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Issue 53 - Winter 2014

Articles include:

  • Amendment 3 Toolkit: Amendment No. 3 is almost upon us, so here is an overview of what you can expect from the updated version of the Wiring Regulations and its associated publications.
  • Spotlights: the brains behind our BS 7671 books.
  • Sub-standard cables: A major cable recall, affecting up to 40,000 homes and businesses, and costing an estimated A$80 million (£43 million), has hit the headlines in Australia.
  • Lighting of religious buildings: David Holmes, an experienced lighter, spent two years visiting dozens of different types of places where religious assembly takes place, from the more familiar churches, synagogues and mosques to the more unusual, such as chapels in airports and hospices.
  • Wiring churches: the engineer's perspective: David Haddon-Reece has been involved with the designing and installing of lighting in churches for 20 years.
  • Electricians fined after falsely issuing NAPIT certificates: Two Newbury electricians have been prosecuted for carrying out uncertified work and falsely claiming registration with NAPIT.
  • NAPIT responds to call for rethink of third-party Certification Scheme: In 2013, amendments to Part P of the Building Regulations created provisions for a new scheme, the ‘Third Party Certification Scheme’, to be introduced that would allow suitably qualified and registered individuals to check the domestic electrical work undertaken by others and to certify its compliance with the Building Regulations.
  • Section 701 - Locations containing a bath or shower: The IET’s technical helpline often receives queries about Section 701 of the Wiring Regulations – Locations containing a bath or shower.
  • Electric vehicle charging: videos.

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Issue 52 - Autumn 2014

Articles include:

  • Protection against electric shock: BS EN 61140 tells us that hazardous live parts shall not be accessible and that accessible conductive parts shall not be hazardous live, when in use without a fault or in a single fault condition. 
  • Counterfeit alert: Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment (4th Edition).
  • Near disaster on a railway caused by rats signals continued vigilance for cable installers:  An investigation that concluded that rats caused a collision between two trains, leaving 40 people injured, highlights the constant battle between animal pests and man’s vital infrastructure, says Dr Jeremy Hodge, chief executive of the British Approvals Service for Cables (BASEC).
  • Spotlight: David Latimer.
  • City & Guild courses: an introduction.
  • Forthcoming events: what’s on, when.
  • The effect of mechanical cooling on lamp colour and efficiency: When choosing an integrated lighting and cooling solution for an office development, potential colour shift and efficiency problems must be taken into account.
  • Energy efficiency - achieving sustainability: Bill Wright, Head of Energy Solutions at the Electrical Contractors’ Association, discusses the importance of achieving sustainability through energy efficiency.
  • Electrical energy storage and the smart electrical installation: The IET Wiring Regulations (BS 7671) are based on European standards, which in turn are usually based on International standards.

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Issue 51 - Summer 2014

Articles include:

  • BEC Young Professionals event: Nicole Whitton reports on the BEC Young Professionals event.
  • Cable safety - fixing cables securely: Nicole Whitton, Editor of Wiring Matters, discusses the importance of securing cables correctly.
  • Cable testing: The rigorous testing of cables is crucial to maintain confidence in their performance, quality and fitness for purpose – not least where their application is in fire detection, alarms, emergency lighting and evacuation systems.
  • LED Feature:
    • LED lighting: keeping the lights under control.
    • The electrician’s experience: LED lighting systems.
    • LED lighting: catching our eye.
  • Lighting Summit event: The IET Built Environment Sector Summit: Lighting took place on 9 April in the Building Centre in central London.
  • Third-party certification schemes for domestic electrical work in England: Chief Engineer Geoff Cronshaw provides clarity on the new Part P third-party certification schemes introduced in April this year, and answers some frequently asked questions.
  • IT systems in railways: Tim Granger MEng CEng MIET, from Mott MacDonald, talks us through IT systems in railways.
  • To bond or not to bond - domestic swimming pools: With the summer sun warming our skin and tempting us into plans for weekends spent poolside, Paul Harris BEng (Hons) CEng FIHEEM MIEE MCIBSE, of Harris Associates Ltd, looks at whether or not to bond domestic swimming pools – a question that is often put to the wet leisure industry trade associations.
  • Spotlight: Julie Skirvin, from Otter Controls.

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Issue 50 - Spring 2014

Articles include:

  • Amendment Number 3 of BS7671 2008 - how it might affect you: Geoff Cronshaw provides us with a look ahead at the proposals of Amendment 3 to BS 7671:2008 IET Wiring Regulations – and the resulting changes on the design, erection and verification of electrical installations.
  • Introducing the IET Centres of Excellence – working together to raise the quality of learning: The IET has developed a recognition model for high quality training providers to deliver IET approved courses across the UK.
  • The counterfeit issue: interview with Mark Coles.
  • A short interview with Jack Day: We interview the student, Jack Day, who initially brought the counterfeit matter to the attention of the IET, about how counterfeit books could affect his studies.
  • Counterfeiting – the IET’s policy: We are working with worldwide customs authorities and various law enforcement agencies based in countries such as China and India to stop the shipment of counterfeit goods, preventing their sale and distribution.
  • LED lighting: from accent to everywhere.
  • Inspection and Testing of Electrical Installations: Residual Current Devices.
  • Spotlight: Geoff Cronshaw.
  • BEC International Standards Professional Workshop – 1 April 2014, Birmingham: The BEC International Standards Professional workshop, hosted by the IET, is a free one-day event that will show how individuals and companies alike can profit from helping to create and improve standards. .
  • Forthcoming events: what’s on, when.

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