October 15, 2004 A PRIMEDIA Property Vol. III No. 19
CONTENTS
Schneider Electric Recalls AFI Circuit Breakers

NECA Unveils New NEIS Standard

Electrical Distributors in Northeast Support Lighting Recycling Efforts

EC&M Announces Call for Entries for 2005 Product of the Year Competition

City of New York Seeks Electrical Engineering Services for Auditorium

Contractors Invited to Bid on Electrical Improvements at Four Schools in Boston

Eye on Safety

On the Job and Out to Lunch

DBIA Professional Design-Build Conference

MECA 2004 Annual Trade Show

Greenbuild International Conference & Expo

NFPA Fall Education Conference

Power Quality Exhibition & Conference


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    Around the Circuit
    Schneider Electric Recalls
    AFI Circuit Breakers

    Working in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Schneider Electric's North American Operating Division has initiated a voluntary recall of its Square D brand of arc fault interruption (AFI) circuit breakers manufactured between March 1, 2004 and Sept. 23, 2004. The products in question, the Square D QO and Homeline 15A and 20A AFI circuit breakers, may not provide arc detection capability due to the failure of a third-party supplied internal component in the electronic detection system. While the breakers will continue to function like a regular circuit breaker by providing short-circuit and overload protection, they may not detect a high-resistance, low-current arcing fault. The company has sent instructions to its network of distributors, customers, and retailers on how to identify and return these products. After correcting the potential arc fault issue, the company has significantly increased production of these breakers and began shipping new ones on Oct. 5. For more information on the recall process, call (877) 202-9046.


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    NECA Unveils New NEIS Standard
    Marking the 27th volume of NECA's National Electrical Installation Standards (NEIS) series, NECA 90-2004, Recommended Practice for Commissioning Building Electrical Systems (ANSI), is the latest addition to the organization's construction standards program. Describing procedures for commissioning newly installed or retrofitted building electrical systems and providing guidelines for achieving optimal systems performance that confirm to the designer's specifications and industry codes/standards, this recommended practice takes on somewhat of a new direction, explains Brooke Stauffer, executive director of standards & safety. "Most other NEIS are product-based," Stauffer says. "We've published standards on how to install lighting, switchboards, transformers, cables, raceways, and so on. But NECA 90 takes a broad horizontal perspective across the entire electrical installation." For more information on NEIS standards, click here.

    Electrical Distributors in Northeast Support Lighting Recycling Efforts
    A growing number of electrical distributors in New England are offering fluorescent lamp recycling services to their customers. Over the past two years, nearly 50 distributors have joined with licensed hazardous waste facilities to provide customers with convenient recycling opportunities. The distributor's programs range from selling pre-paid mailing boxes that customers send directly to a lamp recycler to complete customer service that includes the pickup of spent lamps. Under the Environmental Protection Agency's Universal Waste Rule, businesses must manage used mercury-containing lamps, including fluorescent, high-intensity discharge, and mercury-vapor lamps, as hazardous wastes. All of the northeastern states have adopted EPA's Universal Waste Rule, and some have passed even more stringent laws.

    EC&M Announces Call for Entries for 2005 Product of the Year Competition
    The EC&M 2005 Product of the Year Platinum Award competition honors excellence in new product development in the electrical industry, showcases the most innovative products of the past year, and recognizes the talent and commitment of the people involved with every aspect of development, from concept through sales. EC&M is proud to bestow the Platinum Award on inventive products that ensure electrical professionals are able to do their jobs more effectively and efficiently. The deadline for the 2005 competition is 5 p.m. CST on
    Jan. 15, 2005. Download the brochure or visit the Web site for more information.



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    Project Watch
    City of New York Seeks Electrical Engineering Services for Auditorium
    The CUNY Department of Design, Construction & Management is looking for firms interested in the design and specification of new aisle lights and a dimmer system for the Colden Center Auditorium at Queens College in New York. Firms wishing to be considered for this project must submit their bids by 11 a.m. on October 27 to Lisa D'Amico, 555 West 57th Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10019. Interested parties should submit two copies of their company brochure, client names and phone numbers from previous similar projects, their latest SF254 and 255 forms, EEO policy statements, a financial statement, list and description of similar completed projects, and proposed project team. All consultants must be licensed to practice in the state of New York. For more information, call (212) 541-0440 or download the announcement.

    Contractors Invited to Bid on Electrical Improvements at Four Schools in Boston
    The City of Boston has called for bids on fire alarm and electrical improvement projects at four schools in the area. The scope of work will include fire alarm replacement, emergency lighting renovations, exit signs, HVAC work, sprinkler work, and signage. All bids must be filed with the Awarding Authority at the Bid Counter, 26 Court Street, 10th Floor, Boston, MA 02108, before noon on Nov. 2. A performance bond and labor and materials payment bond of a surety company qualified to do business under the laws of the Commonwealth and satisfactory to the Awarding Authority (in the sum of 100% of the contract price) will be required of the successful bidder. For more information on the project, call (617) 635-4809 or the announcement.


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    Eye on Safety
    To help users better understand and apply the IEEE 1584 standard for calculating arc-flash hazards, the IEEE recently approved an amendment. IEEE 1584a, a "Guide for Performing Arc-Flash Hazard Calculations -- Amendment," corrects text and calculation inaccuracies in the base arc-flash standard. IEEE 1584 enables designers and facility operators to determine arc-flash hazard distance and how much incident energy employees might be exposed to when they work on or near electrical equipment. These calculations form the basis for re-engineering systems to reduce incident energy to manageable levels. For more information, visit the IEEE Web site.

    On the Job and Out to Lunch
    Everyone makes mistakes. Some are just funnier than others. Got a story about a jobsite blunder you'd like to share? Send us your story of embarrassing on-the-job mistakes for use in EC&M's new column called Short Circuits. If we publish it, we'll send you a check for $25. Read the latest stories from your fellow readers.


    Shows and Events
    DBIA Professional Design/Build Conference
    To be held Nov. 3-5 at the Hilton Chicago, this conference promises to bring together top leaders in the design and construction industry that practice integrated project delivery. Touted by show organizers as the largest design/build event in the world, this conference will serve as a forum for contractors to meet owners, general contractors, architects, and engineers and to learn how to be an effective player on a design/build team. Learn what factors clients consider in early selection of specialty contractors and compare that with the DBIA Manual of Procedures. For more information, visit the DBIA Web site.

    MECA 2004 Annual
    Trade Show

    Come to buy and to learn at the Massachusetts Electrical Contractors Association's 68th Annual Dinner and Trade Show. The event, which will take place Nov. 8 at the Lantana in Randolph, Mass., will bring electrical manufacturers, supply house principals, contractors, distributors, and instructors from the New England area together to network. Other show highlights include 10 free seminars, five outdoor electrical trailers, a $10,000 dinner raffle, and more. For more information, visit the association's Web site.

    Greenbuild International Conference & Expo
    Green building has become a major force in today's smart building and construction industry. Scheduled for Nov. 10-12 in Portland, Ore., the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo brings all of the pieces of the process together, including architects, engineers, facilities managers, developers, contractors, builders, interior designers, manufacturers, and federal, state, and local government representatives. Three days of educational programming, workshops, and exhibition will enable attendees to exchange ideas and develop new business relationships. Learn about the leading edge of the building and construction industry, including the latest updates and expansions of the LEED Green Building Rating System. To view a conference schedule, click here, register online, or visit the Web site for more information.

    NFPA Fall Education Conference
    The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will hold its Fall Education Conference Nov. 14-17 at the Fontainebleau Hilton in Miami Beach, Fla. Focusing on disaster and emergency management, business continuity, and homeland security, the event's theme is "Preparedness & Protection in a Hazardous World." Family liaison to the 9-11 Commission, Emily Walker, will lead a special updated session on the Commission's report. Gloria Borger, co-anchor of CNBC's "The Capital Report," and political columnist at U.S. News & World Report, will deliver the keynote address. Attendees will also be able to choose from more than 70 educational sessions, which earn them continuing education units and American Institute of Architects Learning Units. To register online, click here. To download a registration form, click here. For more information on the conference, click here.

    Power Quality Exhibition & Conference
    The August blackout last year made businesses everywhere recognize their vulnerability to power interruptions and put a premium on power quality professionals who are capable of leading their companies to the right products and solutions. The 15th annual Power Quality Exhibition & Conference, presented by PRIMEDIA Business Magazines & Media, will be held Nov. 16-18 at Navy Pier in Chicago. The event will provide a venue for engineers to see, test, and price the latest power quality and power reliability products and equipment, and learn about power quality issues, technologies, and methods from leading industry authorities. For more information, visit the event Web site or click here to download a conference brochure.

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