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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. 

Updating a lighting system to improve energy efficiency seems like a no brainer. The facilities in the space will be improved, and it saves the owner money. What could be the problem with that?

According to a recent report from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), demand-response programs can reduce utilities' peak demand an average of 10 percent, complementing savings from energy efficiency programs.

Imagine storing summer heat. Renewable energy has always been about the art of the possible, turning the obvious and plentiful into a reliable source of clean fuel. If the wind, waves and even the almighty sun can be harnessed for generation, almost anything else can be captured, too.

Safety has always been one of the biggest knocks against nuclear power. A standard adopted in March 2016 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) could further the industry’s neverending quest to address those concerns.

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Decoding Energy Codes

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



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Learning Curve: Challenging Changes to the Codes and Standards


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.



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Let's Talk About Precision: Fiber Optic Testing


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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Taming the IoT: Interoperability 
of Internet Power Gains Traction

The Internet of Things (IoT) has many moving parts, and they’re moving quickly. One is power over ethernet (PoE), the IoT’s electric power delivery agent.


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Rising Stars

Rampant technology refinement and innovation are redefining security. More technologies help ensure mobile accessibility.


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Innovative Financing Models Fueling A Surge in Microgid Capacity

One byproduct of the renewable economy has been the growth of microgrids, as large institutions and communities look for new ways to accommodate distributed generation and utilities take measures to increase grid reliability.


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Tesla to Build Battery Storage Facility for Southern California Edison

Among tech companies, Tesla has always done things in a big way. Recently, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based manufacturer of luxury electrical vehicles added to its list of outsized endeavors when it announced a major battery storage project for electric utility Southern California Edison (SCE).


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