Electrical Regulations – Are you ready for July 1st?

All new tenancies from July 1st 2020 in England will require a ‘Satisfactory’ Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR).

As with an annual gas safety inspection, a copy of the electrical safety report produced following the inspection will have to be supplied to the property’s tenants.

Agents and landlords must ensure that any inspectors hired to issue an EICR hold the correct qualifications and are competent to carry out the inspection.

New Tenancies

For new tenancies (from July 1st) this will have to be carried out at the beginning of the tenancy and then every five years.

Existing Tenancies

For existing tenancies, the properties will have to be checked by April 1st 2021 and then every five years.

For more information call us on 0800 587 9999

The 18th Edition Wiring Regulations

The 18th Edition Wiring Regulations and the use of SPD’s (Surge Protection Devices) for Protection of Transient Over voltages from Lighting Strikes and Supply Switching Origins.

Previously the requirements to provide surge protection devices or not was rather complex, requiring a classification code to be applied relating to the number of thunderstorm days at a location. This has all been removed and the 18th Edition now requires protection against transient over voltage (Lighting strike) to be provided where the consequences are:-

  • results in serious injury to, or loss of, human life, or; -results in interruption of public services/or damage to and cultural heritage, or; -results in interruption of commercial or industrial activity, or;
  • affects a large number of co-located individuals. SPDs are now required as part of BS 7671:2018 unless a risk assessment is performed and determines otherwise. Should a risk assessment NOT be performed then protection against transient overvoltage (an SPD) IS REQUIRED TO BE INSTALLED. These are installed either within the consumer unit or as a stand-alone unit adjacent to the consumer unit/within a set distance from the consumer unit

Single dwelling units however also require an assessment as to whether the total value of the installation and equipment therein justifies the inclusion of such protection, it should be noted that modern living in dwellings does encompass a large number of high value items such as Smart TV’s, Satellite receivers, Computer equipment, Wireless Broadband equipment, Boilers and controls, Games consoles, Washing machines, Fridge Freezers and other electrical appliances – not to mention the value of the entire electrical installation itself.

Some Home insurance may require an installation to adhere to the current edition of the wiring regulations thus an omission of an SPD could invalidate the insurance in the event of a lightning strike. It should be noted that not all premises would be required to have an SPD installed providing the risk assessment is carried out.

The 18th Edition Wiring Regulations and Additional Protection against Fire

With the 18th Edition of the Wiring Regulations published in July 2018, the new regulations are enforceable from 1st January 2019.

All new install work undertaken from 1st January 2019, unless designed prior to this date, has to comply with BS 7671:2018.

EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) fixed wiring inspections done from 1st January 2019 will have to be completed to the new 18th edition wiring regulations standard, as set out in BS 7671:2018.

Electrical Fires

Electrical fires continue to be a recurring danger in the UK, with recent events shockingly highlighting the risks.

The 18th edition wiring regulations (BS7671) sets out requirements for electrical installations in the UK, including requirements for protection of persons, livestock & property against the risk from fires that may be generated & propagated in electrical installations.

From a wiring regulations point of view, the definition of danger includes risks to persons, livestock and property during use of electricity in electrical installations.

Arc Fault Detection Devices (AFDDs) have an important role to play in protecting people and property against the risks of fire.

AFDDs are now included in the 18th Edition of the IET Wiring Regulations (BS 7671:2018).

BS 7671: 2018 states that examples of premises where AFDD’s are recommended to be installed include:

  • Premises with sleeping accommodation i.e. Residences, Hotels, Hostels etc.
  • Locations with a risk of fire due to the nature of processed or stored materials i.e. Barns, woodworking shops, Storage of combustible materials.
  • Locations with combustible construction materials i.e. Wooden Framed Buildings including Houses to the extent of even the wooden roof frame alone of a standard house.
  • Fire propagating structures. Locations with endangering of irreplaceable goods i.e. museums, premises housing critical business data.

Sources of Ignition:

The numbers are disturbing.

7,727 accidental fires were recorded in “electrical distribution” Apr16 – Mar17 in England alone. (source www.gov.uk/government/collections/fire-statistics)

Of these, 5,574 had wiring, cables and plugs recorded as the source of ignition. There were also 3,442 domestic appliance fires, with a total of 9,603 fires attributed to faulty appliances and leads.

The role of an AFDD:

AFDDs are purpose-designed to provide additional protection from fires caused by arc faults in 230V AC circuits.

AFDDs are electronic protection devices that analyse the waveform of an A.C. circuit to detect arc fault conditions. They are pre-programmed with data on ‘normal’ arcs (such as from manual or automatic switching and normal operation of electrical equipment e.g. a motor in a washing machine), which means that they can recognise potentially dangerous arc faults.

AFDDs detect arc faults by continuous monitoring of the circuit for a variety of conditions, including the duration of the arc, the irregularity and the waveform.

When they detect a fault, they disconnect the circuit from the supply to prevent the arc fault from leading to a fire.

What is an Arc Fault?

Arc faults are faults that occur either within or between conductors, for example, when cable insulation/insulation material of electrical equipment is damaged or a connection becomes loose.

These arcing conditions can cause overheating, leading to ignition of the cable insulation and surrounding materials.

Series arc faults are typically found in loose connections or frayed/damaged conductors.

They occur within the one conductor only (Live or Neutral), so there are no fault currents to earth or neutral.

Parallel arc faults are typically found with damaged or degraded insulation that allows current flow between conductors. The current flow in these conditions will always be less than that of the operating load current – which is why MCBs, RCDs and fuses are unable to detect these faults. The current flow and arcing temperatures can cause overheating and ignition of the cable insulation and surrounding materials.

For reference BS7671:2018 Regulations referring to the recommended use of AFDD’s are 131.1, 131.3.1, 131.3.2, 420.1, 421.1.1, 422.1.2, 421.1.7, 522.6.1, 522.6.2, 526.1, 532.1, 532.6, Appendix 6 schedule of inspections & schedule of test results. Not exhaustive, other requirements may also apply.

The 18th Edition Wiring Regulations and the use of SPD’s (Surge Protection Devices) for Protection of Transient Over voltages from Lighting Strikes and Supply Switching Origins.

Previously the requirements to provide surge protection devices or not was rather complex, requiring a classification code to be applied relating to the number of thunderstorm days at a location. This has all been removed and the 18th Edition now requires protection against transient over voltage (Lighting strike) to be provided where the consequences are:-

  • results in serious injury to, or loss of, human life, or; -results in interruption of public services/or damage to and cultural heritage, or; -results in interruption of commercial or industrial activity, or;
  • affects a large number of co-located individuals. SPDs are now required as part of BS 7671:2018 unless a risk assessment is performed and determines otherwise. Should a risk assessment NOT be performed then protection against transient overvoltage (an SPD) IS REQUIRED TO BE INSTALLED. These are installed either within the consumer unit or as a stand-alone unit adjacent to the consumer unit/within a set distance from the consumer unit

Single dwelling units however also require an assessment as to whether the total value of the installation and equipment therein justifies the inclusion of such protection, it should be noted that modern living in dwellings does encompass a large number of high value items such as Smart TV’s, Satellite receivers, Computer equipment, Wireless Broadband equipment, Boilers and controls, Games consoles, Washing machines, Fridge Freezers and other electrical appliances – not to mention the value of the entire electrical installation itself.

Some Home insurance may require an installation to adhere to the current edition of the wiring regulations thus an omission of an SPD could invalidate the insurance in the event of a lightning strike. It should be noted that not all premises would be required to have an SPD installed providing the risk assessment is carried out.

New EPC Regulations

If you are a property manager or a private landlord, from 1st April 2018, all private sector rental properties must reach a minimum of “E” rating on their Energy Performance Certificate. This applies firstly to new lets and renewed tenancies however; come April 2020 this will also apply for existing tenancies. After these dates going forward it will be illegal to rent a property which does not meet at least an “E” on its performance certificate.

This legislation affects all domestic and privately rented properties which are required by law to have an EPC carried out – excluding listed buildings/constructions, bed sits as well as temporary buildings which will be used for less than 2 years from point of creation. Any building with floor space not exceeding 50 sqm and residences used for a maximum of 4 months a year – all of these will however, be required to be registered on the PRS Exemptions Register, and will be assessed every 5 years. Failure to register will be non compliant with the regulations. Landlords will be served with a compliance notice from the local authority, which could potentially result in a £5000 penalty fine.

There are many ways to improve your energy efficient rating, replacing your old boiler for a newer, more efficient boiler is one of them.

An Energy Performance Certificate, otherwise known as an EPC, provides an energy rating for a home. The EPC outlines some ideas which help to improve the building’s energy performance. Implementing these can lead to lower energy bills, reduced carbon deposits and can make homes more attractive to potential buyers.

The EPC is divided into 4 subsections

 

>> The performance and environmental impact of the property.

 

>> Estimated energy use based on occupancy assumptions.

 

>> Energy performance features

 

>> Improvement recommendations report.

For more information, please contact your local office on
0800 587 9999 OR email areaoffices@gas-elec.co.uk

Landlord’s Electrical Safety

Electrical Safety First has found that some landlords are unaware of the significant financial risks from fines and invalid insurance through not acting on their electrical safety obligations. gas-elec can ensure your Landlord’s electrical installation is legally covered.

gas-elec can carry out EICRs

An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is an inspection of the condition of an existing electrical installation. It identifies any deficiencies against the national safety standard for electrical installations and is reported in a Document that complies with the current wiring regulations.

The certificate provided will grade the findings and identify any short comings in respect of the current BS7671 standards.

Electrical remedial work

gas-elec’s trained electricians will quote for any remedial work generated from the safety checks carried out and bring the condition up to current legislative standards.

Portable Appliance Test

The Landlord is also responsible for any electrical appliances left behind for tenant use. gas-elec can ensure they are electrically safe, and provide certification that they are safe when we carry out the EICR.

For more information please ring your local office on 0800 587 9999

BOILER PLUS: 2018

Legislation around heating manufacture and installation are changing this April 6th 2018; these changes address the energy efficiency of heating systems and are being introduced by the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The biggest changes involve the minimum performance levels for domestic boilers. Going forwards 92% ErP will be the minimum efficiency standard for all boilers manufactured and installed, aiming to reduce carbon emissions set by the EU, and to phase out inefficient boilers. Boiler plus has been created to assist with the Governments Clean growth strategy; ultimately tasked to battle climate change and lower energy bills without reducing domestic comfort levels.

These changes are going to affect all of us, whether Engineer, Landlords, or individual Homeowners. Installers who knowingly install boilers disregarding
the new regulations, can be prosecuted by Building Control for breaking the law. Gas Safe will also be able to refer safety concerns to the HSE and if any
invoicing by installers is carried out for works passed illegally it will be classed as fraudulent under training standards. Homeowners can also be fined up to
£5000 if they knowingly allow non-compliant works to be carried out, and can also face prosecution.

For more information please ring your local office on 0800 587 9999

5 Reasons to service your Gas boiler

  1. Staying Legal, Businesses and Landlords are legally obligated to annually produce a certificate (CP12) stating that their property which they are letting or trading from is Gas safe.
  2. Save money short term, by ensuring that your boiler is running efficiently, reducing your carbon foot print as well as your energy bills.
  3. Save money long term by ensuring complicated, expensive repairs are kept at bay.
  4. Safeguard your warranty/insurance policy – many boiler manufacturers and insurance providers necessitate an annual boiler service to keep your warranty/insurance policy valid.
  5. 5. In order to prevent a faulty boiler
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