December 15, 2005 A PRIMEDIA Property Vol. IV, No. 23


CONTENTS
BLS Releases Real Construction
Output Projection

Regional Development Corp. Approves Wind Research and Training Center

VDC Publishes Report on Power-over-Ethernet

NEMA Reports Expanded Lighting Equipment Shipments in Third Quarter

Bridgeport Housing Authority Seeks Energy Audit and Feasibility Study

Mississippi Development Authority Seeks Proposals for Construction of Gas Facility

Business Briefs

BLS Survey Says Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Declined in 2004

2006 International Builders' Show & tecHOMExpo

2006 International CES Conference

IESNA Centennial Conference


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    Around the Circuit
    BLS Releases Real Construction
    Output Projection

    According to projections released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), real construction output is expected to increase at a rate of 2.2% per year from 2004 to 2014. The demand for non-residential structures is the catalyst behind the projected growth. Stagnating over the last decade, total non-residential investment is expected to grow by 1.6% per year from 2004 to 2014. Shouldering this sector's growth is the delayed replacement and remodeling of industrial plants; greater demand for aging-population-related nursing, extended care, and high-technology medical treatment facilities; and the need to construct new schools in faster growing regions of the United States. BLS estimates residential construction to average 1.8% growth over the 10-year period.


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    Regional Development Corp. Approves Wind Research and Training Center
    A feasibility study conducted by the Regional Development Corp., a private nonprofit, economic development organization based in Santa Fe, N.M., with ties to Los Alamos National Laboratory, recently gave Mesalands Community College, Tucamari, N.M., a positive report for the development of its North American Wind Research and Training Center. According to the study, Mesalands' location near New Mexico's three large wind farms make it ideally suited for a training center. The results of the study will be used to secure financing for the center, estimated at $9.6 million, not including the price of a wind turbine. General Electric Corp. has quoted $1.7 million for a wind turbine capable of generating 1.5MW. New Mexico state Rep. Brian Moore, (R-Clayton), has agreed to sponsor a capital outlay request of up to $12 million during the 2006 legislative session. Capital outlay requests are financed through the state severance tax, which comes from oil and natural gas revenues.

    VDC Publishes Report on Power-
    over-Ethernet

    Natick, Mass.-based technology market research firm, Venture Development Corp., recently released "PoE: Global Market Opportunity Analysis," which examines the impact a higher power standard may have on the marketplace. Power-over-Ethernet (PoE), or Active Ethernet, eliminates the need to run 110/220 VAC power to Wireless Access Points and other devices on a wired LAN. The report estimates that during a four-year period, powered device sales may exhibit a 38% compound annual growth rate, and in 2008 the market may exceed $5.2 billion in revenue. The later portion of sales would be derived primarily from new applications or powered devices that will use the new higher power standard. Of the 46 applications analyzed by the report, 19 may potentially be affected by the adoption and growth rates of PoE Plus. To view the report, visit VDC's Web site.

    NEMA Reports Expanded Lighting Equipment Shipments in Third Quarter
    NEMA's Lighting Systems Index increased 2.4% in the third quarter of 2005. The Rosslyn, Va.-based association credits the boom in single-family housing construction for the increased demand in lighting equipment. In addition, non-residential construction has slowly begun to increase demand, although still performing below previous expectations. To view the full index, visit NEMA's Web site.


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    Project Watch
    Bridgeport Housing Authority Seeks Energy Audit and Feasibility Study
    The Housing Authority of the City of Bridgeport, Conn., is requesting proposals for an energy audit and energy-efficiency feasibility study. A pre-proposal meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. EST on Jan. 4 at 150 Highland Avenue, Bridgeport, Conn. The deadline for proposals is 4:30 p.m. EST on Jan. 17. The complete RFP package can be picked up at 361 Bird St., Bridgeport, Conn., in the Purchasing Department Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. For further information contact Jan Fischer at (203) 337-8817 or download a pdf of the information from the state's Web site.

    Mississippi Development Authority Seeks Proposals for Construction of Gas Facility
    The Mississippi Development Authority, Jackson, Miss., will be accepting written bids for construction of a bulk gas facility for the Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Facility Modernization Program in Pascagoula, Miss. The project consists of furnishing all materials, labor, equipment, and supervision for the installation of the bulk gas facility. Work will consist of demolition, site work, new foundations, mechanical piping, electrical, cooling tower, pumps, instrumentation, and controls. A mandatory pre-bid meeting and site visit will be conducted at 10 a.m. CST on Jan. 5 at the facilities maintenance building conference room. The deadline for proposals is 2 p.m. CST on Jan. 17. For more information, visit the Development Authority's Web site.



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    Business Briefs
    Aurora, Ohio-based Technical Consumer Products, Inc. (TCP) recently received accreditation from the Underwriter's Laboratory (UL) for its UL testing facility at its corporate headquarters. TCP anticipates that the on-site testing lab will shorten the UL certification process for the company's line of energy-efficient lighting products from 12 weeks to three. At the lab, TCP has the capability to test lamps, fixtures, and ballasts for both indoor and outdoor applications. The first TCP products to be tested at its on-site lab included five individual models of compact fluorescent two-piece SpringLamps. Currently, there are plans to expand the lab's range to include a mold stress test oven, recessed fixture test apparatus, and equipment to double the lab's temperature testing levels.

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    Eye on Safety
    BLS Survey Says Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Declined in 2004
    The number of reported workplace injuries and illnesses in the private sector declined by 2.5% in 2004, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) most recent report, "Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses," issued Nov. 17. The rate of private-sector workplace injuries and illnesses also experienced what the Department of Labor is calling a "statistically significant decline." A total of 4.3 million non-fatal injuries and illnesses were reported in private industry workplaces during 2004 -- down from 4.4 million in 2003. Those injuries and illnesses occurred at a rate of 4.8 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers, a decline from the previous rate of 5.0 in 2003, according to BLS. Of the 4.4 million private-sector workplace injuries and illnesses reported, 2.2 million required days away from work, transfer to another job, restricted duties, or a combination of these actions. The remaining 2 million injuries and illnesses did not result in any time away from work, says BLS.

    Shows and Events
    2006 International Builders' Show & tecHOMExpo
    The National Association of Homebuilders (NAH) will present its International Builders' Show from Jan. 11-14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Planned highlights include a keynote address by General Colin Powell, speech by radio show host Dennis Prager, a viewing of The New American Home, and several awards programs. For more information, visit NAH's Web site.

    2006 International CES Conference
    The Consumer Electronics Association (CES) will present the 2006 International CES conference from Jan. 5-8 in Las Vegas. Exhibitors from the home networking, home theater, and wireless industries will be in attendance at the CES TechZones. Microsoft's Bill Gates, Google co-founder Larry Page, and Sony Corp. CEO Sir Howard Stringer are scheduled to deliver keynote addresses, in addition to the presentation of the CES Innovations 2006 Awards. For more information, visit the CES Web site.

    IESNA Centennial Conference
    The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) will present its Centennial Conference from Jan. 8-10 in New York. Participants are invited to the New York Academy of Medicine to hear Professor David DiLaura deliver the opening address, followed by a retrospective of the society's design awards programs. The event will then move to the Museum of the City of New York for the opening of the museum's exhibit, "Transformed by Light: The New York Night." Other activities include sessions on lighting education, research, and design and application. For more information and to register, visit IESNA's Web site.

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