Bureau Veritas has advised the electrical contracting industry in the UK to embrace the changes set to be introduced in the upcoming adaptations to the 18th edition of the IET Wiring Regulations, saying that it marks an important advancement in the UK’s green agenda. The new Part 8 section of the 18th Edition is set to be released in July 2018, and focuses on energy saving in installation, something which Bureau Veritas hopes says will significantly increase the industry’s energy efficiency overall.
The UK is one of the most successful energy efficient countries in the world, in terms of its efforts to meet carbon reduction aims; its target is to reduce 1990 emission levels by 80 per cent before 2050, and the adoption of more solutions such as the new provisions on electrical installations is helping them to achieve this. Until now with this new section of regulations, there has been nothing official regarding the design and installation of energy efficient technology, meaning installations were often completed without the concern of saving energy.
Mahenda Mistry, the technical manager for electrical systems at Bureau Veritas, said; “Although it’s been the subject of much debate, with some stating that the Wiring Regulations should be confined solely to safety requirements, the introduction of an energy efficient section is an vital step forward in ensuring the most current and relevant guidance possible.”
The new section will be concerned with the energy-efficiency of electrical installations, providing guidance on reducing environmental impact and energy losses, using energy only when necessary and possibly at a lower tariff, and reducing the need for maintenance by ensuring all installations are completed correctly. The general feeling is that the changes will help increase overall demand for more sustainable solutions, such as electric vehicles and LED lighting, and facilitate the move towards a more environmentally friendly electrical industry.
Mahendra continues: “As an industry, we still have a huge job to do in terms of not just meeting carbon reduction commitments but ensuring a sustainable infrastructure; which Part 8 will help to more adequately address. Indeed, it may mean more change for electricians and contractors to get to grips with but it is an important regulatory reform which not only aid our sustainability plight but create new opportunity.”