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The CGBC headquarters in Cambridge, Mass. Courtesy of the CGBC. www.harvardcgbc.org
Harvard To Make Pre-1940s House 'Ultra-Efficient'

In a statement released on May 23, the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities (CGBC) announced its plans to retrofit its headquarters, a pre-1940s stick-built house in Cambridge, Mass. into an ultra-efficient, energy-positive building.


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World’s Largest Solar Farm Battery Project Springing Up Down Under

Renewable industries are known for outsized accomplishments, and the United States is home to many of them. Witness the massive battery storage project constructed by Tesla Owner Elon Musk in Nevada.


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Systems Efficiency Is the Key to Building Energy Optimization

A new report, "Going Beyond Zero: A Systems Efficiency Blueprint for Building Energy Optimization and Resilience," published in May by the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE), focuses on how to better capitalize on new technologies that allow "smarter interactions of components" within and among various b


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Utility Execs See A Future In Renewables

Politics is all about rhetoric, and the current administration is no exception.


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Anxieties Rise as Housing Starts and Permits Fall

According to the latest data from the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, new home construction and building permits fell in April, but this drop doesn't really tell the whole story of what is going on in the residential homebuilding market.


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New Solar Array Will Be Vermont's Biggest Ever

The success of renewable power is often measured by the latest, biggest and best. Another record is broken. A new facility is the biggest ever. And so on.


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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.


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Take Your Construction Vitamins: WELL Certification and Healthy Building Design

Healthy buildings may be the breath of fresh air in the world of sustainable design. Green building proponents and practitioners increasingly promote healthy building outcomes. New certification programs, such as the WELL Building Standard, up the ante.


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Safe Travels

The ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR staff travels quite a bit. And thanks to modern technology, we can continue to work as a team on a magazine whether we’re in Bethesda, Md., or scattered in Memphis, Tenn., Las Vegas or Mexico.


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Editors' Pick
2017 NEC: Significant Changes

As the 2017 NEC development cycle came to a close, we embarked on a ten-part series of articles and a two-part webinar detailing the most significant changes in the 2017 NEC. With the series concluded, this article collects each entry and both webinars into a single location.


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Asbestos in the Workplace


Asbestos is a well-known hazard because of attorney solicitations for clients exposed to it, public media messages and the material’s widespread use.


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New York Increases Penalties For Unlicensed Electricians

According to the New York City Council website, on March 21, Mayor Bill de Blasio enacted Introduction 247-A, a bill which amends the New York City administrative code to increase the civil and criminal penalties for performing electrical work without a license.


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The JATC of Greater Boston’s training room is stocked with essential PPE.
Cool Tools: Personal Protective Equipment

The Electrical trade is one of the most dangerous to work in. Electricians face the usual hazards found on most job sites, and the additional risk of electrical shock can cause serious injuries and death.



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Current Safety Concerns For ECs: What To Expect


According to Wes Wheeler, director of safety for the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), a number of issues are currently up in the air under the Trump administration, specifically some federal safety regulations that can affect electrical contractors.


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The Benefits Of Green Energy For Rural America


With the cost of wind and solar technologies falling, renewable energy is experiencing dramatic growth.


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Contrasting Two Standards, Rooftop HVAC 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. Questions can be sent to codefaqs@gmail.com. Answers are based on the 2017 NEC.
 NFPA 70E and the NEC



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Melting Down: U.S. Nuclear Industry Facing a Construction Challenge


The U.S. nuclear-power industry just can’t seem to catch a break lately. While the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar Unit 2 plant made history last October as the first new U.S.


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That's So Boring

Last Fall, a contractor working for Google Fiber in Nashville, Tenn., made headlines for breaking a 36-inch water main while doing directional boring. That was the second time that contractor had broken a water main in a week.


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Reusing Fire Alarm System Cable

Many contractors work on building tenant fit-outs or reconfigurations of existing spaces where an existing fire alarm system requires updating. Often, a fire alarm equipment salesperson will lure the contractor into thinking it is OK to reuse the existing system’s wiring and cable.


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Still Developing: OLED Update


Organic LED (OLED) is a solid-state lighting technology with strong potential for architectural lighting. The LED is a compact, directional point source. Shielding prevents glare, while heat sinking removes internal heat. In contrast, OLED is a flat (less than 1/8-inch thick), diffuse area source.


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