All electrical installations must now comply with Amendment 2 of the IET wiring regulations. Continue reading to learn how these changes could affect you.
What is the 18th edition?
The 18th Edition, also known as BS 7671, are UK guidelines set out by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) to ensure installer and user safety regarding electrical installations.
Why is the 18th edition wiring regulations important?
The latest updates will assist electrical professionals in keeping up to date with innovate technologies alongside the knowledge for safe installation.
It is the duty of those responsible to put in place and maintain a Golden Thread of reliable, up to date, transparent and easily accessible information.
When did amendment 2 changes come into effect?
Amendment 2 of the IET wiring regulations for electrical installations was issued on 28th March 2022 with the option for all A2 updates to be implemented with immediate effect. BS7671:2018+A1:2020 remained in place until its withdrawal on the 27th September 2022.
5 key updates and changes you need to know:
- A new requirement for Arc Fault Detection Devices (AFDDs) in some AC final circuits for installations in certain higher risk residential buildings.
- The requirement for the fire safety design of buildings to be documented where specific conditions of external influence exist, such as protected escape routes and locations with risk of fire.
- A method for determining the requirement to provide overvoltage protection.
- Changes to identification, labels, and notices, for consumer units, affecting how safety information is provided to the user of the electrical installation.
- A chapter on Prosumer’s Low Voltage Electrical Installations forms part 8.
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Increasingly, consumer units are being installed in areas of clear visibility and access for the homeowner or user. Under Amendment 2 the requirements for warning and / or instruction labelling in domestic and similar installations has been significantly reduced. These labels are no longer required, replaced instead with a handover pack.
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