Electric vehicle charging stations, renewable energy systems, fuel cells
all addressed in 2012 CEC
TORONTO, Feb. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - CSA Standards, a leading standards-based
solutions organization, today officially announces the availability of
the 2012 Canadian Electrical Code (CEC), Part 1. The 2012 CEC is the 22nd edition of Canada's primary standard for electrical
installations and includes more than 180 updates and revisions - the
most comprehensive set of changes ever - including future-looking
developments toward sustainable technologies that help address climate
change issues, as well as several considerations addressing the safety
of Canada's children.
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.
"New sustainable technologies such as electric vehicles, solar panels
and power generating wind turbines have never been more prevalent,"
says Bonnie Rose, President, CSA Standards. "With major manufacturers
bringing these products to market in greater numbers, they can no
longer be considered simply emerging technologies, but part of our
daily lives. Electrical safety surrounds Canadians every minute of
every day, and CSA's 2012 Canadian Electrical Code is grounded in
sustainability and safety improvements that will undoubtedly have a
positive impact on future generations."
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 that convert tidal or ocean current
into energy, and micro-hydro systems that 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.
CSA's 2012 Canadian Electrical Code may also be considered a roadmap for
the enhanced safety and success of electric vehicles. As electric
vehicles become more commonplace, increased standardization has become
critical to help ensure that charging infrastructure is properly
addressed in terms of safety, capacity, and consistency. The 2012 CEC
fulfills this need through new and enhanced rules addressing the
safety, load calculation, and installation of electric vehicle charging
equipment. This includes commercial applications for fleet vehicles and
home installations such as a residential garage or car port.
"Developing standards is vital to the adoption of green technologies,"
says Bob Oliver, CEO of Pollution Probe, a national, non-profit
organization that exists to improve the health and well-being of
Canadians by advancing policy that achieves positive, tangible
environmental change. "The strides CSA Standards is making toward the
development of standards and codes for renewable energy and sustainable
technologies, such as the new 2012 Canadian Electrical Code, will help
make these technologies safer and provide Canadians with more choices
for sustainable energy sources as demand for these products by
environmentally conscious Canadians continues to grow."
About the 2012 Canadian Electrical Code, Part I
Each year in Canada, up to 800 people experience electrical accidents in
the workplace 1. The CEC Part I covers the installation and maintenance of electrical
equipment for operation at all voltages in buildings, structures, and
premises (including factory-built relocatable and non-relocatable
The 2012 Canadian Electrical Code, Part I, includes numerous updates:
Garage doors: A receptacle must now be provided for each cord-connected
overhead garage door opener in residential garages for all new
Splash pads: Splash pads are now classified as pools, and the CEC
mandates protection such as ground fault circuit interrupters where
Roof top outlets: New commercial or industrial buildings will require a
roof-top receptacle in order to help heating ventilation and
air-conditioning technicians to safely maintain roof top equipment
using power tools.
Outdoor outlets: New "in-use" weatherproof covers will be required to
protect outdoor receptacles from wet weather, even when electrical
devices are plugged in.
The standard is available for sale online at http://shop.csa.ca, by calling toll free 1-800-463-6727 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To support organizations in understanding and implementing the
extensive changes contained in the 2012 Canadian Electrical Code, CSA offers a variety of CEC-related publications, resources and
training tools designed to help advance the use of new or updated
electrical installation practices contained in the new code. From new
calculation tools and updated smart standards, to study guides for
apprentices and CEC update training, CSA has a variety of options
available. CSA has also developed an interactive social media hub
specific to the CEC at www.knowthecode2012.com.
1 The Association of Workers' Compensation Boards of Canada: http://www.awcbc.org/en/index.asp
About CSA Standards
CSA Standards is a leading standards-based solutions organization
serving industry, government, consumers and other interested parties in
North America and the global marketplace. Focusing on standards and
codes development, application products, training, advisory and
personnel certification services, the organization aims to enhance
public safety, improve quality of life, preserve the environment and
facilitate trade. CSA Standards is a division of CSA Group, which also
consists of CSA International, which provides testing and certification
services for electrical, mechanical, plumbing, gas and a variety of
other products; and OnSpeX, a provider of consumer product evaluation,
inspection and advisory services for retailers and manufacturers. For
more information visit www.csa.ca
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