Do You Need an EICR for New Builds?
When it comes to ensuring electrical safety and compliance, Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICRs) are an essential tool. However, one common question that arises is whether EICRs are necessary for new builds. After all, new constructions are expected to meet modern safety and regulatory standards from the outset. In this article, we will explore whether you need an EICR for new builds and if not, what are the alternatives.
What is an EICR?
A thorough evaluation of the electrical systems inside a building or other structure is provided by an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR). An accredited electrician or electrical contractor performs this inspection to assess the state of the electrical systems, find flaws, and confirm that safety standards and laws are being followed.
What is an EIC?
The electrical abbreviation "EIC" typically refers to "Electrical Installation Certificate." A certified electrician or electrical contractor will provide a legal document called an Electrical Installation Certificate. It serves as verification that electrical installation work has been completed in accordance with all applicable laws and standards. Essential facts regarding the electrical installation are included in this certificate, together with information about the parts and materials used, the job completed, and the confirmation that all safety and legal criteria were met.
Why an EIC is essential:
Safety Assurance: It provides an additional layer of assurance that the electrical systems in the new construction are safe for occupancy.
Compliance Verification: It verifies that the electrical installations meet the most current electrical codes and regulations.
Documentation: It serves as a legal document that can be used for insurance purposes, building permits, and other regulatory requirements.
Future Reference: It is useful for future reference and maintenance of the electrical installations.
Do I need an EIC or EICR for newbuilds?
The general practice is to ensure that electrical installations in new constructions comply with safety and regulatory standards. This compliance is confirmed through the issuance of an EIC, which should be completed with the new build, this certifies that the electrical work has been carried out correctly and is in accordance with the law. This means an EICR is not necessary.
The building shouldn't need an EICR for 5 years after the EIC has been completed. However there are plenty of reasons to have an EICR before those 5 years are complete:
While new builds are constructed with the latest safety standards in mind, the assurance of safety is not absolute. Human error, materials defects, or issues in the construction process can occasionally lead to electrical problems. An EICR can uncover these issues, providing an additional layer of safety verification.
Identifying Hidden Defects:
Even in new constructions, electrical defects or issues may exist but remain concealed. EICRs are designed to identify any concealed defects, irregularities, or areas that do not meet safety standards, offering peace of mind to homeowners and occupants.
Even in new builds, electrical systems can experience wear and tear over time. Regular EICRs after occupancy help ensure the ongoing safety and reliability of the electrical installations.
An EIC is necessary before anyone begins living in a property. So an EICR isn't required or needed.
However 5 years is a long time and faults can arise in this time, especially if the property is passing ownership regularly.
If your concerned about the state of your electrics, or have just received the newbuild from a previous owner, we would highly recommend seeking out a professional to inspect the electrical system.