December 15, 2004 A PRIMEDIA Property Vol. III No. 23
CONTENTS
Free Home Networking Primer Offered Online

NECA Unveils Updated NEIS Standard on Fiber Optics

New Lighting Technology Center Opens in California

USGBC Announces LEED for Commercial Interiors Green Building Rating System

EC&M to Offer Business Advice for Service Contractors

Maryland Transportation Authority Announces Need for Electrical Service Upgrade

City of Anaheim, Calif., Accepting Bids for Portable Generator Installation at Water Treatment Facility

Ten Tips for Planning Your Estate

Eye on Safety

On the Job and Out to Lunch

International Consumer Electronics Show

NSPE Winter Meeting

International Builders' Show

Electric West Show


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    Around the Circuit
    Free Home Networking Primer Offered Online
    If you've been searching for more information on home networking, look no further. Thanks to the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., you can download The Fourth Utility: Integrated Homes--Wireless, Wired, or Both? primer, which includes instructions on computing, telecommunications, video, security, and home automation, for free. The piece is written by Michael A. Tangora, HTI+, president of Tangora Technologies, Delmar, N.Y., winner of the 2003 Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Classic Home System of the Year Award, the 2002 Mark of Excellence Award, and is one of Consumer Electronics Pro magazine's Top 100 Installers in 2003. "Technology within the home is advancing so quickly, it is hard to keep up or even to know what questions to ask," says Carl Bowman, Home Technology Integrator (HTI+) certification program manager for CompTIA. "We asked a national expert to develop a document that would give anyone reading it a clear picture of the basics. Builders and contractors will find the information equally as helpful as it provides a much needed context for these new developments." To find out when wired and wireless methods make the most sense, download the free primer.


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    NECA Unveils Updated NEIS Standard on Fiber Optics
    The second edition of NECA/FOA 301-2004, Standard for Installing and Testing Fiber Optic Cables (ANSI), which is the 27th addition to NECA's National Electrical Installation Standard (NEIS) series, is now available. Because fiber has grown as a communications medium, more installers continue to do fiber optic work, notes Jim Hayes, president of the Fiber Optic Association and author of the updated publication. "This standard provides them with up-to-date information on how to properly install fiber optic networks to meet appropriate codes, standards, and performance requirements," he says. NEIS are the first performance and workmanship standards for electrical construction, and are approved by the American National Standards Institute. For ordering information, visit the organization's Web site, contact the NECA Order Desk by phone at (301) 215-4504, or send an e-mail.

    New Lighting Technology Center
    Opens in California

    The University of California, Davis, recently opened the California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) on its campus to foster the application of energy-efficient lighting by facilitating technology demonstrations, development, outreach, and educational activities with the lighting industry, lighting professionals, and the electric utility community. According to a recent report in NEMA's electroindustry magazine, the research facility includes full-scale lighting and daylighting application laboratories for the development and demonstration of next-generation, emerging lighting, and daylighting technologies. NEMA provided seed money to begin this collaborative effort, joining forces with the California Energy Commission, UC Davis, and the U.S. Department of Energy. The new UC Davis center is already introducing energy-efficient lighting products, including compact fluorescent downlights, hotel guestroom lighting, and outdoor lighting systems, into offices and homes through a partnership with utilities and manufacturers. For more information on the center, click here.

    USGBC Announces LEED for Commercial Interiors Green Building Rating System
    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently introduced the new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI). LEED-CI marks the third green building rating system developed by the USGBC thus far, following the LEED for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) and LEED for New Construction (LEED-NC). Serving building owners and occupants as well as interior designers, architects, and installers, LEED-CI addresses the following performance areas: selection of sustainable tenant space, efficiency of water usage, energy performance optimization (including lighting and lighting controls), resource utilization for interior building systems and furnishings, and indoor environmental quality. For more information, visit the Council's Web site.

    EC&M to Offer Business Advice for Service Contractors
    Calling all service contractors: If you've got questions, we've got answers. Beginning in January 2005, EC&M will launch a new monthly business-themed Q&A column for the owners of electrical service companies. Each month in the print magazine, Patrick Kennedy, president of Mister Sparky and CEO of Electricians' Success International, will answer real questions submitted by real readers with real problems. Need advice on how to turn a negative service call into a positive referral? Having trouble drumming up new business? With nearly 20 years in the electrical service industry, Kennedy has almost seen it all, and he's ready to use that experience to help you. To e-mail your service contracting questions, click here.


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    Project Watch
    Maryland Transportation Authority Announces Need for Electrical Service Upgrade
    The Maryland Transportation Authority is requesting proposals from electrical contractors for work on an electrical service upgrade at the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore. Although it’s not mandatory to attend the pre-bid conference, which is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Jan. 4, 2005 in the Francis Scott Key Administrative Complex, Engineering Conference Room, 300 Authority Drive, Baltimore, MD 21222, it's highly recommended. Bids for this project (Reference #40431261) are due before 2 p.m. on Jan. 18, 2005. For more information, contact Terry Niswonger, chief of procurement, by phone at (888) 754-0098, by e-mail, or by mail at 300 Authority Drive - 2nd Floor BID BOX, Baltimore, MD 21222. To view documents online, visit the Web site.

    City of Anaheim, Calif., Accepting Bids for Portable Generator Installation at Water Treatment Facility
    The Department of Public Works for the city of Anaheim, Calif., is calling for bids on a project (#501-521-3779-7865-00056391) at its Lenain Water Treatment Plant. The scope of work involves performing electrical modifications to the plant's 800kW portable emergency generator connection to help improve water system reliability during a regional blackout. Estimated at approximately $47,250, the bid is due before 2 p.m. on Jan. 6, 2005. For more information, contact Gary E. Johnson, director of public works/city engineer, by mail at Anaheim City Hall, 200 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805, call (714) 765-5176, or review the bid document.


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    Zone Exclusives
    Ten Tips for Planning Your Estate
    You may not want to think about it, but if you own an electrical contracting business, you have to plan for when you're gone. Drafting a will and taking advantages of your estate-tax exemptions are just a few of the things that Jesse Abercrombie, a financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments, says you should consider. For the full article, visit the EC&M Web site.

    Eye on Safety
    The International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI), Richardson, Texas, wants to get the message out and keep it out -- inspections performed by qualified electrical inspectors reduce the potential for fire and shock hazards due to incorrectly installed electrical products and systems covered by the NEC, reduce property damage that may result from unsafe electrical installations, and save lives. That's why the organization is reaffirming its support of the Certified Electrical Inspection (CEI) Program, a certification tool that tests electrical inspectors on their knowledge of the NEC and measures their ability to apply that knowledge. Starting Jan. 1, 2005, IAEI will become the sole sponsor of this premier certification program, which was launched in 2003 at the request of the Electrical Code Coalition, a group formed to promote the need for qualified electrical inspections and direct adoption of the NEC. Developed jointly by IAEI and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), which will no longer co-sponsor the program but continue to actively support this initiative through committee work, the CEI program strives to meet the following goals: establish a nationally recognized electrical inspector certification system, improve quality control through advanced credentials, reduce the need for developing and maintaining local certification programs, recognize professional advancement, increase efficiency and productivity, and improve electrical safety and potentially reduce liability. For more information, visit the IAEI 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.


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    Shows and Events
    International Consumer Electronics Show
    What began with 200 exhibitors and 17,500 attendees in 1967 has grown into the world's largest annual trade show for consumer technology, according to organizers of the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). In 2004, CES drew nearly 2,500 exhibitors and 129,000 attendees and spanned 1.4 million net square feet of exhibit space. This year's event, scheduled for Jan. 6-9 in Las Vegas, promises to be just as impressive. Manufacturers, retailers, content providers and creators, broadband developers, wireless carriers, cable and satellite TV providers, installers, engineers, corporate buyers, government leaders, and financial analysts from more than 113 countries are expected to make the trip to Las Vegas next year to check out the latest in consumer technology products. To register online, click here. To download a conference brochure, click here.

    NSPE Winter Meeting
    Scheduled for Jan. 13-16 in San Diego, the National Society of Professional Engineers' (NSPE) 2005 Winter Meeting promises professional development, education, and networking opportunities for all. In addition to the leadership and management sessions, attendees can also take advantage of a unique opportunity to serve the engineering profession by attending the EAC-ABET Evaluator Training session and become a qualified evaluator for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) on Jan. 15. Also on that day, don't miss out on the leadership development program, designed to offer tips from association professionals on how to take your organization to the next level of success. For more information, download the conference program.

    International Builders' Show
    Touted by organizers as the world's largest and most comprehensive building industry show, the International Builders' Show, scheduled for Jan. 13-16 in Orlando, covers more than a million-and-a-half square feet of exhibit space, offering the latest and most advanced building products and services on the market. Targeting home builders, commercial builders, remodelers, architects, engineers, realtors, dealers and distributors, subcontractors, and land developers, this show features more than 300 building industry product categories. See all of the latest innovations with hands-on demonstrations and working models at this year's conference plus choose from more than 200 educational sessions, designed to address every aspect of building management today. For a summary of seminars, click here. To download show information, click here.

    Electric West Show
    For anyone who purchases, recommends, or uses electrical products and equipment, Anaheim, Calif., is the place to be in February. Held at the Anaheim Convention Center from Feb. 8-10, Electric West will bring electrical contractors, engineers, electricians, and plant and facilities managers together for the annual interactive trade show. Not only will attendees be able to check out the latest and greatest products in the industry, but they will also have access to a comprehensive conference program packed with technical seminars. Presented by industry experts, session topics cover everything from the NEC, power quality, and maintenance, to lighting, renewable energy, and home technology integration. Reverend Gadget from the Discovery Channel's "Monster House" and "BIG!" will be delivering this year's keynote address and then building one of his famous sculptures right on the show floor. Ideal Industries will be giving away a custom-built Orange County Chopper, and Biker's Against Drunk Drivers (B.A.D.D.) will be displaying one of five custom-designed choppers and offering attendees a chance to win it! For more information, visit the event's Web site or click here to register online.

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