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Vol. X, No. 20
Materials Price Increases
North American Business Conditions Improve in October
Nonresidential Building Construction Spending Inches Upward
153 Out of 337 Metro Areas Lost Construction Jobs Year-Over-Year in September
European Green Building Space to Almost Quadruple by 2016
On-Call Electrical Services in Idaho
Electrical Wiring and Light Pole Replacement in New Mexico
Seeing is Believing
NIST Seeks Comments on Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Draft
Rosendin Electric Receives National 2011 Transportation Design-Build Excellence Award
Police Investigate Fire at Electrical Substation
National BIM Conference
Power-Gen International
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Coming Up in EC&M

Materials Price Increases

For the November issue, EC&M will discuss volatile materials pricing. As project bids become more competitive, how are electrical contractors dealing with estimating and bidding? If you have experience with working with rising materials prices on tight bid budgets, contact Staff Writer Beck Ireland by phone at (913) 967-1806 or e-mail at beck.ireland@penton.com.

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Around the Circuit

North American Business Conditions Improve in October

NEMA's Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) indicated that conditions facing the North American electroindustry improved on balance in October, climbing to 57.4 from 50 in September. The latest month was the first since May in which the index exceeded the 50-point “growth threshold.” Meanwhile, October’s EBCI for future North American conditions moved higher for a second straight month, increasing to 63 from 58.3 a month ago.

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Nonresidential Building Construction Spending Inches Upward

Nonresidential building construction spending rose a modest 0.8% in August following a 1.2% decline in July, according to Bernard M. Markstein, Reed Construction Data's U.S. chief economist. The increase left nonresidential construction spending at its second highest level since September 2010. However, on a year-to-date basis, the measure is down 1.0% compared to the same period a year ago, writes Markstein. For lease private projects fell 1.8% following a 0.1% decline in July. The two months of decreased expenditures follows four months of increase. Meanwhile, spending for institutional projects jumped 2.2% in August following a 0.7% decline in July and leaving the level of spending at its highest level since September of last year.

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153 Out of 337 Metro Areas Lost Construction Jobs Year-Over-Year in September

Construction employment declined in 153 out of 337 metropolitan areas between September 2010 and September 2011, increased in 145 and stayed level in 39, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released recently by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). Association officials noted that declines in publicly funded construction projects continue to offset modest improvements in the private sector market.

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European Green Building Space to Almost Quadruple by 2016

New buildings and major renovation in the European Union will be nearly zero energy by 2021, though the phrase’s definition will vary significantly by country, according to a new report by Pike Research. Regulatory support has begun, and will increase with the 2011 and 2014 updates of National Energy Efficiency Action Plans. Less than 1% of existing space is nearly zero energy at present, primarily Passive Houses. Of the 30 billion square meters of floorspace in Western and Eastern Europe, 74% is residential, and 2% is affected annually by new construction or major renovation. Certified green building space will increase from less than 1% in 2010, to more than 2% in 2016, and is already 2% in France.

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Project Watch

On-Call Electrical Services in Idaho

The State of Idaho, Division of Veterans Services, will receive informal bids for on-call electrical services until 3 p.m. PST on November 4. The services shall include labor and materials required to perform on-call electrical services at Idaho State Veterans Home, Lewiston, Idaho. Bidders may contact Bill Taylor at (208) 750-3985 for an onsite inspection. For more information, click here.

Electrical Wiring and Light Pole Replacement in New Mexico

Sealed bids will be received in the office of the City Clerk of the City of Albuquerque, N.M., for the Alameda Blvd/Balloon Museum Drive Intersection Improvements Project. Work includes removal and replacement of signal mastarms, electrical wiring, and light poles. A non-mandatory pre-bid conference will be held at 10 a.m. MDT on November 9. Bids are due by 1:30 p.m. MDT on November 22. For more information, click here.

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Web Exclusives

Seeing is Believing

Overheated electrical components can lead to failed equipment and expensive repairs. One way to combat this situation is to conduct preventive electrical maintenance. Detecting problems before they become serious issues makes good sense. Thermal imaging technology is one tool used to pinpoint electrical inefficiencies and worn components before they reach the point of failure. In this EC&M online exclusive article, Mike Berrie, Irisys, discusses thermal imaging cameras and their value in preventive maintenance efforts.

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NIST Seeks Comments on Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Draft

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) seeks comments on the draft, NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 2.0. Comments must be received on or before 5 p.m. EST on November 25.

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Rosendin Electric Receives National 2011 Transportation Design-Build Excellence Award

Rosendin Electric has received a 2011 National Design-Build Award in Transportation from the Design-Build Institute of America in recognition for its work as a Specialty Contractor in the Mineta San Jose International Airport renovation project. The award was announced last week at the 2011 Design-Build Conference & Expo held in Orlando, Florida.

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Eye on Safety

Police Investigate Fire at Electrical Substation

Philadelphia police are investigating a fire at an electrical substation where authorities say a suspicious package was left last week. Authorities say a worker at the Peco substation in the city's Holmesburg section responded to an alarm in an equipment area around 11:45 p.m. Monday and found a fire on a transmission panel. Police and fire officials responded and the blaze was extinguished. Peco spokeswoman Cathy Engel Menendez says equipment was damaged, but there were no resulting power outages. Officials believe someone may have cut through a fence and started the fire. In a separate incident last week, officials say someone left a suspicious package at the facility. Peco and police are investigating both incidents, but they would not comment on who might be responsible.

Shows & Events

National BIM Conference

The National BIM Conference will take place from December 5-9 in Washington, D.C. Topics to be presented at the event include interoperability, sustainable parametric design, energy modeling, and green standards. For more information and to register, visit www.aececobuild.com.

Power-Gen International

Power-Gen International is scheduled for December 13-15 in Las Vegas. Tracks for conference sessions to be presented at this year's event include plant performance, renewable energy, on-site power, and environmental issues. For more information and to register, visit www.power-gen.com.


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