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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. 

Spreadsheet software is made for crunching numbers, but database programs are made for crunching data, and they do it better. Consider the following reasons why a database is a good platform for electrical estimating systems.


In August 2014, the U.S. Congress asked that the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) provide an analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan. It would require states to develop methods to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emission rates.

Once upon a time, owners hired an architect to draw up plans for a building and put the design out to bid, but that method is rapidly changing. Such design/bid/build (DBB) arrangements still may make up the majority of today’s project contracts, but just barely.

In May, Alan Steel, CEO of the New York Convention Center Operating Corp.

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Estimating Under Pressure, Part 2
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A new week of estimating has begun, giving you another chance to beat your bid schedule. You tell yourself that this week you will take a lunch break every day and go home on time. You will not be distracted. You will make every minute count, and you will not work on Saturday.

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Tools of the Trade
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Some contractors buy as few tools as they possibly can while others consider tools an investment to enhance their productivity, so they embrace them,” said Jim Eisele, Greenlee Textron product manager. To a large extent, tools are necessary to perform electrical jobs.

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Ready for Takeoff
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In a recent article, we covered the need for having a “pre-flight check” performed before moving existing or installing new information technology (IT) equipment into a newly constructed computer room.

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Marketing for Integrated Building Systems
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Marketing for Integrated Building Systems (IBS) requires two separate discussions: What is marketing exactly? And how do I branch out into IBS? Regarding marketing: “Its purpose is to create a customer,” said Peter Drucker, an American business philosopher and author on marketing.

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PV: Advances and Latest Opportunities
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Advances in Photovoltaic (PV) materials and manufacturing processes are resulting in increased interest in the application of PV technology in buildings.

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Door 1 (Court) or Door 2 (Arbitration)?
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The amount of misleading and incorrect information about arbitration could fill a bookshelf.

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