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Bureau Veritas welcomes sustainability focus in wiring regulations update

Release of 18th edition of IET Wiring Regulations aims to address lack of energy efficiency considerations in previous iterations of guidance alongside safety considerations

The latest edition of the IET Wiring Regulations, set for release later this year, will address previous failures to set out best practice on the design and installation of more energy efficient technologies, Bureau Veritas has argued.

The consultancy has said the arrival of new wiring regulations in July will look beyond solely focusing on safety to also consider energy efficiency concerns when installing systems such as smart HVAC technologies. It has therefore called on the construction industry to embrace the ‘Part 8’ section of the regulations that offers guidance on reducing energy losses and maintenance requirements through the wiring of equipment.

Bureau Veritas technical manager for electrical systems Mahendra Mistry said the inclusion of energy efficiency considerations in the latest publication was vital to provide the most relevant guidance possible for installers.

He welcomed the inclusion of the section amidst debate over whether the wiring regulations should be solely confined to safety.

Mr Mistry added, “Until now, energy efficiency has all too often been a ‘nice to have’, with it all too common for installations to be chopped and changed, with little regard to the distribution of electricity or potential losses. However, by making energy efficiency a primary focus from the offset, we can look to ensure that each and every installation is completely as safety and sustainably as possible.”

Mr Mistry said that significant work still needed to be done to help realise carbon reduction commitments, but the amendments to the wiring regulations were a step forward in realising more sustainable infrastructure and building services functions.

He said, “It may mean more change for construction sector 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.”

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