Featured Stories

Recent Articles

 
Record Growth for Net-Zero Construction in 2016

Energy-saving practices, such as rooftop solar panels and increased efficiency through smart lighting and home automation, are becoming mainstays of new construction, spurred on by recent legislation in cities like San Francisco.


READ MORE
 
Web Exclusive
How Digital Tech is Changing the Building and Construction Industries

While next-gen technology has resulted in greater accessibility to popular media such as music and television, professionals from nearly every industry take advantage of the latest breakthroughs to complement their own work.


READ MORE
 
Seattle Homebuilder Makes Home Automation Standard

Quadrant Homes, a homebuilder based in Bellevue, Wash. serving the Seattle area, announced on June 6 via their website that they will begin offering smart home features as standard in all new Quadrant homes.


READ MORE
 
OSHA Launches Campaign to Fight Heat-Related Illness

As the weather starts to heat up across the United States, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a campaign to help workers prevent heat-related illnesses when working outdoors.


READ MORE
 
Report: Solar Power Hits Milestone of $1 Per Watt, Continued Upward Trend Forecast

The support for alternative energies, and solar power in particular, remains strong. Renewable power technologies continue to achieve new efficiencies and to become more feasible.


READ MORE
 
OSHA's Inaugural Safe + Sound Week Attracts Strong Participation and Support

June 12–18, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) held off its inaugural Safe + Sound Week, a nationwide event similar to the successful National Safety Stand Down week each May.


READ MORE
 
Time for a Facelift

Recently, a few of us went to George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate for a symposium about the energy efficiency of historic sites. It was hosted by the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology.


READ MORE
 
Free Webinar: Maximizing Your LED Lighting Retrofit Success

LED lighting solutions have been experiencing rapid innovation, and they're at a breaking point. Now, facilities across the United States are considering lighting retrofits more seriously than ever.


READ MORE
 
Editors' Pick
What's New? What's Changed? 2018 NFPA 70E Update

Around 2,500 years ago, the Greek philosopher Heraclitus is credited with the saying, “The only thing that is constant is change.” Who knew this ancient proverb would apply to NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace?


READ MORE
 
3-D Printing: Fiction to Fact

Imagine a day when electrical contractors or suppliers can manufacture the components, tools, even cable they needed on a construction site with a 3-D printer.


READ MORE
 
Location, Location, Location: Smoke Detector Applications and Placement

One of the most common problems I find when reviewing installed fire alarm designs is the misapplication of smoke detectors.


READ MORE
 
Channellock’s 440 12-inch straight-jaw, tongue- and-groove pliers
Cool Tools: Hand Tool Improvements

Most hand tools used by electricians have evolved to improve function, ergonomics and durability. Over time, a simple tool can adjust to special applications. Consider how many types of pliers are available today.



READ MORE
 
Ideal Networks LanTEK III certifier
Cool Tools: Certification Testers

Commercial datacom networks must be certified that they are correctly installed and meet industry performance standards. That makes certification testers a basic tool for installers, and manufacturers must plan ahead to have test instruments available as standards change.


READ MORE
 
Adopting And Enforcing The NEC

Each new edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC) brings change typically driven by the desire for electrical safety improvements for people and property. The Code provides the minimum requirements for safe electrical installations.


READ MORE
 
What's In Your Cup? Dangers Associated With Energy Drinks


Construction workers often use energy drinks, such as Monster and Red Bull, for a quick pick-me-up. However, many people are unaware of the risks their consumption poses. Using these highly caffeinated and nutritionally deficient beverages can result in serious health complications.


READ MORE
 
ASHRAE/IES 90.1 2016 Decoded


The ASHRAE/IES 90.1 energy standard provides legal jurisdictions with a model commercial building energy code. The 2013 version is the national energy reference standard recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy.


READ MORE
 
Battery-Storage Technology Expanding Worldwide

Renewable generation and energy-storage technology have evolved at a similar pace in recent years. Their mutually beneficial relationship is no mystery.


READ MORE
 
Codes, Codes And More Codes


U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) building energy codes were put into effect in the 1970s. Between 1992 and 2012, they have saved homeowners an estimated $15.6 billion.


READ MORE
 
Bringing New Power: Utility-Scale Solar PV Systems


When it comes to generation and transmission system management, utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays are often spoken of as a problem rather than as a solution. However, today’s sophisticated inverters and plant controls are helping to turn around this negative reputation.


READ MORE
 
Ideas That Work: Prefab Duct Spacers, a Marking Solution and Large Equipment Ideas

Every month, we pick the top Ideas That Work submitted by you, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers.


READ MORE
X