News and Announcements

ELECTRI International has completed its investigation of current CW/CE practices now being used by well-established electrical contractors to determine if a CW/CE program improves EC competiveness. The research was conducted by Todd L. Sirotiak, CCP, LEED AP, MBA, PE, PhD., from Diversified Construction Services. The ECs involved in this study provide strong evidence that CW/CEs can be successfully used on a majority of projects. They recommend that CW/CE opportunities in the electrical labor field appear exceptional if ECs can find a way to capitalize upon them.

Lighting control company Lutron Electronics is teaming up with ecoInsight, a maker of lighting upgrade software, to make it easier for lighting professionals to add Lutron lighting control solutions to every project. Integrating ecoInsight’s lighting upgrade software withthe Lutron Energi Adviso app ensures lighting professionals that they are selecting the optimal Lutron controls for their lighting retrofit projects.

On Thursday, May 22, 2014, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR and Leviton hosted a webinar for continuing education about solutions to help make homes safer and compliant with the 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC) updates. The archive is now available.

Pittsburgh, April 29, 2014—Power management company Eaton today announced an ongoing public awareness campaign focused on educating the public about the dangers of counterfeit electrical products.

Free education program developed to help ensure and document a high minimum level of expertise for firestop special inspectors to meet the intent of  the 2012 International Building Code. Washington, April 28, 2014—The construction industry's most comprehensive online firestop inspection training and education program has been developed by the International Firestop Council (IFC) for code officials, inspectors and all building trades professionals associated with commercial building firestopping from design through installation.

MEMPHIS, Tenn., April 22, 2014—Thomas & Betts (T&B) has published Analysis of NEC Code Changes 2014, a free reference guide to changes in the 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC) that pertain to T&B’s products. This edition also covers code changes affecting ABB Low-Voltage Products (LP) and ABB Power Products. The 152-page guide is available as a print publication or it may be downloaded as an electronic PDF file.

CSI and CSC recently released the 2014 updates to MasterFormat, a product used to organize construction documents for commercial, industrial and institutional building projects in the United States and Canada. MasterFormat is a master list of numbers and titles classified by work results for construction practices, used to organize project manuals, detail cost information and relate drawing notations to specifications.

Huntington, W.Va.—Recently Louis Weisberg, President of Service Wire, Co., stood in the vast atrium of the Arthur Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex. He was impressed, not only by the massive amounts of concrete and steel, but also by the realization of his father’s dream and what it means to Marshall University students and alumni, West Virginia and its neighboring states.

Series of seminars provides educational resources for patient and facility safety Melville, New York, March 31, 2014 – Leviton is responding to the growing demand by health care facility managers, engineers, architects and builders for education and awareness related to NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code with a series of seminars designed to provide them with knowledge and solutions to help facilitate Code compliance.

Integrated Systems Contractor Supplement Serves Readers' Changing Roles BETHESDA, Md., March 14, 2014 — Electrical Contractor magazine has increased its low-voltage content—primarily in its Integrated Systems Contractor supplement—to reach the more than 62,700 (84 percent) of its readers now working in low-voltage systems.