The following paragraphs are updates of a couple of new rewires where certification has not been required but adherence to French normes has been applied.
A full rewire on a older French property in January 2014 with an existing but non-compliant supply and non compliant cabling throughout. While there was no need for sign off by Consuel, all electrics comply to French normes. For example, the house had plenty of 2 pin sockets which are no longer compliant as they have no earth connection. The house was a blank canvas and clients were able to redesign their home and incorporate the relevant requirements for under floor heating, water tanks and plenty of socket points throughout the house and various practical and mood lighting fixings throughout. Much of the cabling was 'chased in' which means that the cables are not visible. Due to the extensive works that has been undertaken on this property and the time allowed by the clients, various stages of my work was carried in tandem with other works taking place.
A new fuseboard and electrical installation was installed and surface mounted in trunking as requested. Having catered for initial requirements surface mounted trunking allows for further additions or repositioning of sockets and circuits in general. Installation allowed for a number of appliances to be used in the kitchen and supply to be fed to outbuildings. Work of this nature took 4 weeks.
Even though the property was of a small size, it still needed to conform to NF standard. The design of the house allowed for 2 bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs, and open plan living downstairs. There are strict regulations as to how many sockets/TV/phone points are required per room, and this was adhered to despite the size. Supplies were fitted for the hot water tank and controller to be switched by the meter. Light switches and fittings, again strict regulation adhered to. The fuseboard has to be at a specific height and fitted on a 'GTL' which is floor to ceiling trunking.
All phone and TV points must run to a communication box which is fitted below the fuseboard and ready for services to be connected. Despite, client not wishing to use a telephone, strict regulation, meant that comms box needed to be there. Finally and most importantly, the earth rod must be installed and tested to give the correct reading and connected to the fuseboard. Not easy, when there is no temporary power and working from a generator.
Once work was completed the Consuel inspected my work. We talked through the questions that he had and he remarked on how neat and tidy the finish was. With a passed installation, the Consuel then proceeded to supply a certificate which means that EDF have the relevant conformity to connect electricity to the property.