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August 15, 2008 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VII, No. 15


CONTENTS
Non-Residential Building Starts Decline in July

Amended SSL Criteria Causes Confusion

LEED Green Building Rating System Works Toward Third-Party Certification

AWEA Claims PTC Expiration a Threat to Wind Power Expansion

Wind Energy Project in Rhode Island

Lighting Project in Connecticut

Business Brief

Farraz Shawmut Announces Issues Product Recall and Field Notice

Call for Papers

Call for Papers

2008 BICSI Fall Conference

IEEE IAS Annual Meeting

Code Change Conferences


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    Around the Circuit
    Non-Residential Building Starts Decline
    in July

    The value of non-residential building starts nose-dived 31% in July, compared to July 2007, according to Reed Construction Data, Norcross, Ga. In the first seven months of 2008 combined, year-to-date starts declined 7% in monetary value and 15% in square footage.

    To read more on this topic, visit the EC&M Web site.


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    Amended SSL Criteria Causes Confusion
    On June 2, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a modification to its Energy Star light fixture criteria, despite incompatibility with previously announced Department of Energy (DOE) solid-state lighting (SSL) criteria, set to take effect September 30. “DOE is aware of the confusion created by EPA's release of the amended criteria,” said David Rodgers, deputy assistant secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the DOE, in response to the modification. "In the meantime, the September 2007 guidance stands as the valid guidance for SSL."

    To read more on this topic, visit the EC&M Web site.

    LEED Green Building Rating System Works Toward Third-Party Certification
    U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) V3, the certification bodies for the LEED Green Building Rating System were recently announced. Well-known and respected for their role in certifying organizations, processes, and products to ISO and other standards, the members include:

    • ABS Quality Evaluations, Inc., Houston
    • BSI Management Systems America, Inc., Reston, Va.
    • Bureau Veritas North America, Inc., San Diego
    • DNV Certification, Houston
    • Intertek, Houston
    • KEMA-Registered Quality, Inc., Chalfont, Pa.
    • Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance Inc., Houston
    • NSF-International Strategic Registrations, Ann Arbor, Mich.
    • SRI Quality System Registrar, Inc., Pittsburgh
    • Underwriters Laboratories-DQS Inc., Northbrook, Ill.

    In the spirit of the most successful LEED projects, this evolution in the certification process is being undertaken as an integrated part of a major update to the technical rating system, which will debut in January as LEED 2009. The update will also include a comprehensive technology upgrade to LEED Online aimed at improving the user experience and expanding its portfolio management capabilities.

    To read more on this topic, visit the EC&M Web site.


    AWEA Claims PTC Expiration a Threat to Wind Power Expansion
    U.S. wind farms now generate more electricity than any other nation in the world and are on track to expand by more than 45% this year. However, according to Washington, D.C.-based American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the expiration of the federal production tax credit (PTC) less than five months from now threatens this progress.

    To read more on this topic, visit the EC&M Web site.


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    Project Watch
    Wind Energy Project in Rhode Island
    The Town of Barrington, Rhode Island, is soliciting proposals from qualified wind energy contractors for the design, installation, test, and maintenance of a municipal wind turbine generator. The scope of the work for the contractor is to take full responsibility for cost, schedule, and performance of the management, planning, design, purchase, construction, installation, testing, and maintenance. Proposals will be accepted in the Town Manager’s Office, Barrington Town Hall, no later than 4 p.m. EST on August 18. For more information, you may download a pdf from the town's Web site.


    Lighting Project in Connecticut
    The Town of Avon, Conn., is requesting written responses to a request for proposal (RFP) for services of an electrical engineer needed for town center improvements. Electrical engineering services are required for the design, lighting specifications, and construction administration for the lighting portion of the project. This includes but is not limited to analysis of the existing power in the Town Center area, options to power the proposed lighting, layout of the conduit and lighting, assistance with bid specification documents, and construction administration services. Proposals will be accepted until 12 p.m. on August 20. For more information, you may download a pdf from the town's Web site.


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    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    The special projects division of Winter Park. Fla.-based Palmer Electric Co. has secured a $165,000 design-build contract to provide electrical contracting for a new M & I Bank branch in Oviedo, Fla. Under contract with McCree General Contractors & Architects, Palmer is providing wiring for site and building electrical along with the wiring and installation of the fire alarm and security systems for the one-story, 6,200- square-foot bank with three drive-through windows.

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


    Eye on Safety
    Ferraz Shawmut Announces Issues Product Recall and Field Notice
    Ferraz Shawmut, Newburyport, Mass., recently notified distributors of the potential for failure in its Load Break Switch Type LBS 60 to 125A manufactured from January 1, 2007 through December 15, 2007 and in enclosed switches containing the identified switches. According to the manufacturer, the problem centers on a non-compliant internal plastic part that could break leaving one or more poles of the switch in the "On" position. For help in identifying switch part numbers and receiving replacements, contact your distributor or call the manufacturer's dedicated phone line at (978) 457-4285.


    Call for Papers







    Call for Papers

    Potential speakers: The deadline's been extended! You still have time to submit an abstract, but time is running out. All abstracts must be received by August 29, 2008.

    Power Quality & Reliability 2009 organizers invite interested parties to offer unpublished non-commercial papers for presentation consideration at the Power Quality & Reliability 2009 Exposition & Conference, scheduled for March 18-20, 2009 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and held in conjunction with the Electric West Show. Prospective authors/speakers should submit a two- to three-paragraph abstract (200 words maximum) on the main points of the paper. Additional or clarified points may be requested prior to accepting the paper for presentation.

    Submit your abstract online today at our Web site.

    If you have any questions, please contact Joe Charno by phone at (203) 358-4152 or via e-mail at Joseph.Charno@penton.com.

    Don't delay: Send in your abstract by August 29!






    Call for Papers

    Potential speakers: The deadline's been extended! You still have time to submit an abstract, but time is running out. All abstracts must be received by August 29, 2008.

    Electric West 2009 organizers invite interested parties to offer unpublished non-commercial papers for presentation consideration at the Electric West 2009 Exposition & Conference, scheduled for March 18-20, 2009 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and held in conjunction with the Power Quality & Reliability Show. Prospective authors/speakers should submit a two- to three-paragraph abstract (200 words maximum) on the main points of the paper. Additional or clarified points may be requested prior to accepting the paper for presentation.

    Submit your abstract online today at our Web site.

    If you have any questions, please contact Joe Charno by phone at (203) 358-4152 or via e-mail at Joseph.Charno@penton.com.

    Don't delay: Send in your abstract by August 29!


    Shows & Events
    2008 BICSI Fall Conference
    The 2008 BICSO Fall Conference will take place from September 29-October 2 in Las Vegas. Topics for seminars at this year's event include design and installation for CCTV cabling, trends in energy-efficient data center design, and 2008 NEC updates. For more information and to register, visit the BICSI Web site.


    IEEE IAS Annual Meeting
    The 2008 IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) Annual Meeting is scheduled for October 5-9 in Edmonton, Canada. The papers and tutorials presented at the meeting will cover applications-related topics such as lighting, power systems, mining, metals, appliances, electrostatics, automation control, electrical drives, power converters, and electric machines. Another component of the conference are the committee meetings devoted to developing and updating the IEEE Color Book Standards, which provide information about electrical power production, distribution and utilization in industrial and commercial power systems. For more information and to register, visit IEEE's Web site.


    Code Change Conferences

    In two informative and interest-filled days with Mike Holt, you'll learn about major NEC changes that will impact your work, whether you're an electrician, contractor, engineer, designer, or plant/facility maintenance person. You'll also earn continuing education hours and professional development hours.

    Two conferences are scheduled for later this year:
    --September 4-5 in Portland, Ore.
    --September 8-9 in San Antonio

    For more information and to register online, visit the Code Change Conferences Web site.


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