Systems

 

 

Integrated electrical and low-voltage systems of all types—inside and outside a building—encompass the range of work that electrical contractors do. The articles in this section highlight different types of work, from security, fire and life safety, to traditional electrical power and distribution, to lighting, cabling and more. 

The quote “The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know,” is popularly attributed to Albert Einstein.

Commercial building energy codes impose design standards for nonresidential buildings’ energy efficiency. Many states have implemented an energy code to regulate building design.


For many of us, these are technologically challenging times. Just when I think I have mastered the latest smartphone, it changes. Prepare yourself, because, just like mobile devices, the codes and standards are morphing in ways you might not expect.


When manufacturers are asked what is the biggest problem with installing of fiber optic components and systems, they invariably say “testing.” Practically everything they do depends on testing. During development, engineering and manufacturing in their labs, they test product performance.

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Designing for Building Integration

Interest in integrated building systems (IBS) is stronger than ever. These systems not only improve the overall performance of a facility, but the performance of the workers as well.


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Measuring Up

Imagine what would happen if you were working on a construction project and had to make a measurement. You used your tape measure and got a length based on the markings on the tape. A member of your crew showed up with a laser ranger and made his measurement.


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In the Zone

It is not a new cabling and wiring installation technique, but it has certainly come of age. Zone cabling is a little like the old multiplexed circuits of the early high-end burglar alarm systems (think New York jewelry stores) with a much more modern twist.


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Producing Effective Terminations

Some years back, fiber optic connector manufacturers started offering connectors that terminated fiber quickly without using adhesives or requiring polishing. The manufacturer glued a short stub fiber into the connector ferrule and polished it perfectly in the factory.


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To Host or Not to Host

It is a well-known fact that with popularity comes both praise and criticism—voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) is no exception. Whether or not to host VoIP is a question contractors need to start asking, because the decision may help close a deal or directly affect an installation.


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The ITS-Trained Worker

How important are information transport systems skills for the data-communications contractor? Being a professional data-communications (or low-voltage) contractor includes many components.


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Wind Power - Friends and Foes

Up to 2,500 megawatts (mw) of wind energy capacity are scheduled to come online in the United States this year, bringing new power to the equivalent of 700,000 homes and injecting more than $3 billion of investment into the power generation sector. Wind power has truly become a reality.


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