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November 26, 2008 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VII, No. 22


CONTENTS
Architecture Billings Index Falls More than Six Points

PCA Joins Support of Infrastructure Stimulus Bill

NECA Asks Congress to Support Multi-Employer Pension Adjustments

LEED for Retail Now Open for Public Comment

Emergency Notification System in Connecticut

Electrical and Instrumentation Design in Arizona

Business Brief

UL Warns of Counterfeit Electric Signs

Electric West 2009


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    Around the Circuit
    Architecture Billings Index Falls More than Six Points
    Following three consecutive months of greater stability in design activity, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) fell precipitously, dropping more than six points. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI shows an approximate nine- to twelve-month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Washington, D.C., reported the September ABI rating was 41.4, down sharply from the 47.6 mark in August (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The inquiries for new projects score was 51.0. This is also the first time in 2008 that the institutional sector has fallen below the 50 mark.

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


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    PCA Joins Support of Infrastructure Stimulus Bill
    As the nation struggles to deal with the largest economic crisis in decades, attention is focused on an economic stimulus bill that many believe should contain significant dollars for infrastructure improvements that will create jobs at both the local and state levels. According to Ed Sullivan, chief economist for the Portland Cement Association (PCA), Skokie, Ill., if the government does not act quickly, the nation could lose two million jobs in 2009.

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


    NECA Asks Congress to Support Multi-Employer Pension Adjustments
    In a formal request, the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), Bethesda, Md., recently urged members of Congress to address specific changes included in the proposed economic stimulus package that would prevent multi-employer pension funds from being categorized as “at risk” or “severely underfunded.” According to NECA, such changes in a fund’s zone status – a plan’s rating based on its funding level – dramatically increase its administrative costs, while simultaneously driving down the pension’s employee benefits.

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


    LEED for Retail Now Open for Public Comment
    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Washington, D.C., recently opened the public comment period for its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Retail rating system, both for new construction and commercial interiors projects. LEED for Retail recognizes the unique nature of the retail environment and offers a certification system that addresses the various types of retail spaces available — from grocery stores to big box retailers and restaurants and banks. Since the pilot’s launch in April 2007, USGBC has collaborated with more than 80 retail pilot project teams to develop and refine the innovative program. Once balloted, LEED for Retail will become a part of LEED 2009, the next evolution of the LEED green building certification system.

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


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    Project Watch
    Emergency Notification System in Connecticut
    The City of Stamford, Conn., is seeking proposals for the installation of an emergency notification system. Proposals are due December 12 at 4 p.m. EST. For more information, contact Barbara Gayle at (203) 977-4108.


    Electrical and Instrumentation Design in Arizona
    Pima County, Ariz., is inviting bids for the repair and rewind of electric pump motors. A pre-bid meeting will take place December 2 at 1 p.m. MST. The deadline for bids is December 16 at 1 p.m. For more information, visit the county's Web site.


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    Business Brief
    Clockwork Home Services, Sarasota, Fla., parent company of the Mister Sparky America’s On-time Electrician franchise system, has launched a $500,000 marketing campaign to propel consumer awareness of the company’s home services contracting brands. A competition offering a $26,000 cash prize is the centerpiece of the program, according to Clockwork CEO Jim Abrams, who introduced the campaign to franchisees at the company’s annual Clockwork Congress held recently in Washington, D.C.

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


    Eye on Safety
    UL Warns of Counterfeit Electric Signs
    Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Northbrook, Ill., is notifying consumers, sign installers, and authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ) that electric signs manufactured by Clover Signs bear a counterfeit UL mark. Clover Signs is not authorized to use the UL mark on its signs or represent that its products are UL listed. These signs have not been evaluated for safety by UL and are not authorized to bear the UL mark.

    For identification: Attached to the sign is a label that has a counterfeit UL mark. Issue numbers BF-565351 through BF-565362, BR-774301 through BR-774800, or CX-285601 through CX-286100 also appear on the label. The company name "CLOVER SIGNS" and/or "E215710" may also be on the label or found on a separate label.


    Shows & Events



    Electric West 2009

    The Electric West Show, to be held March 18-20 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in conjunction with the Power Quality Reliability Conference, is the perfect place to brush up on the latest NEC topics — and earn continuing education credits in the process. Geared toward electrical contractors, consulting and specifying engineers, electricians, and plant facility personnel, there’s something for everyone at the Electric Show. The biggest electrical marketplace in the western United States, this event attracts 250 exhibiting companies and more than 6,000 attendees every year. Here's a preview of some of the NEC seminars planned for next year's event:

    • One- and Two-Family Dwelling Unit Electrical Systems
    • Changes to the 2008 NEC
    • Swimming Pools and Similar Installations (NEC Article 680)
    • Introduction to the 2009 NFPA 70E
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