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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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?

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Milwaukee Tool's 2017 New Products Symposium Responds to Industry Demands

June 6–8, Milwaukee Tool hosted its 10th annual New Products Symposium, an event for construction media to view and get hands-on time with all new products the company is launching this year.