Electrical Regs Change, What Does It Mean For You?

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Okay so there's a lot of talk about the proposed changes to the electrical wiring regulations as of late.  I myself have witnessed mixed reception amongst other electricians.  With that in mind, I thought I'd put out a quick post detailing what this could mean to you, the customer.  I'm also planning on putting a series of videos together regarding the proposed changes, so keep checking our social media outlets.

The 1st June 2017 seen us start on the road towards the forthcoming update, with the 'Draft For Public Comment' (DPC) now available.  In short this means that proposed changes have been made to the regulations.  These have then been made available to the public to allow the industry to have it's say before they are set in stone.

 

So what are the changes?

The energy efficiency of a building could be a key part of the 18th Edition.  There is a new section (Part 8) proposed, covering energy efficiency considerations as part of the electrical design process.  With a lot of emphasis on energy saving these days, solar panels, LED lighting etc. I don't see this as a real surprise.

Other key changes included in the draft which could be part of the 18th Edition include:

  • Protection against Electric Shock
  • Arc Fault Detection
  • Devices for protection against overvoltage
  • Devices for isolation and switching
  • Updated guidance on surge protection

There is a real look at electrical safety from the reg writers in my humble opinion.  I'll go over these proposed changes in more detail in the upcoming video series on this subject.

 

What now?

The ‘Draft for Public Comment’ closes near the end of August 2017 and the Joint IET/BSI Sub-committees will then review all the comments which have been made.

The 18th Edition of the IET Wiring Regulations is expected to be published on 1st July 2018, and is intended to come into effect on 1st January 2019.

Keep an eye out on our FacebookTwitter and Instagram accounts for the latest news and comments on the 18th Edition of the Wiring Regulations.

You can view the Draft for Public Comment here

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About the Author Scott Fitzsimmons

Scott is the director of STF Electrical Ltd. He is an apprentice trained electrician from Liverpool with over 15 years experience in all aspects of electrical design, installation, maintenance, testing and certification. A member of the IET and the #e5 group, Scott is passionate about quality and safety within the electrical industry.

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