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Market to Increase 8% in 2011, Says McGraw-Hill Construction Outlook
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.
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AEMC®'s Dual Display Clamp-on Meters Models 670 &
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.
Ramps Up 18 Energy-Efficiency Labs for New Energy Star
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.
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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.
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Publishes RV 3-2010, "Application and Installation Guidelines for
Flexible and Liquidtight Flexible Metal and Nonmetallic
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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employment figures, visit the EC&M website.
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.
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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
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
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.
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
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
- Boston December 7-8, 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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