Electrical Installations in New Build Properties

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(for UK building construction)

Installing electricity is a vital part of finishing off any new build property, particularly if the property is to be a residential dwelling. And when it comes to electrical installations, it’s always best to get it right first time rather than running the risk of having to fix problems later on. And, more seriously, if electrical installations are not carried out properly they can pose a serious health and safety risk, potentially putting people in serious danger in the event of the installations developing faults.

It’s not enough to simply be able to carry out electrical installations. Anyone wishing to fit electrical installations is required to know all the rules and regulations which pertain to how, where and when electricity can be installed, as well as by whom. For this reason alone electrical installations are usually carried out by experienced, licensed professionals.

Electrical Installation Regulations

All electrical installations in new build residential properties are subject to Part P of the Building Regulations which is concerned with electrical safety in dwellings. Building Regulations are the responsibility of the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), which has stated clearly that the responsibility for electrical installations lies with the homeowner, and not the installer. In light of this, many homeowners who have purchased a new build property, or who have invested in a ‘self-build’, choose to educate themselves about electrical installation regulations as a safeguard against future problems.

About Part B of the Building Regulations

Part P of the Building Regulations came into force in 2005 and has been specifically designed to reduce the number of injuries and deaths which occur in the UK every year as a direct result of faulty wiring in residential properties.

The most basic precept of the regulation states that all minor electrical work must be done safely and in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, unless it is being carried out in a sensitive location. All other electrical work must either be carried out by a Registered Competent Person or be checked by Building Control. This applies equally to repairs or new electrical installations in existing buildings, as well as to electrical installations in new buildings.

Carrying Out Your Own New Build Electrical Installations

Individuals who are not registered as a Registered Competent Person may still carry out electrical installations, as long as the installations are not situated in sensitive areas such as bathrooms or kitchens.  These installations can be as simple as wiring a plug socket or as complicated as installing a fuse box for the entire property, depending on your capabilities.

The most important thing to remember, if you are not a registered electrician and choose to carry out electrical installations in your new build property, is not to overestimate your own abilities. Poor electrical installations are not only dangerous, they will cost you more money in the long run to put right.
Before you get started with carrying out your own electrical installations in a new build property you should make sure, if the property is already connected to the mains, that the power is turned off at the source. You should also make sure you have the right tools for the job – professional quality electrical tools and equipment are available to buy online from CLE Electrical Wholesale. Always refer to safety guidelines and if in doubt, consult with or hire a professional.

Professional Electrical Installations for New Build Properties

The most advisable course of action for anyone involved in purchasing or constructing a new build property is to have all electrical installations carried out by a licensed, experienced professional.

The cost of electrical installations in a new build property can vary, depending on what type of structure is involved. For domestic properties, the costs generally fall between £2,000 and £10,000, depending on the size of the property and the complexity of the proposed installations. For retail and industrial properties this cost will necessarily be higher, due to the likelihood of more complex installations being needed and larger appliances being run for longer periods of time (for example, air conditioning, CCTV or insulation).

When searching for a professional electrician to carry out your new build electrical installations, you should always get at least three quotes before settling on a contractor. This will help you to get the best deal, as well as allowing you to check all references before making a hiring decision. This will not only save you money in the first instance, by providing you with the best price for the work that needs doing, but will help you to avoid later penalties. If you are found to be responsible for a faulty electrical installation – particularly if this installation is in a new build commercial or industrial property – you may become liable for a fine of up to £5,000.

The National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting

When hiring a professional electrician you should always make sure that they are properly accredited by a leading body. The NICEIC is the main electrical contracting body in the UK, which certifies professional electricians, and their website can be used to find electricians around the UK as well as for notifying your electrical work on the BRCS website. A Building Regulations Work Notification will help you and/or your business comply with official regulations governing building regulations in England and Wales. Only installers who are registered with NICEIC Building Regulations Schemes can use this service.

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