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August 29, 2008 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VII, No. 16


CONTENTS
Architecture Billings Index Continues to Show Decline

Electricians Ranked Fifth On CLRC's "Most Wanted" List

ASA Establishes Excellence in Ethics Certificate for Exemplary Subcontractors

2008 IEEE Annual Election Period Now Open

Electrical Generation Upgrade in Iowa

Calling All Electrical Consultants

Business Brief

IEC Contractor Member Promotes Alliance Program to Congress

NECA Convention and Trade Show

Solar Power International

ACEC Fall Conference

Code Change Conferences


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    Editor's Note
    In the Eye on Safety section of the August 15 issue of Electrical Zone, we listed a product recall from Ferraz Shawmut, Newburyport, Mass., as being “recently announced” when, in fact, the manufacturer's recall was placed in January 2008. In addition, similar products from other manufacturers were also involved in the recall. For more information on all the recalled products, visit the May 15 posting on the U.S. Department of Labor's Web site.


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    Around the Circuit
    Architecture Billings Index Continues to Show Decline
    Despite having its highest score since January, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) for July marks the sixth month of consecutive negative scores. The July ABI rating was 46.8, up slightly from the 46.1 mark in June (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The inquiries for new projects score was 54.6.

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


    Electricians Ranked Fifth On CLRC's "Most Wanted" List
    In response to a survey sent by Washington, D.C.-based Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC) to more than 6,000 union contractors of all crafts, only one-third of the respondents say that currently there is an ample supply of craft labor for their projects. Spot shortages out-numbered frequent shortages by a two-to-one margin among the remaining two-thirds of respondents. Of the crafts most associated with labor shortages, electricians came in fifth.

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


    ASA Establishes Excellence in Ethics Certificate for Exemplary Subcontractors
    In an effort to recognize construction subcontractors that strive to uphold the highest ethical standards in business, the American Subcontractors Association (ASA), Arlington, Va., recently released criteria and requirements for a new ASA Excellence in Ethics Certificate on its Web site.

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


    2008 IEEE Annual Election Period Now Open
    Ballots for the 2008 IEEE Annual Election have been mailed to all eligible voting IEEE members and may also be accessed electronically on the IEEE Web site. To validate their identity, members may use their IEEE Web Account username/password, or the Control Number and e-signature located on their paper ballot to access voting information. Voting for the IEEE Annual Election will end on October 1 at 12 p.m. CDT. Ballots received after the deadline will not be counted. For more information, contact Carrie Loh, IEEE Annual Election, by e-mail at c.loh@ieee.org or by phone at (732) 562-3934.

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    Project Watch
    Electrical Generation Upgrade in Iowa
    The Facilities Management department at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Ia., is requesting proposals for an electrical generation upgrade worth more than $3 million. Deadline for proposals is September 3. For more information, visit the university’s Web site.


    Calling All Electrical Consultants
    The City of Ferndale, Wash., is soliciting statements of qualifications (SOQ) from electrical engineering consultants. Submitted qualifications will be placed on file for up to five years and will be used as a source from which to select one or more qualified professionals from whom a detailed proposal will be requested for any specific project or required services. This includes on-call services. Firms are encouraged to update their SOQ annually. SOQs should be directed to the Public Works Director, P.O. Box 936, 2095 Main St., Ferndale, WA 98248.


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    Business Brief
    Norwalk, Conn.-based EMCOR Group recently announced that its subsidiary Gibson Electric Co., Downers Grove, Ill., was awarded the contract to install all power, lighting, structured cabling, and life safety systems for a new 650,000 square-foot office expansion project for international law firm Kirkland & Ellis in downtown Chicago. Gibson will be the lead electrical contractor for the project.

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


    Eye on Safety
    IEC Contractor Member Promotes Alliance Program to Congress
    In June, Mike Kallmeyer, senior vice president for construction at Denier Electric, Cincinnati, testified before Congress on the importance of job-site safety and the role of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in promoting safe job sites. The hearing, called by the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor, examined the effectiveness of current job-site safety rules and OSHA’s enforcement.

    “At Denier Electric, workplace safety is part of our culture because it is the right thing to do for our employees and for our business,” said Kallmeyer, a 28-year veteran in the electrical field. “Job-site safety is one of the key components of any successful contractor’s business model.”

    In his testimony before Congress, Kallmeyer stressed that effective action from the government starts with aggressively promoting educational partnerships and increasing resources available to employers. One of the keys to IEC’s safety program is its Alliance program with the OSHA. As part of this program, IEC educates its members about OSHA regulations as well as relaying the best industry practices promoted by OSHA. In addition, as part of its Alliance program, IEC works with OSHA officials to produce Web-based e-Tools and the IEC Jobsite Safety Handbook.


    Shows & Events
    NECA Convention and Trade Show
    The 2008 National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Convention and Trade Show will take place October 4-7 in Chicago. Topics for sessions at this year's event include NFPA 70E compliance, reducing project risk, and increasing profits with new technology. For more information on the trade show and education tracks and to register, visit the NECA Web site.


    Solar Power International
    The 2008 Solar Power International Conference and Expo, formerly known as Solar Power 2008, is scheduled for October 13-16 in San Diego. Sessions at the conference include "Economics of Solar: Making The Financial Case for Residential Solar," "The Great Crystalline Silicon Debate," and "Right-Sizing the Inverter to the Application." For more information and to register, visit the Solar Power Web site.


    ACEC Fall Conference
    The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) will present its 2008 Fall Conference from October 19-22 in Montreal, Canada. Topics for educational sessions include implementing Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), recruiting and retaining staff, green design and green building certification, and reducing risk and improving profits. For more information and to register, visit the ACEC 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 coming up:
    --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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