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Introduction to Electrical Building Services


Free copy of Illustrated Guide to Electrical Building Services 3rd Edition available to all delegates. 

"Very useful course, trainer was knowledgeable and patient", Derek Smith, Middlesex University
"Really good training - thankyou" Paul Tester, CGG Veritas

Electrical installations and electricity itself can be a "black art" for the uninitiated.

Introduction to Electrical Building Services provides a practical introduction to electrical theory and electrical building services systems to enable delegates to communicate more effectively with specialists such as electrical designers, consultants and contractors. It will enable the non-electrically minded to comprehend the discussions and requirements surrounding the subject.

To ensure a proper understanding of the basic algorithms used in electrical engineering, delegates will undertake some simple example calculations.

This course is usually held the day after the Introduction to Mechanical Building Services. Delegates wishing to book on both days will get a 20% discount on Introduction to Electrical. To take advantage of this offer please book directly with Kathie Bull on 01344 465 527 or email kathie.bull@bsria.co.uk.

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Who should attend

This course is suitable for facility, project and commercial managers, sales staff, general construction personnel without an electrical background and non-technical facilities personnel involved in operating buildings who require a basic appreciation of how and why electrical systems work.No prior knowledge is required although an appreciation of basic maths will be a benefit

Content and timings

Registration commences at 0900 and the course will run from 0930 until 1630. Lunch and refreshments are included.

The following topics are covered:

  • Basic electrical theory: Volts, amps, watts and kilowatt-hours
  • Measuring electricity
  • Earthing, bonding and lightning protection
  • Alternating current and direct current
  • Transformers
  • Single-phase and three-phase electricity
  • Electrical distribution and switchgear
  • Single-line diagrams
  • Cables, busbars and cable management
  • Circuit protection: Fuses and circuit breakers
  • Light sources and lighting levels
  • Lighting controls
  • Emergency lighting
  • Fire alarm systems
  • Structured IT cabling
  • Photovoltaics
  • Uninterruptible power supplies (UPS)
  • Power quality
  • Regulations and standards


Delegates will have :  

  • An overall understanding of how electricity is generated and how electrical systems operate
  • An appreciation of the dangers of electricity and why these dangers exist
  • An awareness of other sources of information for further study.


Delegates are provided with a copy of all the slides presented, a copy of the BSRIA publication (BG32/2014)  Illustrated Guide to Electrical Building Services 3rd edition, and a BSRIA CPD certificate.

Copies of this publication are available for purchase from the BSRIA Bookshop

Lunch and refreshments are provided.


David Bleicher
David has a background in building services design, with experience of mechanical and electrical design both in the UK and in the USA. He joined BSRIA in 2005 and has worked on research projects, design reviews and he also leads the BSRIA training programme.  Read David's full profile

Pete Tse
Peter has extensive experience in the field of electrical design. He joined BSRIA in 2009 to provide fact based guidance and consultancy services that will help those involved in designing, constructing and operating services in buildings to improve cost, quality, time and predictability of performance. Peter's full profile

In-company training

This course can be run in-company. We can also customise courses to meet the training needs of your staff. For more information, or for a quote please contact Mike Lee

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