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NECA 2017 Seattle Show Preview

The NECA Show is the biggest trade show and convention in electrical construction. Each year, more than 300 exhibitors and thousands of attendees come together in a different city to network, learn, and grow as individuals and businesses.


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Industry Prepares for Energy Efficiency Day 2017

The second annual Energy Efficiency Day will take place October 5. This year's theme is, "Save energy. Save money."


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DOE's New K-12 Net Zero Building Initiative

A new Department of Energy (DOE) initiative is paving the way to ensure that more and more K–12 schools built in the United States are zero energy.


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Start Your Engines: Electric Vehicles

If you buy a new car in 2040, there’s a better than 50/50 chance it will be powered by electricity rather than gas.


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In Memoriam: Douglas Pileggi

Douglas J. Pileggi, vice president of sales at Leviton Manufacturing in New York, passed away on Sept. 27 in Winfield, Ill., at the age of 67.


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Vestas and Tesla Team Up for Wind Power Storage

It is becoming commonplace in the renewable energy sector for overlapping industries to team up for opportunities of scale and efficiency. Witness the evolution of electric vehicles (EVs) as not just a clean way to get around but as a key storage component of the smart grid.


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More Power To You

Did you see the Great American Solar eclipse of 2017? So cool! At the electrical Contractor office just north of Washington, D.C., we wore our NASA-approved eclipse safety glasses to watch the moon block out about 80 percent of the sun.


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Giving Back: ECs Volunteer

Electrical contractors have volunteered and donated to charitable organizations and other causes for decades. In more recent years, contractors have embraced giving at a personal level. O’Connell Electric Co.



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The Temple Adat Shalom solar project is in direct alignment with its commitment to fiscal responsibility and mission to fund education services and programs for the entire congregation.
Baker Electric Installs Rooftop Solar System on Calif. Synagogue

Baker Electric Commercial Solar recently installed a 76.16 kilowatts (kW) rooftop solar power system at Temple Adat Shalom in Poway, Calif. The 3,124-panel system is 1.15 megawatts.


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Education At 2017 NECA Show In Seattle


Thirty-four classes are offered throughout the convention (as part of a full NECA registration or as a separate education package). Preconvention workshops are offered Oct. 6–7; they require a separate preregistration and fee.


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Figure 1: Special manual building evacuation station. Photo courtesy of Jensen Hughes Inc.
Purposefully Delayed Fire Alarm Notification

Recently, a number of inquiries were made to our office regarding the topic of delaying or preventing the activation of fire alarm notification appliances.


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Misinformation and Misconceptions of Codes That Affect Fire Alarm System Installations

It never ceases to amaze me just how much people in our industry have been either misled or misinformed concerning technical and code information.


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Market For Smart Home Data Analytics Has Potential For Growth

As data about home energy use expands, the next big thing could come from new products and services companies create to analyze and use that data.


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Bayview Bridge - Courtesy of Falls Communication
LED Leads the Way in Bridge Lighting

From Quincy, Illinois, the Bayview Bridge carries westbound U.S. Highway 24 traffic over the Mississippi River, connecting to West Quincy, Missouri. The 4,507-foot bridge runs parallel to the Quincy Soldier's Memorial Bridge, which takes eastbound U.S. 24 traffic over the river into Quincy.


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Connector Query, Healthcare Facility Fire Protection And More

Jim Dollard has an extensive background in codes and standards. If you have a query about the National Electrical Code (NEC), Jim will help you solve it. Send questions to codefaqs@gmail.com. Answers are based on the 2017 NEC.
 NFPA 99 and Article 700



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Magic Words: Does Electrical Terminology Mean Anything?

Terminology is the vocabulary of technical terms and usages appropriate to a particular trade, science or art. Does it matter what we call something in the National Electrical Code (NEC)?


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GFPE 101

Ground-fault protection of equipment (GFPE) provides protection from devastating arcing events and destructive arcing burn-downs. National Electrical Code (NEC) sections 215.10, 230.95, 240.13 and 517.17 provide GFPE requirements, and Article 100 defines it.



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General Installation Requirements, Part XXXII

Article 110 in the National Electrical Code (NEC), covers general requirements for the examination and approval, installation and use, access to and spaces about electrical conductors and equipment; enclosures intended for personnel entry; and tunnel installations. It contains five parts.



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Milwaukee Tool’s  AX reciprocating saw  blade with carbide teeth
Cool Tools: Cutting Accessories

Driven by lithium-ion battery power, the cordless tool revolution has focused on advances in tool designs and broadening the selection of cordless tools available.



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Consuming Smarter: Simple Ways to go Green, Part 2

Last month, I offered some ideas for making your company more ecofriendly by using the three R’s—reducing, reusing and recycling—in your daily operations.


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