Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

Alberta

February 24, 2018

Alberta’s Department of Municipal Affairs has issued a new Electrical Standata permitting wire-free switching in all new construction projects.

“This is really good news for home builders, electrical contractors and home buyers,” said Levven Electronics vice president Marv Verlage. “We appreciate the Alberta Government’s leadership in recognizing wire-free switches as a safe method to control power. The wire-free switch is a game-changer. It delivers real benefits for business, the environment, and the people using the switch day-to-day.”

Wire-free switching:

  • Eliminates all of the wire, pipe, and boxes used today for wired switches – saving an average of 700 feet of copper wire and 28 switch boxes per new home
  • Speeds up new home construction – switch installation is faster without switch wire
  • Increases labor efficiencies and capacity for electrical, drywall, and painting trades
  • Makes homes smart- and BMS-ready without added cost or complexity
  • Provides new switching features that reduce energy costs, increase convenience, and deliver added safety and security results.

Edmonton-based Levven Electronics Ltd. designs and manufactures GoConex wire-free control products in Alberta. GoConex separates the common switch into its two operating components. The wireless rocker switch can go on any surface and sends RF commands to on/off and dimmer controllers. Controllers fit in electrical boxes and control the flow of power. The efficiencies and conservation opportunities that GoConex delivers earned it the 2017 Manning Innovation Award.

“It’s rare when a new product can provide value and benefit without impacting affordability,” says Levven Electronics CEO James Keirstead. “We’ve been working with builders in the United States who see this value and are putting GoConex in their new homes. The vision and leadership that the Alberta Government has demonstrated by approving the use of wire-free switches in new residential construction paves the way for better, smarter, and more responsible infrastructure going forward.”

Alberta Municipal Affairs and the Safety Codes Council jointly publish Electrical Standata bulletins to communicate new interpretations, clarifications, recommended practices or province-wide variances on Codes and Standards matters related to the Safety Codes Act. The Standata update pertains to Rules 30-500 to 30-510 “Luminaires in Buildings of Residential Occupancy”, and can be viewed here.

https://goconex.com/alberta-government-approves-wireless-switching-residential-construction/


Electrician Forum Brought to you by Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric

June 25, 2018

Sponsored by Schneider Electric

Today we are all concerned with the energy we consume within our homes. But how many truly understand the ins and outs of home energy use, and where exactly does the electrician and the development of energy management systems come into play. There is much to consider when discussing home energy use. The consumer first off needs to be informed about energy use, how it is calculated and ultimately billed if they are to make changes to their energy consumption rates. But in terms of educating consumers does the residential electrician have a role? And beyond that are manufacturers developing products designed to help electricians and consumers better understand residential energy use? Throughout this article we will deal with each of these important questions.

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A new “future ready” circuit breaker from Schneider Electric is described by the company as the next generation of power distribution for the Internet of Things (IoT) era. Masterpact MTZ increases efficiency and can adapt to ever-evolving needs for safety, reliability and sustainability. The world is becoming more connected, electric, digitized, decarbonized, and decentralized, says Schneider Electric. Power distribution is facing new regulations, becoming more seamless and connected. 

Masterpact MTZ is the latest in a series of circuit breaker innovations, following Masterpact M, and then Masterpact NT/NW.

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Jeremy Herrington

Total Electrical Solutions was founded in 2013 by Jeremy Herrington in Quispamsis, on the outskirts of Saint John, New Brunswick. Since 2013 Jeremy has steadily grown Total Electrical Solutions in the residential, commercial and construction sectors. The growth is primarily the result of Jeremy’s customer first philosophy, plus his over 20 years of industry experience.

Jeremy grew up learning about the industry from his father who was an electrical contractor. Jeremy spent his early years helping and watching his father as a contractor and business owner. After high school Jeremy was, like many, not wholly aware of the course he wished to take and so he began an electrical apprenticeship at his father’s company.

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