International Copper Association (ICA), the apex body promoting the use and application of copper across various sectors, joined hands with Ducab, the leading cable manufacturer in the region, to highlight various aspects of electrically safe buildings at the ongoing Water, Energy, Technology & Environment Exhibition (WETEX 2011) organised by the Dubai Water & Electricity Authority (DEWA) at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre.
ICA and Ducab presented a thorough overview of electrically safe buildings at the WETEX 2011 Seminars, where the two organisations focused on the topic: ‘Creating Electrically Safer Buildings for Today & Tomorrow.’
Ravinder Bhan, local representative for International Copper Association, underscored the need to emphasis on building safety through five levels that cover planning, building, monitoring, reviewing and improving safety.
Highlighting the advantages of using copper in promoting building safety he said: “Electrical wiring made of pure copper has low resistance and high current carrying capacity. This enables it to withstand heavy electrical loads with ease. That is why using pure copper wires while planning electric circuits is a must.”
He said that the causes for fires or short-circuits include the use of poorly recycled copper in building wire, overloading of plug points, improper earthing practices and ignoring the right size of wires. “To promote electrically safe buildings, it is extremely important to have smart and safe wiring, with well-planned points, independent circuits, correct rating and good earthing.”
Bhan cited the use of copper wires, plates and rods for earthing as galvanized iron plates and rods tend to corrode and disintegrate. He also reiterated the importance of inspections to ensure that electrical installations are set at high safety standards.
“At ICA, we strive to raise awareness on safe wiring issues through various promotion programmes among homeowners on safe house wiring practices in association with public and private organisations,” said Bhan. “In the GCC, we are partnering with Ducab to drive electrical safety awareness and to help in implementing global best practices in electrical installations.”
WETEX 2011 is a key platform for national and international organisations to access a wide range of the latest technology and management solutions. The event highlights the latest developments in the field of water, energy and environment.