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what are the new rules for consumer units coming in in Jan 2016?

3 Answers from MyBuilder Electricians

This is the official wording for the new regulation coming in in Jan 2016..

421.1.201 Within domestic (household) premises, consumer units and similar switchgear assemblies shall comply with BS EN 61439-3 and shall:
(i) have their enclosure manufactured from non-combustible material, or
(ii) be enclosed in a cabinet or enclosure constructed of non-combustible material and complying with Regulation 132.12.
NOTE 1: Ferrous metal, e.g. steel, is deemed to be an example of a non-combustible material.
NOTE 2: The implementation date for this regulation is the 1st January 2016, but does not preclude compliance with the regulation prior to that date.

2015-08-31T17:30:02+01:00

Answered 31st Aug 2015

Since the 3rd amendment came out in Jan 15 Comsumer units are to made of a non combustable material i.e. metal or enclosed in a non combustable enclosure. This will most likely add between £50 and £100 to the cost of a consumer unit change. We are still looking at different manufacturers to find out who provides the most cost effect and suitable versions we will be using. this comes into force for 1st Jan 16.

Hope that helps
Tim
TJW Electrical Services

2015-08-31T17:30:02+01:00

Answered 31st Aug 2015

consumer units from jan 2016 must be fire rated metal type or in a fire proof surround e.g. cupboard.

2015-08-31T17:30:02+01:00

Answered 31st Aug 2015

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