An electrical inspection condition report or EICR is a formal document provided after an assessment of the electrical installation of a building is carried out. The assessment should be conducted by an approved, qualified electrician. An EICR certificate is given on completion of the assessment, as evidence that it has been carried out.
Why is an EICR needed?
An EICR can be conducted on properties that are used for both residential and commercial use. Commercial electrical testing is designed to ensure that the electrical installations of commercial and business properties are safe and efficient. A commercial EICR/fixed wire testing may be necessary if you own a commercial building and are planning to rent it out to tenants, or before running your own business from the premises. A valid domestic EICR is usually required before renting out a home. Find out more about Hexo’s commercial electrical testing and get answers to general EICR queries here.
Upgrading or replacing electric systems
One main reason to have an EICR carried out on your commercial property is if you are planning to do any electrical work or want to find out if you should. The assessment will look at all the components of the building’s electrical system to determine if they are safe to continue using or if they should be replaced. As electrical systems reach a certain age, they will need to be replaced, or at least upgraded, in order for them to continue to operate safely and effectively.
An EICR can be a good option if you are looking to improve the energy efficiency of your commercial building. If you own a commercial building that you use yourself or rent out to tenants and the electric bills for the property are higher than they should be when compared with electrical use, an EICR can help you find out what’s wrong. This assessment not only looks at the safety but also the efficiency of the electrical components. As a result, you will get a clearer picture of what might be the cause behind rising bills.
An EICR will provide you and anybody else who uses your commercial property with peace of mind that the electrical system and its components have been checked by a qualified and experienced professional, and that they are safe to use. With a valid and up-to-date EICR certificate, you do not need to worry about the risk of electrical hazards as long as the system is being used safely and correctly.
To prepare for maintenance
Finally, an EICR is a good addition to regular maintenance for the electrical system in your commercial property. Having an EICR carried out before any maintenance work is booked will help you save time and money, as it will provide further information on the areas that need the most attention.
An EICR is a certificate to prove that your electrical system is safe and in good working condition. All commercial property owners should get an EICR assessment carried out every few years as part of regular building maintenance.