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Issue 88 - Dec-Jan 2022
News &Views 5 Eco buses to tackle climate change Braham Electrical have signed £1million contract to install EV charging and hydrogen infrastructure at three Translink sites. 7 CSGL Electrical hold charity event Suppliers and customers participated in a cycling challenge raising funds to support mental health and suicide prevention. 10 Ovia Ireland welcomes new Area Sales Manager
Products 21 Curved trunking
19 IEBA 2022 events
Ireland’s award-winning electrical product suppliers Core Distribution launch their new Sterling Curve range.
Dates for your diary to support a host of fundraising days for the Irish Electrical Benevolent Association.
33 Exciting partnership for Powertrack
27 EICR codes
Announcement of new partnership with Eastern Electrical aims to create a better environment to build better across the whole of Ireland.
Analysis on the rationale behind the different codes when undertaking an EICR. 70 Electrical Industries Charity (NI) Events you don’t want to miss to support the electrical industry.
65 Switch Electric Solutions
Switch team up with OE Electrics to become their official distribution partner in Ireland.
Jay White talks about his new appointment and future plans.
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Brahamhelps tackle climate change
Warrenpoint-based electrical contractors, Braham Electrical has signed a £1 million contract to install EV charging and hydrogen infrastructure at three Translink sites, Milewater, Short Strand and Newtownabbey in preparation for 145 zero and low emission buses. The Citybus Zero Emissions project for Henry Brother Ltd, is part of the decarbonisation of public transport in Northern Ireland. Speaking to Ireland’s Electrical Magazine, Managing Director of Braham Electrical, Ciaran McQuaid said: “With the world’s focus on climate change and green energy at the moment, we are pleased to be part of Translink’s Zero Emissions Strategy and with it, continue to add to our extensive portfolio of Translink projects.” Representing an investment of around £66 million by the Department for Infrastructure, the vehicles will initially be deployed to Metro and Foyle Metro services in Belfast and Derry/Londonderry and are expected to be in service by 2022. The first three hydrogen-powered double decker buses ordered earlier this year are due to enter passenger service before the end of 2021. They will only emit water, no greenhouse gases or other pollutants, and are the first of their kind in Ireland.
Designer Group, Dublin picked up two awards at the 30th National Irish Safety Organisation awards.
Designer Group scoops two awards at prestigiousNational Irish SafetyOrganisation awards
Designer Group, a leading international building services and engineering solutions company was proud to win this year’s National Irish Safety Organisation (NISO) ‘Supreme Safety Award.’ This award is the highest accolade presented annually at this very prestigious event. Designer Group also received the ‘Exceptional High Achiever Award’ for consistently achieving a high standard safety award for more than 10 years running. These awards are highly valued and regarded among health and safety professionals. Mick Stone, Group CEO
said the achievements are a tremendous endorsement to the health, safety, and wellbeing culture that Designer Group has fostered. He commented: “Health and safety is, and always will be, our priority at Designer Group. It is a fundamental part of our core values which shape the identity of every level of our organisation. We are all delighted by this remarkable news, and exceptionally proud of this significant achievement which highlights our position as industry leaders, driving outstanding health, safety, welfare and wellbeing performance.”
IrwinM&Eopens newly refurbishedMalluskoffice
Irwin M&E was delighted with their newly refurbished Mallusk office which has been transformed to make better use of the space available. The focus of the project was to upgrade the existing facilities and systems, while also improving energy efficiency. The project has introduced three new spacious meeting rooms, four new single person offices, a hot-desk area and incorporated a general reconfiguration of the open plan office. This includes sound reducing acoustic panels to reduce noise transfer throughout the open plan area of the office. In addition, a new VRF air conditioning system was installed to provide heating and cooling to all spaces, and air quality has been improved
with the installation of a new heat recovery system to provide continual air changes. Mechanical and electrical works were undertaken by Irwin M&E with the assistance of regular supply chain partners. New energy- efficient LED lighting has been installed, complete with zoned presence detection and the office interior is now branded in Irwin M&E’s corporate colours. Keith Stewart, Managing Director told Ireland’s Electrical Magazine: “We want our staff to feel comfortable at work, and we are delighted to deliver this much improved office space. The refurbishment has allowed us to improve the work environment while also ensuring our office is as energy efficient as possible.”
Newly refurbished Mallusk office opened by Irwin’s M&E
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Precision Switchgear and Controls is celebrating a successful year and is looking forward to keeping the momentum going into 2022 and beyond. The County Tyrone specialist manufacturer has dipped their toes into the Data Centre market and provided several projects here in Ireland while also venturing into the Benelux region. They’ve been developing close relationships with their existing clients and welcoming new ones creating exciting opportunities. The increase has seen the development of their back of house engineering and operational teams along with the welcome addition of ‘Colin’ the CNC milling machine. Precision Switchgear is fast becoming the go-to provider for Power Distribution Units (PDUs) as well as their staple Switchgear offerings. They now have projects spread across southern and western Europe and the Nordic region. Projects inproduction at PrecisionSwitchgear andControls
Great ‘craic’ at CSGL annual charity event
A charity cycling event was held by CSGL Electrical in November to raise funds for those who support mental health and suicide prevention. At their Ennis store in County Clare, suppliers and customers participated in a 1000km cycle challenge. Every year, CSGL holds a charity event to raise funds for different charities in the run- up to Christmas. This year, the team chose a cause close to their hearts, mental health, and suicide prevention. The team like to make the event fun for everyone involved including staff, customers, and suppliers, with no pressure on anyone to donate but
the emphasis being on participating and creating an awareness for the chosen charity. Some customers donated their time to clock up kilometres while others donated funds watching suppliers clock up the kilometres. The suppliers took a more competitive approach with each other, generating great fun for all involved. Customers input charity names to be beneficiaries for the total raised, with one charity being pulled from a hat. Fundraising will continue until the end of November with the company matching the total funds raised.
ETT reminds employers to remain committed to Level 3 recruitment and training
An authentic four-year Level 3 Diploma is recommended by ETT for providing the best foundation for a diverse and rewarding life-long career within the electrical sector. This is why they are promoting the Electrical Installation Apprenticeship to prospective school leavers. This year, the Department for the Economy introduced funding for a Level 2 Electrical Installation Traineeship programme. However no consultation or approval by the industry was sought after by the department. The
achievement of a Level 2 traineeship is not sufficient to become or be recognised as a fully qualified electrician, and the ETT is reminding employers of the realistic potential of a school leaver to achieve a Level 3 outcome should be considered before a trainee is admitted onto a Level 2 programme. ETT believes that new entrant workers are essential to the continuity and productivity of all industry sectors but is reminding employers to remain committed to Level 3 recruitment and training as the preferred entry point. www.ett-ni.org
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Ovia Irelandwelcomes new teammember
Ovia Ireland is delighted to welcome Armagh native, Jay White to the growing team. Jay takes up the role of Area Sales Manager covering Northern Ireland, Donegal, Cavan, Monaghan and Sligo regions. With seven years’ sales experience working with two of the industry’s leading electrical wholesalers, the married father-of-two is looking forward to working with the leading lighting manufacturer. Commenting on his new appointment, Jay said: “I am delighted to have joined such a forward-thinking company and the great team that they have both here in Ireland and the UK. I look forward to the challenge of growing the Ovia brand in Ireland and developing strong relationships with both wholesalers and electrical contractors. Ovia has just launched its third and biggest catalogue to date, so there is a wealth of innovative products and solutions to excite the market.” www.ovia.ie
WilliamCoatesM&ELtdbegins works at Belfast CityHospital
William Coates Mechanical and Electrical Engineers is delighted to have been appointed for the mechanical installation and refurbishment of the ultrasound and imaging department on the ground floor of the Belfast City Hospital Tower. The contract commenced in November 2021 with main contractor O’Hanlon Bros Construction Ltd. Works will include, strip out of existing services, plumbing works, ventilation, medical gas, air
conditioning and BMS. Final phase handover will take place in October 2022. The company received thanks for critical works carried out at the Nightingale Hospital in Belfast City Hospital during the height of the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. They were thanked by Chief Executive of Belfast Health and Social Care Trust for providing renal dialysis points, clinical sinks and staff showering facilities.
Successful career ahead for Sean
Sean Glen has recently taken up the appointment of Co-Director with RMG Electrical in Dublin. The company was formed in May of this year and has already completed two jobs for high-profile clients. In addition, the workforce has grown from three to 15 members with the company actively looking to recruit more staff. Sean began his career with CJK Electrical as a second-year apprentice. From there he left Ireland and took time out to travel around Australia returning to his home country in 2013. He was re-employed as an electrician with CJK and in 2015 was offered a Chargehand role where he learned from some of the best in the industry. In 2016 Sean accepted the role of Site Foreman and two years following this he decided he wanted to further his career and asked CJK about the possibility of further education. He attended
Dublin Business School studying an Advanced Diploma in Project Management and completed the course in 2019. Sean went on to commence his appointment as Project Manager for CJK before deciding he wanted to start his own venture on a new path and start-up his own business. Speaking to Ireland’s Electrical Magazine, Sean said: “My time with CJK was exceptional from day one and staff there treated me like family. I can’t thank everyone at CJK enough for the constant support and motivation throughout my career and to always exceed my expectations of myself.” RMG Electrical are keen to hear from new apprentices and electricians and anyone looking for a new challenge. If you are interested in joining their highly experienced team of electricians, please send an email to email@example.com
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EXCITING NEW PRODUCT RANGE FROM OVIA LIGHTING AIMS TO BUILD ON THEIR SUCCESS FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS TO BRAND-NEWOPERATION OVIA IRELAND…
Ovia shiningbright across Ireland with newcatalogue
I t is just two years since Ovia was launched as an independent lighting organisation and only six months since the Ovia Ireland operation was set up to bring the extensive range of Ovia lighting products to the whole of Ireland. Despite some difficult trading conditions, the company has kept on track with its ambitious plans and continues to exceed expectations with investment in new products, the addition of new team members, and the launch of issue 3 of the Ovia catalogue. The company has continued to invest to ensure it has an extensive range of products that are contractor friendly, innovative and cover a broad spectrum of applications. Ovia also has a huge resource to call on and a very experienced team in place to manage stocks and the supply chain to ensure that the company continues to deliver a first class service to its customers. The comprehensive Ovia range now includes products that cover a wide range of applications and includes domestic, amenity, controls, commercial, industrial, utility, floodlighting, and emergency lighting.
New products and a bumper new catalogue Phase 3 of Ovia’s product development programme aims to build on the success of the first two years. When the company started out, it had the domestic market covered with the products it offered. Expansion into other sectors was always the aim and Ovia has had some great success, particularly with its commercial and floodlighting products. At over 400 pages, the new Ovia catalogue boasts an additional 100 pages on the previous edition and will bring to designers, contractors and specifiers a comprehensive product guide covering the entire range on offer. It includes a raft of brand new additions as well as some improved products, and they are being brought to market on the back of continual engagement with contractors to ensure that the products and solutions they seek are developed and available through the wholesaler. Ovia has expanded its floodlighting range to include a range of LED asymmetric floodlights. The new Inceptor Ace range of adjustable, LED asymmetric floodlights
provides high quality indoor and outdoor lighting solutions. Asymmetric floodlights can achieve up to a 50% better output utilisation into the intended illuminated area. With the benefit of a lower light pollution, they are best suited in areas where light distribution and its effect on neighbours is a consideration. This makes them ideal for installation in built-up areas, towns and cities, for example. They are available in a black finish, in 50W, 100W, 150W, 200W and 300W versions, with 4000K cool white LEDs. They are supplied with a 2M pre-wired cable flex for quick and easy installation, and a fully adjustable aluminium mounting bracket, which allows full control of the projection angle. The Inceptor Ace floodlights are also available in photocell versions (100W, 150W, 200W and 300W). With all the features and benefits of the standard fitting described above, the photocell option allows for use with remote PIRs or microwave sensors. The photocell versions turn the light on when the light level drops under 10-20 lux and turns the light off once the light level is over 30-60 lux.
“Ovia Ireland aims to get the message across to wholesalers that they will have a focus on the contractor.”
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The full Inceptor Ace floodlighting range can be seen in the new Ovia Issue 3 catalogue. Free Lighting Design Service As part of Ovia’s commitment to deliver a first class service, a dedicated Ovia lighting design service is available, giving contractors access to free lighting design schemes for their commercial projects. The aim of the free service is to provide expertise in choosing the right products and solutions to create a scheme that meets all the requirements and objectives of the project in question, and that is compliant with all the relevant regulations and standards. With all the information gathered, including drawings and specifications, a Lighting Design Proposal will be prepared. A schedule of lighting and lighting controls will be shared with the Ovia internal and external sales team who will prepare a quotation. The Lighting Design Proposal and prepared quotation will be sent back to the Ovia sales team member, and the quote will then either go through the wholesaler of choice, or the enquiry will be directed through one of Ovia’s supporting Elite stockists. If drawings are not available, we do offer site surveys through our external sales team. Dedicated service A dedicated lighting design page is now available on the Ovia website. This includes an easy to access lighting design files section, where lighting designers can download individual product files. All the lighting design files have been grouped into categories – commercial, domestic, floodlights, industrial, utility and emergency – with the relevant products listed under the category heading. The new Ovia Issue 3 catalogue can be downloaded on the Ovia website www.ovia.ie as well as on the Scolmore Group app.
The new Ovia Issue 3 catalogue can be downloaded on the Ovia website www.ovia.ie. It is also available on the Scolmore Group app.
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Creating healthier homes, Aico launches their brand-new HomeLINK Environmental Sensors.
INNOVATIVE AICO ENVIRONMENTAL SENSORS, HOMELINK DASHBOARD AND RESIDENT APP ADD ANOTHER DIMENSION TO RESIDENT SAFETY… Milestone product launch for creating healthy homes
I nnovative HomeLINK environmental sensors from Aico are designed to create better maintained, healthier and energy-efficient homes. The new sensors are unobtrusive and secure and are placed throughout the home to monitor temperature, humidity, and carbon dioxide (CO2). The Ei1020 model measures temperature and humidity and the Ei1025 measures temperature, humidity, and CO2. Insights from the new environmental sensors on indoor environmental conditions allow for preventative measures and proactive maintenance, enabling landlords to adhere to requirements outlined in Standards and Legislation. Seamlessly integrating with Aico’s revolutionary Ei1000G SmartLINK Gateway, the sensors overcome many challenges, from compliance and carbon footprint to mould risk and fuel poverty. The device extracts the data from environmental sensors and provides a central hub for data from both the Fire
and Carbon Monoxide alarm system and Environmental Sensors. The HomeLINK dashboard provides detailed property and portfolio views and is designed for multiple user roles. As resident engagement is a crucial focus for Aico, the company has developed the HomeLINK Resident App, which is specifically designed for the Environmental Sensors to empower residents. Aico Regional Specification Manager for Northern Ireland and Isle of Man, Duncan Orr explained: “Prior to our acquisition by Aico, HomeLINK had huge demand for environmental sensors. Having already connected 65,000 devices in UK social housing, and with back orders of several thousand of the new sensors, Internet of Things technologies have truly taken hold in the sector.”
“The HomeLINK dashboard provides detailed property and portfolio views and is designed for multiple user roles.”
To find out more, please visit www.aico.co.uk/HomeLINK
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PLANNING FOR A FULL YEAR OF EVENTS IN 2022 IS WELL UNDERWAY TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE IRISH ELECTRICAL BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION (IEBA)... IEBA is looking forward to a return of fundraising events in 2022
RaceDay February 6th BOOKEARLY - SELLSOUTQUICKLY Golf Days April - LEEVALLEY, CORK May - KILLEENCASTLE
D espite having to cancel events throughout the last two years due to Covid, including the annual Winter Ball, the fundraising committee has been tirelessly working behind the scenes to ensure that they are back with a bang next year.
We’re going racing! DAY AT THE RACES IN AID OF THE IEBA • Sunday 6th of February 2022. • Dinner at The Leopardstown Pavilion Suite with stunning trackside views of the finishing straight. • Prosecco reception and wine on the table. TO BOOK, CONTACT: • Cel O’Reilly: T: +353 (0)87 257 0770 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org • Jimmy Whan: T: +353 (0)87 299 4199 Email: email@example.com • Dan Fisher: T: +353 (0)87 988 0598 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org • Aine Higgins: T: +353 (0)87 280 9881 Email: email@example.com
committee member. Founded in 2001, the IEBA provides assistance to many members of the electrical industry - and their families - who have experienced difficulties such as: bereavement, depression,
terminal illness, accidental death, special treatments, or retraining. The association continues to make a real difference to the lives of electrical industry employees and their families and with your help, awareness and support it can do even more to assist those less fortunate in the electrical community in Ireland. In response to an appeals letter by Mr O’Reilly last December, an incredible
Chairperson of IEBA, Mr Cel O’Reilly explained that 2021 was used as an opportunity to review and update the association’s constitution while also assessing its operations against the requirements of the Charities Governance Code. “We are pleased to report that we are now totally compliant with the charity regulator,” he added.
Cel O’Reilly, IEBA, Chairperson.
Confirmed events for 2022 include: Race Day on Sunday 6 February at Leopardstown Racecourse as part of the Dublin Racing Festival; Golf Day at Lee Valley, Cork in April; and a second Golf Day in Killeen Castle, County Meath in May. The fundraising committee is also at the early stages of organising the first- ever IEBA Cycling event in April/May. Interested teams are asked to contact a
€52,000 was raised. While an appeals letter is not being sent out this year, the fundraising committee is accepting donations through online banking transfers or by cheque.
For further information on the IEBA or if you would like to make a donation, you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.irisheba.ie
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Limerick Chamber has recognised its business community’s excellence by announcing its Regional Business Awards for 2021 last week. Walking off with two top prizes are Kirby Group Engineering as they were awarded Best Large Business - Contribution to The Region, and Best Employer - Employee Talent Development & Workplace Wellness. Based in Limerick, Kirby delivers services across the Data Centre, Life Sciences, Industrial, Commercial, Substations and Renewables sectors. Limerick Chamber CEO Dee Ryan said: “While we continue to deal with the impact of the pandemic, this is a celebratory day for business in this region. Companies across Limerick and the wider region have shown remarkable resilience.” Associate Director of Operations, Ruairi Ryan, said: “Kirby is a values-driven business that takes pride in providing quality and value for its clients. Kirby was founded in Limerick in 1964, so these awards mean a great deal to all our people.” KirbyWins Regional BusinessAwards 2021
Ambitious plans tobeCarbon Net Zeroby 2030
Shannon-based manufacturer of Residential Smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarms, Ei Electronics has set the ambitious target to be Carbon Net Zero by 2030 across the EI group of companies globally. CEO of Ei, Mick Guinee, has identified ‘5 Pillars of Sustainability’
identified key initiatives to reduce this figure. This will involve close collaboration with suppliers and customers worldwide, address end-of-life, and reuse and recycling aspects of the products. Already, 20 key initiatives have been identified across all 5 Pillars. In the past 12 months alone, substantial progress has been made in terms of packaging reductions and digitisation of sales and marketing materials. Further information, case studies and progress updates are available at Ei’s dedicated Sustainability website. www.sustainabilityatei.com
which form the foundation of this strategy. The pillars
are, Environment, Workplace, Marketplace, Community and Governance. Taking 2020 as its baseline year, work is now underway to firstly measure the carbon footprint of Ei’s business across its global supply chain and
Challenge yourself and experience a piece of historywith the EIC
mountainous, rocky and challenging terrain, with heights of up to 2,500m above sea-level. A registration fee of £600 is required and a fundraising target of £2,200 is in place. The trip includes return flights from London to
Electrical Industries Charity (EIC) is gearing up for a ‘Challenge for a Cause’ in 2023, raising funds to support those in need within the electrical sector. The four-day trek (11-16 July) will take place in the Pyrenees travelling through
Toulouse, all meals and accommodation, local guides, charity-branded t-shirt, fundraising page set-up assistance and recognition on all charity social media platforms and online publications. Alternatively, you can sponsor a flag, another great fundraising scheme where your chosen explorer will carry your company’s name with them through the Pyrenees. Once they reach the Spanish border, your company’s flag will receive a crowning moment of glory. This is a great way to raise your company’s profile and help support our explorers as they go above and beyond for the EIC. To find out more, contact Jess Vailima, email: email@example.com or phone: +44 (0)78 8466 7996
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Aluminium & PVC-U Sterling Curve Range A sleek and stylishly curved three compartment trunking for skirting or dado installations
• Stops clutter • Avoids dust traps • Dado and skirting use
STERLING CURVED PROFILE 1
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• Standard bend radius 25mm • Adjustable data box 32-40mm • Screened data boxes • Steel screening divider available • Boxes available to comply with Part M
STERLING CURVED PROFILE 2
• Sterling Curved Profile 1 available with BIO properties within the PVC-U material to deliver ongoing antimicrobial protection • PVC-U contains an average of 80% recycled material
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CABLES AND CABLE MANAGEMENT
Sterling Curve PVC-U Profile 1 and 2
MARSHALL TUFFLEX STERLING CURVE PRODUCTS OFFER A VERSATILE AND SPACE-SAVING SOLUTION FOR CABLE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS… Curved trunking
167 x 50mm
Sterling Curve PVC-U Profile 1 and 2 is an adaptable system with 1 or 2 curved data compartments designed to stop clutter, avoid dust traps and make cleaning easy. These stylish curved perimeter dado and skirting systems are simple and cost effective to use. They are compliant up to Cat 7a with standard bend radius of 25mm and data fittings available for a bend radius of up to 50mm. Compartments can be screened to assist against electromagnetic interference (EMI) with no reduction of cable capacity. Coloured accessory boxes are available, to comply with Part M (DDA) for the visually impaired and data depth adjustable accessory boxes are available in 32-40mm sizes. In addition, Profile 1 is available with BIO properties within the PVC-U material to deliver ongoing antimicrobial protection. Projects include – Castleroy Prison, Beaumont Hospital, Sligo IT, Cork University Hospital
C ore Distribution is Ireland’s award-winning electrical product supplier in Ireland. The company’s cable management and power distribution product lines are among the most successful in irish markets. Renowned as sole distributors of Marshall Tufflex’s comprehensive cable management systems, it has been supplying trunking systems in Ireland for over 40 years. The partnership between Core and Marshall Tufflex means they can apply their experience and technical knowledge to not only meet customer requirements, but
also provide future-proof cable management solutions. Core has been instrumental in supplying Marshall Tufflex trunking on thousands of projects throughout Ireland within health, education, corporate and commercial settings. The Sterling Curve PVC-U and Aluminium ranges offer the perfect space-saving solution for cable management in these environments. While visibly the two ranges are identical, they are made from two different materials, but easily complement each other throughout any project.
Each of these ranges are Cat7a data compliant and have accessories available to achieve Part M Compliance
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Sterling Curve Profile 1 and 2 is a stylish, medium-sized trunking system for dado and skirting applications with three segregated compartments. Sterling Curve Range has curved outer compartments designed to stop clutter, avoid dust traps, and make cleaning easier.
Sterling Curve Aluminium
Sterling Curve PVC-U
Profile 1 and 2
Profile 1 and 2
Sterling Curve Aluminium Profile 1 and 2
167 x 50mm
Core believes that using plastic responsibly in the cable management industry is extremely achievable. Last year, Marshall Tufflex manufactured its PVC-U products using an average of 80% recycled material and prevented thousands of tonnes of PVC-U windows ending up in landfill. Over the last 20 years, it has developed its processing techniques, along with innovative technological advances, enabling the firm to significantly increase the use of recycled PVC-U. Core has a recycled PVC-U calculator on its website to find out how much recycled PVC-U content is used in each product enabling customers to find out what they could save going to landfill.
The Sterling Curve Aluminium Profile 1 and 2 is a stylish and robust Cat 7a compliant dado and skirting system. The adaptable system, which is easy to use and cost effective, has 1 or 2 curved data compartments designed to stop clutter, make cleaning easy and avoid dust traps. The fabricated flat bends and tees have integrated bend radius control. It has a standard bend radius of 25mm and data fittings available for a bend radius of up to 50mm. Specifications include single piece moulded polycarbonate end caps, couplers, internal bends, and external bends. Coloured accessory boxes are available and comply with Part M (DDA) for the visually impaired. Data depth adjustable accessory boxes are available in 32-40mm sizes. Projects include – Department of Enterprise Dublin, Lidl Distribution Centre Mullingar, Cork Airport, Galway Garda HQ, Limerick Prison, St Finbarr’s Cork, and Sligo Hospital A&E Department.
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ECI LIGHTING IS EXPANDING ITS BELFAST BRANCH TO FACILITATE INCREASED STOCK- HOLDING AND IMPROVED SERVICE TO ITS NORTHERN IRELAND AND UK CUSTOMERS... ECI Lighting expandingBelfast branch
A n opportune moment arose when the neighbouring premises became available, allowing ECI Lighting to expand without the need for moving. Unit 3 in Duncrue Industrial Park adjoins Unit 2, which ECI has occupied since 2016, and the investment will double ECI Lighting’s warehouse space in Belfast. This expansion will allow ECI Lighting to substantially increase its inventory, making Prelux and Fumagalli products even more accessible to its customers, and will result in better order fulfilment and faster lead times. Paul Jackson, General Manager of ECI Lighting in Belfast, commented: “Our business has been on a steep upward curve since we first moved to Duncrue, and this exciting step forward gives us the scope to continue this progress in the years ahead.” “I am pleased to be able to meet our customers’ increasing needs and would like to thank them for their continued support. I hope that this additional space will be a great asset to our customers and allow them to trust that we can meet and exceed their expectations.” ECI Lighting’s Prelux LED range is forever expanding, as evidenced by the recently launched 170-page 2021/2022 catalogue, which is full of exciting new products. Also, with the Fumagalli range almost trebling in size over recent years,
Paul Jackson, General Manager, ECI Lighting.
the additional storage capacity couldn’t have come at a better time. Combining the latest in LED and smart technology with high-quality finishes, the ECI Lighting Prelux range along with the Fumagalli range includes a choice of fittings for almost every type of application imaginable. ECI Managing Director, Gary Dwyer, added: “I’m very proud of how our Belfast business has performed in recent years, and wish PJ, Steven and the rest of the team continued success in the future.”
The Prelux and Fumagalli ranges are available from all Electrical Wholesalers. For more information about the ranges, please visit the showroom in Duncrue or contact the ECI Lighting team.
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ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION CONDITION REPORTING CLASSIFICATION CODES FOR DOMESTIC AND SIMILAR ELECTRICAL INSTALLATIONS EXPLAINED...
Acloser look at EICRcodes
E CA’s technical experts are often quizzed by Members about the coding on electrical installation condition reports (EICRs). They are often asked which codes should be applied to specific faults during inspections of existing electrical installations. A huge number of factors can impact an inspector’s decision-making process when drawing up an EICR, so it is no wonder they are sometimes a source of confusion. For a deeper dive into the rationale behind the different codes when undertaking an EICR, read on… Who decides what codes to assign? The inspector is the only person who can make an informed decision about what code is suitable in any given situation. This is because they are on site and can see any defects first-hand, and therefore make an informed call on how safe an installation is. As an aside, it is important to note that any item raised should be set against the Wiring Regulations requirements (BS 7671:2018), not against the inspector’s personal judgement. Is it a type of risk assessment? Indeed it is. When considering what code is relevant to any given situation, the inspector needs to consider the environment and the potential risk of damage or injury. So, simply saying that scenario ‘X’ results in outcome ‘Y’ is not always suitable. A nuanced decision-making process is required. To do this, we must first look at what the codes mean… C1 – Danger present. Risk of injury. Immediate remedial action required: in this scenario, there is an immediate danger of shock or fire to persons, property or livestock. C2 – Potentially dangerous. Urgent remedial action required: in this scenario,
there is a fault that could potentially become dangerous (a hazard), but another fault or foreseeable action must occur for danger to arise. C3 – Improvement recommended: in this scenario, there is a defect against BS 7671, but it does not present any immediate or potential danger to people or property. FI – Further investigation required without delay: in this scenario, there is an electrical issue, but additional time is required to ascertain what this is. Codes and consequences It is extremely important to understand the consequences of any code raised during an EICR. For instance, both a C1 and C2 result in an ‘unsatisfactory’ outcome. Therefore, overzealous use of these codes can potentially cause unwarranted disruption to the client, their building and possibly their business. Additionally, an inspector should not reduce a code from a more serious to a lesser code just because it is the client’s whim. The inspector has been employed as an expert in electrical safety and should not let their decisions become compromised by any external influence. The inspector must be well-versed in the latest version requirements of the Wiring Regulations and offer appropriate codes for each defect. If need be, before raising a coded item, the inspector should always be in a position to reference a BS
7671 Regulation number on the issue if challenged. Where further investigation is required, this will also result in an unsatisfactory report as the inspector has highlighted a safety issue but requires additional time to clarify the details. Only defects against BS 7671 should be recorded The EICR is aimed specifically at defects against the requirements of BS 7671. The inspector should not raise a code against defects noticed against other British Standards; however, they are at liberty to raise comments or notes about other issues or defects and inform the client. The final decision Of course, guidance material cannot take the place of the inspector’s skill, knowledge, and experience. The ultimate decision is down to them. The recognised industry guidance is there, but only as a guide - it can certainly be deviated from should the inspector be able to suitably argue the reasons for it.
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THE GREEN ENERGY DISTRIBUTOR LOCAL STOCKS, LOCAL SERVICE
• SOLAR PV AND RENEWABLES
• LIGHTING DESIGN
• HEATING & VENTILATION
• CABLE, CONDUIT AND CONTAINMENT
• ELECTRICAL ACCCESSORIES AND LAMPS
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TAPPING INTO THE SOLAR PV MARKET HAS PAID OFF IN DIVIDENDS FOR BELFAST-BASED ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT GREENTECH… Giants in green energy sector
I reland’s Electrical Magazine chatted with Jake Keyworth, Ian Dornan and Michael McVeigh at Greentech, to hear their thoughts on the reasons for the company’s successful growth, their biggest achievements to date and aspirations for the future. EM: How has Greentech expanded since launching in 2014? We grew rapidly after our establishment due to the increase in Solar PV installs in Northern Ireland in line with ROC’s (Renewable Obligation Certificate) incentive. Once the incentive ended in 2017, rather than close this specialist area of our business we invested in it. Our sales increased both north and south of Ireland and with record returns in 2021 we are looking to continue growing and developing into 2022. EM: Can you tell us about your product range and how this has expanded in recent years? We offer JA Solar and Hanwha Q cell panels, Solis and Hoymiles inverters with Renusol mounting systems. We also offer EV charging with MyEnergi and Rolec, and battery storage with Puredrive and Pylontech. These are all available from our stock in Belfast and we also have access to over £3million of stock across our network of branches throughout the UK. EM: What have been the biggest challenges Greentech have faced and how have they overcome these? The biggest challenge was the end of the ROCs in 2017 and we had a big decision to make and ultimately decided to continue moving forward. Through quieter times, we provided training, attended seminars, conferences and trade shows. More recently, we have faced logistical challenges, however, we have invested our warehouse to hold more stock and taken on more staff to meet demand. EM: How has Greentech been tackling the specific challenges both Covid and Brexit have created for businesses in Northern Ireland? We have doubled stockholding in Belfast
Ian Dornan and Michael McVeigh, Greentech.
to continue as a leading figure in the marketplace. We will continue investing in our staff, our customers and with our suppliers to ensure the marketplace is fully serviced to the best of our ability. want to continue as a leading figure in the marketplace.” “We see Green Energy as the future and
and can now hold up to £1 million of stock at any one time thanks to investment in our stores to create more space. We were fully aware of potential complications and continue to do all we can to ensure customers don’t feel the impact. EM: Can you tell us what the company’s biggest achievement to date has been? I think being widely respected across Ireland as one of the market leaders. We get continuous calls following recommendations which means our customers are happy with the service received. EM: Moving forward, what plans does the company have to continue to grow and develop? We look to continue growing and developing as technology does. We see Green Energy as the future and want
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