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November 12, 2010 A Penton Media Publication Vol. IX, No. 21



CONTENTS
Construction Market to Increase 8% in 2011, Says McGraw-Hill Construction Outlook Report

Intertek Ramps Up 18 Energy-Efficiency Labs for New Energy Star Procedures

Judge Announces Settlement in Chinese Drywall Litigation

NEMA Publishes RV 3-2010, "Application and Installation Guidelines for Flexible and Liquidtight Flexible Metal and Nonmetallic Conduits"

Emergency Generator Backup System Design in Nebraska

Lighting Retrofit and Occupany Sensor Installation in Wisconsin

Business Brief

Construction Employment Near 14-Year Low

Lutron Participates in Smart Grid Project

OSHA Cites South Carolina Company for Electrical Hazards

Power-Gen International

NEC Code Change Webinar Scheduled

Code Change Conferences Are Coming





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    Around the Circuit
    Construction Market to Increase 8% in 2011, Says McGraw-Hill Construction Outlook Report
    McGraw-Hill Construction, part of The McGraw-Hill Cos., recently released its 2011 Construction Outlook, which predicts an increase in overall U.S. construction starts for next year. The level of construction starts in 2011 is expected to advance 8% to $445.5 billion, following the 2% decline predicted for 2010.

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


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    AEMC®'s Dual Display Clamp-on Meters Models 670 & 675
    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.


    Intertek Ramps Up 18 Energy-Efficiency Labs for New Energy Star Procedures
    Intertek, a London-based testing, inspection, and certification services company, announced recently that it is deploying 18 energy-efficiency testing labs across North America, Europe, and Asia, and one global certification body in preparation for the Energy Star Enhanced Testing and Verification procedures, which will become effective December 31. The new Energy Star procedures will require manufacturers seeking use of the Energy Star label to submit products for testing in EPA-recognized laboratories and certification from Environmental Protection Agency- (EPA) recognized certification bodies. Intertek is actively working with EPA, and has enlisted nine accreditation bodies to gain the necessary scope accreditations across its energy-efficiency test labs and certification body.

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


    Judge Announces Settlement in Chinese Drywall Litigation
    The Plaintiffs' Steering Committee (PSC) in the Chinese drywall multi-district litigation and Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin (KPT) recently announced a settlement to remediate homes impacted by KPT's drywall. The agreement establishes a demonstration remediation program, funded by KPT and a number of builders, drywall suppliers, and their insurers. The program includes the removal of the problem drywall from up to 300 homes in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Florida. In addition, the settlement includes the replacement of all electrical wiring, including switches and receptacles and the replacement of fire safety and home security equipment.

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


    NEMA Publishes RV 3-2010, "Application and Installation Guidelines for Flexible and Liquidtight Flexible Metal and Nonmetallic Conduits"
    Rosslyn, Va.-based National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published RV 3-2010, "Application and Installation Guidelines for Flexible and Liquidtight Flexible Metal and Nonmetallic Conduits." The standard was last published in 2006.

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


    Project Watch
    Emergency Generator Backup System Design in Nebraska
    Chadron State College, Chadron, Neb., is seeking to retain the services of a qualified and experienced electrical engineering consultant to provide the professional and technical services required to design plans for a permanent emergency generator backup system equipped with an automatic transfer switch. The system will be for up to four buildings on-campus. Services will also include preparation of specifications and engineer’s estimate for the installation of the emergency generator backup system. The deadline for submitting proposals is 2 p.m. MDT on November 15. All proposals and questions should be sent to: Dale Grant, VP for Administration and Finance, 1000 Main St., Chadron, NE 69337.


    Lighting Retrofit and Occupany Sensor Installation in Wisconsin
    Dane County, Wis., is inviting bids to replace inefficient lighting and install occupancy sensors at several facilities throughout the county. Deadline for bids is November 18. For more information, log into the county's bids and proposals website.


    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    Industrial TurnAround Corp. (ITAC), an engineering and construction firm headquartered in Chester, Va., recently earned two awards for its outstanding safety record from 2006 to 2009. The company received the National Safety Council’s Perfect Record Award and an Occupational Excellence Achievement Award.

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


    Construction Employment Near 14-Year Low Unemployment may be on the decline for some Americans, but bad news continues to plague workers in the construction industry. According to an analysis of federal employment figures released recently by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), the number of people working in construction is approaching a 14-year low now that the industry lost 21,000 jobs in September, while construction unemployment is at a September high of 17.2%. The construction industry still suffers from declining investments in construction and broad uncertainty about the future of many federal infrastructure programs and tax rates, association officials note.

    To read more about AGC's analysis of employment figures, visit the EC&M website.


    Lutron Participates in Smart Grid Project
    Lutron Electronics recently announced its participation in an Automated Demand Response (AutoDR) Small Commercial Pilot Program conducted by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). The pilot, run by the California Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Demand Response Research Center at LBNL, is an assessment of emerging technology available for 20kW to 200kW peak load customers in PG&E service territory. The project is examining the use of the OpenADR (an emerging demand response communications standard) and a Demand Response Automation Server (DRAS) to communicate DR messages to commercial customers via the Internet and for those customers to automatically curtail electricity consumption via lighting, HVAC, and plug-in devices.

    To read more about Lutron's participation in the pilot program, visit the EC&M website.


    Eye on Safety
    OSHA Cites South Carolina Company for Electrical Hazards
    The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) issued five citations after its investigation into the May 2010 incident at MCA Media, Graniteville, S.C. MCA Media received fines totaling $10,875. According to the OSHA report, an employee was installing new conduit wire and breakers into a 480V breaker box in the back of the plant next to the shipping docks. The panel was live and without a cover. Two other employees were hanging conduit near the area of the breaker box. All three employees met up about 3 ft from the panel. They all turned their backs to the panel and an arc flash occurred. All three, standing approximately 3 ft to 4 feet from the panel, received second-degree burns. The panel was live to supply power to a manufacturing line.

    OSHA cited the company for not providing insulated tools and proper personal protection equipment (PPE). In addition, the employees were not qualified to perform the electrical work, did not receive proper training or follow safe work practices. MCA Media had 20 days to contest the citations and fines, along with options to request informal or formal hearings.


    Shows & Events




    Power-Gen International

    The Power-Gen International event will take place from December 14-16 in Orlando, Fla. Topics for conference sessions include smart grid integration, regulatory compliance, and energy storage. For more information and to register, visit the Power-Gen website.


    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.

    • 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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