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October 30, 2009 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VIII, No. 20


CONTENTS
Minority Report

Construction Employment Declines in 49 States and Washington, D.C.

New Jersey Completes 100MW of Solar Capacity

EMerge Alliance Announces First DC Power Standard for Commercial Buildings

Producer Price Index Figures Show Higher Costs for Construction Materials

Electrical Project in New Mexico

Electrical Upgrades in Utah

Business Brief

Law Lets California's Contractors State License Board Enforce Electrician Certification

Survey Reveals Lack of Knowledge about Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative

Study Evaluates Building Project Delivery and Procurement Methods for Achieving LEED Certification

States' Focus on Energy Efficiency Unaffected by Recession

Pentagon Investigates Electrocution in Iraq

POWER-GEN International


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    Coming Up in EC&M
    Minority Report
    Federal stimulus funds available for state and local construction projects have put a sharper focus on hiring disadvantaged businesses. For the January issue of EC&M, we'll be discussing the requirements that qualify contracting firms as disadvantaged, such as minority-ownership, revenue, and size. If you have an opinion on this subject you'd like to share for possible publication, contact Staff Writer Beck Ireland by phone at (913) 967-1806 or e-mail at beck.ireland@penton.com.


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    Around the Circuit
    Construction Employment Declines in 49 States and Washington, D.C.
    Construction employment again declined in large numbers in all but one state this September compared to last year, according to figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as analyzed by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Arlington, Va., which also found that the number of states gaining construction jobs from August to September 2009 declined after increasing during the two previous months.

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


    New Jersey Completes 100MW of Solar Capacity
    The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU), Newark, N.J., recently announced that the state now has more than 100MW of solar capacity with more than 4,340 projects statewide. "This monumental achievement only serves to further strengthen New Jersey's position as one of the fastest-growing solar energy markets in the United States," says Governor Jon Corzine. "Our leadership is credited to our commitment to environmentally responsible action and a competitive market-based initiative."

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


    EMerge Alliance Announces First DC Power Standard for Commercial Buildings
    EMerge Alliance, the San Ramon, Calif.-based organization established to promote the rapid adoption of safe, low-voltage DC power distribution and use in commercial building interiors, recently announced the release of the EMerge Alliance Standard, the first roadmap for the utilization of safe, low-voltage DC power in commercial interiors.

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


    Producer Price Index Figures Show Higher Costs for Construction Materials
    Construction costs, which had been relatively low for much of the past year, are beginning to climb at an increasing rate, signaling the end to the limited-time sale for construction, according to a new analysis of the latest producer price index released recently by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The analysis by Ken Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Arlington, Va., found significant upward movements between August and September 2009 in the prices of copper (10%), aluminum (2%), and steel (3%).

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


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    Project Watch
    Electrical Project in New Mexico
    AUI, Inc., Albuquerque, N.M., is requesting quotes from subcontractors for electrical work on the 2009 ARRA Spruce Street Improvements project in Deming, N.M. Proposals should be faxed to Don Cummings at (505) 242-9050 by 12 p.m. on November 4 MST. For information concerning the project plans, specifications, and requirements of the contract, contact Sam Garrell at (505)242-4848, ext. 3028 or Trace Musgrave (505) 242-4848, ext. 3031.


    Electrical Upgrades in Utah
    Grand County, Utah, is accepting sealed bids for electrical upgrades for the Grand County Old Spanish Trail Arena in Moab, Utah. All sealed bids must be turned into the clerk/auditor’s office by 5 p.m. MST on November 9. For further information, contact Marvin Day, facility supervisor, at (435) 259-7386.


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    Business Brief
    Emerson Network Power celebrated the opening of its Learning Center in Westerville, Ohio. The nearly 70,000-sq-ft building, located on five acres, will provide hands-on data center infrastructure support training for more than 1,000 students per year.

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


    Law Lets California's Contractors State License Board Enforce Electrician Certification
    Starting July 1, 2009, California's Contractors State License Board (CSLB) began enforcing a new law that requires all electricians who are employed by an electrical contractor with a Class C-10 license to be certified by the state.

    To read more about California's new licensing law, visit the EC&M Web site.


    Survey Reveals Lack of Knowledge about Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative
    According to a recent survey of large electrical power consumers conducted by Sterling Heights, Mich.-based Myron Zucker, Inc. (MZI), 75% of the 175 respondents have neither heard nor read anything about the U.S. Commerce Department’s Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative (SMI) program. Launched in 2007, the purpose of the SMI is to offer effective and continued support to U.S. companies in their sustainable manufacturing efforts.

    For more results from the survey, visit the EC&M Web site.


    Study Evaluates Building Project Delivery and Procurement Methods for Achieving LEED Certification
    Results were recently released from the first phase of a comprehensive study to explore the impact of project delivery methods and procurement procedures on achieving sustainable design and construction goals. The study, titled "Sustainable, High Performance Projects and Project Delivery Methods: A State of Practice Report," was commissioned by the Charles Pankow Foundation and the Design-Build Institute of America, and is being conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Colorado, University of Oklahoma, Pennsylvania State University, and Michigan State University. The goal of the first phase of the research was to determine the state of practice in green building project delivery and procurement.

    To read more about the study, visit the EC&M Web site.


    States' Focus on Energy Efficiency Unaffected by Recession
    The current recession doesn't appear to be sidetracking state-level efforts to make the most of energy efficiency as the cheapest, cleanest, and quickest of all energy resources, according to a 50-state scorecard on energy-efficiency policies, programs, and practices from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

    To read more about how the recession hasn't affected energy-efficiency initiatives, visit the EC& Web site.


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    Eye on Safety
    Pentagon Investigates Electrocution in Iraq
    The U.S. Department of Defense has confirmed that the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command has begun a formal investigation into the electrocution of Adam Hermanson, 25, a U.S. Air Force veteran working as a private security contractor who died in a shower at the compound of his employer, Herndon, Va.-based Triple Canopy, at Camp Olympia inside Baghdad's Green Zone on September 1. The State Department's Regional Security Office is also investigating.


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