New Hybrid Distribution Board Offers Speed of Installation and Safety for Students

Hager’s recently launched arc fault detection device (AFDD) hybrid distribution board has been specified on a major new student accommodation construction project at Warwick University near Coventry.

The 210-bedroom commercial development is due for completion in late summer 2020 and the main electrical contractor for the project is Solihull-based, Orange Electrical Contractors.

With ongoing safety of occupants a primary concern for the accommodation developers and contractor, the Hager AFDD hybrid distribution board solution has been selected to reduce the risk of fire resulting from faults, by ensuring the AFDD trips the affected circuit.

Complying with BS EN 62606, the AFDD, when combined with Hager’s distribution systems, provides a hybrid solution which has been rigorously tested and validated to offer optimum protection against the harmful effects of dangerous electric arcs.

As part of the electrical protection system, 28 Hager commercial AFDD hybrid distribution boards have been installed, as Tom Kennedy, director at Orange Electrical Contractors explains: “The introduction of the 18th Edition of BS 7671 has further increased and improved safety standards to provide additional protection against fire on both domestic and commercial projects, including student accommodation.  As such, the ability to fit the Hager AFDD hybrid distribution board brings several benefits. The boards are both aesthetically appealing and incredibly robust, so not only do they look good, but they also meet the specific requirements of its installation environment.”

As part of the project, Hager’s Tailored Solutions team worked closely with the developers to create the tailored solution which exceeded the unique requirements of the project. As a result, Hager was able to deliver 28 pre-configured hybrid distribution boards housing standard incoming and outgoing devices. Arriving on-site fully terminated, the engineers had the straightforward task of simple connection and installation, saving on time by eliminating the need for collating boards, incomers, and devices on-site.

“By using a tailored solution from Hager, the AFDD hybrid distribution boards offer plenty of space and accessibility so that our engineers can work comfortably and at ease.  On a large-scale commercial project like this, installation speed is also of the essence and can be the difference in enabling us to stay on track with construction deadlines. The pre-assembled nature of the Hager hybrid distribution board has made a real difference to us.”

Tom Kennedy continues: “By working with the pre-configured boards not only are we able to complete the job more quickly, but we also have the confidence of knowing that the boards have been rigorously tested by Hager before leaving their factory and that they meet all prevailing British standard requirements.   I have been so impressed that I fully intend to utilise the hybrid distribution board on future projects.  I would recommend them 100%.”

Steve York, head of the Hager Tailored Solutions team, explains how engineered solutions are providing commercial projects such as this with increased flexibility and performance. He says: “Working with commercial developers, it can be easy to fall into the routine of specifying products based on previous applications, however this might not always be the ideal solution. By getting involved with a project at an earlier stage, we are able to work with engineers to develop the very best solution for the exact requirements. This collaboration means that we are able to understand the bespoke challenges developers, contractors and specifiers face and work with them to develop a tailored solution based on performance and need.”

For more information, go to www.hager.com/uk 

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