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June 29, 2007 A Penton Media Publication Vol. 6, No. 12


CONTENTS
Economists Predict Nonresidential Construction Will Stay Strong

California's Assembly Passes
Light Bulb Efficiency Standards

Study Recommends Energy Efficiency Policies for Florida

San Francisco Launches Solar Mapping Web Portal

Lighting Project in Dallas

Electrical Work in Pittsburgh

Business Brief

NSPE Annual Meeting

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EC&M Code Change Conferences


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    Around the Circuit
    Economists Predict Nonresidential Construction Will Stay Strong
    In May, all construction sectors experienced gains, as did all regions of the country, says Kermit Baker, chief economist for the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Washington, D.C., commenting on the findings in the AIA's monthly "Work-on-the-Boards" survey of 300 firms. Architecture firms reported an increase in billings, compared to the prior three months.

    According to Reed Construction Data, Norcross, Ga., the year-to-date value of construction starts through May 2007, excluding residential contracts, jumped 18%, compared to the same months in 2006. Seasonally adjusted starts increased 3.9% from April to a record high. According to Jim Haughey, chief economist for Reed, hotels, offices, bridges, and water/sewer facilities were the fastest growing markets in the first five months of 2007. Airport and library/museum work were the only two sectors that experienced a decline, with 25% year-to-date decreases in 2007 following full-year declines in 2006.

    The value of new construction starts in May climbed 8% from the previous month, seasonally adjusted, but was down 15% year-to-date, reports McGraw-Hill Construction, New York, in its "Dodge Report." Residential building starts were down 2% for the month and 28% year-to-date. Nonresidential building was up 4% for the month but down 4% year-to-date.


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    California's Assembly Passes
    Light Bulb Efficiency Standards

    Instead of eliminating incandescent light bulbs altogether, California lawmakers recently passed Assembly Bill (AB) 1109, which requires the state to set energy efficiency standards for light bulbs that by 2018 would reduce electricity consumption by 50% for indoor lighting and 25% for commercial and outdoor lighting. The bill's proponents hold AB 1109 as a national model that would reduce electrical demand, curb emission of 6 million tons of greenhouse gases annually, and save ratepayers $3 billion per year by negating the need for five new power plants. Opponents say the bill is a backdoor ban on incandescents and also intrudes on consumer choice. The assembly passed the bill with a vote of 49 to 29. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has taken no position.

    Study Recommends Energy Efficiency Policies for Florida
    Florida could save $28 billion and create more than 14,000 jobs by 2023 by expanding energy efficiency measures and investing in renewable energy sources, like biomass and solar, says a recent study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Washington, D.C. According to the study, "Potential for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to Meet Florida's Growing Energy Demands," energy efficiency policies, such as efficient windows, compact fluorescent bulbs, and Energy Star appliances, could nearly offset the state's entire future growth in electric demand by that same time.

    In addition, the direct and indirect jobs created would be equivalent to nearly 100 new manufacturing plants relocating to the state, but without the demand for infrastructure and other energy needs. The study provides specific energy policy recommendations that the state should consider and comes at a time when the state is gearing up for the Summit on Global Climate Change in Miami
    July 12-13.

    San Francisco Launches Solar Mapping Web Portal
    Englewood, Colo.-based CH2M Hill Enterprise Management Solutions, in partnership with the City and County of San Francisco's Dept. of the Environment, recently announced the development of the first solar mapping Web portal. The portal estimates the solar energy potential for every commercial and residential rooftop in San Francisco and allows building owners to visualize the potential environmental benefits and monetary savings that would result from installing solar energy panels on their property. Publicly accessible and replicable for use in other cities and countries throughout the world, the portal uses Google Maps as a visualization platform. To access the portal, click on www.sf.solarmap.org.


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    Project Watch
    Lighting Project in Dallas
    The Texas Dept. of Transportation is requesting bids for the Katy Trail lighting improvements project. A pre-bid conference will be held July 9 at 10 a.m. Bids will be accepted until 2 p.m. on July 18. For information regarding this project, contact Alan Hendrix, P.E., project manager with the City of Dallas, by phone (214) 670-4262 or e-mail alan.hendrix@dallascityhall.com.

    Electrical Work in Pittsburgh
    Galway Bay Corp., Pittsburgh, is seeking PENNDOT-certified and qualified M/W/DBE contractors to submit quotes for the Sharon Wastewater Treatment Plant Contract G -- General Construction, including electrical work. Bids are due July 11 at 5 p.m. Plans and specifications are available from Galway's office by contacting Trudy Savage or Greg Maynard at (724) 277-4282.


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    Grounding Line Addition
    ILSCO introduces a new line of cast bronze clamps with copper straps for grounding rigid conduit systems. The BGCS clamps have a ground wire range of 3/0 to No. 10, a water pipe range of 1/2" to 1", and a conduit hub size range of 1/2" to 1". Two versions are available: one with a saddle for connecting the ground wire to the pipe and one without a saddle. UL listed and CSA certified. www.ilsco.com


    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    Levitt and Sons recently selected Winter Park, Fla.-based Palmer Electric Co., to provide electrical contracting and fire alarm systems for a new clubhouse under construction at The Cascades at Groveland in Groveland, Fla. Palmer plans to complete its $876,000 contract in November of this year on the four-building complex that includes a 38,000-square-foot golf and community clubhouse with 4,000-square-feet of covered veranda, a tennis pavilion, a pool and spa building, and a pool cabana.

    For more business briefs, visit EC&M's Web site.


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    Shows and Events



    NSPE Annual Meeting

    The National Society of Professional Engineers will present its annual meeting in Denver from July 26-29. Conference education session topics cover teambuilding, profitability, forensic engineering, sustainable design, risk management, and stress management. For more information and to register, visit NSPE's Web site.








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    Win a Free Road America Race Weekend for Two

    EC&M magazine and Generac Power Systems have teamed up to offer an expenses-paid weekend (August 10-12, 2007) featuring two of the world's fastest racing series. The third annual Generac Power Weekend is one thrilling day of American LeMans series racing (the Generac 500) and an equally exciting day of Champ Car racing at its finest (the Generac Grand Prix). It's your chance to see both series compete in a single weekend at one of North America's most beautiful tracks. Located in the hilly heart of Wisconsin's scenic Kettle Moraine area, Road America is a four-mile permanent road course that tests drivers with 14 challenging turns.

    Enter by July 10, 2007. Visit the Generac Power Systems virtual booth at the EC&M E-Tradeshow. Full contest rules are available online in the Generac E-Tradeshow booth. For more information about the Generac Power Weekend, go to www.roadamerica.com.


    EC&M Code Change Conferences
    Where do you turn when you need accurate information on changes to the National Electrical Code? Acknowledged as the leaders in providing information on the NEC, EC&M magazine and EC&M Seminars have been the preferred sources of this information for more than 60 years. Seven Code change conferences have been scheduled in the fall of 2007. Host cities include: Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Orlando, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Seattle.

    As an approved provider with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), through its Registered Continuing Education provider Program (RCEPP), professional engineers attending any of our 2008 Code change conferences will receive Professional Development Hours (PDHs), a requirement for re-licensing in many states. The conferences are also approved by every state that has a continuing education requirement for contractors and electricians.

    For additional information on the dates and locations of these events, click here.


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