Posts tagged “domestic installations”

It’s predicted that the UK’s smart home sector will grow by more than 15% and will be worth over £9billion by 2025. 
 
To meet the demand across residential, commercial, and mixed-use buildings, devices are now available to help homeowners and building managers improve efficiency and remain flexible as behaviour changes. 
High-rise buildings should have electrical safety checks
Electrical Safety First and many other commentators have said they are disappointed that the recently published Building Safety Bill doesn’t propose mandatory electrical safety checks in high-rise buildings. 
 
Earlier this year a tower block in East London was badly damaged and residents were evacuated after a fire caused by a faulty consumer unit. 
 
In many high-rise blocks there will be a mix of privately rented, social and owner-occupied flats. Without mandatory electrical safety checks for all of them electrical safety and the associated fire risks can depend on the type of tenure for each flat and the awareness of occupants. 
Do you like to mend things when they are broken? 
 
In Europe there’s now a ‘right to repair’ (R2R) movement. It argues that technical information and genuine parts should be widely available, allowing people to mend their appliances. However, manufacturers say that these should only be supplied to qualified professional repairers. 
Electrical device being repaired
There are reports that the government’s Green Homes voucher scheme might come to an end in March, less than a year after its launch. 
 
While there have been almost 70,000 applications for vouchers, by the end of January only 21,000 vouchers had been issued and less than 3,000 installations had been completed. 
 
Industry experts are arguing that options available for homeowners, such as heat pumps, don’t meet the needs of many families. 
grass roof hobbit-style house with round door
September is National Home Improvement Month (NHIM) which aims to encourage homeowners in the UK to start home improvement projects. 
 
The NHIM challenge is for people to #makeonechange in their home. 
 
Last year, over 17 million adults across the UK made changes to their homes. With many of us spending more time at home than expected this year, even more are expected to start some home improvement projects. 
Just like us, the UK’s housing stock is starting to feel its age. 
 
Almost four out of 10 (38%) of our homes were built before 1947, which makes them some of the oldest and leakiest in Europe. 
If you’re considering buying a property that’s more than 20 years old as a renovation project, here are some things to think about. 
 
Your House Buyer’s survey doesn’t include and electrical inspection and condition report (EICR). A professional inspection of the wiring and any installations will confirm that the property is safe and help you to understand what you will need to do to bring it up to modern standards. 
The new Wiring Regulations have introduced changes that focus on surge protection to help improve safety in our homes and commercial premises. 
 
An electrical surge, or ‘transient overvoltage’, is a brief voltage peak between two or more conductors. A surge can be just a few volts or thousands of volts. 
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