New wiring regulations came into force in January designed to make it safer for electricians and consumers, and to improve energy efficiency.
Changes under BS 7671:2018 mean new electrical installations or alterations need to comply with the changes. These include measures to reduce the risk of fire, electric shocks or overvoltage (such as a lightning strike); and supporting cables to prevent collapse in the event of a fire.
Although existing installations may not comply with the new rules, they don’t necessarily need updgrading. But if you are having any electrical work done, it’s really important to make sure your electrical contractors are fully up to speed with the changes and check that they are a member of a recognised trade body such as NICEIC or ELECSA/ ECA .
At Electrotazz we belong to ELECSA, and we ensure we stay on top of the latest regulations so that our work complies with any changes. We recommend getting your electrical contractor involved in the design of any building work from the beginning to ensure the whole project complies to new standards.