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BAFE sets the standard for fire alarm installers

Installing or connecting a fire alarm should be straightforward work for most competent electricians. But did you know that there is an industry standard for those firms primarily involved in the fire detection and fire alarm industry? For more than 25 years, BAFE Approval Schemes have set the industry standards for the fire protection industry. Third party assessment and certification with BAFE provides additional assurances for specifiers and consumers looking for firms to install fire protection systems.

ECA launches updated building services survey

Thousands of building services contractors are being urged to complete the new and improved Building Engineering Business Survey, launched today by the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) with the support of the Scolmore Group.
The survey, which is targeted at the ECA’s almost 3,000 members operating across the building services, electrical and electrotechnical sectors, aims to provide a comprehensive analysis of the prevailing business environment across the industry, and to show market trends.

Industry-leading ECA Annual Awards now open

The industry-leading ECA Annual Awards 2016, which recognise the best in the building services and electrotechnical sectors, are now open to entries from members of the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA).
There are eight award categories open to firms across the industry. The categories are as follows:
- Large Contractor of the Year (turnover over £20 million) – 2015 winner – Quartzelec
- Contractor of the Year (up to £20 million turnover) – 2015 winner – Alpine Works

Vent-Axia Receives Double Nomination

Leading British ventilation manufacturer Vent-Axia is delighted to announce it has been shortlisted in two categories in the prestigious H&V News Awards 2016. The Sussex-based company is celebrating its Sentinel Kinetic 200ZPH mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR) unit reaching the final in both the Air Movement Product of the Year and Domestic H&V Product of the Year categories.

New insulation testers combine versatility with stability

Dependable test results in an exceptionally wide range of applications are guaranteed with handheld insulation testers in the new MIT400 Mk 2 range from Megger. The new instruments feature feedback-stabilised test voltages that not only ensure tests are always carried out to specification, but also that the risk of overvoltage damage to circuits and components is minimal.

NICEIC launches online CDM course

NICEIC has launched an online course to help contractors understand their responsibilities around CDM requirements. Whilst the course is aimed at electrical contractors, it will also provide other trades, such as gas engineers, an overview of their legal requirements
Previously, CDM (Construction, Design and Management) requirements were more relevant to larger commercial or industrial projects.
However, since April 2015, CDM requirements now apply to ALL domestic projects which include alterations, repairs and maintenance.

Support for Landlords Certificate Soars Following Home Safety Event

Backing for industry-led change to safeguard tenants has climbed to new heights following the success of Private Rented Sector Safety Shocks. The milestone Westminster event was held on December 10th to showcase and promote debate on a new, groundbreaking home safety certificate and package of supporting guidance.

Government rows back on solar PV cuts

The solar installation sector today received news of the government’s finalised plans to cut solar PV subsidies by some 64 per cent, just days after the government signed up to comprehensive global plans to control climate change.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change had previously planned to reduce the Feed-in-Tariff subsidy scheme by 87 per cent, but revised its plans following sustained representation from a range of industry bodies, including the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), who had taken the case to key ministers, MPs and parliamentary committees.