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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. 

A project, such as the Phipps Conservatory, that pursues multiple green certifications requires the electrical contractor to keep an eye on earning points from different programs, some of which complement each other.

There’s no one definition or single certification for high performance buildings. The greater the owner’s wishes, the more ambitious the construction.

The end of August means “Back to School” for many electrical contractors and their families. The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) reaches out to young people and, in particular, students in a variety of ways throughout the year.


No matter how you define it, experts agree that one of the keys to a successful construction project is effective collaboration by the various participants.


In May, Baker Electric Inc. in Escondido, Calif., partnered with U.S.

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