Case study – Student accommodation utilises hybrid AFDD boards | Hager

Case study –  Student accommodation utilises hybrid AFDD boards | Hager

Hager’s recently launched AFDD hybrid distribution board has been specified on a major new student accommodation construction project near Warwick University. We find out more.

Due for completion earlier this summer, Solihull-based Orange Electrical Contractors was tasked with the main electrical work for the 210-bedroom commercial development near Warwick University.

With ongoing safety of occupants a primary concern for both the accommodation developers and contractor, the Hager arc fault detection device (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.

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 the installation environment.”

During 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,” adds Tom.

“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 hybrid distribution board has made a real difference to us.”

He 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’ve 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, believes engineered solutions are providing commercial projects such as this with increased flexibility and performance, stating: “Working with commercial developers, it can be easy to fall into the routine of specifying products based on previous applications. This, however, might not always be the ideal solution.

“By getting involved with a project at an earlier stage, we’re able to work with engineers to develop the very best solution for the exact requirements. This collaboration means that we’re 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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