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Winter 2010 Features


18 MAKING DEMANDS We explain how to go about recovering debts with a statutory demand


20 THE RIGHT FITS Understanding the impact of the Feed-in Tariff scheme, and how to make renewables work for your business


24 DO WEEE KNOW ENOUGH? How well is the industry really working with Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment regulations?


26 ROOMS WITH A VIEW After a major refurbishment, The Green House is one of the UK’s most environmentally friendly hotels. We look at what the project involved for one ECA member


COVER STORY


30 PRISK ASSESSMENT ECA Today asks business and enterprise minister Mark Prisk MP key questions concerning the future of the sector


36 HOLD FIRE Properly functioning firestop systems can be a life saver – so know what to look for when specifying products


38 FSA CONFERENCE 2010 Report from the inaugural Fire and Security Association Conference


41 REWARDING AMBITION With apprenticeships a hot topic, we look at how industry awards for trainee talent can lead to career success


44 SWITCHED ON TO ENERGY EFFICIENCY


How members can help clients reduce their energy bills using low cost, fast payback technology


51 FIRST AMENDMENT An introduction to the proposed first amendment to BS 7671:2008 Requirements for Electrical Installations (17th Edition of the IEE Wiring Regulations)


54 EMISSION CONTROL What the recent revision to Part L of the Building Regulations means for electrical contractors


58 HELP AT HAND FOR


PRE-QUALIFICATION After years of lobbying on pre-qualification, PAS 91 has arrived. We look at what it and SSIP mean for members


62 VAN GUARD How to get the best value insurance – and the right level of cover – for your business vehicles


66 CONTROL SOLUTION


A new system for lighting control that could cut costs and boost safety


36 26 30 Winter 2010 ECA Today 5


The Carbon Reduction Commitment Scheme is still very much on the table, but its precise future is uncertain Page 17


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