Building wire program aims to promote electrical safety. The objective is to ensure
that the international electricity safety standards and codes are embraced by all
the electricity users in India and Bangladesh by apprising them of the benefits
of following the established right wiring practices mainly Copper wires and thus,
avoiding fire or other accidents.
For achieving these objectives, ICAI is working on discouraging users from usage
of lower denomination cross section wires at or below 1 mm2 in buildings and increasing
the minimum denomination of these wires to 1.5 mm2.
Considering the need for applying these standards to old buildings too, ICAI is
working for making it mandatory for periodic inspection of such buildings and for
ensuring that they follow the right wiring practices during renovation or rewiring.
Training Program: About 15,000 new electricians and electrical contractors were
addressed in 2013 - 2014 through 245 seminars on “Electrical Safety in Buildings”
across the country covering 24 states.
Improved Wiring Standards: ICA India has convinced 15 state PWDs out of 24 state
PWDs to specify Copper (earlier Aluminium & Copper) as the only conductor for
wiring within all government buildings. Minimum 1.5 mm2 diameter was specified for
light load, a shift from 0.75 mm2/ 1.00 mm2.
Promotion of Standards: For promoting the revised “National Electrical Code” (NEC-2011),
Promotion Campaign was taken up by organizing seminars in sixteen major towns during
2013 - 2014 with focus on electrical safety aspects to be followed during electrical
installations in buildings in accordance with the latest revision in NEC-2011.
BUILDING WIRE FAQ
What is “all-copper” quality wiring?
Simply stated, “all-copper” means that the electrical service inside your home is
carried exclusively through electrolytic Copper wiring. This includes the Copper
conductors made from electrolytic Copper used in your circuit breaker panel, in
branch circuit wiring (to outlets, switches, lighting fixtures etc.), and in branches
serving heavy-load appliances (such as cooking ranges, ovens, washing machines and
ICA India has been actively involved in promotion of Best Building Wiring Practices
at the urban and rural households. Our various seminars are aimed at increasing
the awareness of using Best Wiring practices to various stakeholders. They include
the regulators, housing development bodies, private developers, contractors, consultants,
engineers & architects, electricians etc.