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October 29, 2010 A Penton Media Publication Vol. IX, No. 20



CONTENTS
Architecture Billings Index is Positive for First Time in Over Two Years

ICC Provides IECC as Free Download

City in California Sues to Protect Energy-Efficiency Program

Smart Technology Overlooked in Residential Appraisals

Electrical Contractor Services in Georgia

Electrical Services in Florida

Business Brief

2010 DOE SSL Market Introduction Workshop Report Published

Construction Unemployment Nudges up to 17.2% in September

North American EBCIs Bounce Back in September

Electrical Worker Shocked on National Guard Base in North Dakota

NEC Code Change Webinar Scheduled

Code Change Conferences Are Coming


 
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    Around the Circuit
    Architecture Billings Index is Positive for First Time in Over Two Years
    For the first time since January 2008, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) indicated a growth in design activity in September, increasing for the fourth straight 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 September ABI score was 50.4, up from a reading of 48.2 the previous month. This score reflects an increase in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was also up sharply, moving from 54.6 to 62.3 — the highest mark since July 2007.

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


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    AEMC® Introduces Its Newest PowerPad® Model 8335 Power Quality Analyzer
    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 storage.
    Visit: www.aemc.com.


    ICC Provides IECC as Free Download
    The International Code Council (ICC) has been awarded federal funding to provide the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) as a free download. The funding is part of an initiative to meet nationwide energy-efficiency goals through the Building Technologies Program and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, according to Wayne Engebretson, Reed Construction Data, Norcross, Ga.

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


    City in California Sues to Protect Energy-Efficiency Program
    The City of Palm Desert, Calif., recently filed a lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco to protect a wide-ranging city energy-efficiency program. The Palm Desert Energy Independence Program, adopted in 2008, provides financing for property owners to install solar panels and other energy saving devices and systems. Funds advanced by the city are repaid by assessments on the property over a period up to 20 years.

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


    Smart Technology Overlooked in Residential Appraisals
    According to Electronic House's Julie Jacobson, during the recent National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) National Green Building Conference builders seemed especially frustrated by the inability to get their green technologies recognized by lenders and appraisers. Anecdotal evidence collected by the NAHB indicates that builders have been able to sell sustainable homes “considerably faster than the traditionally built new homes … .”

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


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    Project Watch
    Electrical Contractor Services in Georgia
    DeKalb County, Ga., is soliciting proposals for on-call electrical contractor services throughout the county on its residential, commercial, and industrial properties. Bids must be received by 3 p.m. EST on November 9. For more information, visit the county's website.


    Electrical Services in Florida
    The Purchasing Department of Palm Beach County, Fla., is requesting qualifications from contractors for electrical services/installation on an as-needed basis. Scope of work includes consultation, troubleshooting, repair and/or installation of electrical switchgear, panel boards, transformers, conduit installation, electrical motors, breakers, stators, lighting, support brackets, control work, and related electrical work. The request will remain open and responses accepted indefinitey. For more information, download a pdf from the county's website.


    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    Tulsa, Okla.-based Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Oklahoma recently named Faith Technologies as a 2010 Excellence in Construction winner for their work on the ONEOK Field - Tulsa Drillers Stadium. The full-service electrical and technology systems contractor was recognized at the ABC Excellence in Construction Awards Banquet on October 14.

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


    2010 DOE SSL Market Introduction Workshop Report Published
    From July 21-22, more than 300 lighting leaders joined the U.S. Department of Energy(DOE) in Philadelphia for the fifth annual DOE SSL Market Introduction Workshop to share the latest updates and strategies for successful market introduction of high-quality, energy-efficient solid-state lighting (SSL) solutions.

    To read more about the SSL lighting workshop, visit the EC&M website.


    Construction Unemployment Nudges up to 17.2% in September
    Confirming that the nation’s builders continue to struggle, the unemployment rate for the construction industry rose to 17.2% in September, up from 17% in August and 17.1% from one year ago, according to the October 8 employment report by the U.S. Labor Department.

    To read more about the construction unemployment report, visit the EC&M website.


    North American EBCIs Bounce Back in September
    NEMA's Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American business conditions rebounded in September, rising 7.3 points from August to 52.6. A reading above 50 indicates more panelists than not reported improved conditions during the month.

    To read more about the EBCI's rebound, visit the EC&M website.


    Eye on Safety
    Electrical Worker Shocked on National Guard Base in North Dakota
    On October 21, an electrical contractor with Dakota Electric, Farmington, Minn., was working on a transformer for the new fire station on the National Guard base in Fargo, N.D., when he experienced a shock. He was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The incident knocked out power to a third of the guard base but all critical areas were kept running on generator.


    Shows & Events
    NEC Code Change Webinar Scheduled
    On November 17 at 2 p.m. EST, NEC expert and EC&M Code consultant Mike Holt will highlight the top 2011 NEC Code changes in a 1-hr Webinar. Broadcast live on the Web with streaming audio and PowerPoint slides, the event will allow the audience to have real-time interaction with Holt, who has repeatedly been recognized as one of the electrical construction industry’s most knowledgeable and popular trainers. A few of the hot topics on the agenda include: available fault current, GFCI production, cables under buildings, power distribution block, receptacle replacements, grounding electrode systems, and much more. For more information or to register online, visit EC&M's 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.

    • 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 7-8, 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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