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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Your
comments may be used for publication in the article.
AEMC® Introduces Its Newest
PowerPad® Model 8335 Power Quality Analyzer
8335 is a 3-phase power quality analyzer that is easy-to-use,
compact, and shock resistant. It has direct measurement of four voltage
and four current inputs including neutral voltage and current. It
simultaneously captures and records trend, transients, events, and
waveforms with 2GB of memory for data storage.
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
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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.
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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
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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.
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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
email@example.com to receive a prequalification package for this
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.
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.
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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.
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about the non-residential construction forecast, visit the EC&M
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.
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analysis, visit the EC&M website.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Electric West is scheduled for February 22-24 in Long Beach,
Calif. Topics for this year's sessions include:
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Practices & Profitability
- Code Changes &
- Measurement and Testing
Quality and Reliability
- Renewable Technologies/Green
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:
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- Is now an opportune time to invest in the building and
- Is the residential construction
industry emerging from its lows?
- What sectors are ripe for
- How can companies position themselves to emerge
from today’s challenging market environment even stronger than