When a house or apartment is built or renovated, choosing the stones for the floors is one of the easy jobs. Walking around a dealer’s showroom for a few hours is usually sufficient to return home satisfied. However, things get more difficult when you have to decide what number of electrical sockets, switches, lighting points, computer connections, telephone sockets, etc. has to be fitted in each room. The e-tool “Checklist for the electrical installation in the home” changes this situation. The owner, together with the installer or architect, or even alone, can go through the checklist and easily specify what is important to him for the electrical installation of the house or apartment.
However, the checklist is more than just a list of the customer’s desires and the user is also confronted with all kinds of modern possibilities for the electrical installation. Changes in this field are following one another at full speed and for a house or apartment that has to last for many years it is normal to move away from the purely traditional electrical installations that have been the staple for many years: a lighting point and electrical socket in every room. New technologies and techniques mean that we can make our home adaptable to our changing living circumstances over time. These techniques also provide greater comfort and communication with the outside world as well as enhance the safety of our home and ourselves. Certain techniques ensure better and more economic consumption so that energy bills can be reduced.
The “Checklist for the electrical installation in the home” consists of three separate parts incorporated into one spreadsheet. In part 1 (Checklist techniques) you can indicate what techniques you wish to use in your house or apartment. In part 2 (Checklist per room) you first select between a house (2.a.) or an apartment (2.b.). In this part you specify which connections, and how many, you want in each room. If in part 1 you chose to implement an Integrated Home System, then in part 3 (Checklist Integrated Home System Functions) you can choose what functions are to be installed. The desires of a young couple with small children, an older couple without children or a single person can be very different. Using the checklist, you can ensure that your home meets your current and future desires and needs.
Attached are a few instructions for using the checklist as well as an Excel spreadsheet that you can complete online or print out. This document helps in the discussions between the builder, architect and electrical installer.
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