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February 27, 2009 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VIII, No. 4


CONTENTS
AIA's Architecture Billings Index Drops in January

Non-Residential Construction Activity Projected to Decline

ANSI Approves National Green Building Standard

DOE Announces Three Solar America Showcase Awards

One-Year Electrical Maintenance Contract in Massachusetts

Five-Year Electrical Contract in New York

Business Brief

Faulty Insulation Cause of Probable Electrocution in Honolulu

WEEC

Globalcon 2009

ISC West

Electric West 2009

ICWE



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    Around the Circuit
    AIA's Architecture Billings Index Drops in January
    The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) dropped to 33.3 in January, down from the 34.1 mark in December, according to the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Washington, D.C.

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


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    Non-Residential Construction Activity Projected to Decline
    The non-residential construction industry will experience a steep decline in the coming years, according to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Consensus Non-Residential Construction Forecast Panel, which is conducted twice a year with the participation of the leading non-residential construction forecasters in the United States. Overall, non-residential construction activity will see an 11% decline in 2009, followed by an additional 5% drop in 2010.

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


    ANSI Approves National Green Building Standard
    The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Washington, D.C., recently approved the National Green Building Standard, developed by the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), Washington, D.C., and the International Code Council (ICC), Washington, D.C.

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


    DOE Announces Three Solar America Showcase Awards
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Washington, D.C., recently announced it has made three new technical assistance awards under the Solar America Showcases project, which is run by the Solar Energy Technologies Program. These awards provide technical assistance from solar energy experts to high-visibility, large-scale solar installations.

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


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    Project Watch
    One-Year Electrical Maintenance Contract in Massachusetts
    Barnstable County, Mass., is seeking sealed bids on behalf of the towns of Barnstable, Brewster, Chatham, Dennis, Eastham, Sandwich, Wellfleet, and Yarmouth for on-call tradespersons for electrical maintenance and repair for the period of April 1, 2009, through March 31, 2010, with the option to renew for one additional year. The deadline for bids is March 3 at 10 a.m. EST. For more information, visit Barnstable County's Purchasing Department Web site.


    Five-Year Electrical Contract in New York
    The New York Department of Education, New York, is seeking bids for a five-year contract for the installation, upgrade, modification, and replacement of electrical equipment and systems in selected schools in Brooklyn and Staten Island. The contractor may be required to work on items such as (but not limited to): emergency generator systems, transient voltage surge suppression, service entrance equipment, switchboards, transformers, panelboards, auditorium and media studio dimming lights, interior building lighting, and fire detection and alarm system (greater than 50V). Bids are due April 1 at 5 p.m. EST. Questions related to this request should be directed to sepstei@schools.nyc.gov with the bid request number, B1019, and title, "Electrical Installations and Repairs," in the subject line of the e-mail message.


    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    Dallas-based Balfour Beatty Construction recently acquired RT Dooley Construction Co., Charlotte, N.C., for an undisclosed sum. Because of the complementary nature of the companies’ businesses, no staff cuts are planned. According to the company, RT Dooley will remain at its current location, operating under its own leadership team with relative autonomy.

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


    Eye on Safety
    Faulty Insulation Cause of Probable Electrocution in Honolulu
    On Feb. 18, Honolulu resident Michael Perron Jr., 42, died after an apparent electrical shock from an iron access panel next to a street light pole at the intersection of Kapi'olani and University avenues. An investigation into the incident has determined that insulation over live wiring in the access panel was faulty. “Upon inspection of the box in question, crews did find that there was an insulated connection where parts of the insulation appear to have been worn down,” says Bill Brennan, city spokesperson. “The insulated electrical wires in that box feed electricity to street lights in the area.”

    However, the cause of death for Perron was being deferred pending further investigation. Brennan said the city is awaiting the results of the autopsy to determine exactly what happened. “The city is unaware of any fatalities caused by electricity coming from these types of boxes or street lights, but will continue to investigate this incident,” Brennan says, explaining that 40 similar boxes and 45 lamp posts in the area have been inspected, and no other problems of worn insulation have been found.


    Call for Papers
    WEEC
    The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) invites you to submit a one-page abstract for consideration to speak at the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC), which will take place from November 4-6 in Washington, D.C. Suggested topics include sustainable design, building operations, lighting efficiency, and load curtailment programs. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is March 20. For the complete list of topics and the online entry form, visit the AEE Web site.


    Shows & Events
    Globalcon 2009
    The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) will present Globalcon 2009 from April 1-2 in Atlantic City, N.J. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the event will include presentations on topics such as lighting efficiency, building commissioning, and energy auditing. For more information and to register, visit the Globalcon 2009 Web site.


    ISC West
    ISC West will take place from April 1-3 in Las Vegas. The education program at this year's event includes topics such as IT/IP convergence, service agreements, wireless security, and fiber for CCTV and access control. For more information and to register, visit the ISC Web site.





    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
    For more information, visit our Web site.


    ICWE
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