In the intricate world of building codes and standards, staying ahead is not just a matter of compliance, it’s a commitment to safety and foresight. If you’ve had the task of interpreting code and standards, you know that it can be quite the rabbit hole!  We’re approaching the enforcement of the National Building Code of Canada 2023, set to take effect on May 1st, 2024, and it’s imperative to understand some complexities and implications, particularly when it comes to emergency electrical power supplies in buildings.


The realm of building codes is in constant flux, a reality that professionals in the industry face daily. Keeping up-to-date of the myriad of codes, revisions, and standata is a never-ending challenge. The National Building Code of Canada (NBCC) 2023  is no different.


The 2023 edition of the NBCC – Alberta Edition continues to specify CSA C282-15 as the mandatory standard for emergency power systems in buildings and CSA Z32-15 for those in healthcare facilities, as cited in Table This is despite the availability of updated versions of these standards, CSA C282-19 and CSA Z32-19, which were published in 2019.


CSA Z32 essentially defers to CSA C282 for all requirements concerning emergency generators; hence, we will focus exclusively on CSA C282 in the remainder of this article.


What is CSA C282?


This Standard applies to the design, installation, operation, maintenance, and testing of emergency generators and associated equipment for providing an emergency electrical power supply to electrical loads


  • in buildings and facilities when the normal power supply fails and an emergency electrical power supply is required by the National Building Code of Canada (NBCC); and
  • of essential electrical systems, where emergency generators are intended for use in health care facilities (HCFs) in accordance with Clause 6 of CSA Z32.


It’s important to recognize that the revised CSA C282-19 standard brings some updates over the former CSA C282-15. While not compulsory under the new building code, these revisions merit consideration for their potential to bolster the safety, effectiveness, and longevity of your emergency power infrastructure.


Choosing to implement the latest standards, even when not explicitly required, is a proactive step towards ensuring additional safety and future-proofing your project. It’s an acknowledgment that while compliance is non-negotiable, excellence is a choice.


At Collicutt Energy Services, we understand the intricacies of these codes and the significance of staying ahead. Our expertise isn’t just in delivering cutting-edge emergency power solutions; it’s in guiding you through the complex landscape of standards and regulations.  We are here to ensure that your projects not only meet the current codes, but are also future-proofed, providing safety, reliability, and peace of mind.


Connect with us today to future-proof your project and redefine the benchmarks of safety and excellence in your emergency power systems.