Tailored Arc Fault De­tec­tion for stu­dent Ac­com­mod­a­tion

Our re­cently launched Pre-configured Hybrid AFDD consumer unit has been spe­ci­fied on a ma­jor new stu­dent ac­com­mod­a­tion con­struc­tion pro­ject near War­wick Uni­versity.

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Our re­cently launched Pre-configured Hybrid AFDD consumer unit has been spe­ci­fied on a ma­jor new stu­dent ac­com­mod­a­tion con­struc­tion pro­ject near War­wick Uni­versity. 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, our 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 our 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 com­mer­cial pre-configured hybrid AFDD consumer units 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 our AFDD hy­brid consumer unit 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, our En­gin­eered Solu­tions team worked closely with the de­ve­lopers to cre­ate the tailored solu­tion which ex­ceeded the unique re­quire­ments of the pro­ject. As a res­ult, we were able to de­liver 28 pre-con­figured hy­brid consumer units 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 Pre-configured Hybrid AFDD consumer unit of­fers 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.”

"I have been so im­pressed that I fully in­tend to util­ise the hy­brid dis­tri­bu­tion board on fu­ture pro­jects."

Tom Kennedy

Director of Orange Electrical Contractors

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 En­gin­eered Solu­tions team, ex­plains how tailored 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.”

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