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September 30, 2008 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VII, No. 18


CONTENTS
Construction Employment Down in August

AIA to Release Six New Documents

OLED Lighting Markets to Reach $4.5 Billion by 2013

PSE Funds State's First College-Level Class in Renewable Energy Engineering

Lab Upfit in North Carolina

Electrical Contract in Pennsylvania

Business Brief

Advisory Committee on Electrical Safety Research Identifies Priorities

EHX Fall 2008

7x24 Exchange Fall 2008 Conference


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    Around the Circuit
    Construction Employment Down in August
    Seasonally adjusted construction employment fell by 8,000 in August and 437,000, a 5.7% decrease, over the past 12 months, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Employment at residential builders and specialty trade contractors dropped by a combined 19,000 for the month and 352,000, or 10.9%, over 12 months. Employment at non-residential builders, specialty trade contractors, and heavy and civil engineering contractors rose 10,000 in August and fell 85,000, a 1.9% decrease, over 12 months.

    To read more on this story, visit EC&M’s Web site.


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    AIA to Release Six New Documents
    The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Washington, D.C., recently announced the upcoming release of six new AIA Contract Documents on October 17, including a new Building Information Modeling (BIM) exhibit, as well as two new integrated project delivery (IPD) agreements, two new design-build agreements and a scope of services document. These new documents, collectively called the 3.5 Release, build on AIA Contract Documents’ 120 years of experience in defining the contractual relationships in the design and construction industry.

    To read more on this story, visit EC&M’s Web site.


    OLED Lighting Markets to Reach $4.5 Billion by 2013
    The organic light-emitting diode (OLED) lighting market will reach almost $4.5 billion by 2013, according to a new report from NanoMarkets, Glen Allen, Va., and grow to $5.9 billion by 2015. The firm claims that in the past year the prospects for OLED lighting have made great leaps forward due to improvements in OLED performance and manufacturing. A companion report addressing OLED materials will be released in early October.

    To read more on this story, visit EC&M’s Web site.


    PSE Funds State's First College-Level Class in Renewable Energy Engineering
    Puget Sound Energy (PSE), Bellevue, Wash., recently gave $150,000 to fund a class dedicated to renewable energy systems at Washington State University, Pullman, Wash. The class will debut in fall 2009, with PSE providing an initial $50,000 gift in 2008 to assist with course development, and the remaining balance of $100,000 over the next five years. The donation will go toward laboratory supplies and equipment, as well as student travel expenses for class tours of renewable energy facilities, such as PSE's Hopkins Ridge Wind Facility near Dayton, Wash.

    To read more on this story, visit EC&M’s Web site.


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    Project Watch
    Lab Upfit in North Carolina
    RTI International, the trade name of Research Triangle Institute, Research Triangle Park, N.C., is requesting proposals for architectural and engineering services for the Johnson Lab upfit. Scope of work comprises complete upfit, including laboratory casework and connections to existing plumbing, mechanical, and electrical systems. Proposals are due by 4 p.m. EDT on October 3. For more information, download a pdf of the request for proposals from RTI International's Web site.


    Electrical Contract in Pennsylvania
    The Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, Penn., is soliciting bids for an electrical contract for the construction of Project X, which consists of alterations and additions to the Automotive Trades Center Project No. 3149, Lifelong Education Center Project No. 3077, and the construction of a New Student Housing Building Project No. 3130. A mandatory pre-bid conference will be held 9 a.m. EST on Oct. 16. Bids are due no later than 1:30 p.m. EST on November 18. For more information, visit the Pennsylvania Public Notices Web site.


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    Business Brief
    The residential division of Palmer Electric Co., Winter Park, Fla., has secured five contracts with Park Square Homes, Orlando, Fla., for electrical contracting services at communities in Central Florida. In Orlando, Palmer is wiring single-family homes in Waters Edge at Lake Nona and in Newberry Park. Palmer is also working in two gated resort communities in Kissimmee, Encantada, and Bellavida. At Prairie Lake Reserve in Ocoee, Fla., Palmer is handling wiring for Park Square Homes' collection of custom townhomes. The company is supplying and installing lighting fixtures for all communities through its sister company, Showcase Lighting, Winter Park, Fla.

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    Eye on Safety
    Advisory Committee on Electrical Safety Research Identifies Priorities
    On August 28, leaders from the National Electrical Code (NEC)-making panels met to identify and prioritize needed research in support of the NEC. More than 30 items were identified, with five priorities: developing profiles of typical and future residential power consumption, developing data to improve the performance requirements for surge protection by defining the causes and magnitude of the hazard, developing an approach to facilitate retrofit of AFCIs in older homes, developing a means to evaluate the remaining usable life of electrical components, and studying the impact of third-party certification versus self-certification on electrical safety. The Fire Protection Research Foundation, an affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, Mass., will develop these projects. For more information on the Advisory Committee on Electrical Safety Research or the Foundation, visit the NFPA Web site.


    Shows & Events
    EHX Fall 2008
    EH Publishing will present the Electronic House Expo (EHX) and Conference from November 4-7 in Long Beach, Calif. Seminar sessions will include topics such as IP-based audio and video, marketing ideas for integrators, and green technologies. For more information and to register, visit the EXH Web site.


    7x24 Exchange Fall 2008 Conference
    The 7x24 Exchange Fall 2008 Conference is scheduled for November 16-19 in Palm Desert, Calif. Sessions at this year's conference, "The Green Horizon," include "Fundamentals of Data Center Commissioning," "The Changing Landscape of Mission Critical Facilities," and "The Dilemma of Energy Conservation and High Availability." For more information and to register, visit the event's Web site.

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