Wire-Free Electrical Controls

Saskatchewan is the Latest Province to Approve Wire-Free Electrical Controls in New Construction

Wire-Free Electrical Controls

Edmonton, AB, Canada – 2018 - SaskPower’s Electrical Inspections Department now accepts wire-free switching in all new construction projects.

In a statement, Chief Electrical Inspector and Director of Electrical Inspections Michael Anderson agreed that the Alberta’s recent acceptance of wire-free controls in new homes made good sense for Saskatchewan too.

“SaskPower Electrical Inspections, on behalf of Saskatchewan, accepts wireless switches (as opposed to wired switches), similar to Alberta, in all applications including for rules 30-500 to 30-510 of the Canadian Electrical Code,” he wrote.

“It’s great to see another forward-thinking building inspection authority recognize wire-free switches as a safe method to control power. This is good news for construction companies, electrical trades, and home buyers,” said Levven Electronics vice president Marv Verlage.

Wire-free switching:

  • Simplifies residential and commercial electrical installations
  • Lowers the cost of construction
  • Makes the trades' jobs easier and faster
  • Makes homes smart- and BMS-ready without added cost or complexity
  • Provides new control options that reduce energy costs, increase convenience, and improved safety and security
  • Conserves an average of 800 feet of copper wire per home by eliminating the wire, pipe, and boxes required for wired switches
Edmonton-based Levven Electronics Ltd. designs and manufactures wire-free control products in Alberta. Levven Controls separate the common switch into its two operating components. The wireless rocker switch can go on any surface and sends RF commands to on/off and dimmer controllers. Controllers fit in electrical boxes and control the flow of power. The efficiencies and conservation opportunities this technology delivers earned it the 2017 Manning Innovation Award.

“It’s rare when a new product can provide value and benefit without impacting affordability,” says Levven Electronics CEO James Keirstead. “We’ve been working with construction developers and contractors in Alberta who see this value and using Levven Controls in their projects. It’s great that Saskatchewan has the leadership and vision to allow wire-free switches in new residential construction too. This paves the way for better, smarter, and more responsible infrastructure across Canada.”

“Alberta and Saskatchewan recognize that there are no safety concerns around wire-free switching,” notes Verlage. “There’s a significant conservation story with wire-free construction. When provinces like BC, Ontario, and Quebec allow wire-free switching, Canada as a whole will conserve a million tons of copper, plastic, and steel and eliminate a hundred million tons of greenhouse gas emissions.”


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Monday, July 23, 2018