BSRIA’s Building Better Homes Faster 2 event took place on Friday 12 January 2018. Key messages included: culture, challenges and clarity (3Cs). 

Tassos Kougionis, principal consultant for residential (BSRIA Chair) Kougionis discussed current housing construction challenges and opportunities. Main areas of focus included increased delivery, quality and the robustness of the supply chain. 

IP House, a new entrant to the UK Colocation Market, are located at the edge of London’s financial district

They have selected Schneider Electric’s industry leading EcoStruxure IT platform to provide proactive 24/7 monitoring of their ISO-accredited, 2MW data centre

The cryptocurrency space has been fraught with cases of fraud and scams and with it being such a new industry with little in the way of regulation, it has been an ongoing focus of governments. This focus has only increased in recent months due to the number of high profile incidents, such as the theft of $500 million of digital money from the Coincheck Exchange.

This incident, and subsequent action from the regulators, added to the ongoing pressures to introduce regulation into the cryptocurrency space; assuming that we haven’t seen a bubble burst, it was one of the major contributing factors to the fear, uncertainty and doubt that has seen a cryptocurrency crash and an ongoing bear market, prices having fallen over 70% from all-time highs set in December 2017 and January 2018.

Bsria has welcomed the announcement of Dominic Raab as the new housing minister as part of the prime minister’s reshuffle to her cabinet.

He has replaced Alok Sharma after just seven months and becomes the seventh housing minister since 2010. Mr Raab, a leading Brexiter, had previously served as justice minister, with Mr Sharma now becoming the new employment minister at the Department of Work and Pensions.

A bright young man who chose to follow an apprenticeship in the electrical sector when he left school, is today celebrating a major accolade as he strives to develop a career in his chosen profession.

Huge congratulations go to Jack Hodgson from Carlisle, one of five JTL apprentices working at Meldrum Limited, a local company that has recently become part of VINCI Energies UK and Republic. He has taken on ‘all comers’ within the VINCI Energies & ROI, to be crowned Apprentice of the Year 2017 – quite a feat to come top of the tree from all the apprentices working in the company across all of the Infrastructure, Industrial and ICT Sectors. Not surprisingly, his bosses and workmates at Meldrum Limited are very proud of his achievement.

On 28 February 2018, Zelf Hussain, Toby Underwood and Ian Green were appointed as joint administrators of Maplin Electronics Limited (“the company”), a retailer selling electrical goods to consumers in the UK and Ireland. 

Thorn Lighting celebrates its milestone 90th anniversary on 29 March 2018 and the company remains a major force in the global lighting industry. Today, after nine decades of lighting innovation, Thorn has an enviable reputation for smart and reliable high-performance lighting solutions with integrated controls, serving countless applications. The Thorn name is associated with iconic projects worldwide, such as Wembley Stadium, Hong Kong Airport and the City of Oslo. More recent successes include a German Design Award for its Civiteq product, supplying lighting for the redeveloped and expanded Oslo Airport and winning the contract to light the new Tottenham Hotspur football ground in London, as part of the Zumtobel Group. 

The government has announced a review of university costs in England. Their call for better value for students in England, after prime minister Theresa May admitted (19 February 2018) that “we face one of the most expensive systems of university tuition in the world”, has simply served to highlight how right so many young people in the UK have been to think carefully before being encouraged by many schools to head for university after finishing their sixth form studies.

Buildings to have improved electrical wiring standards for better fire protection, in update to UK regulations

Ahead of the publication of BS 7671:2018, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the British Standards Institution (BSI) have now released the official list of changes that will be included in the 18th Edition of the IET Wiring Regulations.

• Millennials spend over double the amount replacing household appliances than over 55s

•Over a third of Brits do not know if any of their household appliances fall under warranty

•Shopping savvy Londoners make the most savings with warranty claims

Choosing STEM, means the opportunity to do something life changing’, is the resounding message left with young people by global music artist, tech entrepreneur and STEM education advocate and futurist Brian David Johnson, at a book talk and signing, hosted by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).


The authors teamed up for the event at IET London: Savoy Place, to discuss their new young-adult novel, ‘Wizards and Robots’ – an action-packed, STEM-inspired adventure.

NICEIC has launched a new student membership scheme to offer greater support to the electricians of the future.

The scheme is free to join for all students and apprentices currently undertaking full or part time courses within the electrotechnical industry. All those who join will be able to access the latest advice and support which will complement their current training and development.