Why you should search for quality when specifying wiring accessories
November 29th 2019
Despite recent stories in the press about the slowdown of the housebuilding market, there remains signs of growth.
According to recent numbers released by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government[i], annual new build dwelling starts totalled 160,640 in the year to 30th June 2019, a 1% decrease on the previous year. However, during the same period, completions reached 173,660 in the year to June, an increase of 8% on the previous year. This could mean a greater number of second fix jobs going on.
But it’s not only the new build market where money is being spent. Analysis of a survey of more than 700 property investors, conducted for InterBay Commercial by research house Savanta[ii], shows that landlords typically spend £12,000 per refurbishment.
Spending per heavy refurbishment stands at £40,000 on average, compared to £13,000 for a medium and £7,000 for a light. A majority (70%) of landlords undertook renovation works to improve the property, whether to improve its presentation or the quality of the accommodation for their tenants.
New build or refurbishment, wiring accessories have a huge impact on the aesthetic of a room, not only that but the quality needs to be good enough to ensure that landlords and housebuilders aren’t having to find additional budget to replace which makes the job of choosing them all the more difficult.
There is a clear need for a dependable yet decorative range of wiring accessories. Offering a wide range with choices of decorative, metal plate, flat plate and white moulded wiring accessories suitable for any residential application Volex Accessories offer the end user or specifier a premium finish to any property, making it a complete electrical installation solution for residential new build and refurbishment.
Contractors should look for accessories that go above and beyond the standard to provide a quality product and premium finish. Volex Accessories has always been a name synonymous with reliability and value, committed to adding extra quality features and contemporary aesthetics to its designs.
Acknowledged as one the leading brands in the UK and in British Standard markets around the world, it offers designers and specifiers a wide range of quality wiring accessories that caters for a vast array of residential applications and wherever quality products are required.
Knowing that products hit all the required standards is obviously important. In the UK, Volex Accessories operates a UKAS accredited laboratory that carries out R&D and compliance testing on all its products, these highly accredited facilities ensure that safety, quality and reliability remain consistent with UK and EU legislation, regulations and Siemens internal standards (Volex Accessories, as part of Electrium, sits within the Siemens family), policies and practices.
The products are all designed, manufactured and tested in accordance with the recognised product standards, and backed by standard and extended guarantees. RoHS and REACH compliant, the brand also operates to recognised standards for product safety and sustainability.
With the current emphasis on the climate, considering the whole life of the product is also important. Volex Accessories, for example, follows a WEEE compliance system and recycling scheme to ensure that the end of product life circumstances are catered for in line with UK and EU Legislation.
Additionally, recycled materials are used in product packaging, and declared into a recycling scheme locally to control environmental impacts and assure that the maximum levels of recycling of materials and use of recycled materials are achieved.
Not all homes have the same aesthetic so working with a brand with a range of styles means you can be assured of the quality while having access to different designs.
The Casa range from Volex Accessories is the ideal solution for the modern domestic installation. The range offers a contemporary sleek aesthetic, concealed fixing screws and a compact concave rocker design synonymous with the new wave of wiring accessories. In line terminals on the sockets facilitate speed of installation. With a clip-in grid and data range and local product marking available, this range is perfect for any residential application.
All products are designed, manufactured and tested to fully comply with the relevant product standards. This comprehensive range includes a wide range of lighting and power controls to suit any domestic and many light commercial installations.
Available in polished steel, stainless steel and black nickel, the Metal Plate range allows specification of a premium co-ordinated and comprehensive range of wiring accessories. The range of products features double pole sockets and the unique labyrinth switch design which minimises visible arc flash and prevents access to live parts.
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[i] Source: The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
[ii] Source: InterBay Commercial Insight Series: Unlocking value: The role of refurbishment in buy to let