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February 15, 2007 A Prism Business Media Publication Vol. 6, No. 3

New Day for Daylight

AASHE Urges Campuses to Build Green

BACnet Addenda Approved for Review

Austin State School Needs Electrical Transformer Replacement

Virginia Town Seeks Qualified Contractor

Business Brief

OSHA Final Rule Updates Electrical Standard

LIGHTCongress 2007

PowerTest 2007

ABC National Convention

ISC West

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    Around the Circuit
    New Day for Daylight
    The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct), a comprehensive package of energy legislation setting rules for everything from oil exploration to energy consumption in commercial buildings, includes one seemingly small change -- a little surprise that could potentially create major headaches for computer-controlled building management systems and other date-sensitive technologies throughout the United States starting next month.

    Extending the length of daylight-saving time (DST) by about four weeks, as of March 11, the legislation officially moves up the start date for DST to the second Sunday in March instead of the first Sunday in April -- and delays the change back to standard time until the first Sunday in November instead of the last Sunday in October. The trick is, most building management systems -- not to mention their owners -- don't know it yet. In fact, the new day for daylight savings time could throw off all sorts of time-sensitive management systems, such as security systems and lighting controls to name just a few.

    This situation may create an opportunity for proactive electrical contractors and distributors willing to take the extra effort to alert customers and offer recommendations for addressing the switch, ensuring that business continues as usual. For a comprehensive report on how this legislation will affect end-users, as well as reports on what some electrical manufacturers are doing to help, read "Spring Forward: The Daylight Surprise," featured in the February 2007 issue of EC&M magazine's sister publication, Electrical Wholesaling magazine, and written by Executive Editor Doug Chandler. To read the complete article, visit the magazine's Web site.

    Power Quality Analyzer Model 8220
    The Model 8220 is a single-phase AC/DC power meter with an electro-luminescent backlit digital display. It is designed for technicians and maintenance engineers, as well as electrical contractors and educators. It measures all electrical parameters -- V, A, W, VAR, and harmonics. It is ideal for tracking disturbances.

    AASHE Urges Campuses to Build Green
    Washington, D.C.-based Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) recently established a policy requiring all campus construction be built to the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED Silver standard. This move is part of AASHE's support of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, an effort to make campuses more sustainable and address global climate change. Organizers of the Commitment say they are seeking to commit at least 200 presidents and chancellors by June 2007 and more than 1,000 administrators by December 2009. Presidents and chancellors who sign the Commitment pledge to eliminate their campuses' greenhouse gas emissions over time.

    BACnet Addenda Approved for Review
    Six proposed addenda to Atlanta-based ASHRAE's BACnet standards are expected to be released for public review Mar. 16. If approved, they would become part of Standard 135, "BACnet -- a Data Communication Protocol for Building Automation and Control Networks," and Standard 135.1, "Method of Test Conformance to BACnet." Proposed addendum (j) to BACnet-2004 would add physical access control to BACnet's support for building automation and would round out the working group access control extensions to BACnet, which began with the Access Door object presented in addendum (f). The committee is actively soliciting comments on these extensions from the access control industry.

    Proposed addendum (g) to 135-2004, a new means for securing BACnet network communications, provides part of the base on which proposed addendum (j) is built. Developed by the Network Security Working Group, addendum (g) draws on significant advances in encryption and authentication technologies since BACnet became a standard. Proposed addendum 135-2004 (i) presents several extensions to the BACnet standard to support lighting control systems. Also recommended for review are 135h, which would include miscellaneous changes to the standards 135.1b, involving new and revised tests, and 135.1c, updating references in 135.1 from 135-2001 to 135-2004.

    ILSCO Pigtail Adaptors
    Popular Again

    With the recent increased use of aluminum conductors, ILSCO's ACM, ACO-90, CPM, and CPML pigtail adaptors are in high demand. The pigtails give contractors the flexibility of using a less- expensive aluminum conductor and then converting the conductor so that it can be installed into a copper connector. Pigtails also reduce the size of the conductor to allow installation of the conductor into smaller panel board connectors that may have been supplied. Go to and click on Compression Products to learn more.

    Project Watch
    Austin State School Needs Electrical Transformer Replacement
    The Texas Health and Human Services Commission currently is soliciting bids for electrical transformer replacements. Work consists of the replacement of high-voltage transformers and switches and 208V circuit breaker panels. A pre-bid conference is scheduled for Feb. 20. Sealed bids will be received until 2 p.m. on March 8. For more information, visit the Health and Human Services Commission's Web site.

    Virginia Town Seeks Qualified Contractor
    Culpeper, Va., is requesting qualifications from contractors for major upgrades to the Culpeper Water Pollution Control Facility. The town is seeking to achieve the Enhanced Nutrient Removal (ENR) requirements associated with the Chesapeake Bay Initiative and expansion from 4.0 mgd to 6.0 mgd to accommodate planned growth in the plant's service area. Major facilities to be constructed include new ENR tanks, aeration blowers, secondary clarifiers, denitrification filters, ultraviolet disinfection, flow equalization, solids handling, chemical feed, and odor control. All required yard piping, site work, electrical, installation, HVAC, and plumbing is included. The design engineer for the project, with an estimated construction cost in the range of $18 to $21 million is Hazen and Sawyer. The anticipated start of construction is late spring or early summer of 2007. For more information, download a pdf from the town's Web site.

    New Flip Clip From Cooper B-Line
    The fastest, most inexpensive way to securely hang and level wire basket tray, saving installers time and money. The Flip Clip can be used with 1/4-inch and 3/8-inch threaded rods, eliminating the need for multiple hanger sizes. The Flip Clip requires only one nut and one tool for installation.

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    Business Brief
    Costa Mesa, Calif.-based MGE UPS Systems recently invested $1 million into expanding its Customer Test Center. The expanded facility encompasses more than 25,000 square feet, including 28 test bays with a total electrical capacity of 12MW. The expanded test site gives MGE customers the ability to witness critical testing of their enterprise and data center power systems to assure operational functionality and interoperability of their entire power infrastructure.

    "At our state-of-the-art facility, customers can easily view the equipment under test and have instant access to test data, testing procedures, and results," says Christian Madelon, vice president of operations for MGE UPS Systems. Steady state, dynamic, overload, and fault testing, as well as monitoring voltage current, frequency, and Watts are automatically performed for each system under test in the 28 test bays -- 14 for large three-phase systems, 11 for 10kVA to 100kVA equipment, and three for power distribution units and power switches.

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

    Eye on Safety
    OSHA Final Rule Updates Electrical Standard
    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is revising the general industry electrical installation standard found in Subpart S of 29 CFR Part 1910. The Agency has determined that electrical hazards in the workplace pose a significant risk of injury or death to employees. The requirements in the revised standard, which draw heavily from the 2000 edition of the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) Electrical Safety Requirements for Employee Workplaces (NFPA 70E) and the 2002 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC), are reasonably necessary to provide protection from these hazards.

    This final rule focuses on safety in the design and installation of electric equipment in the workplace. This revision will provide the first update of the installation requirements in the general industry electrical installation standard since 1981. OSHA is also replacing the reference to the 1971 NEC in the mandatory appendix to the general industry powered platform standard found in Subpart F of 29 CFR Part 1910 with a reference to OSHA's electrical installation standard. This final rule becomes effective on Aug. 13, 2007.

    To read the complete text of OSHA's final rule, visit the Feb. 14 issue of the Federal Register.

    Shows and Events
    LIGHTCongress 2007
    LIGHTCongress 2007 is scheduled for Mar. 13 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. The forum brings together experts in design, architecture, academia, and engineering to discuss lighting trends and technologies. Panel topics include designing with light, energyefficiency and sustainability, and daylighting and health. Continuing education credits are available by attending the forum. For more information and to register, visit the LIGHTCongress Web site.

    PowerTest 2007
    The International Electrical Testing Association (NETA) will present PowerTest 2007: Electrical Maintenance and Safety Conference March 21-22 in Denver. Targeted for personnel who work in electric utilities, industrial facilities, commercial buildings, and governmental facilities, the event includes seminars discussing subjects such as protective relays, ground resistance testing, and low- and medium-voltage circuit breakers. For more information, visit the NETA-sponsored Web site.

    ABC National Convention
    The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) will present its 2007 National Convention March 21-25 in Nashville, Tenn. In addition to exhibitors in the Construction Showcase, this year's event features several awards ceremonies and competitions, as well as many educational seminars. For more information and to register, visit ABC's Web site.

    ISC West
    The International Security Conference (ISC) & Exposition, scheduled for March 28-30 at the Sands Expo, Las Vegas, will feature a return of Urban Security, products and technologies that protect cities and public/private critical infrastructure, and will debut SmartHome@ISC, products for residential installations as well as the New Product Showcase. In addition, the education program will feature a pre-show, behind-the-scenes casino tour and the return of the IP Institute full-day certification program. For more information and to register, visit the show's Web site.

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