Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

Nov 29, 2019

EIN csa css 400Building in the far north has always presented unique design challenges. But now, with the increase in annual average temperatures being felt particularly strongly in the north, the challenges are even greater. To help address the growing need, three new documents developed by CSA Group with support from the Standards Council of Canada are now available. Together, these documents will help infrastructure developers deliver more sustainable and resilient infrastructure in Canada’s north.

Designing and constructing foundations in permafrost

PLUS 4011.1(link is external) is a companion document to the guidance document, PLUS 4011. Published earlier this year, PLUS 4011 provides information on the potential impacts of climate change on infrastructure in Canada’s permafrost regions. At the time it was developed, it was recognized that having more specific guidance on the construction of foundations in permafrost would be helpful. PLUS 4011.1 was developed with that in mind. It provides greater technical information on the attributes of various foundation systems, selection criteria, ground conditions and other related issues.

“Foundation design in permafrost terrain is particularly challenging for a wide-range of issues, including the presence of year-round frozen ground, the possible presence of ice-rich soils, isolated communities with limited construction equipment, and harsh winters. Long-term climate warming is an additional potential threat to building foundations. Where the permafrost underlying buildings is ice-rich, any degradation of the permafrost could lead to thaw settlement and building distress.This CSA document is intended to inform and guide building owners, developers, designers and contractors regarding the various foundations typically used in permafrost regions of Canada. While it is not a design document, it will assist stakeholders in understanding the issues and factors related to foundation selection, design and construction in permafrost terrain.”– Jim Oswell, NISI Foundations in Permafrost Subcommittee.

Managing erosion and sedimentation for northern community infrastructure

Climate change is accelerating the rate of erosion and sedimentation in Canada’s north and the degradation of permafrost soils is central to that problem. The CSA W205(link is external) standard was written with those specific concerns in mind. The standard provides guidance on challenges that are specific to projects in the north, including resource availability, logistical challenges and project acceptance. 

“In a region where we can have thaw-sensitive permafrost, or extreme weather events, or rising sea level – or all three at once – how we manage erosion and sedimentation can directly affect the success of community infrastructure, both new and existing. In most of the North, it’s so important to incorporate best practices that account for permafrost, and the ongoing effects of climate change make it even more critical. This standard helps project teams to accommodate the unique challenges of the North, directing the reader to the appropriate methods and best practices to mitigate erosion and sedimentation.”– Rita Kors-Olthof, Chair, NISI Erosion Subcommittee

Fire resilient planning in the north

Wildfire events have always presented a significant threat in the north. Climate change is only magnifying that challenge. Shorter winters with reduced access across traditional ice roads means communities need to stockpile larger quantities of fuel and other potentially hazardous resources. This National Standard of Canada, CSA S504(link is external), is designed to be used in conjunction with existing building codes, regulatory requirements, by-laws, and best management and construction practice guidelines.

“Fire resilient community planning, building design, and materials in northern regions are of critical importance as there are limited resources in many communities. Many northern communities, particularly isolated communities, experience slower fire protection response times and are dependent on volunteer fire departments that are called upon to respond in extreme weather conditions.”– Stan Dueck, Chair, NISI Fire Subcommittee.

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ABB RoboticsABB Robotics is driving automation in the construction industry with new robotic automation solutions to address key challenges, including the need for more affordable and environmentally friendly housing and to reduce the environmental impact of construction, amidst a labor and skills shortage.

Robotic automation offers huge potential to enhance productivity, efficiency and manufacturing flexibility throughout the construction industry, including automating the fabrication of modular homes and building components off-site, robotic welding and material handling on building sites and robot 3D printing of houses and customized structures. 



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Canadian Electrical Contractor Discussion Group: Can You Count the Deficiencies?

EIN CECD 400Have you ever been called to fix the work of a 'handyman'?

"Was supposedly done by a"certified ' electrician....told the homeowner that he got a $266 permit....no record at TSBC. Can you count the deficiencies?"

"There is a second panel change in the triplex also.......even more deficiencies. Think the guy was a glorified handyman. Ones not obvious: 240 BB heat hooked up 120....drier on 2p20....range on 2p50....water heater fed with 2c14 Bx on 2p15."

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Smart GridHarnessing Canada’s immense clean energy resources requires transformational investments to modernize our electricity grid. The Government of Canada is investing in renewable energy and upgrading the electricity grid to make clean, affordable electricity options more accessible in communities across Canada.

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, today launched a $964-million program to support smart renewable energy and grid modernization projects that will lower emissions by investing in clean energy technologies, like wind, solar, storage, hydro, geothermal and tidal.

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