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Vol. X, No. 6
Vote for the 2011 Product of the Year and Qualify for a Chance to Win $100!
EC&M's 2011 Top 40 Electrical Design Firms Listing
February ABI Up Only Slightly
Prices for Construction Materials Spike in February
Market for Intelligent Lighting Controls on the Rise
CABA Solicits Participation for Two Studies
Electrical and Lighting Upgrades in Colorado
Electrical Work for Well Water Supply Project in Washington
TEP to Develop New Grid-Connected Solar Power Systems on Local Rooftops
Optimistic Outlook for Multifamily Development
Electric Submeters Optimize Building Performance at Engineering Firm's Headquarters
Con Edison Employees Win National Honors for Safety Breakthroughs
Electrical Safety, Reliability and Sustainability Conference & Exhibition
LFI 2011
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Coming Up in EC&M

EC&M's 2011 Top 40 Electrical Design Firms Listing

If your electrical design business is one of the largest in the nation, your company may qualify to be on EC&M's annual listing of the Top 40 Electrical Design Firms. The May cover story will compile the results of a proprietary survey and rank the firms by sales revenue. If your firm would like to participate, download a copy of the survey.

Around the Circuit

February ABI Up Only Slightly

During the first two months of 2011, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is not exhibiting the strength of business conditions that were seen in the final quarter of 2010. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine- to 12-month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Washington, D.C., reported the February ABI score was 50.6, up slightly from a reading of 50.0 the previous month. This score reflects a modest increase in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 56.4, compared to a mark of 56.5 in December.

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

Prices for Construction Materials Spike in February

Financial pressures on contractors grew worse in February as prices for key construction materials rose sharply even as prices construction firms charge for completed projects remained stagnant, according to an analysis of producer price index figures released recently by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Arlington, Va. Association officials say the price squeeze will make it harder for the construction industry to recover and urged federal officials to act on a series of recovery measures the group outlined.

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

Market for Intelligent Lighting Controls on the Rise

A new report from Pike Research, Intelligent Lighting Controls for Commercial Buildings, found that the intelligent lighting controls market is enjoying strong growth and estimates global revenue for lighting controls will double to $2.6 billion by 2016. “A number of trends are leading to increased adoption of intelligent lighting controls," says Clint Wheelock, president of Pike Research, Boulder, Colo. "In addition to the drive to cut energy consumption, there is recognition that lighting control systems can contribute to the pursuit of green building certifications, an interest in increasing the amount of natural light available to occupants, and a desire to provide people with more control over the light levels in their work environments.”

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

CABA Solicits Participation for Two Studies

The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA), Ottawa, is undertaking a State of the Connected Home Market research study that will validate past and current trends in the United States and Canadian markets and re-affirm consumers’ understanding of the connected home today and in the future. The organization is also undertaking a new intelligent buildings landmark study which will examine the impact of smart grid or net-zero energy on commercial buildings in North America.

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

Project Watch

Electrical and Lighting Upgrades in Colorado

Prowers County Hospital District, Lamar, Colo., is soliciting bids from contracting firms to remodel a digital X-ray suite. The basic components of this project include upgrading electrical service and upgrading lighting. Proposal submission deadline is 12 p.m. MDT on April 6. Detailed information for the scope of work can be obtained by contacting Louise Pierce, facilities management assistant at (719) 336-5572 or via email at louise.pierce@prowersmedical.com.

Electrical Work for Well Water Supply Project in Washington

Sealed bids are being received by the City of Ferndale, Wash., for its well water supply project. Work to be performed includes construction of well pumps and motors within existing wells, a pump station building at each site, site improvements, site utilities, miscellaneous mechanical components, emergency chlorination systems, and electrical, control, and telemetry improvements. Bids will be accepted until 10 a.m. PST on April 12. For more information, visit the city's website.

Web Exclusives

TEP to Develop New Grid-Connected Solar Power Systems on Local Rooftops

The Tucson Electric Power (TEP) is preparing to build new grid-tied solar arrays on the roofs of large public buildings to help serve a growing demand for renewable power. Through its new TEP Bright Roofs program, the company plans to lease space atop schools and other public facilities for the development of 11MW of new TEP-owned solar generating capacity over the next three years. TEP Bright Roofs will feed solar energy directly into TEP’s local distribution grid, generating enough clean power to serve more than 1,800 Tucson homes.

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

Optimistic Outlook for Multifamily Development

Two quarterly indices produced by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) indicate a return to healthy market conditions for both new and existing apartment and condominium buildings. The Multifamily Production Index (MPI), which tracks developer sentiment about new construction on a scale of 1 to 100, is at 40.8 — up more than five full points since the previous quarter and the highest number since the fourth quarter of 2006.

To read more about this report, visit the EC&M website.

Electric Submeters Optimize Building Performance at Engineering Firm's Headquarters

When the time came for Morrissey Engineering, Inc. (MEI), a successful Omaha, Neb.-based engineering consulting firm, to design its own corporate headquarters, management knew the structure would have to demonstrate superior energy performance while showcasing the firm’s broad-based sustainable design capabilities. To that end, a talented team from Sinclair Hille Architects (design concept), Holland Basham Architects (architect of record), and Meyers Carlisle Leapley (general contractor) joined forces with MEI’s engineering staff, which provided the mechanical, electrical, and technology design services on the project.

To read more about MEI's headquarters project, visit the EC&M website.

Eye on Safety

Con Edison Employees Win National Honors for Safety Breakthroughs

Five Con Edison, New York, researchers have received prestigious industry awards for projects that protect the safety of its customers and company employees. The researchers were honored with Technology Transfer Awards from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), a leader in research that makes the delivery of electricity safe, reliable, and clean.

“It’s our responsibility to be vigilant in protecting the public and our employees,” says Craig S. Ivey, president of Con Edison. “That means conducting a never-ending search for technologies that make the delivery of electricity safer. It’s incredibly gratifying to see these employees earn recognition for their work in this area.”

For more on the honorees, visit the Con Edison website.

Shows & Events

Electrical Safety, Reliability and Sustainability Conference & Exhibition

The Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League (PEARL) will present its 14th Annual Electrical Safety, Reliability and Sustainability Conference & Exhibition from May 14-16 in Portland, Ore. Conference topics include safety; electrical failure diagnosis; reconditioning, inspection, and testing standards and techniques; government regulations; and hands-on training on bolted pressure switches.

For more information and to register, visit the PEARL website.

LFI 2011

Lightfair International 2011 is scheduled for May 15-19 in Philadelphia. Session tracks include energy, environment, and sustainability; integrated design, lighting application, and retrofit and upgrade.

For more information and to register, visit the Lightfair website.


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