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August 31, 2009 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VIII, No. 16



CONTENTS
Fleet Tracking

New Construction Starts Jump 8% in July

Construction Unemployment Spikes in July

NEMA Publishes Electric Connector Standard

Florida Slowest to Spend Stimulus Funds

Electrical Work in Arkansas

Electrical Engineering Services in Florida

Business Brief

Lighting Equipment Demand Slides Again During Q2 2009

CFL Market Share Rises in Quarter 2

Construction Fatality and Safety Incidents Decline Over Last Decade

Outlook 2010 Executive Conference

IEC National Convention & Electric Expo 2009


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    Coming Up in EC&M
    Fleet Tracking
    In this economy, managing overhead is more important than ever. Has your firm recently implemented a new system for fleet management? For the October issue of EC&M, we're looking into the return on investment of fleet management systems. If you would like to share your success stories -- as well as divulge the challenges and lessons learned -- in initiating a new fleet tracking system, contact Staff Writer Beck Ireland by phone at (913) 967-1806 or e-mail at beck.ireland@penton.com.


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    AEMC®'s Models 670 and 675 are true RMS clamp-on meters that provide RMS measurements for today’s non-linear electrical environments. These meters are designed to measure and display amps and volts at the same time. They are also auto-ranging and provide the best measurement range and resolution for troubleshooting. They are sized for comfortable, one-handed operation. The tapered and hooked jaw design facilitates maneuvering in crowded wiring and breaker panels, making it easy to select conductors. Visit: www.aemc.com.


    Around the Circuit
    New Construction Starts Jump 8% in July
    The value of new construction starts rose 8% in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $420.3 billion, according to McGraw-Hill Construction, New York. Non-residential building strengthened after a very weak June, while residential building continued to edge upward from its depressed performance at the outset of 2009. The non-building construction sector, comprised of public works and electric utilities, was essentially flat in July with the previous month.

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


    Construction Unemployment Spikes in July
    Construction's unemployment rate jumped in July to 18.2%, from 17.4% in June, according to a recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The July jobless rate also was well above the 8% level posted in July 2008.

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


    NEMA Publishes Electric Connector Standard
    The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Rosslyn, Va., has published ANSI C119.5-2009, "Electric Connectors — Insulation Piercing Connector Systems, Rated 600 Volts or Less (Low-Voltage Aerial Bundled Cables and Insulated and Non-Insulated Line Wires)," which was produced by the ANSI C119.5 subcommittee on Insulation Piercing Connectors and approved by the Accredited Standards Committee on Connectors for Electrical Utility Applications, C119. The new standard establishes the electrical, mechanical, and environmental test requirements for electrical insulation piercing connectors.

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


    Florida Slowest to Spend Stimulus Funds
    In a recent letter addressed to Florida Governor Charlie Crist, U.S. Rep. James L. Oberstar, (D-Minn.), who leads the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee, criticized the governor for not spending money the state received from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act "quickly, efficiently, and in harmony with job-creating purposes of the Act." Florida ranks last, after the other 49 states and the District of Columbia, when it comes to spending federal highway stimulus money. As of July, the state has spent only 2% of the $1.35 billion allocated for highway projects. The average for all the states comes to 23%.

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


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    Project Watch
    Electrical Work in Arkansas
    Carlisle School District, Carlisle, Ark., is accepting bids for electrical work and security and PA system installation.
    Bids should be sealed and submitted to the Carlisle School Business Office by 12 p.m. CST on September 9. Any questions should be directed to the business office at (870) 552-3931, ext. 110.


    Electrical Engineering Services in Florida
    The City of North Miami, Fla., requests sealed proposals from qualified consultants with the capability to provide professional electrical engineering services. Proposals are to be submitted no later than 3 p.m. EST on October 20. Copies of this request for qualifications may be obtained by contacting DemandStar by Oniva or calling toll free (800) 771-1712 and requesting Document No. 110809.


    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    CDM, Cambridge, Mass., a consulting, engineering, construction, and operations firm, has been retained by Partners HealthCare Systems, Boston, to prepare a strategic energy master plan (SEMP) to reduce energy consumption at nine health care facilities, comprising 13.8 million sq ft of operating space. These facilities include Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, McLean Hospital, Faulkner Hospital, North Shore Medical Center, Nantucket Cottage Hospital, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Rehabilitation Hospital of the Cape and Islands, and Shaughnessy-Kaplan Rehabilitation Hospital.

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


    Lighting Equipment Demand Slides Again During Q2 2009
    In addition to a substantial first quarter decline, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Rosslyn, Va., reports that its Lighting Systems Index contracted another 4.3% during the second quarter of 2009. The drop marked the third consecutive quarter in which the index has fallen to a new all-time low reading. On a year-over-year basis, the index was down even more sharply, plunging almost 25%, and has registered more than a collective 30% drop from its cyclical peak in early 2006. For the third consecutive quarter, all major types of lighting equipment that comprise the index posted lower inflation-adjusted shipments versus the second quarter of 2008, with a particularly sizable year-over-year decline in luminaire shipments.

    To read more about the decrease in demand for lighting equipment, visit the EC&M Web site.


    CFL Market Share Rises in Quarter 2
    Despite the gloomy economy, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Rosslyn, Va., recently reported that its index for incandescent lamps registered a reading of 59.4 for the second quarter of 2009, which essentially is unchanged compared to the first three months of this year. Nevertheless, the index decreased 11.85% on a year-over-year basis. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) showed a similar result, although declining by a milder rate of 3.95% on a year-over-year basis. Concurrently, the CFL index increased 3.8% versus the first quarter of 2009, climbing to 222.6 on a seasonally adjusted basis. Recent performance could indicate the indices might be at or near bottom given the relatively flat to moderate increases in growth.

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


    Eye on Safety
    Construction Fatality and Safety Incidents Decline Over Last Decade
    The national construction fatality rate declined 47% and the number of recordable safety incidents dropped 38% since the federal government switched to a safety oversight approach known as “collaborative safety” in 1998, according to an analysis of federal safety data released by the Associated General Contractors of America, Arlington, Va.

    “There is no doubt that the collaborative approach is working,” says Chuck Penn, executive director of the association’s Shreveport, La.-based chapter. “While even one fatality is too many, it is hard to think of another government program providing so much improvement in so little time.”

    To view the safety data, visit the AGC Web site.


    Shows & Events
    Outlook 2010 Executive Conference
    McGraw-Hill Construction will present its Outlook 2010 Executive Conference from October 15-16 in Washington, D.C. Topics for the two-day event include the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, building materials forecast, homebuilding and residential remodeling, and the 2010 construction economy. For more information and to register, visit the McGraw-Hill Construction Web site.






    IEC National Convention & Electric Expo 2009

    The Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) National Convention & Electric Expo 2009 is scheduled for October 21-24 in St. Louis. Classes to be offered at this year's IEC University include "Lighting Controls," "Staying Union-Free in a Pro-Union World," "National Electrical Code Updates," "Basic Safety Training" series, and "Green Opportunities in a Challenging Economy." For more information and to register, visit the event's Web site.

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