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 predictions have arrived! Analysts expect the first quarter of 2015 to show a rapid rise in commercial construction. Obviously, this is good news on almost all fronts.

One of my responsibilities over the years has been to field questions from our members and authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) to help them find and understand code requirements. I have benefitted from the process as well.

A limited number of low-voltage contractors specialize in the installation of sprinkler systems power and controls. For them, it provides a regular source of revenue that most contractors have bypassed.

Fluke Networks DSX-5000 CableAnalyzer certification tester

A certification tester is the basic instrument for certifying that a building’s structured wiring meets industry standards. At one time, structured wiring referred to a facility’s communications network, but that has changed.

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Points to Ponder
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When we think of system integration in the electrical and fire alarm systems market, we understand it involves bringing together component subsystems into one larger system and ensuring they function as one. And normally, the integrated system includes a fire alarm.


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Meeting The Code's Intent
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The last few code cycles have introduced an increasing number of performance-based allowances into NFPA 72, the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.

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Commissioning and Integration Gets Standardized
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Standards under development this year are creating a model for integration of building systems that will help builders, installers and integrators sort out their roles.

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Something To Talk About
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Beci Electric, Oakland, Calif., was established in 1985 by Beci Anderson (president and CEO); her father, Robert Waggener (estimator); and her brother, Rex Waggener (vice president and project supervisor). The company currently employs some 18 people in the field and six in the office.

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Don't Get Left Behind
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Over the last several years, Internet protocol (IP) video surveillance system technology has consistently become more prevalent.

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Cool Tools: Ladders
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Installing and maintaining a building’s structured wiring system often means accessing locations that are out of reach from floor level, and many workers choose to use various types of scaffolding, including compact work platforms on wheels that provide a base for overhead work.


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Remote Home Management Coming to a City Near You
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As digital technology occupies an ever-widening space in our daily lives, the prospect of total digital control over the household does not seem too far-fetched.

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