Frank Bertie

Update to Welsh Government Guidance on Fitness for Human Habitation Regulations

An update to the guidance issued by the Welsh Government about The Renting Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) (Wales) Regulations 2022, has been published to permit the use of an Electrical Installation Certificate in lieu of an Electrical Installation Condition Report, when relating to a wholly newly built dwelling. The Renting Homes (Fitness for Human […]

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Electric Vehicles – What installers need to know

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps indicated that electric vehicle chargepoints will become a “British emblem” in the coming years and electric vehicle uptake increasing by 71% in 2021. Frank Bertie, Chief Technical Officer at NAPIT Group, discusses the Government’s increased policy focus on electric vehicles and highlights how installers can play a role in the journey […]

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New research highlights “disturbing” failure rates and absence of domestic smoke alarms

Research presented by BAFE and NAPIT using data collated over the last decade (2010/2011-2020/2021) in England, Wales, and Scotland, highlighted an unsettling 424,464 dwelling fires. These fires resulted in almost 82,000 non-fatal casualties and close to 3,000 deaths. In more recent statistics made available by Fire and Rescue Services nationwide, there is clearly an ongoing […]

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NAPIT prepares for release of Amendment 2 BS 7671:2018+A2:2022

BS 7671:2018+A2:2022 will be the first, full consolidated amendment to the BS 7671:2018 18th Edition IET Writing Regulations, which was first published in 2018. Amendment 2 will come into immediate effect when published on Monday 28th March 2022, with the previous version BS 7671:2018+A1:2020 being withdrawn 6 months later. The significant changes include: A new […]

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Universal socket outlets – buyers beware

Globalisation has led to an increase in demand for universal socket outlets in the UK. Frank Bertie discusses the potential dangers of using products that may not meet UK standards and regulations. The immediate problem with universal socket outlets is that they aren’t standardised and may not comply with UK Safety Regulations, specifically the Plugs and […]

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