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Volume 3 • Issue 2


The different circuits of the CE Code

Still more on the code in this issue with our contributor Bill Burr. Plus, as lighting continues to evolve it's becoming a full-fledged science and many experts from other disciplines grafted to it to add their two cents. We often talk about maximizing natural light, but what do you do if there isn't any? In this issue, a case study on how one firm lit a commercial space that has no natural light. Good reading!

Line Goyette, Managing Editor  


Altalink CEA Appoints Altalink President and CEO as Chair
Scott Thon, President and CEO of AltaLink, is now Chair of the Canadian Electricity Association...
caGBC CaGBC Celebrates 2 New LEED Certification Milestones
Canada has the second highest number of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified buildings in the world, reports the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC)…
Compact Flourescent CSA Updates Standard on Self-Ballasted Compact Fluorescent Lamps and Ballasted Adapters
CSA's third edition of C861 specifies performance requirements and related test procedures for evaluating self-ballasted compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and ballasted adapters that are intended for general lighting use with 120 V, 60 Hz power and that use an E26 or larger screwbase...

Codes & Standards

Guide to the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I — Instalment 9

By Bill Burr
Remote Signal Circuit 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 16 Class 1 and Class 2 circuits... Read More


Lighting Up Artopex's New Showroom

Artopex Artopex, one of the biggest office furniture manufacturers in Quebec, just unveiled its new showroom in the heart of Old Montreal. In collaboration with Lemay, LumiGroup created the lighting of this space, previously vacant for 25 years. Located in the basement of the former Royal Bank of Canada, this showroom was presented with a formidable lighting challenge: the almost total absence of natural light... Read More

Energy Conservation

Trent University Launches $15.5 Million Energy Reduction Project

Trent Trail College A two-year project to increase energy efficiency and upgrade infrastructure at Trent University in Peterborough, ON is expected to save the university more than $1.5 million in avoided energy costs annually over a nine-year term. Affecting 26 buildings and 126,000 square metres of space, the changes will significantly reduce the university's carbon footprint by 2,650 metric tonnes of CO2 annually — equivalent to planting 20.5 acres of trees or taking 563 cars off the road... Read More

Economy GDP

GDP Unchanged in October: Gains Offset by Declines

Economy GDP Real gross domestic product and the output of goods- and service-producing industries were unchanged in October. Gains in some sectors were offset by declines in others. Among those gaining: mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction, and to a lesser extent agriculture and forestry... Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says Jan 5

What Consulting Engineers Specify

Wire and cable, lighting, and wiring devices top the list. At the bottom: boxes and enclosures…

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Product Focus

ABBlighting Releases Customizable LED V-Line Flood Lights

LED Vline Floodlight ABBlighting has launched its V-line series of next generation LED flood lights. In keeping with ABBlighting's philosophy of value-added customization and fabrication from its NJ machine shop, the V-Line flood lights are offered with… Read More

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • The Dark Side of Trade — Combating Counterfeit Electrical Products, Part 1
    In recent years, local, federal and international authorities have combined efforts to thwart counterfeit operations and seize illegitimate products before they enter the marketplace. According to the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC), the value of seizures related to intellectual property rights totalled US$1.22 billion in 2014 alone. A survey of electrical industry members conducted by EFSI on their experiences with counterfeiting generated disturbing results...

  • Six Tactics to Maximize the Purchasing Function: Tactic 5 — Know Your Prices
    This article is the fifth in a series of six tactics in which the electrical contractor can maximize purchasing power and profitability though procurement. My last few tactics have dealt with various psychological and social behavioural hacks, which can work either in your favour or against it. This tactic is no different, but it is one of the most powerful tools I can suggest for you. It is based on a well-researched social behaviour phenomenon called anchoring, and here is how it works...

  • 10 Trends to Watch in 2016 and Beyond
    Expect building owners to invest in solutions embodying the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing, says Navigant Research. Factors driving demand for intelligent building solutions include shifting customer demands, climate change mitigation and sustainability goals, power reliability and resiliency concerns, and budget constraints. In response, the scalable, secure, and open platforms of these solutions are generating cost savings, enabling energy efficiency and sustainability improvements, and enhancing occupant satisfaction...

  • October Electricity Demand Drops 2.8% YOY
    Canada's demand for electricity declined 2.8% in October from the same month in 2014 to 40.7 million megawatt hours (MWh). Meanwhile, electricity generation decreased 0.7% to 44.7 million MWh, largely driven by declines in Ontario. Exports of electricity to the United States rose nearly 20% to 4.6 million MWh, primarily driven by larger exports from Manitoba and British Columbia...



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