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Vol. X, No. 2
Greenwashing
AGC Survey Reveals Firms' Plan to Hire in 2011
Energy-Efficient Lighting to Take Up Greater Market Share of U.S. Market
IALD and ILP Sign MOU in Support of Lighting Design
CABA Releases 2011 North American Intelligent Building Roadmap
Electrical Subcontracting in Maine
Lighting Retrofit in Alabama
Industry News
Increase in Non-Residential Construction Spending Not Expected Until Late 2011
Materials Prices Jump 0.9% in December While Bids Stay Flat
NECA Accepting Entries In Safety Awards Program
Electric West 2011
2011 Building and Infrastructure Conference
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Greenwashing

For the March issue's cover story, EC&M will discuss green products used in electrical construction industry. What products are electrical engineers specifying to give clients the best return on investment (ROI)? Which ones claim to save energy but don't work very well? If you're an engineer who specifies green products or a contractor who installs them and would like to discuss your experience, contact Staff Writer Beck Ireland by phone at (913) 967-1806 or e-mail at beck.ireland@penton.com. Your comments may be used for publication in the article.

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Around the Circuit

AGC Survey Reveals Firms' Plan to Hire in 2011

More construction firms are planning to hire workers this year than are planning to make layoffs, according to the results of an industry-wide survey recently released by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Arlington, Va., and Navigant Consulting, Inc., Chicago. The survey, conducted as part of the 2011 Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook, shows the industry may finally be emerging from a severe downturn that has left millions of skilled workers unemployed.

To read more on this story, visit EC&M's website.

Energy-Efficient Lighting to Take Up Greater Market Share of U.S. Market

Energy-efficient technologies are expected to make up over 75% of the U.S. lighting market by 2020, according to a new report from Pike Research, Boulder, Colo., which describes the key technology and market trends that are driving the use of LED and other high-efficiency lighting in the commercial, industrial, and outdoor stationary sectors. The report analyzes the performance requirements for a number of lighting applications and assesses the suitability of various current and future lighting technologies for these applications. It also includes a ten-year forecast for lamp and luminaire sales in the United States across ten different lighting technology categories in seven major building types and application sectors.

To read more on this story, visit EC&M's website.

IALD and ILP Sign MOU in Support of Lighting Design

The International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), an international organization supporting a network of 900 lighting design professionals who satisfy its rigorous qualification process, and the Institution of Lighting Professionals (ILP), the United Kingdom and Ireland's largest and most influential professional lighting association, recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to work cooperatively toward developing the architectural lighting design profession and elevating awareness of quality lighting. The MOU emphasizes the need to demonstrate cooperative collaboration within the lighting profession.

To read more on this story, visit EC&M's website.

CABA Releases 2011 North American Intelligent Building Roadmap

Ottawa-based Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA), through its Intelligent & Integrated Building Council and new Research Program, has completed its 2011 North American Intelligent Building Roadmap. The roadmap research project was designed to outline long-term opportunities in the intelligent building industry. The roadmap provides an understanding of the collective influence of emerging trends within the intelligent building industry, such as energy efficiency, renewable technology, IT convergence, and the integration of buildings with the smart grid.

To read more on this story, visit EC&M's website.

Project Watch

Electrical Subcontracting in Maine

Bigelow Laboratories for Ocean Sciences (BLOS) Center for Ocean Biochemistry and Climate Change, East Boothbay, Maine, will be seeking bids in February 2011 for an electrical subcontractor. Completed prequalification packages are due at 5 p.m. EST on February 4. Interested parties must contact mebids@consigli.com to receive a prequalification package for this work.

Lighting Retrofit in Alabama

The Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center, Birmingham, Ala., is receiving bids for a frontend lighting control systems retrofit. Bids will be accepted until 1 p.m. CST on February 22. For more information, download a pdf of the advertisement for bids.

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Industry News

San Jose, Calif.-based Rosendin Electric has started construction on the new University of California San Francisco Medical Center at Mission Bay. The $80 million contract to wire the new 878,000-sq-ft. hospital complex includes an energy center, helipad, and support services. Scheduled for completion in 2014, the first phase of this $1.6 billion project is construction of a 289-bed hospital, specializing in care for women, children and cancer patients.

For more Industry News, visit the EC&M website.

Increase in Non-Residential Construction Spending Not Expected Until Late 2011

According to the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast, a slow recovery period is projected for the non-residential construction industry this year, and 2011 spending levels are not anticipated to be enough to show growth over 2010 figures. The report also says that, although activity for institutional projects should hover near 2010 levels, there likely will be a modest decline in commercial construction. Overall non-residential construction spending is expected to decrease by 2% in 2011, with 2012 seeing an increase of 5% in inflation adjusted terms.

To read more about the non-residential construction forecast, visit the EC&M website.

Materials Prices Jump 0.9% in December While Bids Stay Flat

Construction firms faced increasing pressure in December as nearly every material used by contractors rose in price, while bid prices for new buildings remained flat, according to an analysis of December producer price index figures released recently by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). Association officials warned that the price squeeze on contractors is likely to intensify in 2011 as global demand for construction materials grows and domestic demand for construction services remains weak.

To read more of this analysis, visit the EC&M website.

Eye on Safety

NECA Accepting Entries In Safety Awards Program

NECA is currently soliciting entries for its Safety Excellence and Zero Injury Award Program. Submit your online entry by March 1 to be considered for both awards, which are based on safetry records from 2010. To enter, visit the safety awards website. For questions, contact NECA Safety Director Jerry Rivera at (301) 215-4546 or e-mail jerry.rivera@necanet.org.

Shows & Events

Electric West 2011

Electric West is scheduled for February 22-24 in Long Beach, Calif. Topics for this year's sessions include:

  • Business Practices & Profitability
  • Code Changes & Standards
  • Design
  • Lighting
  • Safety
  • Measurement and Testing
  • Power Quality and Reliability
  • Renewable Technologies/Green Business
  • Residential/Industrial/Commercial Applications
For more information and to register, visit www.electricshow.com.

2011 Building and Infrastructure Conference

The 2011 Building and Infrastructure Conference will take place on March 3 in New York. Join building, construction, and infrastructure industry leaders for an in-depth discussion about the future of the industry. Topics at this year's event will include:

  • Is now an opportune time to invest in the building and infrastructure industry?
  • Is the residential construction industry emerging from its lows?
  • What sectors are ripe for consolidation?
  • How can companies position themselves to emerge from today’s challenging market environment even stronger than before?
For more information and to register, visit the event's website.


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2011 Electroforecast
Notwithstanding recent lower-than-expected employment numbers and a mid-year stall in the housing market, the general U.S. economy has been showing some signs of recovery since the recession ended in June 2009. However, with its 12- to 24-month lag behind the general economy, non-residential construction is not expected to experience a substantial uptick in 2011. Read the complete 2011 EC&M Electroforecast.

On Demand Media
Top Code Changes: 2011 NEC
EC&M has partnered with NEC expert Mike Holt to present a one-hour webinar covering the top 2011 NEC Code Changes. This event is available on demand here.

Shows & Events
Electric West 2011
Now entering its 23rd year, Electric West is the largest independent trade show serving the electrical design, construction & maintenance industry. Learn more about Electric West 2011 at www.electricshow.com.

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