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CECA/ACEE CECA 169-2011 Standard for Installing and Maintaining Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs) and Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs)

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Foreword

The Canadian Electrical Installation Standards™ (CEIS™) have been adopted from the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) National Electrical Installation Standards™ (NEIS™) in the United States. These NEIS™ have been reviewed by a Canadian technical committee assembled to Canadianize the standards by referencing the requirements of Canadian Standards Association (CSA) C22.1, Canadian Electrical Code, Part I (CEC, Part I) and the methods used for electrical installations across Canada and to find opportunities to harmonize with the United States, where possible.

CEIS™ are intended to improve communication and consistency among designers, engineers, general contractors, specifiers, purchasers, and suppliers of electrical construction services. They define a minimum baseline of quality and workmanship for installing electrical products and systems. CEIS™ are intended to be referenced in contract documents for electrical construction projects. For this standard, the following language is recommended:

General work practices for installing and maintaining arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) and ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) should be in accordance with CECA 169-2011, Standard for Installing and Maintaining Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs) and Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs).

Use of CEIS™ is voluntary, and the Canadian Electrical Contractors Association (CECA) assumes no obligation to or liability for users of this publication. Availability of a CEIS™ on any given subject does not preclude any member or non-member of CECA from specifying or using alternative construction methods permitted by applicable regulations. CEIS™ should be considered best practice standards for the electrical contracting industry.

Scope

General
This standard describes the installation and maintenance procedures for arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) and ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs).

Products and Applications Included
This standard covers the installation and maintenance of AFCIs and GFCIs permanently installed on building premises wiring systems for residential, commercial, and industrial applications. It applies to
a) branch/feeder type AFCIs (AFCIs of the circuit breaker type only)
b) GFCIs for new or existing installations.

Products and Applications Excluded
This standard does not cover older designs of GFCIs or GFCIs designed to be temporarily connected to premises wiring systems. It does not apply to
a) portable or cord AFCIs and GFCIs
b) AFCIs required in cord and plug connected air conditioning units.

General requirements for installing electrical products and systems are described in CECA 1, Standard for Good Workmanship in Electrical Construction. Other CECA Canadian Electrical Installation Standards™ (CEIS™) provide additional guidance for installing particular types of electrical products and systems.
A complete list of CECA CEIS™ is provided in Annex B.

Foreword

The Canadian Electrical Installation Standards™ (CEIS™) have been adopted from the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) National Electrical Installation Standards™ (NEIS™) in the United States. These NEIS™ have been reviewed by a Canadian technical committee assembled to Canadianize the standards by referencing the requirements of Canadian Standards Association (CSA) C22.1, Canadian Electrical Code, Part I (CEC, Part I) and the methods used for electrical installations across Canada and to find opportunities to harmonize with the United States, where possible.

CEIS™ are intended to improve communication and consistency among designers, engineers, general contractors, specifiers, purchasers, and suppliers of electrical construction services. They define a minimum baseline of quality and workmanship for installing electrical products and systems. CEIS™ are intended to be referenced in contract documents for electrical construction projects. For this standard, the following language is recommended:

General work practices for installing and maintaining arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) and ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) should be in accordance with CECA 169-2011, Standard for Installing and Maintaining Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs) and Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs).

Use of CEIS™ is voluntary, and the Canadian Electrical Contractors Association (CECA) assumes no obligation to or liability for users of this publication. Availability of a CEIS™ on any given subject does not preclude any member or non-member of CECA from specifying or using alternative construction methods permitted by applicable regulations. CEIS™ should be considered best practice standards for the electrical contracting industry.

Scope

General
This standard describes the installation and maintenance procedures for arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) and ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs).

Products and Applications Included
This standard covers the installation and maintenance of AFCIs and GFCIs permanently installed on building premises wiring systems for residential, commercial, and industrial applications. It applies to
a) branch/feeder type AFCIs (AFCIs of the circuit breaker type only)
b) GFCIs for new or existing installations.

Products and Applications Excluded
This standard does not cover older designs of GFCIs or GFCIs designed to be temporarily connected to premises wiring systems. It does not apply to
a) portable or cord AFCIs and GFCIs
b) AFCIs required in cord and plug connected air conditioning units.

General requirements for installing electrical products and systems are described in CECA 1, Standard for Good Workmanship in Electrical Construction. Other CECA Canadian Electrical Installation Standards™ (CEIS™) provide additional guidance for installing particular types of electrical products and systems.
A complete list of CECA CEIS™ is provided in Annex B.