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Volume 2 • Issue 36


Technology is not always synonymous with magic

Operating in an industry where user friendliness is often presented as the main feature of a new technology, we may also rub shoulders with spontaneous and short-lived experts. Infallibility is not necessarily for technologies, and we are seeing examples in this issue. Also, Bill Burr reminds us of the importance of knowing circuit loading and charges demand factors well. Good reading!

Line Goyette
Managing Editor


Luc Chatillon Stelpro Welcomes Luc Chatillon to Their Sales Team
Stelpro pleased to announce that M. Luc Chatillon is joining the Stelpro team as a sales representative…
Young Emerging Professionals Network Join EFC's Young Emerging Professionals Network
YPN is an Electro-Federation Canada committee of young professionals who have the tenacity, creativity and drive to move this industry forward…
Women of Distinction Just Days Left to Nominate Energy Industry Women of Distinction
September 9 is the deadline for nominating someone for a 2015 Women of Distinction (Wind) CanWEA award; October 1, for the Woman of the Year (Energy) APPrO award…
Shutdown of Ontario Power Plant Electrical Safety Concerns Lead to Shutdown of Ontario Power Plant Construction Site
Stop work orders indicate the power plant was exposing workers to live electrical equipment without telling them…

Codes & Standards

Guide to the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I — Installment 5

By Bill Burr
Canadian Electrical Code The CE Code is a comprehensive document. Sometimes it can seem quite daunting to quickly find the information you need. This series of articles provides a guide to help users find their way through this critical document. In this article: Section 8 — circuit loading and demand factors... Read More

Lighting Controls

The Impact of Arc Flash Events on Photocontrol Longevity in LED Lighting, Part 1

Photocontrol Longevity in LED Lighting The adoption of LED lighting continues at a rapid pace. Although the extended life of LEDs is beneficial, it also presents a compatibility challenge with older technology controls, especially with outdoor photocontrols. This rapid change to LED fixtures and luminaires can leave contractors, designers and distributors facing questions they cannot answer. In Part 1: what causes photocontrol failure... Read More


Heating with Electrical Resistance, Part 2

Heating with Electrical Resistance Electric resistance heat (ERH) is a safe and simple solution for many heating needs, and frequently offers meaningful advantages over other sources of heating. In this second part of a two-part NEMA white paper, common attributes of electric resistance heat, including its comfort, efficiency, and flexibility of use. Also, a case study of electric heat used in "green" homes... Read More

Peers & Profiles

Eardley Energy

Eardley Energy Eardley Energy is an electrical, heating, air conditioning and ventilation contractor in the Outaouais region of western Quebec. Since opening in 2005, the company has been committed to serving homeowners from Gatineau to Shawville. Owner Chris Perry is a master electrician, certified gas technician and is also a certified member of the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI)... Read More


Residential Construction Investment, Q2 2015

Residential construction Investment in residential construction totalled $28.9 billion in the second quarter, up 4.0% from the same quarter in 2014. Renovation spending (up 4.3% to $13.9 billion), investment in apartment and apartment-condominium buildings (up 9.9% to $3.9 billion) and acquisition costs for new dwelling units built (up 9.9% to $2.7 billion) were responsible for most of the advance at the national level... Read More

Survey Says


Contractor Salaries By Gender

No surprises on who makes more. But can you guess by how much?

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Standard FlexLED

Standard FlexLED Recessed Solutions

Standard has launched a new line of Integrated LED Recessed Solutions under the FlexLED brand. These premium grade integrated LED recessed solutions offer exceptional luminosity, ease of installation and flexibility in a variety of installations. Benefits include…

Arlington Round Cut-in Floor Box Kits

Arlington's Round Cut-in Floor Box Kits offer a low cost, convenient way to install a duplex receptacle flush with the floor, including existing wood and concrete floors. Among the features and components: easy to install in existing wood or concrete floor...

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • Market Benefits of Electric Resistance Heat, Part 1
    Electric resistance heat (ERH) is a safe and simple solution for many heating needs, and frequently offers meaningful advantages over other sources of heating. When used in residential, commercial or industrial applications, ERH provides a comfortable, efficient, and affordable heating option that is often the preferred method. One of the primary purposes of this 2-part NEMA white paper is to provide an overview of recent developments in the world of ERH. In Part 1: a high-level exploration of the different types of electric heating options...

  • Six Tactics to Maximize the Purchasing Function: Tactic 2 — Time
    I have noticed a common practice employed by purchasing staff and project managers in the past when buying out a project. The low quote used on bid day is reviewed for accuracy, and then the vendor is contacted and told they have a chance to write the order. Unfortunately, though, they are told they need to go back to their office and sharpen their pencil to do so. Often the vendor is just told to return with their best and final number. An advanced version of this game includes multiple vendors pitted against each other…

  • Investment in Building New Housing Up 3.1% Year over Year in June
    Overall investment in new housing construction rose 3.1% to $4.1 billion in June compared with the same month in 2014, mainly owing to higher investment in apartment and apartment-condominium construction, up 12.8% to $1.3 billion. Spending in row house construction also contributed to the gain, rising 4.2% to $385 million. In contrast, spending in semi-detached dwelling construction decreased 9.4% to $223 million. Investment in single-family dwellings edged down 0.9% to $2.1 billion...



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EFC Quebec Region Autumn Activity & Economic Forum
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2015 Canadian Electrical Contractors Association National Industry Conference
September 16-20
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Franklin Empire Ottawa Open House
September 17

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