MLR Networks was delighted to hand over one of our largest data cabling projects of the year and our first BS6701:A1 (CPR) compliant cabling work recently, to a large public sector customer in the south of England.
This was a new build project, and we were working under pressure from the main contractor to deliver on time. As well as being one of largest projects, it marks one of our first major data cabling installations under Construction Products Regulation (CPR) and BS6701:A1 2017 & BS7671 using Connectix Cat6 cabling and cabinets.
What is CPR?
BS6701:A1 2017 & BS7671 became law in the UK last year, the goal of which was to raise fire safety standards and increase the time-frames for people to safely evacuate in the event of a fire.
CPR is the Construction Products Regulation, which harmonises the classifications of construction materials across Europe. Consequently, manufacturers must label all boxes of network cabling with it’s classification and provide a Declaration of Performance (DOP) certificate. This standard applies to all network cables which will be permanently installed in both existing and new buildings.
In the the UK, we have a new classification for cabling in the Amendment to the British Standard, BS6701 A1:2017, which is a higher threshold than previously seen in the UK.
BS6701 A1:2017 – what does this mean?
BS6701 A1:2017 is the standard which represents current good practice for cabling and has specified a CCA, S1b,d2,a2 Euroclass as the minimum throughout the UK. This is a higher standard than we have previously seen. MLR Networks is accredited with appropriate regulatory bodies and data cabling manufacturers for network design and structured cabling installation.
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