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Caused by Problem Drywall
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
(HUD) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently
issued interim remediation guidance to help homeowners struggling to rid
their properties of problem drywall linked to corrosion of electrical
components in their homes. If your electrical contracting firm has
repaired corrosion caused by problem drywall and would like to share
that experience for possible inclusion in an article in the October
issue of EC&M, contact Staff Writer Beck Ireland by phone at
(913) 967-1806 or e-mail at email@example.com.
AEMC® Introduces Its Newest
PowerPad® Model 8335 Power Quality
The Model 8335 is a three-phase power quality
analyzer that is easy-to-use, compact, and shock resistant. It has
direct measurement of four voltage and four current inputs including
neutral voltage and current. It simultaneously captures and records
trend, transients, events, and waveforms with 2GB of memory for data
Around the Circuit
Technology Consumption Up 50.6% Year-to-Date
April U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled
$222.36 million, according to McLean, Va.-based Association for
Manufacturing Technology (AMT) and Rockville, Md.-based American Machine
Tool Distributors’ Association (AMTDA). This total, as reported by
companies participating in the organizations' joint U.S. manufacturing
technology consumption (USMTC) program, was down 15.6% from March but up
102.7% from the total of $109.69 million reported for April 2009. With a
year-to-date total of $783.03 million, 2010 is up 50.6% compared with
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Plans Still Positive Following Strong Job Gains in Early 2010
It appears that both the hiring climate in Canada and
the weather are warming up as summer approaches, says John Clinkard,
economist for Reed Construction Data, Norcross, Ga. According to the
Bank of Canada's Spring Business Outlook Survey, the net percentage of
firms planning to add staff over the next 12 months remained at a high
level. This reflects firms' continuing intentions to expand workforces
to meet an anticipated strengthening in demand for their products,
according to Clinkard.
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Offers Six Ideas that Will Change a Building's Energy Profile
Bethesda,Md.-based National Electrical Contractors
Association (NECA) recently released the latest publication in its
Electrical Design Library (EDL). The publication focuses on six ideas
that incorporate the latest advances in energy-efficient technology.
"Building owners should start by working with an electrical contractor
to complete an energy audit of their facility to learn how power is
being used and where their best opportunities for energy savings exist,"
says Rob Colgan, NECA executive director, marketing. Colgan also
coordinates NECA's Energy Solutions Task Force. "A few of these ideas
might not be quite ready for prime time, but they are great examples of
where the technology is heading — and sooner than you might think," he
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Announces Premium Efficiency Program for Low-Voltage Distribution
Rosslyn, Va.-based National Electrical Manufacturers
Association (NEMA) recently announced the initiation of the NEMA Premium
Efficiency Transformer program, which will help utilities, commercial
buildings, and industrial plants incorporate super high-efficiency
electrical transformers into their operations. NEMA originally set the
standard for the efficiency of various types of distribution
transformers with the publication of NEMA TP 1-2002, "Guide for
Determining Energy Efficiency for Distribution Transformers," which was
later adopted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as the national
energy-efficiency rule for low-voltage dry-type distribution
transformers. The new NEMA Premium Efficiency Transformer designation
requires 30% fewer losses than existing DOE regulations (10 CFR 431) for
low-voltage dry-type distribution transformers.
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story, visit EC&M's website.
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Charging Station Installation and Maintenance in California
The County of Alameda, Calif., is seeking electric
vehicle charging stations for a fleet of approximately 1,093 vehicles,
as well as new electric vehicles that are scheduled to be produced near
the end of 2010. The winning bid shall be regularly and continuously
engaged in the business of providing electric vehicle charging stations
for at least three years. Responses are due by 2 p.m. PST on June 28.
For more information, visit the General Service Administration website.
Wind and PV
Systems Installation in South Dakota
The Aberdeen Area Indian Health Service, Aberdeen, S.D.,
is soliciting proposals for the purchase and installation of a 50kW wind
turbine system and a 10kW photovoltaic (PV) system in Pine Ridge, S.D.
The systems shall include the tower, generator, all controls and wiring,
related equipment, and accessories, in addition to connection to the
local electrical utility. The contract totals between $250,000 and
$500,000. Proposals are due July 15. For more information, visit the
Federal Business Opportunities website.
As the leading electrical integrator in the
United States, Lectrus custom-engineers, builds, and
integrates electrical power equipment into robust metal enclosures. We
typically team with electrical OEM and generator partners to provide
fully integrated, mobile power assemblies that save time, money, and
space when compared to conventional site built structures.
LaCrosse, Wis.-based Michaels Engineering's office in
the historic Doerflinger Building has achieved gold certification under
the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Environmental
and Energy Design (LEED) for commercial interiors (CI) rating system.
The office is the first project in the Coulee Region awarded LEED gold
certification, as well as the first project in western Wisconsin
certified under the LEED CI rating system.
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visit the EC&M website.
Device Works with Existing Lighting Fixtures
The Polytechnic Institute's Lighting Research Center
(LRC) says it has been working on a daylight-switching device called the
DaySwitch, designed for existing lighting fixtures and featuring simple
setup and commissioning. With $198,745 co-funding from the New York
State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the LRC
research team collaborated with manufacturing partners to build
DaySwitch prototypes and recently field tested the devices in a wide
range of locations across the Rensselaer campus in Troy, N.Y., through a
$398,248 project at the LRC that demonstrates and evaluates lighting
technologies and applications (DELTA).
To read more about this device,
visit the EC&M website.
Projects Start to Pick Up but Won't Be Quick Fix
Increases in stimulus-funded projects and growing demand
for single-family construction helped boost monthly construction
employment in 29 states between March and April, according to a new
analysis of federal employment figures released recently by the
Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Arlington, Va. Despite
recent gains, 46 states and Washington, D.C., lost construction jobs
over the past 12 months.
For more of the AGC analysis of construction
employment, visit the EC&M website.
Eye on Safety
Safety Hazards at Sneed Shipbuilding
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
has cited Sneed Shipbuilding, Orange, Texas, for alleged safety
violations at its repair facility in Channelview, Texas, according to a
recent article in Industry Week. Employees there were allegedly
exposed to electrical and other safety hazards, prompting citations for
serious, repeat, and other-than-serious violations.
Read the full story on the Industry Week website.
Call for Papers
NFPA Conference &
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is
accepting proposals for educational presentations at its 2011 NFPA
Conference & Expo scheduled for June 12-15, 2011, in Boston. Tracks
include electrical, codes and standards, fire and emergency services,
and detection and suppression. Submittals are due by 5 p.m. EDT on
September 17. For more information, visit the NFPA submittal website.
Shows & Events
Conferences Are Coming
The 2011 NEC is coming. Will you be ready for the
changes? By attending one of EC&M's Code Change Conferences,
presented by NEC expert Mike Holt and sponsored by EC&M University, you'll
learn everything you need to know about major NEC changes that will
impact your work, whether you're an electrician, electrical engineer,
electrical designer, plant/facility electrical maintenance person, or
electrical inspector. Check out the following conferences for a location
and time that's right for you.
- Atlanta — October 11-12, 2010, Crowne Plaza Atlanta Airport
- St. Louis — October 18-19, Sheraton Westport Hotel Lakeside
- Chicago — November 1-2, Hyatt Regency Rosemont
- Seattle —November 8-9, Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference
- Philadelphia —November 29-30, Hilton Philadelphia City
- Boston —December 6-7, Venue to be determined
- Orlando —December 13-14, Hyatt Regency Orlando
If you’re a registered professional engineer and attend one of the
2011 NEC Code Change Conferences, you'll be granted professional
development hours (PDHs), a requirement for re-licensing. The program is
also certified as an approved provider of Code Update training by those
states requiring continuing education hours for re-licensing of
journeymen, master electricians, and electrical contractors.
Register now to
attend one of the these events. For more details on the conferences and
a full program, visit EC&M's website.
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