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July 30, 2010 A Penton Media Publication Vol. IX, No. 14



CONTENTS
Repairing Corrosion Caused by Problem Drywall

Architecture Billings Index Up Only Slightly in June

Twenty-Two States Add Jobs in June

Construction Backlog Indicator Expands to 7 Months

BOMA/Chicago to Lead Commercial Smart Grid Pilot Program through Illinois-Korea Collaboration

Runway Electrical Improvements in Detroit

Electrical Engineering Services in Los Angeles

Business Brief

Report Measures Consumers' Interest in and Infrastructure Expectations for Electric Vehicles

New International Operational Sustainability Standard for Data Center Operations Announced

DOE Plans Consumer Education Campaign on Lighting Changes

Non-Residential Construction Could Recover by Late 2011

OSHA Cites Jet Engine Components Manufacturer for Electrical Violations

2010 Petroleum and Chemical Industry Technical Conference

Code Change Conferences Are Coming


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    Editor's Note
    Repairing Corrosion 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 beck.ireland@penton.com.


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    Around the Circuit
    Architecture Billings Index Up Only Slightly in June
    There was a negligible increase in the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) last month. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine- to 12-month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Washington, D.C., reported the June ABI rating was 46.0, up slightly from a reading of 45.8 the previous month. This score reflects a continued decline in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index increased from 55.5 to 57.7.

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


    Twenty-Two States Add Jobs in June
    Construction employment edged closer to stabilizing in June, as half the states either added construction jobs or kept the same number as in May, the Associated General Contractors (AGC) reported in an analysis of federal employment data released today. Compared to June 2009, construction employment rose in six states, the largest number of states to post year-over-year increases since October 2008.

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


    Construction Backlog Indicator Expands to 7 Months
    Washington, D.C.-based Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) recently reported that its latest Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) increased to 7 months in May — a 27% increase from January of this year. CBI is a forward-looking indicator that measures the amount of construction work under contract to be completed in the future.

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


    BOMA/Chicago to Lead Commercial Smart Grid Pilot Program through Illinois-Korea Collaboration
    The Building Owners and Managers Association of Chicago (BOMA/Chicago) recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to lead a Chicago-based commercial office building smart grid pilot program as part of the Korea-Illinois smart grid collaboration. This venture will be funded by the Korea Smart Grid Association and two of Korea's largest energy and technology companies, KT Corp. and LG Electronics.

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


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    Project Watch
    Runway Electrical Improvements in Detroit
    The Wayne County Airport Authority, Detroit, is soliciting bids for electrical improvements at Willow Run Airport, Ypsilanti, Mich. This project includes the relocation of edge lights to meet the current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements. Bid deadline is 2 p.m. EST on August 6. For more information, visit the Airport Minority Advisory Council website.


    Electrical Engineering Services in Los Angeles
    The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is requesting proposals from engineering, procurement, and construction companies interested in providing services to engineer, procure, and construct the balance of plant facilities and install a 600MW simple-cycle generating facility to replace Units 5 and 6 at the Haynes Generating Station, Long Beach, Calif. Proposals are due by 2 p.m. PST on August 10. For more information, visit the Los Angeles Business Assistance Virtual Network website.


    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    San Jose, Calif.-based Solexant Corp., developer of third-generation ultrathin-film photovoltaic (PV) technology, recently announced the selection of the city of Gresham, Ore., for the location of its first commercial-scale nanocrystal manufacturing facility. Upon completion, the 100MW plant will be Oregon's first thin film solar manufacturing plant and the largest nanotechnology manufacturing facility in the world.

    For more Business Briefs, visit the EC&M website.


    Report Measures Consumers' Interest in and Infrastructure Expectations for Electric Vehicles
    A new report from the Electric Power Research Institute(EPRI) reveals that 95% of people in Southern California say they would prefer to charge their electric vehicle at home. The survey, conducted in conjunction with Southern California Edison, found that 62% of respondents have a 3-prong, 120V outlet that fulfils the basic requirement for home charging: located close to the vehicle, typically in a garage, carport, or driveway. For 240V charging, approximately 83% report having 240V service in their residence but may require an additional outlet closer to the vehicle.

    For more results of the survey, visit the EC&M website.


    New International Operational Sustainability Standard for Data Center Operations Announced
    The Uptime Institute recently introduced "Tier Standard: Operational Sustainability," a new standard for data center owners, operators, and managers. This standard addresses a facility’s management behaviors and risks that affect long-term data center uptime by aligning the infrastructure's capabilities, as defined by the tier classification system (I-IV), with its ongoing management.

    To read more about the standard, visit the EC&M website.


    DOE Plans Consumer Education Campaign on Lighting Changes
    The Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced plans for a new consumer education initiative that will be timed to the upcoming changes in light bulb regulation. The initiative aims to provide greater awareness of the overall benefits of the legislative changes and new, greener technologies, such as LEDs and CFLs.

    To read more about the consumer education initiative, visit the EC&M website.


    Non-Residential Construction Could Recover by Late 2011
    According to the American Institute of Architects' (AIA) semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast, despite modest improvements in the overall U.S. economy, non-residential construction spending is expected to decline by more than 20% in 2010 with a marginal increase of 3.1% in 2011 (in inflation adjusted terms).

    For more information on the forecast, visit the EC&M website.


    Eye on Safety
    OSHA Cites Jet Engine Components Manufacturer for Electrical Violations
    Whitcraft LLC, an Eastford, Conn.-based, jet engine components manufacturer faces nearly $140,000 in federal fines for 44 alleged violations of electrical, mechanical, chemical, and other hazards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited unguarded or inadequately guarded moving machine parts that exposed workers to risk of injury and electrical and explosion hazards.

    Jeffrey Paul, president and co-owner of Whitcraft, says the company has made many improvements and committed $150,000 for more work. He says he is surprised by the size and extent of the proposed fine.


    Shows & Events





    2010 Petroleum and Chemical Industry Technical Conference

    The Petroleum and Chemical Industry Committee (PCIC) of the Industry Applications Society (IAS) of IEEE has scheduled its technical conference for September 20-22 in San Antonio, Texas. Technical sessions include maintenance strategies for a new era in electrical safety, applying high-resistance neutral grounding for medium-voltage systems, and direct current circuit breaker primer. For more information, visit the IEE PCIC website.


    Code Change 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 Hotel
    • St. Louis October 18-19, Sheraton Westport Hotel Lakeside Chalet
    • Chicago November 1-2, Hyatt Regency Rosemont
    • Seattle November 8-9, Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center
    • Philadelphia November 29-30, Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue
    • Boston December 6-7, Venue to be determined
    • Orlando December 13-14, Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport

    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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