Electrical Installation Condition Report

What does this mean in practice?

Every electrical installation deteriorates both with use and over time, so it is important that every installation is periodically inspected and tested by a competent person to ensure that the safety of persons using the installation is not put at risk. The results of the test and inspection are clearly detailed in a report together with a list of “observations” which are items noted during the test that identify any damage, defects, deterioration or dangerous conditions within the installation.

For ease of understanding, these observations are currently coded with a number from 1 to 4. With the forthcoming EICR, this numbering system is to replaced by codes C1 to C3. These codes relate to a set of clear guidance notes given to the recipient of the report allowing them to accurately assess the condition of their electrical installation and to make a decision about any remedial works required.

Whilst there is no direct or specific law requiring testing and inspection of electrical installations to be carried out, there are various duties imposed upon employers, landlords and persons responsible for premises which require them to provide a safe place of work.

Insurance providers are also increasingly requesting evidence of electrical test and inspections as a condition of providing cover and often this requirement is hidden among the small print on the policy schedule. Unfortunately, it is only when a claim is made that this requirement comes to light and the claimant discovers, to their dismay, that they are not covered under the terms of their policy.

In April 1990, the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (EAW) came into force, their purpose being to require precautions to be taken against the risk of death or personal injury from electricity in work activities. One of the most important parts of this legislation (outlined under Regulation 4) relates to the requirement to select, construct, operate and maintain electrical systems in a manner so as prevent danger.

A test and inspection regime in accordance with BS7671:2008 (as amended) is recognised by the Health & Safety Executive as an effective way of conforming with the requirements of the EAW Regulations in regard to maintaining electrical systems and is especially useful in as much that it provides a written record of the condition of an installation at the time of the test. Similarly, if someone is considering alterations or additions to their electrical installations, carrying out a test & inspection beforehand, especially if no previous records exist, can ultimately save time and money.

Just as the vast majority of people wouldn’t consider driving a car without an MOT, why should they consider the state of their building’s electrical installation as any less important? Think of the Electrical Installation Condition Report as an MOT for your buildings electrical system and make sure it is done every 5 years.

Similarly, if someone is considering alterations or additions to their electrical installations, carrying out a test & inspection beforehand, especially if no previous records exist, can ultimately save time and money.

Typical Costs For an MCS Certified Solar Electric Installation (FIT)

The UK Government is now offering cash back on any Solar Panel installation that meets the MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) standards via the FIT (Feed In Tariff) Scheme.

This will undoubtedly mean many new companies jumping on the ‘Solar Cash Cow’ trying to make a quick buck out of the general public.

Before this blows out of proportion I would like to offer some typical costs of what an MCS Solar Installation should cost. Please note that these figures are ‘Typical’ and do not factor in special requirements.

The government announced in January 2010 that the ‘Typical’ cost of a 2.5 KW/H (Kilo Watt Hour) roof mounted MCS approved solar electric installation will be in the region of £12,500.00. So to make things a little more simple let’s break this figure down into what you are paying for.

ALL figures quoted here are deemed to be exclusive of VAT, which I add at the end of the breakdown for clarity.

Nett cost of a typical MCS approved Solar Electric Kit (Inclusive of solar electric panels, roof mounting kit, G31 certified grid-tie inverter, DC isolator, AC isolator, 13A switched fused spur and necessary cabling / containment. Approximately £3.00 Per Watt Installed.

So a 2500W system would cost £7,500.00 in materials

Nett cost of labour associated with the solar electric installation (Per Watt Installed) Approximately £0.75p Per watt installed.This is deemed to include fuel costs and vehicle upkeep plus sundries

So a 2500W installation would cost approximately £1,875.00 in labour

So let’s see where that gets us to so far:

£7,500.00
Materials Cost
£1,875.00
Labour Costs
£9,375.00
Subtotal
£937.50
Margin @ 10%
£10,312.50
Net Total
£1,804.69
VAT @ 17.5% (Current UK Rate May Vary)
£12,117.19
Grand Total Payable By Client

The above figures will give you a fair idea of what you should be paying for a ‘Typical MCS Approved Solar Electric Installation’

If we then take the £12,117.19 total and divide this figure by the W/H rating of the solar panels, in this example 2,500W/H then we come to a total cost per Watt Installed figure.

£12,117.19
Total cost of installation
2,500
Solar Panel Rated Watt / Hour Output
£4.85
Cost Per Watt Installed Including VAT

If anyone has any questions about any of the above information or would like a quotation for a complete MCS certified Solar (Photovoltaic) Electric Installation in the UK then please use the comments section below or alternatively send me an email (See bottom of any page for my address)

Andy Mahoney
Last Modified 2nd April 2010

Electrical Installations – Understanding The Importance Of Proper Set Ups

Electricity has made our lives fast, easy and comfortable. Almost everything around us needs some or the other type of electrical installation. According to researches, electrical fires are accountable for almost 300 deaths every year. Most of these fatal incidents are the result of defective electrical fittings. Improper wiring set up, circuit beakers and abnormal use of extension wires are the biggest contributors to these deadly events. So, it’s very important to hire the right professional who has experience in electrical jobs.

Residential fittings

Every residence requires electrical set ups. Whether you’re building a new house or reconstructing the old one, you need a professional electrician for wiring the entire building and connecting the cords to the power lines for receiving electricity. Common items that need electrical mechanisms are wall outlets, circuit breakers and regular appliances like lights, dishwashers, washing machines and dryers.

Car installations

Vehicles are full of multiple electrical elements that need proper fittings. Some common items in a car that need thorough electrical wiring are satellite navigational mechanism, fire alarms and sound systems. What’s more, you’ll find various types of cords below the dashboards, which are crucial for the functioning of the automobile.

Power line fittings

Power lines generally need a trained electrician to make sure that a specific area gets constant electrical supply from generating points. The voltage level in these power lines are quite high and supply electricity to loads of people. Nevertheless, some power lines have low voltage level and make sure that street and traffic lights function properly.

Commercial set ups

There’s a lot of similarity between residential and commercial installations. Nevertheless, there are a few differences between the two. Commercial set ups generally focus on bigger projects like educational institutions, corporations, businesses, factories and manufacturing plants. Commercial and business set ups need electricity that circulate throughout the building. At the time of installation, a professional electrician ensures that a particular building receives sufficient amount of electricity, without placing too much load on the circuit breaker.

So, no matter what the purpose is, choosing the right electrician is very important. A lot of people tend to do the electrical work on their own but that’s very risky. Even the slightest mistake on your part can put your life at stake. So, it’s better to hire a trained person who can execute the task to perfection. However, make sure that you’re hiring the right person. Remember, a wrong professional can spoil the entire set up of a building.