Vent-Axia’s Centra Joins the Quiet Revolution

Vent-Axia’s Lo-Carbon Centra™ has been awarded the Quiet Mark by the Noise Abatement Society (NAS) and also features in the Ideal Home Show’s Quiet Mark ‘Quiet House’ (15th March – 1st April 2013 at London’s Earls Court). An exceptionally quiet fan with sound levels as low as 10dB(A) the discreet Centra has tasteful styling and the versatility to be used in kitchens, toilets, bathrooms and utility rooms.

Trustmark Tradesmen Reign Supreme

TrustMark, the Government endorsed quality mark signposting consumers to tradesmen, is celebrating after two TrustMark registered tradesmen won the highest accolade for their industries. Both awards recognised and promoted the very best in building and landscaping undertaken by members of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) and the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL).

Megger helps students to succeed with PAT!

A new Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) Programme for Training Centres and Colleges is the latest initiative in Megger’s ongoing offer of support for students learning skills that relate to electrical testing. Training organisations that participate in the campaign, which is entirely free of charge, not only receive invaluable educational material, but are also invited to take advantage of additional options, including on-campus demonstrations of PAT testing techniques by Megger’s experienced specialists.

Do we have to install sleeving to all conductors to the modern colours?

Q:When we were replacing the accessories within the property we came across red and black conductors at the sockets and red, blue and yellow conductors at the switches. The earth conductors at all the accessories are bare copper without any sleeving. Do we have to install sleeving to all the conductors to the modern standards?
A: These cable colours were in use until 2006 when the “new” style brown and blue coloured cables.

Main Changes to Part P in 2013

With only two weeks to go until the changes to Part P come into force, are electricians prepared for the changes? The official document which is freely available to download states 2 main changes in the legal requirements:
1) The range of electrical installation work that is notifiable (where there is a requirement to certify compliance with the Building Regulations) has been reduced.
2) An installer who is not a registered competent person may use a registered third party to certify notifiable electrical installation work as an alternative to using a building control body

ESC Industry Summit Strikes the Right Note

The Electrical Safety Council’s (ESC) Industry Summit, which recently took place in Westminster, brought together a range of key stakeholders to discuss consumer safety and the changing landscape of the electrical industry. The event focused on three significant developments: the changes to Part P and the on-going review of the Building Regulations; what the Green Deal means for contractors; and how smart metering is likely to impact on the safety of electrical installations.

Plug-in Lighting System from Eaton

Fast, easy installation and enhanced safety are among the key benefits of the Luminaire Supporting Coupler (LSC) plug-in lighting system from Eaton. Fully compliant with BS7001, couplers in the LSC range are recognised as the industry standard interface and, for maximum convenience and flexibility, they are fully interchangeable with other manufacturers’ products that meet this standard.

Vphase extends to small businesses and larger homes

It is not often you can achieve real savings on electricity so it makes a pleasant change to find out that it is still possible to reduce the cost of electricity quite significantly without the hassle of changing supplier.
Using a voltage optimization unit in the home has helped householders to achieve these savings and the latest voltage optimization unit from Vphase provides not householders with a lower electricity bill plus many other benefits without having to make any changes at all to your lifestyle, but is now available to larger homes and small businesses too.

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