Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

 Feb 18, 2016


Electrical Inspectors Code Changes
Pierre McDonald

On February 12 and 13, the Electrical Inspectors Association of Alberta (EIAA) hosted its 20th Annual Technical Conference in Edmonton, Alberta. Almost 100 delegates attended the two-day event, which saw presentations on the Canadian Electrical Code (CE Code) Sections 10 and 24 as well several discussions on some of the new 2015 CE Code requirements in force in Alberta as of January 1, 2016. This event allows Inspectors an opportunity to liaise with one another, discuss code interpretation, and review trends that are apparent within the industry, all to facilitate safer electrical installations throughout Alberta.

Alberta inspectors and the safety codes system
The Alberta electrical inspection environment is a little different than most provinces or territories. It operates on the premise that municipalities and corporations should have the opportunity to administer the Alberta Safety Codes Act within their boundaries.

The Safety Codes Council (SCC) was set up June 1991 to administer this system. The SCC is a statutory corporation that formulates and oversees the development and administration of safety codes and standards throughout the province. In a nutshell, the SCC is the body that certifies safety codes officers (inspectors) and accredits agencies, municipalities and corporations to administer the act.

Certified safety codes officers, or SCOs, inspect the construction, installation, operation, and maintenance of structures and systems to ensure compliance with relevant codes, standards and regulations. To be able to perform Inspections for any accredited entity (agencies, municipalities and corporations), an SCO requires a designation of powers. This designation of powers is the process of authorizing SCOs to function within the framework of an accredited organization. It provides the safety codes officer the authority to administer the Safety Codes Act.

Conference agenda highlights
This conference allowed participants (predominately electrical SCOs) to discuss and compare notes on various changes to the CE Code. Agenda items were submitted looking for clarification, conversation and in some cases a decision on how these code rules would be handled in Alberta. Some agenda items were submitted for information-only purposes. Regardless, they were all informative.

Key agenda items were:
• classification of patient care and intermediate care areas, Section 24
• flame spread ratings of cable and raceways in the 2014 Alberta Building Code, CE Code rule 2-130 and 2-132
• Rule 4-004 ampacity of wires and cable and IEEE calculations
• cable seals in Zone 2 locations
• AFCI In dwelling units, rule 26-724(f)
• disconnecting means for the combiner, rule 64-060
• arc-fault circuit protection for off-grid installation, rule 64-216
• rapid shutdown rule 64-218

The above are just a few of the 24 agenda items submitted, with one in particular generating much discussion: the AFCI requirements for receptacles in dwelling units. It was pointed out that the original intent of AFCI protection was for receptacles in bedrooms because they were subjected to abuse from moving furniture (beds, desks, side tables and dresser drawers). Keeping this logic in mind, it was commented that those receptacles in use when a user was present or those receptacles not subject to abuse should be exempt from the rule. This sparked a discussion regarding receptacles in garages, attached or detached; exterior receptacles; vacuum receptacle; microwave; gas range; washing machine… the list goes on. After the discussions, it was agreed by the majority to enforce rule 26-724 as written, for all those specific receptacles (unless other code rules apply, e.g., 76-016) except for those installed in a detached garage, which is considered not part of the dwelling unit.

Section 10 re-write
Conference participants were also treated to an informative presentation on the planned re-write of Section 10, Grounding and Bonding. This work is extremely preliminary at this time and some indication on the direction the Section 10 sub-committee is going can be seen on the CSA public review website: http://publicreview.csa.ca/Home/View/675779.

Based on the public review document, the working groups will most likely re-arrange Section 10 in the following order:
• 10-100 General
• 10-200 Solidly Grounded Systems
• 10-300 Impedance Grounded Systems
• 10-400
• 10-500 Bonding
• 10-600 Protective Bonding
• 10-700 Equipotential Bonding

While the above short description covers only a small portion of the topics discussed and presented, this conference provided a venue for encouraging a uniform interpretation of the CE Code among the over 500 certified electrical SCOs in Alberta (data from the 2014 Safety Codes Council Annual report). The Electrical Inspectors Association of Alberta schedules this yearly conference in the first or second week of February with meeting notices going out to the industry in the late fall. While the audience is mostly electrical SCOs, anyone from the electrical industry is invited to attend. Keep your eye on the association website for information on the next conference, February 2017: https://www.eiaa.ca/.



Pierre McDonald, CET, is Senior Regulatory Affairs Representative/Répresentant Principal, Affaires Réglementaires, Underwriters Laboratories of Canada Inc. Based in St. Albert, AB, Pierre has been a member of the Canadian Electrical Code Part 1 technical committee as well as several subcommittees including serving as Chair of Sections 6 and 76 and as a member representing regulators on several other CSA committees. Pierre is still active with code development and interpretation

 

Other articles by Pierre McDonald:

Code and Public Safety 

Section 62: Fixed Electric Heating Systems 

Now Available: CAN/ULC Standard on Electric Utility Workplace Electrical Safety

Establishing When the CE Code Becomes Mandatory 

UL Code Link 

CAN/ULC-S576-14, Standard for Mass Notification System Equipment and Accessories 

Canadian CE Code Changes: Section 20 and More 

Meeting National Building Code of Canada Requirements 

Conductor Ampacities and Their Temperature Rating

Codes and Standards - Provincial Legislation and the Administrative Requirements of the CE Code 

Changes to Section 12 Wiring Methods 

Section 4 Conductors — Changes from the Canadian Electrical Code’s 2009, 21st Edition to the 2012, 22nd Edition 

 

 

AD Spotlight                                                                                                            

Changing Scene

  • Prev
EFC’s exciting new product section on Electric Vehicle Systems conducted its first face-to-face ...
Canadian battery material specialist Hydro-Québec partners with Mercedes-Benz AG as part ...
Employer response to emerging technologies’ impact on the electricity sector workforce is critical ...
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published two new standards on ...
This fall, Canada's elite electricians and apprentices will be heading to Nashville, Tennessee for ...
The Electrical industry is “Powering a Changing World” in areas such as digitization, ...
Prior to joining ABB in 2017 as Executive Vice President of the Electrification business, Deschenes ...
The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum-Forum Canadien sur l’Apprentissage (CAF-FCA) has announced ...
The Support Equity and Under-Represented Groups project will address the under-representation of ...

SIemens Light+BuildingAt this year’s Light+Building trade fair, Siemens will showcase its vision for transforming today’s passive buildings into learning and adaptive environments that intelligently interact with people. The company’s focus at this year’s show is “Building the future today”, outlining the innovations that will make this possible. These include cloud-based technologies, digital planning, occupant-centric building automation and services. New solutions for smart electrical infrastructure that seamlessly connects to the Internet of Things (IoT) are also at the core of this transformation.

Read More

 

 

 

Michelle BraniganBy Michelle Branigan

We are in an Age of Disruption. Extant and emerging technologies are driving significant evolution in the way work is done across all sectors of Canada’s economy and no industry, including electricity, will be immune.

Think of the technologies and businesses that have changed the way we live, work and connect with each other. Uber. Airbnb. Spotify. Facebook. Twitter. Duolingo. The list is long and what’s fascinating is that these are companies that did not exist 20 years ago. Yet these are common words in our lexicon today.

Read More

 

 

Tools for the Trade

  • Prev
  IDEAL Industries has introduced Combination Drill Taps to its tool lineup. Combining the ...
  Stripping and crimping device, 100 - 240 V input voltage, for insulated ferrules with a ...
Professional all-in-one cutter/stripper for coaxial and twisted pair cables     ...
  Klein Tools' Coax Explorrer 2 tests coaxial cable and maps up to 4 locations   ...
  Ideal Industries' T-14 wire stripper s are ideal for all professionals working within the ...
  The ATS850 conveyor eliminates all types of electro static discharge requirements. ...
  Lorik Tool & Automation has the experience and ability to manufacture a variety of ...
  Ideal Industries' 26 piece insulated Journeyman kit is ideal for new electricians or for ...
  Klein Tools Deluxe Fish Rod Set comes in 19 pieces that when assembled can fish wire and ...
  BendWorks Software was designed to help electrical contractors adopt this new process ...

Product News

  • Prev
Arlington’s #300 non-metallic cable strap offers the easy way to attach flat NM cable to concrete ...
EiKO's Emergency Batery Kit is an LED emergency driver that allows the same LED fixture to be used ...
The LED Gimbal High Output downlight combines a sleek design with a small aperture without any ...
LPDL (Low Profile Downlight) gives you all the flexibility you need during installation, especially ...
Lumenwerx is pleased to announce the launch of a new suite of acoustic luminaires to reduce ambient ...
Eureka Lighting has introduced new options for Fleet and Network.      
The new, only 3.5 mm-wide PTIO 1,5 initiator/actuator terminal blocks from Phoenix Contact are ...
Engineers can use the new Allen-Bradley 140MP Motor Protection Circuit Breakers from ...
The ultimate assessment platform to discover bottleneck issues within your engineering and ...
The Primex Verge PR1500N (narrow) Wifi transparent Media Distribution Enclosure brings fiber inside ...

 

Lumenwerx AcoustixLumenwerx is pleased to announce the launch of a new suite of acoustic luminaires to reduce ambient noise – ACOUSTIX family.

Developed in conjunction with acoustics experts, the new ACOUSTIX family of luminaires combines exceptional optics and precision sound absorbing technology to create a new paradigm in acoustic lighting. The lineup’s flagship fixture, the Audia, can increase sound absorption up to 30% more than competing products.

 

 

Read More

 

 

Peers & Profiles

  • Prev
Nick Foster is Territory Manager, New Brunswick & P.E.I for Leviton. Foster was recently ...
Held from November 7th to 9th in Orlando, Florida and aired on ESPN 2, the Ideal National ...
Headquartered in Vancouver, Legend Power Systems is a global onsite energy management technology ...
LDS caught up with General Manager of EiKO’s Canadian division, Stephen Lee who was kind enough ...
“I had an awesome time, it was a lot of fun,” said Zach Agombar, who competed his way to 8th place ...
Held from November 7th to 9th in Orlando, Florida, and recently aired on ESPN 2, the Ideal National ...
Panel Upgrade Experts is an electrical contracting company started seven years ago by Paul ...
Chad Alexander is a Branch Manager with Contact Automation, which provides automation integration ...
Rob Milner is the Canadian National Science, Automation, Optical Gas Imaging & sUAS Manager for ...
EIN sat down with WiRE President & CEO Joanna Osawe to learn more about WiRE and the ...

 

Leviton Nick FosterBy Blake Marchand

Nick Foster is Territory Manager, New Brunswick & P.E.I for Leviton. Foster was recently appointed as the Atlantic Regional Chair for Electro-Federation Canada’s (EFC) Young Professional Network (YPN).

Nick joins newly appointed National Chair, Sean Bernard of Ideal Industries, Ontario Region Chair, Joanna Kwant of Gerrie Electric, and Quebec Region Chair, Jean-Francois Gravel also with Leviton.

 

 

Read More

 

 

Copper $US Dollar price per pound

Kerrwil Publications Great Place to Work. Certified December 2019 - December 2020

538 Elizabeth Street, Midland,Ontario, Canada L4R2A3 +1 705 527 7666
©2020 All rights reserved

Use of this Site constitutes acceptance of our Privacy Policy (effective 1.1.2016)
The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Kerrwil