it becomes a problem

De-energised equipment

Using the correct tools

One such device is Fluke’s PQ400 electrical measurement window (EMW), which is permanently installed into cabinets with voltage and current connections made inside the panel. The PQ400 gives workers access to critical power quality and energy data while decreasing testing time and maintaining a high level of safety. Users can plug their power quality tools directly

into the EMW to collect all the data that’s needed. As well as the safety aspects, advantages of using the PQ400 include lower maintenance costs and reduced downtime by being able to make critical power quality and energy measurements without opening the panel door. The EMW also enables logging and monitoring to be done at any time, without disrupting operations, while measurement efficiency is increased. Similarly, Fluke’s CV400 ClirVu 4in window is a permanent infra-red window that provides a view of what’s on the other side of a panel without workers being exposed to live voltage or needing full PPE. Offering the most visibility into a panel for a thermal camera (simplifying the inspection process by allowing measurements to be taken without having to open a cabinet), the widest Fluke window option available also helps to reduce time and costs involved in preventive maintenance. Another device, Fluke’s TiS75+ thermal camera, enables operators to capture and measure heat energy emanating from a source without making physical contact, meaning they can see instantly what’s running too hot or too cold before anything breaks down. Offering one-handed image capture, review and save facilities, the camera not only helps operators to keep a

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safe distance from an arc flash boundary but also allows them to compare thermal scans over time using the Fluke Connect app. Another product – the Fluke 376 FC clamp meter – makes it possible to set up measurements and transmit the data from inside the arc flash boundary, meaning someone within 20m of the equipment is able to open the Fluke Connect app and read the figures from outside the boundary. As well as reducing the time technicians spend in the arc flash boundary, the clamp meter helps them to log, trend and monitor measurements remotely so they can pinpoint intermittent faults. Finally, the Fluke 3000FC digital multimeter is a flexible DMM allowing users to read results through the Fluke Connect app outside the arc flash boundary. Using this equipment cuts the time technicians spend inside the boundary and offers them an easy-to-read display with large digits and bright backlight. While it is impossible to completely eliminate the dangers of working with electricity, with careful planning, taking the approaches described above and using the correct tools, there are highly effective ways available for engineers to keep the risk of arc flash injury to an absolute minimum. Fluke,

It isn’t always possible but, ideally, operators should work on de-energised equipment whenever they can – it’s the only effective way to eliminate the chance of hazards. Engineers should also test for the absence of voltage before conducting any tests without wearing the necessary PPE – until this testing proves that the circuits are dead, they must be considered to be energised. It is also important to inspect equipment regularly in order to identify any wear and tear before it becomes a problem using condition monitoring tools or infrared (IR) windows. Knowing the history of the equipment being inspected – and what a normal reading looks like – can help an engineer to identify abnormalities and take any corrective actions. Baseline readings should be obtained by inspecting such critical components as electrical connections, insulation and circuit breakers. However, by far the best way for an engineer to be as safe as possible when checking live circuits and energised conductors is to stay out of the arc flash boundary altogether – there is no need for anyone to place themselves into an arc flash zone unless it is absolutely necessary. The most effective way of remaining distanced from danger is to use non-contact thermal imaging or wireless test and measurement devices as well as remote displays, all of which enable accurate and instant readings to be taken on energised components without having to make any kind of contact.

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HOW EMPOWERING ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS WITH FIRE SAFETY RESOURCES CAN SAVE LIVES Electrical contractors, electricians and tradespeople can play a pivotal role in addressing fire safety knowledge gaps across the UK, writes Paul Rennie, Product Manager at Kidde Europe.


ccording to the English Housing Survey, the majority (93%) of the population owns a smoke alarm. However, more than one-fifth of those surveyed admitted they had never tested it – despite industry advice being to test at least once a month. While many perceive the installation of an alarm system as the only protection they need against fire harm, regular upkeep of the devices and the creation of a fire escape plan is equally as important to ensure safety. Electricians have a real opportunity to make a difference to the habits of the nation, by engaging homeowners in how to safeguard their homes from the threat of fire and saving lives.

A call for change in the UK

It’s easy to perceive fire as a distant threat but its risk is only increasing

It’s easy to perceive fire as a distant threat but its risk is only increasing. In the year ending March 2023, England experienced a 5.1% increase in primary fires compared to the previous year. Primary fires are defined as those occurring in non-derelict buildings, vehicles or outdoor structures, involving fatalities, casualties, rescues or fires attended by five or more pumping appliances. Research shows that without a working smoke alarm in the home, occupants are around 10 times more likely to die from a fire. Reflecting on the English Housing Survey, the data means that one in every five people in England are significantly increasing their chances of fire injury or even death. Alarmingly, the most vulnerable in our society are disproportionately affected by fire deaths, with nearly 50% of fire deaths among children under 16 involving those under the age of five. Evidently, children need change, and the statistics illustrate why we need to enhance fire safety knowledge.

Taking steps to reduce fire harm

The role of electrical contractors and electricians in sharing vital fire safety information Electricians and electrical contractors are already trusted individuals in their field, and given this role, the industry has a unique opportunity to advocate for fire safety and share resources with clients who already trust and believe in them. Electricians don’t need to deliver the message alone, though. It starts with collaboration throughout the whole system. By working with alarm providers offering quality resources homeowners can use to protect themselves, electricians can significantly improve awareness of fire safety. Kidde recognises that there is a significant cause for alarm across England and Europe. In response, it has created a comprehensive toolkit that households can use to protect themselves, their families, and their friends. The company wants every household to have an escape plan and test its equipment regularly, so its resources are available to all – no matter their provider. On Kidde’s Cause for Alarm site there is a home escape plan worksheet, an engaging digital children’s book, and a catchy jingle that parents can enjoy with their children. Children need change, and we owe it to them to provide the right level of safety in our homes. Kidde Europe,

Fire can start for a multitude of reasons. While people may think they have everything under control, a simple mistake with a candle, oil on a stove, or an electric fault, can cause a fatal spark. Fire burns faster than ever due to materials used in our furniture, and in less than 30 seconds a small flame can turn into a fire. Additionally, research shows that furnishings such as sofas and mattresses can now produce 10 times more smoke than in the early 1980s, giving less time to escape. Given the short space of time there is to escape, a plan must be made of what to do in the event of a fire. This is especially important for children whose instinct can be to hide from the threat rather than escape. Though fire escape plans have the

potential to save lives, research conducted by Kidde shows that 47% of parents with children aged 3-10 years old lack a fire escape plan. A fire safety plan provides clear steps to follow, including escape routes and outdoor gathering points for families, and is an essential strategy to save lives. The value cannot be underestimated, especially in families with young children.

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WE NEED TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM OF AVOIDABLE HOB FIRES Prefect Controls’ Adrian Barber investigates the issue of fires caused by unattended hobs in student kitchens – how big is the problem and how can we reduce the risk? In UK homes, 67% of fires in start in the kitchen

sounding. This avoids both evacuation and fire service callouts. With a growing number of avoidable incidents, it is surprising that timers and sensors that make kitchens safer are not as commonplace as CO2 and smoke detectors.

Perhaps Electrical Safety First’s recognition of the problem, by way of last year’s Safety Innovation Award going to a cooking surface sensor, will place more emphasis on hob safety. Prefect Controls,


n average, each year firefighters in London attend more than 250 fire alarms in kitchens at student accommodation premises, but 90% of those are false alarms. This is hugely inconvenient for everyone who is evacuated from the building. It is also dangerous, as fire crews could be delayed from attending genuine emergencies. For many students, moving away from home for the first time is very exciting. But with the excitement comes the potential for distraction, and inadvertently placing themselves in danger by not giving the cooking of meals their full attention. In UK homes, 67% of fires start in the kitchen. Electrical Safety First, the campaigning organisation, aims to reduce death and injury caused by electricity and is recognised by government and industry as the leading authority on electrical safety. It’s five-year survey concluded that one in seven – the equivalent of 300,000 students – admitted to falling asleep while cooking food, while 56% confirmed they had used a cooker while under the influence of alcohol. Unsurprisingly, during the survey period, there were 911 accidental fires in student halls, 80% of these in kitchens and 60% of those are during the night. These are harrowing statistics. Keeping young people safe must be the priority of any accommodation provider. But this responsibility extends beyond the student population. Residents of assisted living accommodation, hostels, holiday cabins and caravans, and the kitchens of people living with dementia, are all environments that would benefit from devices that monitor heat levels on the cooking surface and identify unattended kitchens. Audible and visual alerts warn occupants of imminent dangerous situations. If no action is taken the units cut power to the hob before the smoke detector is activated and well in advance of fire alarms

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A SECURE HOLD FOR A PHOTOVOLTAIC FACADE Photovoltaic panels have been used to clad the rear-ventilated rainscreen facade over the course of an extensive energy upgrade of the Il Palazzetto residential complex in the metropolitan city of Palermo, Sicily.


he photovoltaic system has a permanent, secure hold thanks to fischer BWM facade systems and fischer heavy-duty fixings. The fixing specialist provided the client with additional support as a project partner from the design stage, through pull-out tests and on-site installation until the project’s successful completion.

One of the notable features of the project was the installation of the photovoltaic system to two vertical walls of the building’s envelope

A solution was found that meets the current energy requirements of modernised old buildings

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The Il Palazzetto residential complex lies in the popular Termini Imerese community in the metropolitan city of Palermo and was in desperate need of renovation due to its high energy consumption and larger structural deficiencies compared to modern construction methods. As a result of a comprehensive survey, a solution was found that meets the current energy requirements of modernised old buildings. Key measures included: insulating the building; replacing doors and windows; overhauling the facilities; installing a photovoltaic system; and an energy storage system for the individual apartments and communal rooms. EPS panels (expanded polystyrene) with a thickness of 6cm were used to insulate the entire building envelope. The original windows and doors without a thermal break were replaced by PVC doors and windows with six air chambers in the profiles and double glazing with a 90% argon filling. Each apartment was equipped with split air-to-water heat pumps for heating, air conditioning and hot water supply. In addition to this, each apartment was equipped with a 4kW photovoltaic system consisting of monocrystalline silicon capable of absorbing solar radiation and is used in the production of photovoltaic cells. Each apartment also features a 6kW energy storage device. A 10kW photovoltaic system with a 10kW


energy storage system was additionally installed for the building’s communal areas, in order to reduce energy consumption. One of the notable features of the Palazzetto project was the installation of the photovoltaic system to two vertical walls of the building’s envelope. The photovoltaic panels were used as cladding while applying the rear-ventilated rainscreen facade principle. The BWM ATK 100 Minor VPT vertical profiles were used for the installation. These were inserted in fischer BWM 150 LFH and 80 LSH wall brackets with Thermostops. The facade construction specialist installed horizontal profiles onto the ATK vertical profiles and fastened the cladding to them. The FAZ II Plus bolt anchor and fischer injection systems were installed in addition to fischer facade accessories. “The renovation is the result of thorough planning decisions and required specialist knowledge of the energy sector,” says Vincenzo Torregrossa, founder of ENNETI, the company responsible for the engineering work carried out on the project. “Several critical factors were taken into account, including thermal expansion, wind loads and tensile strength, which led us to opt for the reliable and robust products by fischer.” fischer,



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POWERING UP SOLAR PV SYSTEMS Power Quality Expert looks at the importance of photovoltaic installation safety testing and servicing.


he very rapid and dynamic development of photovoltaic installations taking place in the world in recent years is impressive. This is largely due to the departure from traditional, non-renewable energy sources. Greater social awareness and the government’s desire to encourage people and businesses to take responsibility for the climate around us has forced a shift in the energy sector towards green energy. In addition, we have seen the technology constantly evolving, which is resulting in lower costs for consumers to adopt solar PV energy solutions. This, combined with the constant increase in energy prices, makes an economic shift more and more favourable for the photovoltaic sector and is a key factor moving customers towards further investment in solar PV systems. With the push for energy saving increasing, it is important to remember that testing the safety of the photovoltaic installation and the servicing of these installations is a growing business. Because of this, it is very important that the installation complies with all safety requirements after installation and that its operation complies with the applicable regulations. We can only be sure of this by carrying out the appropriate tests and inspections and periodic checks. The requirements for these are described in Section 712 of the 18th Edition Amendment 2, along with the standard IEC 62446. The standard also defines the method and scope of safety control of photovoltaic installations. Measurements allow you to determine not only the safety, but also the efficiency

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By measuring the parameters of the PV installation, such as the short-circuit current Isc or the open-circuit voltage Uoc, you can quickly verify the correct connections of the modules in the string, their polarity and operation. Measurements can be made for the entire chain of panels or for a single module. The continuity of protective connections and the grounding resistance on the DC side are measured in the same way as in AC installations. In the case of insulation resistance tests, the difference is that the measurements are carried out under voltage, therefore special care should always be taken. The values of operating currents and power on the DC and AC sides must be checked during the operation of both installations. Based on these measurements, the efficiency of the inverter is verified and compared with the efficiency declared by the manufacturer. The manufacturer of the inverter will usually specify the parameters of individual elements of the PV system which are measured in STC (Standard Test Conditions: 25°C, 1000W/m², AM 1,5). For comparison purposes, solar installation testers such as the Sonel PVM-1020 can automatically convert the results to STC conditions. This is done using an irradiance and temperature meter such as the Sonel IRM-1. Both of these meters cooperate with each other and normally work over long distance through radio link. The automatically transmitted data is then converted to measurement values of short circuit current and open circuit voltage referenced to the standard STC conditions.

of a photovoltaic installation. The IEC 62446 standard divides the tests into Category 1 and 2 tests and additional tests. A meter such as the Sonel PVM-1020 allows you to carry out all measurements for the obligatory Category 1, which include: •  Measurement of open circuit voltage (for a single panel or a string of PV panels) up to 1,000V DC •  Measurement of short-circuit current (for a single panel or a string of PV panels) up to 20A DC •  Measurement of the operating current of PV panels with the use of external clamps •  Polarisation test •  Measurement of insulation resistance of PV panels with a test voltage of 250, 500 or 1000V, simultaneous measurement of two values (plus to earth and minus to earth) •  Measurement of resistance of protective connections and equipotential bonding with ±200mA current Additionally, it is possible to perform measurements not included in Category 1, which are found in everyday measurement practices. These are: •  RMS voltage of AC network up to 600V and frequency Insulation resistance of AC circuits with •  the test voltage of 250, 500 or 1000V •  AC current •  AC/DC power •  Low current resistance with audible and visual signalling Diode test with 200mA current with •  automatic polarity detection •  Blocking diode test with 1000V DC voltage

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ENERGY TRANSITION —­A MYRIAD OF OPPORTUNITIES IN AN UNCERTAIN MARKET The UK construction market faces an uncertain outlook in 2024 based on many factors including volatile finance and energy costs, a forthcoming general election, and the potential impact on policies. Yet despite this uncertainty, the UK electrical sector provides a myriad of opportunities for electrical contractors to support their clients’ energy and sustainability needs and to outperform the underlying construction market based on strong technical and financial foundations. Marc Gaunt, Eaton’s UK Commercial and Industrial Segment Manager, explains how.


Rising energy prices and falling PV costs mean that there are now strong business cases for investing in more renewable energy on-site or consuming more existing renewable energy, rather than exporting back to the grid. Whilst PV might seem like an obvious business opportunity for many contractors, integration of energy storage systems provides further business potential for contractors whilst adding significant value to the business case for clients.

any clients are now driving electrification not just of their buildings but also of their vehicle fleets. Initially stimulated by carbon reduction commitments and government policy, the need to change is now accelerating due to recent past and likely future volatile fossil fuel prices. The electrification of building heating and fleets means many clients will be looking to upgrade their existing electrical infrastructure, providing ongoing opportunities to both integrate new technologies whilst upgrading existing infrastructure.

Overcoming the challenges of capacity and grid connections

Renewable energy integration Despite oil prices falling from their peak post the start of the Ukraine war, they remain significantly above average levels seen over the past decade; with future ‘volatility’ being a key word used by many market analysts. Renewable energy integration is a significant opportunity for businesses to mitigate price volatility from external suppliers by increasing their self-sufficiency (percentage of total energy provided by onsite energy sources) whilst significantly reducing emissions.

One size does not fit all when choosing the right solution for commercial buildings

Electrical capacity and access to new, or larger grid connections is a challenge for many building operators across Europe, including the UK. At the end of 2023, only 39% of motorway services had reached the government target of six or more rapid chargers. Whilst this might seem like merely a challenge of the roll out of chargers themselves, in 2023 Moto Hospitality reported charge points for electric vehicles were ‘sitting with no power’ due to a lack of capacity. As well as providing the potential to maximise the use of renewables, energy storage systems have the potential to reduce the grid connection size required. By integrating energy storage systems,

contractors can enable developments to be operational in a much shorter period of time, allowing faster introduction of new environmentally friendly heating systems or revenue generating infrastructure such as EV charging.


Current and likely future governments are continuing to review, refine and lay down legislation which supports the adoption of new technologies in both residential and commercial buildings. Since April 2023, all let office accommodation must achieve a minimum EPC rating of band E. Legislation currently before Parliament will raise this threshold further to band B by 2030. If implemented, these proposals are set to generate substantial refurbishment and retrofit over the remainder of the decade, as many existing premises are currently below these ratings. For example, since 2020, 36% of EPCs issued for existing London premises fell below band C and 73% were below band B. This is likely to generate significant refurbishment and redevelopment opportunities for electrical contractors through the integration of new technologies.

Helping your client obtain the optimal solution

One size does not fit all when choosing the right solution for commercial buildings. Load profiles, renewable capacity, renewable production, grid connection size and utility tariffs can all influence the optimal solution. Eaton is now able to offer contractors and clients the service of its building as a grid simulator. By collecting information, the simulator allows stakeholders to make the right technical, financial and environmental decisions not just for now, but based on expectations for the building in the future. To find out more about the fundamentals of energy management and energy storage, download Eaton’s latest guide from the company’s website. Eaton,

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APPROVED DOCUMENT M — ACCESS TO AND USE OF BUILDINGS Scolmore Group addresses some of the minimum recommendations detailed within Approved Document M1 and M2 (ADM1 and ADM2) for electrical accessories within premises.


pproved documents (AD) provide practical guidance about how to comply with the requirements of The Building Regulations for England and Wales (where relevant). Under schedule 1, Part M of the Building Regulations requires that, amongst other things, reasonable provision is made for people to gain access to, and use the building and its facilities. Part M is split into two Parts – M1 and M2. Part M Volume 1 (M1) covers dwellings and Volume 2 (M2) covers buildings other than dwellings.

Dwellings: M1

Reasonable provision should be made for most people, including wheelchair users, to access and use the facilities in a ‘visitable’ new dwelling. To this end, insofar as electrical services are concerned, services and controls should comply with clause 1.18. This clause details where switches, socket-outlets and the like

should be installed. Diagram 1.5 (Fig 1) of clause 1.18 sets the range within which services and controls should be installed as between 450mm and 1,200mm. However, the consumer unit should be positioned at a height where the switches are between 1,350mm-1,450mm above floor level. Accessories require no special consideration, such as colour, larger switch mechanisms and the like. Where a dwelling is ‘accessible and adaptable’ and a wider range of occupants are likely to access the dwelling, such as the elderly, those with reduced mobility and some wheelchair users, additional thought should be given to clause 2.30 of ADM1. In addition to the general requirements detailed for visitable new dwellings, switches and socket-outlets and other controls should be a minimum of 300mm (measured horizontally) from an inside corner. As with visitable new dwellings, there are no special requirements for accessories. Where a dwelling is designed for wheelchair users, there are further considerations to make regarding height, position and the nature of accessories. Consumer units are to be positioned as for visitable dwellings, however,

switches, socket-outlets and controls are to be mounted with their centre line 700mm-1,000mm above floor level and, to aid access, a minimum of 700mm (measured horizontally) from an inside corner. Isolators used in kitchens should be installed within the same height range. Light switches are to have individual plates unless wide rocker or full plate accessories are provided. Where twin socket-outlets are installed, their switches should be on the outside of the accessory. Furthermore, provision should be made for the principal bedroom to have bedhead controls in the future, to include two-way lighting controls, telephone, socket-outlets and the like.

Fig 1. Visitable new dwelling

Buildings other than dwellings: M2

For buildings other than dwellings, the same requirements for access to, and provision of, services exist as for dwellings. Clause 4.25 highlights the key factors affecting the use of switches, socket-outlets and the like as, ease of operation, visibility, height and freedom from obstruction.



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Colour contrast

Clause 4.28 recognises that ‘Controls that contrast visually with their surroundings are more convenient for visually impaired people, as are light switches activated by a large push pad’. Adequate visual contrast exists when the light reflectance value (LRV) between two surfaces is greater than 30 points. However, where the illuminance on a surface is greater than 200 lux, a difference in LRV of 20 points is considered reasonable. Light reflectance values are a measure of the percentage of light reflected from a surface. For example, at one extreme the assumed light reflectance value (LRV) of ‘black’ is 0% and at the other extreme the LRV of ‘white’ is 100% (Fig 2). This simple chart (Fig 2) details approximate values of LRV for certain basic colours. Using this by way of example and assuming cream painted walls, a 30-point contrast exists between the following: Cream and white •  Cream and blue/red/wood/pink/brown •  and black In this same example, a suitable contrast does not exist between: •  Cream and silver Cream and yellow/purple/green/grey •  or orange Therefore, in this example, an accessory range of white would be reasonable as would black or brass. Where a 20-point contrast is permitted then the following would apply: Cream and white/silver •  Cream and grey/orange/blue/red/wood/ •  pink/brown and black Manufacturers of paint products will typically detail LRVs on their websites. Click Scolmore details the LRV value of its accessories at the back of its catalogue. By way of example, the anthracite grey of the Part M range has an LRV of 8.9.

Mounting heights

The mounting heights above floor level and other recommendations for accessories is detailed in clause 4.30 and may slightly differ to those recommended for dwellings. Some of the key recommendations are detailed below: •  Socket-outlets/TV/telephone: 400mm-1,000mm with the lower value preferred. •  Switches for permanently wired appliances: 400mm-1,200mm. •  Switches requiring precise hand movement: 750 mm-1,200mm. •  Simple push button controls: Not more than 1,200mm. •  Approved Document M – access to and use of buildings. •  Socket-outlets are located consistently and no nearer than 350mm from room corners. •  The operation of switches, outlets and controls does not require the simultaneous use of both hands. •  Switched socket-outlets indicate whether they are on. •  Mains and circuit isolator switches clearly indicate whether they are on or off. •  Front plates contrast visually with their backgrounds.

There are instances where there are differences in mounting heights recommended for dwellings and buildings other than dwellings. The designer should recognise the differences between ADM1 and ADM2. For each type of premises, designers should carefully consider the mounting heights of accessories and control equipment for accessibility, the nature of the switches (push pads etc. where necessary) for their ease of use, colour contrast to be seen, and positions near wall corners and the like. Care should also be taken to ensure that suitable contrast exists between the light reflectance value of accessories and control equipment and the surfaces they are mounted on. Paint manufacturers will typically provide such data and allow designers to select a suitable range of accessories.

Fig 2. Example of light reflectance values



Designers and installers of electrical installations should be aware of the recommendations of Approved Documents M1 and M2 as they relate to dwellings and buildings other than dwellings.


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WHAT’S IN A PLATE FINISH? Hamilton explores what metallics mean for contractors.


Wiring accessories in metallic finishes can elevate an interior design by complementing or even enhancing a chosen look rather than being an unavoidable imperfection. This presents a fantastic opportunity for contractors to up-sell metallic finishes and thereby increase the overall value of the installation project. Warmer metallic finishes bring radiance for a luxurious feel, while cooler metallics offer calmness. With so much choice available, the versatility of metallics is immense. From the fresh shades of steel or chrome to the gold-like hue of satin and polished brass, to the subtly uplifting sheen of antique brass and connaught bronze, explore earthier tones such as copper bronze, richmond bronze and etrium bronze to complete the spectrum of possibilities.

ith customers paying more attention to design detail, and growing increasingly savvy in their spending, contractors and electrical wholesalers face mounting pressure to deliver. Suppliers such as Hamilton Litestat that offer a diverse product range of decorative wiring accessories whilst staying current with interior trends alleviate some of this pressure!

Why are metallics such a big deal?

Gone are the days when warmer finishes, such as brasses and bronzes, were reserved only for period interiors. Or where black would only be considered for particularly daring schemes. Hamilton’s designers have noticed everyday interiors growing more sophisticated in their appearance, with layered textures becoming a big feature.

Wiring accessories in metallic finishes can elevate an interior design

Why should contractors be concerned with colour trends? It goes without saying that popularity sells! So, a keen understanding of product desirability and interior design trends is beneficial. This knowledge bolsters confidence in making plate finish recommendations and can influence decisions regarding style and functionality as well. Hamilton’s designers stay up-to-date with the latest design trends, so when Dulux announced its colour of the year for 2024, it didn’t go unnoticed. This highlights the end-user’s clear preference for warmer metallic tones and specific faceplate appearances. This year’s featured shade is named Sweet Embrace. Fluffy designer speak aside, it’s a soft and positive hue, crafted to bring balance and homeliness to any interior. With comfort as its defining quality, it complements warming shades like brass and bronze, while on-trend colours like basalt grey and matt black add a sense of substance and reliability, enhancing the feeling of security. When the need for unobtrusiveness arises, there’s a natural inclination toward flatter and softer plate designs. Hamilton’s

Hartland G2, a slim and elegant push-to-fit plate with soft round edges, or its Sheer G2, a flat and square-edged plate, both feature a screwless finish, making them equally fitting choices.

Where does functionality fit in?

Emphasising simplicity directs the customers’ attention to the finer detail. Scrutinising switch options, plate configurations and functionality empowers them to personalise their interior. Toggle switches provide a minimalist appearance, blending seamlessly with their surroundings; dimmer switches offer customisation of room ambience; and rocker switches, with their simplicity, still hold a valuable place as a user-friendly solution. In addition, not forgetting the USB-A&C double switch sockets – a must-have for charging all generations of smart devices. All these options are available in finishes that perfectly compliment their mounted face plates Traditionally, Grid-Fix solutions included a plastic inlay plate with limited colour choices, especially noticeable with toggle and dimmer switches. Recognising that metallic finishes remain firmly in the spotlight, Hamilton has developed a range of Grid-Fix inlay plates to provide a cost-effective and contractor-friendly solution, ensuring that interiors stay on-trend.

A stylish solution

Complementing its range of wiring accessory plate finishes, Hamilton has introduced 14 new metallic inlays in a variety of finishes. This allows easy adaption of lighting control using a Grid-Fix plate. Inlay plates can be selected to match either the switch or the plate finish for a more stylish appearance. In the case of Hamilton’s Linea range, frames can be chosen independently of the face plate, providing the flexibility to match or contrast with the switch or plate finish, depending upon the desired look. Hamilton Litestat,



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NEW WIRELESS SWITCH SYSTEM IMPROVES CONTROL AND FLEXIBILITY Selectric has launched the GRID360 Kinetic range – a revolutionary wireless switch system that eliminates the need for batteries or power cables.


nlike traditional wired switches, the GRID360 Kinetic range can be installed on any surface and doesn’t require complicated cable runs within walls. The system provides a clean, convenient and safe solution that is not only easy to install, but also reliable. Additionally, users can easily move and rearrange the switch without the hassle of rewiring or hiring an electrician. GRID360 Kinetic wall switches have been proven to be stable in signal transmission and well-designed in appearance, which will fit into the company’s ever-popular GRID360 range of products. Furthermore, the system uses a very small amount of energy and so reduces overall power consumption, which will result in economic savings and contribute towards an improved carbon footprint. Selectric offers a wide range of receivers to choose from to solve real-life controlling requirements and the company offers a range of non-dimmable, dimmable and smart receivers, suitable for wide input voltage from AC85-240V 50/60Hz. The lowest and highest brightness level can be set

by an app on the smart dimmer. This helps the performance and compatibility of the dimmer to suit more dimmable light fittings whilst avoiding flicker and slow response issues often found with smart dimmers. A 30m transmission range (depending on context) ensures the switches perform steadily under complex indoor installations (70m for outdoor). All the switches available in the GRID360 Kinetic range are compatible with current finishes in the GRID360 range, meaning this system can be seamlessly integrated into an existing setup without needing to change any finishes or aesthetics. This makes it easy to upgrade switches to the GRID360 Kinetic range while maintaining a cohesive look throughout a space. Selectric says that the GRID360 Kinetic range is a highly advantageous option when compared to traditional wired switches. It offers greater convenience, flexibility, reliability and security. Whether for personal or professional use, the kinetic wireless switch provides a new level of control and flexibility that is claimed to

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SPOTLIGHT ON EUROLITE Since 1998, Eurolite Wiring Accessories has been a leading developer and distributor of high-quality decorative wiring accessories. The Eurolite brand has grown from strength to strength, offering customers the support of in-house product and marketing teams, helping to supply a range of catalogues, flyers and other literature and data sheets to aid customers. A sales and merchandising team helps keep Eurolite in the eye of the customer, ensuring displays are up-to-date and visually appealing.


urolite prides itself on friendly, knowledgeable customer service and next day delivery on all orders. The company’s in-house assembly team makes bespoke products for same day dispatch, and Eurolite is focused on the design, sourcing, marketing and distribution of branded building products. Eurolite, a division of Carlisle Brass (part of ASSA ABLOY) is a renowned designer, manufacturer and distributor of architectural ironmongery. It is the parent company of distinguished brands such as Serozzetta, Eurospec, Manital, and the newly launched Alexander & Wilks. The company’s mission is to offer its customers the best quality and service available. It strives every day to meet its customer’s requirements, so that they, in turn, can meet deadlines and completion dates.

Sales Director spotlight

Carl Robinson has been with the company for over 20 years, joining in June 2003 as a warehouse operative, and is Eurolite through and through. He has covered several roles in the business, including Production Manager, Warehouse Manager, General Manager, all the way up to his current role of Sales Director, a roll he has been in since November 2021. Twenty years of hard work, focus and relationship building has seen Carl take to each role

The company’s mission is to offer its customers the best quality and service available

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like a pro, passing on his experience to new starters, customers and sales teams. As you can imagine, the day-to-day workload of a Sales Director varies from one day to the next. From customer visits to new product development, to preparing sales forecasts, identifying improvements and opportunities, and managing the external sales team, ensuring focus as well as support. Carl is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to wiring accessories – he’s seen it all with the company and is seen as the go-to man for all things Eurolite!

Eurolite ranges and finishes Offering ranges to suit any home or commercial space, Eurolite offers four main ranges; Enhance, Concealed, Stainless Steel and Utility.

• Enhance Decorative: Raised rounded edge products, designed to give a contemporary look, featuring five plate finishes to suit all styles. •  Enhance White Plastic: A range of white plastic wiring accessories to complement the existing Enhance products, allowing you to buy everything in one place. • Concealed: Designed for use in modern, contemporary, domestic and commercial environments, with a range of finishes available, including; antique brass, black nickel, matt black, satin brass, polished chrome, stainless steel and white. • Stainless Steel: A comprehensive choice of design and colour, incorporating Crabtree components. There are multiple combinations of finish, grid and inserts on offer. Take your pick from; black nickel and satin brass to stainless steel and antique brass. • Utility: A heavy-duty range of switches and sockets ideal for use in industry, commercial and the home. This range has a tough, durable finish which is resistant to premature ageing, discolouration and corrosion. •  Utility: Weatherproof: An outdoor collection with features such as IP66 rated level of protection, hinged and lockable covers and multiple knock outs for easy entry points.

•  Utility: Floor Sockets: 13A unswitched floor socket with a spring-loaded cover ideal for hotels and offices. You can keep up-to-date with all things Eurolite via the company’s LinkedIn page, from meeting the team, new product releases, award nominations, and charitable work. The company is always looking at its tagged posts on Instagram to see the room glow-ups and renovations people have captured using Eurolite products – the company says there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing a beautiful kitchen, bedroom or bathroom with its wiring accessories adding those finishing touches.

Recent releases and coming soon… Recently, Eurolite was thrilled to see its range of pull cords land, available in six wonderful finishes including antique brass, matt black, polished brass, polished chrome, satin brass and stainless steel. You can match the finishes to Eurolite’s Enhance Decorative and Concealed 3mm ranges. Coming soon is the Media Plate – sure to be essential for any renovation, new build, or major upgrade. The Media Plate is compatible with a range of modular inserts, configured to suit your requirements, and it allows for power and signal distribution from one easy access combined area. Eurolite,




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Gripple has released its 2022 Sustainability Progress Report which outlines how it has achieved its first sustainability goal – carbon neutrality across its UK operations. This means that Gripple has managed to achieve emission reduction targets, supplemented with sustainable offsetting to deliver no net impact on the environment, as certified by Planet Mark and in accordance with PAS2060:2014. This achievement demonstrates Gripple’s commitment to comprehensively mitigating its environmental impact. As demonstrated in its 2022 Sustainability Progress Report, Gripple has reduced its electricity usage from the national grid in 2022, compared to the previous year by 4%, despite adding a new manufacturing site to its UK operations in 2022. Gripple achieved carbon neutrality for its UK operations by focusing on improving energy management, investing in staff training and education and appointing Sustainability Champions in its business. Its Sustainability Champions support Gripple’s operations teams with frequent energy audits and reviews, identifying new improvement projects and sharing best practice across its UK sites. Gripple has carefully chosen its carbon credits to offset carbon emissions on a number of hydropower, wind farms, solar farms and wind projects globally.

The extensive GridPro range of interchangeable mounting plates and modules offers installers the ultimate flexible, modular grid solutions, allowing them to create multi-function one to 24 gang plates which integrate with Scolmore’s vast Click wiring accessories range. Unique to GridPro is the screw attachment feature, which means that no yoke is required for any modules when using one to four gang plates – the modules can be simply screwed directly onto the plates. This has the added benefit of allowing the installer to use standard back boxes. Additionally, all GridPro modules have a clipping feature, which makes for easy removal and assembly. The versatile GridPro plate can be populated to perform multiple tasks using a combination of GridPro and New Media modules. There is a wide range of modules to choose from and all switch modules are 20A rated, making them ideal for both domestic and commercial applications. The full GridPro range is available to view on the Scolmore Group website. Scolmore Group,


NEW BATHROOM DOWNFLOW HEATERS BY AIRMASTER Last winter saw Airmaster launch a new round Lot 20 compliant Bathroom Downflow Heater packed with a wide range of in-use benefits, including a self-regulating fan heater with automatic overheat control and a one to eight-hour timer. Now for 2024, there are two new square design options. First is a Lot 20 compliant heater with an eight-hour working timer and seven-day/24-hour program facility. Wall-mounted electronic and optional remote controls offer 1000W, 2000W, fan only and switch off facilities. The second addition is a double insulated Downflow Heater with 1680W and 2000W power options, a pull-down activation cord and a 30-minute run back timer. Manufactured in polycarbonate and finished in white, both new heaters are Class 11, IP21 rated, have overheat protection via automatic cut out facilities, and are designed with 3,000-hour lifespans. All Airmaster Downflow Heaters are designed for wall mounting and are RoHS compliant, CE and UK/CA approved. CED Electrical,

NEW HAMILTON LEDSTAT SMART WI-FI DIMMER The LEDSTAT Smart Wi-Fi Dimmers from Hamilton provide a comprehensive and user-friendly installation solution for controlling LED lights around the home, office space, bar, or restaurant. •  True rotary multi-point dimming •  Retrofit wiring (no neutral required) •  No hub required •  Fits in 35mm wallbox •  Trailing and leading edge •  Multi-point control options (rotary and toggle dimming) •  App control using the Hamilton Lite app •  Set light levels and control scenes •  Away from home control •  Works with Alexa and Google Home Assistant The LEDSTAT Wi-Fi Dimmer is easily retrofitted into existing two-way and intermediate wiring, allowing seamless integration into both new-build projects and renovations. Available in five Hamilton collections: Hartland, Hartland G2, Sheer, Sheer G2 and Verve, with up to 13 plate finishes. Hamilton Litestat,

UNICRIMP’S ESSENTIAL CABLE FIXINGS Unicrimp offers a range of comprehensive cable accessories through its portfolio of Q-Crimp products. Part of the Q-Crimp fixings range are the durable Squarelock Woodscrews, ideal for hardwood, softwood, chipboard and fibreboards. They feature a square recess which allows for greater rotation and a more positive fastening than conventional cross and slotted screws. Developments also include the Catenary Wire, Jack Chains and associated accessory products. The Catenary Wire range comprises two lengths of 3mm galvanised steel wire rope (50m and 30m). Included in the Catenary accessories range are 3mm zinc electroplated steel wire rope grips; 3mm wire rope eyelets; M8 zinc plated strainer adjustable rigging screws; zinc electroplated steel wire hook wall plates and zinc electroplated steel wire ring plates. Jack Chain is a flexible general-purpose chain used for a variety of applications including suspending luminaires and signage. Unicrimp’s steel Jack Chain is supplied in 10m lengths and also includes 25mm hook plates. Also part of the collection are the Grommet Strip Edge Trim Rolls, which prove to be an essential piece of kit for consumer unit installation.

GREENBROOK JOINS FORCES WITH TILLEX GreenBrook has announced its exclusive UK distribution partnership with Tillex Cable Management. This collaboration marks an exciting new opportunity to offer unique electrical fixing products to customers in the UK. The partnership will combine GreenBrook’s established wholesale customer base with Tillex’s extensive experience in manufacturing environmentally friendly and functional products, providing contractors with a range that enhances their productivity and ensures a peace of mind for a secure installation. The quality of these items is clear to see and feel upon inspection and the company says it is sure contractors will find them superior to other fixings currently available. The plugs use the Tillex/Thorsman colour coding for easy reference and are made of strong Nylon or Polyethylene with a high load bearing capacity. The screwed cable clips – fitted with the either a T20 or PH2 screw head, are ideal for the quick fitting of cable into concrete, plasterboard and metal joists. The screws used are highly corrosion-resistant for use in areas with high air humidity and high atmospheric pollution. Greenbrook,



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With the choice of three colour temperatures and five bezel finishes, the CFR5CCT fire-rated downlight from Knightsbridge is able to adapt lighting to fit the demands of every location. Providing a versatile three-in-one lighting solution, the CFR5CCT features tri-CCT that provides three colour temperatures: 3000K, Warm White; 4000K, Cool White; and 5500K, Daylight. Supplied with a white bezel as standard, the CFR5CCT can be accessorised with interchangeable bezels in five finishes – brushed chrome, matt black, polished chrome, white and brass. Robust, durable, and easy and quick to install thanks to push-fit terminals for loop in/loop out connections, the downlight meets fire safety standards, being rated for 30/60/90min in solid timber, 30min in web joist, and 30min in I-joist (Staircraft). Providing up to 115lm/W, the CFR5CCT downlight is also acoustic-rated, minimising noise interference, and is insulation contact-rated, as well as rated IP65 for dust and water-tightness. It has a three-year warranty and is designed for use with Trailing Edge dimmers.

ESP’s MAGDUO Two-Wire fire alarm system is aimed at small-to-medium contractors, offering them a highly flexible and adaptable system that will save them time and money on the installation process. Unlike standard conventional four-wired systems where the detectors, call points and alarm devices for each zone are wired on separate circuits, MAGDUO utilises intelligent Two-Wire technology, which allows all devices to be wired on the same set of two-core zone cables back to the control panel – enabling it to use a single circuit per zone both for detection and to power the sounders. This advanced technology can reduce both installation and material costs. In total, ESP’s MAGDUO range comprises 25 individual products including two, four, and eight zone fire panels (available in a grey or black finish), as well as repeater panels – also in grey and black – with the four and eight zone panels able to support up to eight repeater panels. A FlexiPoint detector is programmable to seven different modes including smoke and heat detection, and there are various sounders, strobes and call points in the range. ESP,



NOVUS – NEW DUAL VOLTAGE LED SHAVER LIGHT FROM OVIA Ovia continues to expand its range of lighting solutions and the latest addition is Novus – a 7W LED Dual Voltage Shaver Light, which joins the company’s growing domestic lighting category. The IP20-rated Novus is available in a white and chrome finish and offers a cool white 4000k colour temperature output with an impressive 450 lumen. It features a traditional design and is operated via pull cord switch. Ovia’s Novus Shaver Light is suitable for domestic and commercial use. Ovia,

NVC Lighting is looking forward to a bright 2024, following significant investment to further raise the profile of its brand and first-class lighting solutions. The Birmingham-based business supplies its extensive range of lighting solutions to electricians and electrical contractors through national and independent wholesalers. NVC Lighting will be embarking on its first major integrated marketing campaign in 2024, along with introducing a host of new products and innovations. Spearheading NVC Lighting’s investment in raising the profile of its brand is Sangita Mistry, the company’s recently appointed Head of Brand Marketing & Communications. Sangita has extensive experience in the building and construction sector, having previously worked in marketing positions for global HVACR pipe fittings business, Conex Bänninger, and Geberit – the European leader in sanitaryware. NVC Lighting’s plans for the year ahead include the upcoming launch of its LiFe Emergency lighting range, which will see the roll out of its first ever integrated marketing campaign to drive awareness with electrical contractors and facilities managers and support its wholesale customers. The company will also continue to evolve and expand its PRO and Core ranges. NVC Lighting,



In what is probably the most ground-breaking work trouser and knee guard innovation, Snickers Workwear has launched the world’s first built-in, certified kneepads which are completely integrated into a pair of Snickers Workwear’s premium stretch trousers. Delivering low-profile impact protection, the AllroundWork, Stretch Trousers with Capsulized Kneepads are an innovative combination of cutting-edge sportswear technology coupled with well-established workwear know-how. They are ideal for craftsmen and women on site; for people in logistics and warehousing; industry, engineering and maintenance who are constantly on the move and want the continuous protection of welded-into-place kneepads. Designed and engineered in partnership with YBC, the Capsulized Kneepad components comprise six protection layers that work with each other to dissipate the energy created by the impact of working on your knees or through bumps in the workplace. They deliver effective durability combined with penetration protection, as well as additional impact absorption, pressure release and enhanced comfort. And, as is typical of all Snickers Workwear clothing, these stretch work trousers will provide in-place ergonomic protection all day, every day.

Carl Kammerling International (CKI), the home of C.K Tools, has launched its popular Fusion promotion for 2024, offering more deals than ever before. Live from 1 February until 31 May 2024, the Fusion promotion will run across independent and chain wholesalers throughout the country, ensuring customers have access to the best tools for the job at a fantastic price. The promotion will see over 350 discounted products across the full CKI brand portfolio including C.K Tools, C.K Magma, C.K Classic, Avit and Kasp Security. With discounts of up to 65% on offer, this is CKI’s most standout Fusion promotion to date. Rhiannon Wyn Thompson, Trade Marketing Executive at CKI, says, “With more than 200 years of heritage in the trade, we understand how important it is for our customers to invest in quality, durable tools – at a great price. “It’s never been easier for savvy electrical and industrial trade customers to shop smarter by taking advantage of the fantastic savings available across the best-selling ranges CKI is known for.” Carl Kammerling International,

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Mini PIR Sensor Range NEW

with separate power pack with connector ♦ A new range of passive infra-red occupancy detectors, switches and dimmers ♦ Quad digital person detector with adjustable photocell and time lag functions ♦ Mini detector head is ideal for false or plasterboard ceilings, or for fitting into a luminaire ♦ Ideal for energy-saving automatic lighting control ♦ Versions for up to 7m diameter detection at 5m mounting height or up to 24m diameter detection at 17m mounting height ♦ Versions for Mains Switching, DALI or 0-10V dimming ♦ Easy, secure programming with the DANLERS ISI app


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