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Articles in this section are intended to help electrical contractors grow and improve their businesses, from financial and legal advice to creating a service and maintenance department. You’ll find articles on estimating projects and more below. 

In the digital age, almost anything can be an enabled device. As cell phones became portable computers and catalysts for the expansion of Wi-Fi, lamps may be next.


In January 2014, a weather front known as a “polar vortex” descended from Canada’s arctic north and brought frigid temperatures and heavy snow and ice as far south as Texas and eastward to the Mid-Atlantic and New England.

Google has made public new agreements to buy renewable energy to power its operations, according to an article in The New York Times. This will almost double its current green-energy promises.


Do you ever wonder if your attitudes about money are normal? Your family, culture and level of financial literacy influence your relationship with money and attitudes about accumulating, using and managing your finances.

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EV Growth Not Fast Enough

Change is rapid in the digital age, sometimes at a dizzying pace. As that becomes normal, expectations grow for even faster change.


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OSHA Likely To Raise Fines In 2016


Research conducted by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) has convinced the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that more expensive fines for workplace-safety violations are likely to send stronger messages to employers to improve workplace-safety efforts.



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Latest Employment Data from AGC

According to a February 5 press release from Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), construction firms added 18,000 workers in January, as the industry's unemployment rate declined to 8.5 percent, a 17-year low.


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OSHA To Issue New Final Rules Early 2016


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will issue several new final rules in early 2016, according to a November article in The National Law Review.



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Out Of Control

For several years, I have been seeing a new hole in the theoretically 100-percent-complete electrical drawings we are provided for bidding. Within the last year, the problem has gotten bigger, driven by increasingly strict energy-usage requirements.


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Editors' Pick
2016 Construction Outlook

Economists coined the term “half-fast” to describe the financial recovery. It’s an economy in flight, but it isn’t quite soaring. Dodge Analytics calls it “a mixture of headwinds and tailwinds.” For example, 2015 construction starts were forecast for 9 percent growth. They landed at 13—a tailwind.


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Reaching For The Sun

Solar-power technology is growing wide and deep through installations and planned projects. New York Gov.


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