Electrical Contracting News (ECN) May 2017 - Page 3

CONTENTS VOLUME 37 NO. 05 • MAY 2017 CONTENTS… Special features: HVAC 34 John Kelly at Airfl ow Developments explains why a correctly installed ventilation system is essential to improving air quality within domestic and commercial properties. 36 Sontay’s Sandy Damm discusses what the Internet of Things means for the HVAC and climate control industry. Regulars 05 Editorial 23 Training Ladies’ fi ght. New apprenticeship award for Scotland’s wholesalers. 06 Industry News 26 Project Focus News, views and developments. Claire Fletcher takes a look at a smart home project featuring Niko Home Control. 14 ED&I Expo The ECA’s Steve Bratt introduces the Power Players initiative, which will draw to its conclusion at the ED&I Expo in September. 16 Contract News 28 Competition Win a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 courtesy of Thorn Lighting. 67 Company Showcase The latest projects and contracts. The latest products, developments and announcements from manufacturers and suppliers. 20 Key Issue David Thomas, ECS strategic development manager, clears up some of the confusion surrounding the Gold ECS card. Chris Stammers at Dimplex responds to an Energy & Utilities Alliance report which claims connecting homes to the existing gas grid can reduce average energy bills by £922 for homes currently using electricity as their principal means of heating. 40 Nick Winton of Nortek Global HVAC looks at the potential of the UK’s heating industry post-Brexit. 48 Paul Bruton of WernerCo addresses the importance of ladder safety and correct material choice. 50 Russell Drury looks at some of the latest tools on the market. 61 Wago’s David Draper discusses some of the myths surrounding modular wiring. 64 Russell Drury looks at some of the wiring products aimed at the modern environment. Tools & workwear 42 David Clark of Snickers Workwear looks at how health and safety issues on site are infl uencing the development of ‘smarter’ working clothes. 44 Simon Miller at Hitachi Power Tools looks at how advanced motor technology in hammer drills is making life simpler for electrical contractors. 46 Malcolm Duncan at Super Rod, the UK distributor partner for Klein Tools, refl ects on what lessons have been learned since launching an American brand in the UK. Wiring accessories Features 52 32 Labelling 30 Apprenticeships Meet three young electricians who are reaping the benefi ts of Hudson Contract’s Apprentice Sponsorship Scheme. HotCost_Mar.pdf 38 1 16/03/2017 Ioana Nitu from Brother UK has some top labelling tips to ensure compliance with BS7671. Peter Ratcliffe at GreenBrook Electrical discusses the growing demand for outdoor power products and the upselling opportunity they present for the wholesaler and contractor. 55 What are commercial specifi ers really looking for when sourcing wiring accessories? Crabtree’s Jim Hutchison has some answers. 58 Marie Parry at Scolmore Group looks at the wiring accessories sector and explains why it needs to keep evolving to meet modern day requirements. 14:57 The Estimating Specialists UK & IRELAND’S LEADING ESTIMATING SERVICE We specialise in providing timely, cost-effective estimates for Electrical & Mechanical companies throughout the UK, Ireland & Worldwide. Call 0800 052 6115 to speak with us today. www.hotcost.co.uk client@hotcost.co.uk