Posts tagged “electrical installation”

The BBC has reported an increase in leaks of SF6 (sulphur hexafluoride), widely used in the electrical industry to prevent short circuits that could lead to fires. 
 
The gas is cheap and non-flammable and is effective for insulating medium- and high-voltage electrical installations. However, it has around 23,000 times more global warming potential than carbon dioxide (CO2) and its effect in the atmosphere is likely to last for hundreds of years 
In a security- and efficiency-conscious environment a building management system (BMS) can be used to manage fire alarms, and to coordinate controls for timers, thermostats, fans and lights. Most importantly a BMS can save energy. 
 
Building energy management is now catching up with LED lighting as the most popular way for businesses to reduce energy costs. 
 
While around two thirds of the businesses introducing energy management systems have 1000 employees or more, there’s still scope for smaller organisations to make significant savings. 
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. 
There are some things in the home that we just take for granted. The humble three pin plug and socket are amongst them. 
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. 
1. Outdoor lighting fixtures 
Insultation can melt in poorly installed outdoor electrical fittings, leading to a short circuit. You might then have to change your entire distribution board. 
2. Circuit breakers for outdoor sockets 
Because of the risk of exposure to water, outdoor sockets should have a circuit breaker. Without this you are risking electric shocks and fire. 
3. Bathrooms and kitchens 
Sockets, light switches and other electric installations in wet environments can be risky. If you are planning a bathroom or kitchen renovation, make sure a qualified electrician inspects the wiring. 
We’ve recently had some challenges to find and fix faults in commercial electrical installations. 
 
Electrical systems are often complicated and tailored to a business’s needs. 
 
If you’re not the electrician who did the original installation, it can be quite difficult to track down the root cause of a problem. 
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