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What Is Involved In Fixed Wire Testing?

Posted by Paul Tuson on June 7th , 2022

When it comes to electricity, you can’t play it too safe. Under the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, employers have a legal duty to ensure that the electrical installations on their premises are safe, to minimise the risk of a serious or fatal accident. A fundamental part of this duty of care is to ensure that electrical safety testing is conducted regularly to comply with Health and Safety Executive (HSE) requirements for robust levels of inspection and reporting, particularly in buildings that are open to the public.

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Topics: Electrical Contractor

What Is PAT Testing and How Does It Work?

Posted by Andrew Lambert on May 31st , 2022

Due to rigorous testing practices and strict safety legislation, the UK has an enviable record of electrical safety, yet many accidents in the workplace as a result of electric shock are recorded every year. UK law requires that businesses ensure that their electrical equipment is maintained in a safe condition, to protect employees and the public from harm. Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is widely used to help businesses and non-commercial organisations, such as schools and hospitals, to meet their obligations.

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Topics: Electrical Contractor

What Are Commercial Heat Pumps?

Posted by Paul Tuson on May 24th , 2022


Heat pumps are two-step, renewable heat exchangers, used to channel heat from the air or ground into a building heating system. The trajectory of UK heating systems over the next 10 years will be a gradual transition away from gas-powered boilers to more sustainable power sources for both businesses and homes, and heat pumps have a crucial role to play in this. 

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What Are the Differences Between Halogen and LED Lights?

Posted by Andrew Lambert on May 17th , 2022


If you're looking for luminous, high-definition bulbs to brighten up an indoor or commercial space, you'll usually pick from LED or halogen lighting. Both methods offer crisp, clear, high-lux white light and run much more efficiently (and for longer) than traditional filament bulbs.

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Topics: LED Lighting

Ground Source Vs. Air Source Heat Pumps – What Are The Main Differences?

Posted by Paul Tuson on May 10th , 2022


Heat pumps are a fantastic way to cheaply power your building’s heating system by harnessing the earth's natural outdoor warmth, ending or reducing your dependence on gas-powered boilers. Using a renewable sink to collect renewable heat and usefully distribute it inside the building (via a powered, liquid evaporator-condenser loop and central heating system) is a more efficient, eco-friendly, and economical alternative to relying on expensive oil and gas boilers.

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Topics: News

All You Need To Know About Halogen Lights

Posted by Paul Tuson on May 3rd , 2022


Halogen lights are small-scale, high-lumen lightbulbs that use inert, neutral gasses (i.e. halogens) around a tungsten filament to provide illumination. Halogen shielding increases the lamp's brightness, efficiency, and lifespan. Commercially available since 1959, halogen bulbs are today used wherever crisp, clear, intense lighting is needed, and form part of the lighting architecture in many public and commercial buildings.

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Topics: LED Lighting

Renewable Energy – 26 KWp Solar and 36kWh Storage

Posted by Paul Tuson on March 23rd , 2022

Ravenswell Farm Stables

This property is the training yard of leading National Hunt Trainer, Fergal O’Brien. It consists of 8 accommodation units
for staff who live on site 24/7, 80 boxes, office facilities, and state of the art horse walker, along with all the associated
washing and drying capabilities needed to run a modern racehorse training yard.

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How To Protect Your Buildings From Lightning!

Posted by Andrew Lambert on January 20th , 2022

Lightning strikes posed a serious threat to historic buildings for centuries. Storms were a major cause of fires, with a single strike capable of igniting a thatched roof or wooden structure, and even stone buildings weren’t immune from this threat. The history books and folklore are peppered with stories of church towers collapsing after being struck by lightning, and tall stone-built structures, such as castles and palaces, faced the continual threat of structural damage from lightning. Such was the popular dread of lightning strikes that people composed prayers and incantations specifically to safeguard them from the threat.

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Topics: Building Maintenance

The £5,000 Boiler Upgrade Scheme – Is It Worth It?

Posted by Paul Tuson on January 5th , 2022

With a £3.9bn fund to reduce the carbon footprint of UK buildings, it’s no surprise that a large portion is being channelled into boiler upgrade incentives. One carrot that is being dangled in front of businesses and homeowners is a £5,000 grant, but what is it, and is it worth it?

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Topics: Building Maintenance

Is Faster Always Better? What Type of Commercial Charge Points Do You Need Installed at Your Business?

Posted by Andrew Lambert on November 24th , 2021

Demand for electric vehicles (EVs) is increasing steadily, partly because of rising concern about the environmental damage caused by fossil fuels, but also due to the impending ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars in the UK.

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Topics: Electric Vehicles

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