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Volume 2 • Issue 14


The exception to excellence

Often companies or projects make the news for outstanding performance. It's a variation on seeing a grain of dust in your neighbour's eye without seeing the bit of wood in your own eye: by focusing on the exceptions we no longer see the bigger picture. So it is with the picture presented by the commercial real estate industry of energy performance among commercial buildings in Canada. It's no reason to ignore companies in our industry that have shone recently. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor, Electrical Industry Newsweek


Philips Lumileds Philips to Sell Majority of LED Components and Automotive Lighting Business, Including US Lumileds
Royal Philips has announced an agreement to sell 80.1% interest in Philips' combined LED components and automotive lighting business, and 34% interest in the Lumileds US operations.
Graphene Bulbs First Graphene Lightbulb Available this Year?
A lamp made with graphene, said by its U.K. developers to be the first commercially viable consumer product using the super-strong carbon, is to go on sale later this year.
Thomas & Betts Moves Offices Thomas & Betts Central Region Sales Office Moves to Burlington, Ontario
As of March 30, 2015, Thomas & Betts' Central Region sales office will be located at 3450 Harvester Road in Burlington, ON.

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Codes & Standards

2015 CE Code — Part I Changes

By Steve Douglas
2015 CE Code — Part 2 Changes This is the second of three articles detailing significant changes for the 2015 Canadian Electrical Code Part I (CE Code). The rules in this article are limited to changes already adopted by CE Code Technical Committee and not subject to further changes.

Table 10 now has four tables with the addition of 10C and 10D. Table 10C has been added for the dimensions of solid conductors for calculating conduit and tubing fill, and Table 10D is for the dimensions of DLO cables for calculating conduit and tubing fill. In addition to the new tables, stranded conductor classes have been added to Tables 10A and 10B. The main reason for the Table 10 changes was to recognize that the data in Tables 10A and 10B are for stranded conductors and to provide the required conductor and cable dimensions for solid conductors and DLO cable. Read More

Peers & Profiles

Stelpro: One Among Canada's Best Managed Companies

By Line Goyette
Yves Chabot Stelpro, a Quebec family-owned manufacturing business established more than 30 years ago that offers integrated heating solutions, is now among Canada's 50 "Best Managed Companies," one of the business community's most coveted awards. "Even though this may sound like a cliché, it is beyond any doubt a team effort," Stelpro Director of Marketing Richard Paquet told EIN Managing Editor Line Goyette. Find out what Stelpro learned about itself in the process, and much more. Read More


Schneider Sponsors EFC Scholarship of Merit

Schneider Scholarships Schneider Electric's $5,000 Student Merit Award will be granted to a university, college or apprenticeship student achieving high academic results. Engaging university and college students is critical in our industry, says Joris Myny, Chair of Electro-Federation Canada (EFC)'s scholarship program. Myny describes the scholarship program as more than funding students.

“It is an opportunity to promote our industry in every Canadian university and college and showcase the electrical industry as a viable career choice in Engineering, Sales, Marketing, Finance, Management, Operations, Information Technology and Human Resources.” This year, the program’s 20th, it will award a record $120,500 across 52 scholarships.” Schneider Electric’s $5,000 Student Merit Award will be granted to a university, college or apprenticeship student who has completed... Read More


Canadian Electricity Generation in January: Exports Up, Imports Down

Canadian Electricity Generation in January Canada generated 61.2 million megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity in January, up 1.5% from January 2014. The increase resulted from higher generation levels in Quebec, Manitoba, Ontario, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Exports to the United States rose by 11.8% to 5.4 million MWh, while imports fell 37.2% to 0.8 million MWh, influenced by the strong appreciation of the U.S. dollar against the loonie. While generation increased, the rise in net exports of electricity resulted in a 0.2% decline in available electricity (56.5 million MWh) in Canada.

The major contributors to the decrease in domestic demand were British Columbia (-4.2%) and Alberta (-4.5%). In British Columbia, generation declined 0.9% to 6.2 million MWh as a result of lower production from combustion turbine and conventional steam power plants. As well, the province purchased less electricity from other provinces and the United States while increasing sales south of the border. Alberta's drop in demand contributed to a 5.2% decrease in generation to 5.6 million MWh. Read More

Energy: Commercial

Commercial Energy Efficiency Trending the Right Way

Commercial energy efficiency Normalized energy use in commercial buildings over the past three years continues to fall, according to a new report from the Real Property Association of Canada (REALpac). The report provides a national view of the industry's energy conserving achievements by amalgamating the data from a sample of 350 buildings across the country.

As reported in Green Real Estate News, individual buildings and properties are routinely singled out as energy-saving superstar. However, it has been difficult to get a clear picture as to how Canadian commercial real estate is proceeding generally in terms of running buildings more efficiently.The 2014 Energy Benchmarking Report, Performance of the Canadian Office Sector covers the years from 2011-13 and identifies the growth of interest and activity related to energy measurement savings as well as actual performance improvements at the building level... Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says April 7

Total Electrical Contractor Establishments by Province

Number of establishments in Canada by region: December 2014

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Product Focus

WattStopper Neutral Sense Wall Switch Sensors

Wattstopper Switch Sensor Optional neutral occupancy sensors turn complex retrofits into easy projects. Legrand's WattStopper sensors can be installed with or without a neutral connection, with no special configuration required. Just connect the flying leads as you would for any no neutral sensor. Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Acting on Climate Change: Solutions from Canadian Scholars
    In response to a global call to action from UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon, a group representing 30 Canadian universities has identified 10 policy orientations that could allow Canada to immediately transition towards a low carbon economy. A number of actions could be immediately implemented. The actions come with costs, but doing nothing will pose its own costs, says the group.

  • Streamlining Green Buildings: USGBC, ASHRAE, ICC, IES, and AIA Collaborate on a Single Code
    In an unprecedented commitment to cooperation, the International Code Council (ICC), U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), American Institute of Architects (AIA),Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), and ASHRAE are collaborating on the next editions of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), ASHRAE Standard 189.1, and the LEED standard. The organizations say the effort should encourage the construction of more sustainable buildings.

  • Billions in Revenue Forecast for Energy Efficient Building Products and Services
    Today's building stock accounts for substantial global energy use, putting pressure on governments and corporations to reduce their carbon footprints and energy-related spending. As a result, energy efficiency has become a broad-based strategy to solve both of these challenges. According to a recent report, cumulative revenue from energy efficient building products and services is expected to total more than $4.3 billion from 2015 to 2023.

  • EFC 2015 Scholarship Program Includes Sustainable Development
    A $3500 scholarship sponsored by Convectair, for any Canadian college or university student in sustainable development, engineering, and electronics and environmental studies, is just one of 52 scholarships available through Electro-Federation Canada's 2015 Scholarship Program.

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