Division B
Acceptable Solutions

Part 9 — Housing and Small Buildings

Section 9.34. Electrical Facilities

9.34.1. General Standard for Electrical Installations
1) Electrical installations, including the service capacity of the installation and the number and distribution of circuits and receptacles, shall meet the requirements of change begin“the Electrical Safety Regulation.”change end

contentHistory Required Facilities
1) Intent StatementWhere electrical services are available, electrical facilities shall be provided for every building in conformance with this Section. Location of Equipment in Public Areas
1) Intent StatementEntrance switches, meters, panel boxes, splitter boxes, time clocks and other similar equipment shall not be located in any public area unless adequate precautions are taken to prevent interference with the equipment. Recessed Lighting Fixtures
1) Intent StatementRecessed lighting fixtures shall not be located in insulated ceilings unless the fixtures are designed for such installations. Wiring and Cables
1) Intent StatementExcept as required in Sentence (2), change beginoptical fibre cables andchange end electrical wires and cables installed in buildings permitted to be of combustible construction shall
a) change beginnot convey flame or continue to burn for more than 1 min when tested in conformance with the Vertical Flame Test in Clause 4.11.1 of CSA C22.2 No. 0.3, “Test Methods for Electrical Wires and Cables,” (FT1 rating), orchange end
b) change beginbe located inchange end
i) change begintotally enclosed noncombustible raceways (see A- in Appendix A),change end
ii) change beginmasonry walls,change end
iii) change beginconcrete slabs, orchange end
iv) change begintotally enclosed non-metallic raceways conforming to Clause end
2) Intent Statementchange beginExcept as permitted in Sentence (3),change end where a concealed space in a floor or ceiling assembly is used as a plenum, change beginelectrical wires and cables with combustible insulation, jackets or sheathes that are used for the transmission of voice, sound or data and optical fibre cables installedchange end within the plenum shall conform to Clause
3) Intent Statementchange beginWires or cables within plenum spaces that are used for the transmission of signals in fire alarm, security, radio, and television broadcasting, closed circuit television or community television systems need not meet the requirements of Sentence (2).change end

9.34.2. Lighting Outlets

(See Appendix A.) Lighting of Entrances
1) Intent StatementAn exterior lighting outlet with fixture controlled by a wall switch located within the building shall be provided at every entrance to buildings of residential occupancy. Outlets in Dwelling Units
1) Intent StatementExcept as provided in Sentence (2), a lighting outlet with fixture controlled by a wall switch shall be provided in kitchens, bedrooms, living rooms, utility rooms, laundry rooms, dining rooms, bathrooms, water-closet rooms, vestibules and hallways in dwelling units.
2) Intent StatementWhere a receptacle controlled by a wall switch is provided in bedrooms or living rooms, such rooms need not conform to the requirements in Sentence (1). Stairways
1) Intent StatementEvery stairway shall be lighted.
2) Except as provided in Sentence (3), 3-way wall switches located at the head and foot of every stairway shall be provided to control at least one lighting outlet with fixture for stairways with 4 or more risers in dwelling units.


3) Intent StatementThe stairway lighting for basements that do not contain finished space or lead to an outside entrance or built-in garage and which serve not more than one dwelling unit is permitted to be controlled by a single switch located at the head of the stairs. Basements
1) Intent StatementA lighting outlet with fixture shall be provided for each 30 m2 or fraction thereof of floor area in unfinished basements.
2) Intent StatementThe outlet required in Sentence (1) nearest the stairs shall be controlled by a wall switch located at the head of the stairs. Storage Rooms
1) Intent StatementA lighting outlet with fixture shall be provided in storage rooms. Garages and Carports
1) Intent StatementA lighting outlet with fixture shall be provided for an attached, built-in or detached garage or carport.
2) Intent StatementExcept as provided in Sentence (3), outlets required in Sentence (1) shall be controlled by a wall switch near the doorway.
3) Intent StatementWhere the outlet and fixture required in Sentence (1) are ceiling mounted above an area not normally occupied by a parked car, or are wall mounted, a fixture with a built-in switch accessible to an adult of average height is permitted to be used.
4) Intent StatementWhere a carport is lighted by a light at the entrance to a dwelling unit, additional carport lighting is not required. Public and Service Areas
1) Intent StatementEvery public or service area in buildings shall be provided with lighting outlets with fixtures controlled by a wall switch or panel to illuminate every portion of such areas.
2) Intent StatementWhen provided by incandescent lighting, illumination required in Sentence (1) shall conform to Table (See Article for lighting in means of egress.)
3) Intent StatementWhen other types of lighting are used, illumination equivalent to that shown in Table shall be provided.
Lighting for Public Areas
Forming part of Sentences and (3)
Room or Space Minimum Illumination, lx

Minimum Lighting Power Density,
W/m2 of floor area
(incandescent lighting)

Storage rooms 50 5

Service rooms and laundry areas

200 20
Garages 50 5
Public water closet rooms 100 10
Service hallways and stairways 50 5
Recreation rooms 100 10

9.34.3. Emergency Lighting Criteria for Emergency Lighting
1) Intent StatementEmergency lighting shall conform to Subsection 9.9.12.