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Volume 3 • Issue 23


Prevent the proliferation of small print at the bottom of contracts

Summer's almost here and before the holidays begin, contributor Shawn McCadden reflects on responding to clients who request "ball park" quotes price while you know very well that the final figure will be different. Creating estimates is demanding and time-consuming. Have you thought to charge? Residential construction is likely to change in the coming years with the integration of intelligent technologies. See how. Good reading and follow us on Twitter @EINnewsletter.

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Nexans Nexans Continues Its Commitment to Canada
Celebrating 50 years in Fergus, ON in June, Nexans has reinforced its commitment to Canada with a $15 million dollar investment in warehousing logistics and new equipment…
Electrofed Industry Leaders EFC Honours Industry Leaders at "Vision 20/20" Conference
Last week over 480 people attended Electro-Federation Canada (EFC)'s 22nd annual conference in Halifax, NS. At the awards dinner, EFC presented the following awards…
Injuries on the Job Electrical Company and Client Fined After Ontario Worker Injured in Fall
Inadequate lockout/tagout led to an Ontario electrical worker sustaining serious injuries in a 22-foot fall. The company that employed the worker was fined $25,000; the client that hired the electrical company, $65,000...

Managing Your Business

Tips on Ball Park Pricing and Charging for Estimates

By Shawn McCadden
Shawn McCadden Any contractor who has been in business for any length of time has probably had to deal with ball park pricing and charging for estimates. Homeowners always seem to want one but not the other. Rather than risk letting a ball park price make them look bad, savvy contractors can use the request for one to help cause the other to happen. If interested in how to do this, read on. Read More

Smart Technology

Household Ownership of Smart Home Devices Doubles in One Year

Smart Tech The number of Canadian broadband households with a smart home device more than doubled in the past year, jumping from 5% in the first quarter of 2015 to 11% in the first quarter of 2016. The statistics come from "Smart Home and IoT in Canada," a New Parks Associates survey that also identified smart thermostats as the most popular devices, with 5% of households owning one, while networked security or monitoring cameras were a close second with more than 4% ownership. Read More


Shipments of Smart Thermostats Forecast to Reach 20 Million by 2023

Navigant Worldwide shipments of communicating and smart thermostats are expected to grow from 926,000 annually in 2014 to 19.2 million by 2023, according to a new report from Navigant Research. During the last year, the market for communicating and smart thermostats has expanded rapidly, with new offerings from several high-profile providers. Global revenue for communicating and smart thermostats and associated software and services is forecast to grow from US$1.1 billion in 2016 to US$4.4 billion in 2025. Read More

Company Profile

Valard Construction: Turnkey Solutions for Power Systems

Valard Winning a contract to construct a 100-km high altitude transmission line in Norway is just the latest in a series of high-profile contracts earned by Edmonton-based Valard Construction. The 5-year project also involves decommissioning 90 km of an existing 300-kilovolt (kV) transmission line, and will require significant use of helicopters for both construction and decommissioning. Founded in 1978, Valard Construction is a leading full-service engineering, procurement and construction (EPC+) contractor, providing turnkey solutions for power systems. With 1400 employees and 600 pieces of utility equipment, the company has the largest cohort of skilled, mobile linemen in Canada and one of the best safety records in the industry. Read More

Survey Says

Survey Says

Electrical Contractor Salaries by Certification Type

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Wieland Electric's samos Pro Compact: Advanced Safety Features in a Compact, Cost-Effective Package

Wieland Electric Inc., a global manufacturer of electrical interconnect technology, has developed the next generation of its samos PRO programmable safety controller, the samos Pro Compact. With a width of only 45mm, the compact module simplifies safety solutions, while controlling safety functions for a wide variety of industrial applications.

Legrand Universal Dimming Module: Bring Precise Control to Complex Lighting Automation Projects

Legrand, North America has expanded its lighting control and automation panel (LCAP) architectural dimming product family with the new InFusion Universal Dimming Module (UDM), which controls up to eight universal loads with up to four line feeds for a total of 32 AMPs per module.

From Our Last Issue

From Our Last Issue
  • NRC Honours Organizations with Energy Star Canada Awards
    Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr recently presented awards to electrical industry organizations and others from across Canada for their achievements in partnering with Canada's Energy Star program to develop and promote the most energy-efficient products and homes. See who won, and why.

  • Canadian LEED Buildings: 1 million Fewer Tonnes of CO2e Since 2005
    Green building in Canada has reached a significant milestone, as the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) reports that Canadian LEED certified projects have now led to a cumulative reduction of over one million tonnes of CO2e in greenhouse gas emissions — the equivalent of taking 238,377 cars off the road for a year. This milestone comes as Canadian governments at all three levels are accelerating efforts to formulate climate change strategies.

  • EV Supply Equipment Market Forecast to Quintuple by 2025
    The global electric vehicle (EV) charging market is in transition owing to the coming influx of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) from premium automakers. It is also being influenced by the introduction of PEVs with much longer range at affordable price points, advised Navigant Research in a new report. Navigant expects the global market for EV supply equipment (EVSE) to grow from around 425,000 units in 2016 to 2.5 million in 2025.

  • New Housing Price Index, March 2016
    The New Housing Price Index (NHPI) rose 0.2% in March, following an identical increase in February. The index has increased for 12 consecutive months, largely driven by higher new housing prices in Ontario and British Columbia.



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