CEA Smart Grid Device Installation Added to Catalog of Standards
ARLINGTON, VA — The Consumer Electronics Association announced the recommended practice for the installation of smart grid devices, CEA/CEDIA-CEB29, has been added to the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel’s Catalog of Standards.
Modern homes include many products that connect to each other over a variety of networks, and to operate reliably, both the products and the wiring to which they connect must be well protected and installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
While CEB29 was written as a recommended practice for the installation of communicating smart grid devices in the home, all communicating products — including home controls, AV, HVAC, computers and appliances — are connected to the same electrical wiring and networks, and face the same installation challenges. To remedy this, CEB29 combines information from many sources into a simple, accessible format that assumes no prior knowledge of the subject matter.
"Whether you’re an electrician, professional installer, consumer, or work for a manufacturer or a utility, this guide will provide the basic knowledge you need,” said Walt Zerbe, product manager, audio, OnQ Legrand and NuVo; and chairman of CEA’s R10 residential systems committee. "CEB29 will help ensure your communicating products and the wires they connect to are installed properly and protected against lightning, electrical surges and electrical noise generated by other devices in your home."
“As more smart grid devices are connected, the importance of proper installation practices grows,” said Brian Markwalter, senior vice president of research and standards at CEA. “Although there are many sources for information on installation, most of them are written for trained professionals. Those sources are narrowly focused, typically addressing only a single area, so the reader must master many of them to get the complete story. CEB29 ties everything together for the installation professional.”
CEB29 includes the most important installation requirements and recommendations from the National Electric Code, UL, wiring standards and other expert sources covering a wide range of subjects including the proper installation of high- and low-voltage wiring, grounding, lightning and surge protection, and many of the installation problems encountered by today’s wired, wireless and power-line carrier networks.