18th Edition Regulations – Energy Efficiency

18th Edition Regulations – Energy Efficiency

The worldwide need to reduce the consumption of energy means that we have to consider how electrical installations can provide the required level of service and safety for the lowest electrical consumption. The draft proposals enable a client to specify the level of energy efficiency measures applied to an electrical installation. Installations can also be awarded points for energy efficiency performance levels, for example, transformer efficiency. These points can be added together with points for efficiency measures to give an electrical installation an efficiency class, ranging from EIEC0 to EIEC4, depending on the number of points awarded.

The new section will cover several energy efficient areas, such as electric vehicles, lighting, metering, cable losses, transformer losses, power-factor correction, and harmonics.

Energy

The Amazing Folding UK Plug

The Amazing Folding UK Plug

We found this amazing plug when looking on line this week. The history behind it is from The Royal College of Art’s graduate show, and the show-stopper was this plug. Min-Kyu Choi impressed every passer by with his neat, apparently market-ready plug that folds down to the width of an Apple MacBook Air. “The MacBook Air is the world’s thinnest laptop ever. However, here in the UK, we still use the world’s biggest three-pin plug,” says Choi.

As with many things it started with a problem; the size of the UK plug versus the products that they serve. Min-Kyu Choi had a direct encounter with this having discovered a scratch on his laptop being caused by the UK plug in his bag. The UK plug, having been designed in 1947 when portability was not a consideration, had long since become outdated.

Min-Kyu set about solving the problem.  Min-Kyu Choi and Matthew Judkins came together in 2009 to make Min-Kyu’s solution a reality. Having subsequently won a number of awards and having seen a concept video receive over 500,000 hits, their first product was launched in 2012 under the crowd sourced name ‘Mu’.

For more information take a look at http://www.madeinmind.co.uk/

Mu Folding Plug

BS7671 Amendment 3

BS7671 Amendment 3

BS7671 – The Third amendment to BS 7671:2008, The IET Wiring Regulations, became effective on this date. Following this, contractors have a six month transition period to get up to speed with the changes and can design, install and certify to either the new or previous standard.

If you want to find out more information about BS7671 Amendment 3 then take a look at the following factsheet we found online, it gives you all the details :-

http://www.3rdamendment.co.uk/downloads/Amendment%203%20Factsheet.pdf

And here is the official page on NICEIC website in regards to amendment 3 :-

https://www.niceic.com/contractor/essentials/3rd-amendment

New Electrical Training Centre Opens In East Anglia

A new electrical training centre has opened in East Anglia with the backing of a £100,000 charitable effort. Building services charity JTL will run its own training centre on Bowthorpe Industrial Estate after the official opening with the Lord Mayor of Norwich, councillor Judith Lubbock, on Friday March 27.

The JTL was founded in 1990 as a collaboration between the Electrical Contractors Association and the union Unite, before becoming a charity in 2000 offering advanced apprenticeships and National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) assessments in the building services sector.

About 80pc of young people with JTL go on to complete their traineeships, compared to a national average of 60pc, said the charity.

Recruitment levels at JTL have, however, also been higher than the national average, which the charity attributes to a growing interest in apprenticeship careers as university loan debts exceed £30,000 and students are becoming keener to “earn while they learn”.