Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

Apr 9, 2017

Projects 1The Canadian headquarters of IT giant Cisco Systems, this award-winning project encompasses a 4-storey fit-out over 80,000 sq.ft. in Toronto, ON. The facility features a client-facing Innovation Centre that is one of a kind in North America. Aptly located within a new sustainability-leading downtown high-rise, the fit-up is targeting LEED Gold certification.

The Lighting Control Innovation Award was created in 2011 as part of the Illuminating Engineering Society’s Illumination Awards program, which recognizes professionalism, ingenuity and originality in lighting design. The award recognizes projects that exemplify the effective use of lighting controls in nonresidential applications.

Given the client’s “Internet of Things” mandate, base building fluorescent luminaires were replaced with LED Power over Ethernet (PoE) luminaires, boasting the first large-scale commercial installation of PoE-enabled luminaires in North America. This approach eliminated the need for line voltage power to the luminaires, reducing installed cost, adhering to budget constraints, and enabling the delivery of power and controls data via a single CAT6 data cable.

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PoE lighting zones are powered via an 8-port data switch, installed in custom enclosures in the ceiling space. Line voltage powers the data switches, which can power up to 8 PoE luminaires each via CAT6 patch cables providing a maximum of 25.5W at 36VDC using the PoE+ protocol. Effectively implementing this new technology, the Lighting Power Density was reduced to 52.6% below ASHRAE 90.1 2007 allowances.

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Approximately 50% of the PoE luminaires are outfitted with an integral occupancy/daylight sensor. Any luminaire without a sensor can be controlled via an adjacent fixture equipped with one.

Collaborating with the manufacturer, PoE fixtures were developed to match the base building luminaires for visual consistency.

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For ease of use, all luminaires, including the PoE-enabled fixtures and architectural specialty lighting, are digitally addressable through a networked lighting control system.

All enclosed rooms are outfitted with a capacitive touch-sensitive programmable 6-button digital wall switch for scene and dimming control. These are also connected via CAT6 data cables. The luminaires can also be controlled or commissioned wirelessly with a smartphone via the IR receiver within the integral sensors.

Project participants

Lighting and control design by Justin Lauzon, Bill Trapper, lighting designers with The HIDI Group, and Neil Whiteford, lighting designer with Philips Lighting Canada. Photography by Tom Arban Photography. DALI Control and Programming by Specialized Lighting Solutions.

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Schneider Electric

For the eighth year in a row, Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, participated as a proud sponsor in the 17th annual Tremblant 24h. With support from family, friends, employees, and the company, Schneider Electric Canada employees raised funds and presented a cheque for $101,840 to support local children’s causes. 

The company was one of 366 teams participating in this year’s events, which took place December 8 to 10 in Mont-Tremblant, Québec.

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EFCElectro‐Federation Canada (EFC) and Cámara Nacional de Manufacturas Eléctricas (CANAME) of Mexico, have submitted joint recommendations to their respective governments to safeguard future trade in North America.

The recommendations call on the strong need for governments to retain, modernize and improve the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in order to increase market access, reduce business costs and improve global competitiveness.

Read more: EFC NAFTA Recommendations...

 

CSA

Now in its 24th edition, the 2018 Canadian Electrical Code, Part I includes a number of significant updates and changes to better help electrical workers in the safe maintenance of electrical equipment and create safer electrical installations.

This edition features important revisions to many sections. For example, Section 26 now mandates the use of tamper-resistant receptacles in additional areas where children may be present. Section 62 now requires ground fault circuit interrupter protection for heating devices and controls in proximity to tubs, sinks, and shower stalls. Section 10 has been updated, reorganized, and significantly reduced in length.

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