February 28, 2006 A Prism Business Media Publication Vol. V, No. 4


CONTENTS
NLB Explains New Tax Benefits

FEMP Adopts NEMA Motors Standard for Federal Facilities Purchases

Federal Government Issues MOU on Sustainable Buildings

IES Files for Chapter 11

Atlanta Firm Seeks Subcontractor

South Carolina County Requests
Bids for Outdoor Lighting

Business Brief

Buildometer

NFPA Issues Call for Papers

PowerTest Electrical Maintenance and Safety Conference

Electronic House Expo

CSI Show & Convention

EGSA Seeks Papers

FTTH Solicits Papers


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    Around the Circuit
    NLB Explains New Tax Benefits
    The National Lighting Bureau (NLB), Silver Spring, Md., is currently offering a free brochure that provides information on the Energy Policy Act of 2005 tax benefits available to those who upgrade their existing lighting systems or specify high-efficiency lighting for new commercial buildings. According to the brochure, owners can earn an accelerated depreciation benefit equal to the cost of the lighting system -- or $0.60 per square foot -- whichever is less. Lighting systems that do not meet the efficiency required to earn the maximum deduction may be eligible for a smaller deduction. The smaller deduction benefit applies to discrete systems within a building. The brochure is available for viewing or download at the NLB Web site.


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    FEMP Adopts NEMA Motors Standard for Federal Facilities Purchases
    On Feb. 14, the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) issued federal notice of a new standard to all federal agencies on the procurement of premium efficiency motors. The new FEMP specifications are based on the efficiency criteria set by the Premium Efficiency Motors Program from the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Rosslyn, Va. FEMP has now extended the designation of premium-efficient motors to include medium-voltage electric motors -- up to 5kV -- with rated capacities up to 500 hp. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 requires that federal agencies procure only Energy Star-qualified or FEMP-designated products. For more information on the new standard, visit NEMA's Web site.

    Federal Government Issues MOU on Sustainable Buildings
    In a recent memorandum of understanding (MOU), the federal government chose to remain neutral with regard to rating systems for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance, sustainable buildings. According to an official at the Green Building Initiative, the MOU avoids mandating the use of any particular system, opting instead to focus on the end result. Development of the MOU was led by the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive. A copy of the MOU will soon be available on the Fedcenter Web site.

    IES Files for Chapter 11
    On Feb. 14, Houston-based Integrated Electrical Services (IES) finalized its proposal and filed Chapter 11 with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas. The company submitted its petition along with a prearranged reorganization plan that would result in the elimination of about $173 million in debt. The petition also announced an $80 million commitment on a revolving debtor-in-possession financing loan with Bank of America Corp. According to the court documents, the loan would be used to pay vendors and continue business operations.


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    Project Watch
    Atlanta Firm Seeks Subcontractor
    Parsons Infrastructure & Technology Group Inc., Atlanta, seeks a subcontractor to establish a medium intensity approach lighting system with sequential flashers and glide slope. Work includes excavation/backfill of trenches, underground cabling, concrete foundations, and installation of threshold lights. Deadline for bids is March 15 at 2 p.m. EST. For more information, contact Dianne Wiltz-Hunley at dianne.ctr.wilz-Hunley@faa.gov.

    South Carolina County Requests
    Bids for Outdoor Lighting

    The Greenville County Recreation District, Taylors, S.C., is accepting sealed bids for outdoor sports lighting replacements. The scope of work includes replacing the athletic field lighting at Slate-White, Northside, and Lakeside parks and lights at the tennis courts at Butler Spring Park. Bids will be accepted until 2 p.m. on March 6. For a bid package, contact Chrystel Jones at (864) 288-6470 ext. 113 or download one from the Recreation Department's Web site.


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    Business Brief
    On Feb. 22, Madison, Wis.-based JT Packard announced that, through its preferred supplier relationship with Jones Lang LaSalle, it has signed Eli Lilly and Co. to a sizable multi-year agreement for uninterruptible power supply services. Under the agreement, the pharmaceutical company will receive full-service emergency coverage and preventive maintenance for critical power equipment at its corporate headquarters in Indianapolis, which houses 13,498 employees.

    For more Business Briefs, visit EC&M's Web site.

    Buildometer
    In December, the value of construction put in place reached $1.16 trillion, up 1.1% from November. Residential construction was up 1.0% in December, with both single- and multi-family construction showing increased rates despite bad weather in some regions and predictions that housing would finally begin to turn down. Finally, nonresidential construction jumped 1.9% from November.




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    Eye on Safety
    NFPA Issues Call for Papers
    Officials at the National Fire Protection Association are soliciting papers for its inaugural Fire Protection Research Foundation Symposium on Fire Safety in Aged Electrical Systems to be held from Oct. 18-19 in Chicago. The deadline for submission of one-page abstracts is March 31. For more information, contact Eric Peterson, symposium coordinator, by phone at (617) 984-7281 or e-mail at epeterson@nfpa.org.


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    Shows and Events
    PowerTest Electrical Maintenance and Safety Conference
    PowerTest, an InterNational Electrical Testing Association (NETA) event, is scheduled to be held from March 20-23 at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn. Representatives from organizations such as OSHA, Shermco Industries, and Electrical Reliability Services will offer presentations targeted toward personnel who work on or for electric utilities, industrial facilities, commercial buildings, and governmental facilities. For more information or to register, visit the NETA Web site.

    Electronic House Expo
    The Electronic House Expo (EHX) is scheduled to take place from March 28 to April 1 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. This year's event offers boot camps geared specifically for electrical contractors, such as audio fundamentals, multi-room audio, and room acoustics. For more information or to register for the expo and conference, visit EHX's Web site.

    CSI Show & Convention
    The 50th Annual Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Show & Convention and pre-convention events will take place from March 28 to April 1 in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Architect Frank Gehry and his colleague Dennis Shelden will discuss Building Information Models (BIMS) during the opening general session. In addition, there will be more than 120 educational sessions on topics as diverse as implementing LEED, advances in security technology, and specifications that stand up in court. For more information or to register, visit the CSI Web site.

    EGSA Seeks Papers
    The Electrical Generating Systems Association (EGSA) recently issued a call for papers to be presented at its 2006 Fall Technical & Marketing Conference to be held in Palm Springs, Calif. from Sept. 17-19. For complete details on presenting a paper or suggesting a session topic, download a PDF of the submission form on the EGSA Web site.

    FTTH Solicits Papers
    Oregon-based Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council has issued a call for papers to be presented at its fifth annual conference to be held from Oct. 2-5 in Las Vegas. Organizers expect the subjects of this year's theme, "Innovations in Fiber to the Home: What's Next?" to reflect the latest trends and innovations unfolding in the industry. Abstracts should be a maximum of 500 words and be commercial free. The deadline to submit abstracts to the association's Web site is March 15 at 5 p.m. PST.
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