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February 16, 2012

New Canadian Electrical Code Released
What's Wrong Here?
Moving Violations
Code Q&A
Code Quiz

Code News Update

New Canadian Electrical Code Released

CSA Standards recently announced availability of the 22nd edition of the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC), Part 1. The 2012 CEC includes more than 180 updates and revisions — the most comprehensive set of changes ever, according to the organization.

New and extensively updated sections focus on renewable energy sources, such as solar photovoltaic installations and wind-generated electricity, new requirements for electric vehicles and home-based vehicle charging stations, as well as tamper-resistant receptacles for child care facilities. The 2012 CEC makes tamper-resistant receptacles in child care facilities mandatory. Unless otherwise defined by a regulatory authority having jurisdiction, this requirement applies to all facilities providing care to children seven years old or younger.

Unique installation requirements for a variety of renewable energy systems, including wind and fuel cells, are addressed in the 2012 CEC. Hydrokinetic generation systems, which convert tidal or ocean current into energy, and micro-hydro systems, which are very small versions of hydro power stations that convert the energy of streams creeks into usable electricity, are also covered. Lastly, existing requirements for solar power have been updated considerably to reflect new technologies, techniques, and calculations.

To read more on this announcement, visit the CSA Standards website.

Code Violations

What's Wrong Here?

By Joe Tedesco

Think you know how this installation violates the NEC?

Visit EC&M's website to see the answer.

Hint: Approved for outdoor use?

Moving Violations

Caught by the inspector!

Check out our newest Moving Violations video.

In this episode, Joe investigates an installation that demonstrates the lack of proper support for flexible metal conduit.



Code Quandaries

Code Q&A

By Mike Holt

Q. Are you required to bond isolated sections of metal water pipe that are connected to a nonmetallic water piping system?

Visit EC&M's website to see the answer.

Code Challenge

Code Quiz

By Steven Owen

Fill in the blank with the correct answer.
When installing loudspeakers in fire resistant-rated partitions, walls, and ceilings, the loudspeakers shall be ________.

  1. approved
  2. listed for the purpose
  3. installed in an enclosure or recess that maintains the fire resistance rating
  4. listed for the purpose or installed in an enclosure or recess that maintains the fire resistance rating
Visit EC&M's website for the answer and explanation.

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