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PBS Hometime: Glossary Of Electrical Terms
PBS Hometime site supplies an alphabetical glossary of common electrical terms used in residential construction.

Smithsonian Institute: Overview On Basic Electricity
Smithsonian Institute provides this online tutorial (with pictures) that explains the basic concepts of electricity in a very understandable way.
Industry Information

BCEA: BC Electrical Trade Show & Events
BC Electrical Association lists upcoming trade shows and association events.

Electrical Business: Listing Of Electrical Industry Events
Electrical Business magazine has an extensive listing of electrical industry events across Canada and the US, with direct links to event Web sites.

MCEE: Canadian HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical & Lighting Expo
MCEE is eastern Canada's largest plumbing, HVACR, hydronic, electrical and lighting industry expo.
Industry Sectors

BCEA: BC Electrical Association
BC Electrical Association, the trade association for the electrical & lighting industry in BC offers education & training, trade shows, networking, newsletters, industry news, and links to more information. If you want information on electrical or lighting systems and products they would be the ones to contact.

ECA-BC: Electrical Contractors Association of British Columbia
Electrical Contractors Association of BC is the provincial trade association dedicated to the interests of electrical contractors and their suppliers.

IBEW BC: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 258
Local 258 IBEW represents men and women in BC who work at power line companies, as utility arborists, in traffic management and in the manufacturing sector.

NEMA: National Electrical Manufacturers Association
National Electrical Manufacturers Association is the trade association for the electrical manufacturing industry. Its member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end-use of electricity.
Information Sources

EIABC: Electrical Inspector FAQ's
Electrical Inspectors Association of BC provides an Inspector FAQ's section to possibly answer any questions you may have. If you do not get the desired information or answer from this section you may submit a question using the form provided.

NEMA: Podcasts For The Electrical Industry
National Electrical Manufacturers Association offers podcasts on topics such as smart grid, energy storage, energy efficiency, and News from the electroindustry.
Issues & Performance

CABA: Convergence Of Green & Intelligent Buildings
Continental Automated Buildings Association online presentation Bright Green Buildings provides the building industry with a primer and discussion about the role and performance benefits of integrated control systems in green buildings.

CSA Group: Canadian Electrical Code & Electrical Standards
Canadian Standards Association Group (CSA) develops our national electrical codes and product standards. Here is a summary of their electrical products and resources.

IRC: Effect Of Electrical Outlets On Sound Insulation Of Gypsum Board Walls
Canadian Institute for Research in Construction explains how type, location and installation of electrical boxes can have significant effects on sound transmission through walls. (PDF)

TSBC: Approved Certification Marks For Electrical Products In BC
The BC Electrical Safety Regulation says electrical equipment must bear evidence of either a mark or a label of a certification agency accredited by the Standards Council of Canada or an approval label issued by the British Columbia Safety Authority. This Bulletin specifies the certification/approval marks and labels that are acceptable in British Columbia. (PDF)

BC Gov: Resources On Electronics & Electrical Recycling
BC Government electronics and electrical recycling program expanded significantly in 2012. They provide information for major categories including; Batteries (Household); Cell Phones; Electronic Equipment and Devices; Information, Technology & Telecommunications; Lamp and Lighting Equipment; Large Appliances; Outdoor Power Equipment; Small Appliances, Tools, Sports and Hobby Equipment; Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms; Thermostats.

Easy2DIY: Mapping Existing Electrical Circuits
Easy2DIY provides How-To tutorial that explains how mapping out what each circuit now serves, helps in to label circuits, or to find out if an existing electrical system can handle more outlets or equipment.

EGBC: Guidelines for Electrical Engineering Services for Building Projects
Professional Practice Guidelines for Electrical Engineering Services for Building Projects were developed by Engineers and Geoscientists BC to guide professional practice related to electrical engineering services for building projects in BC. These guidelines apply to the practice of electrical engineering for buildings governed by Part 3 of the BC Building Code, the City of Vancouver Building By-law, or the National Building Code of Canada. (PDF)

Electronic Symbols: Listing Of Electrical Symbols
Electronic Symbols site provides this chart that will be helpful if having a hard time figuring out what some of those symbols on electrical wiring diagrams mean. (PDF)

Fine Homebuilding: Online Video On Choosing & Using Electrical Testers
Fine Homebuilding online video describes different electrical testers available and how and when to use them.

Fine Homebuilding: Ten Common Wiring Problems
Fine Homebuilding article details mistakes and solutions for panels, wrong cables, staples, cable trimming, outlet boxes, power supply, back-wiring and series wiring.

TSBC: Requirements For Upgrading Electrical Systems
Technical Safety BC describes minimum code and safety requirements for upgrading electrical systems in single family dwellings. (PDF)
Product Supply

ECA BC: List Of Members Of Electrical Contractors Association of BC
Electrical Contractors Association of BC lists there members, along with their contact information and website links.

Electric Smarts: Online Industry Knowledgebase
Electric Smarts content experts have reviewed thousands of electrical Web sites for their Best of the Web Resources. They are searchable by topic of choice.
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