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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. 

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“NECA is the voice of the $130 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light, and communication technology to buildings and communities across the U.S.”


This single-story test bed rotates 270 degrees from southeast to northeast to help in building orientation design and features.

I magine a laboratory where you could envision, develop and confirm your building design before or during construction. Investigate building system performance by staging an office facsimile. Make final specifications on sustainability measures prior to occupancy.

As society undergoes profound changes in its relationship with electrical power, so does the need to train the professionals who install the technology that delivers and harnesses it.


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Making Peace With Anger
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Anger and violence in the workplace are definitely increasing, and one in six workers has been angry enough at work to want to punch a coworker. Understanding how to prevent anger from erupting into violence is imperative. Anger is a strong feeling of antagonism associated with extreme displeasure.

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Managing Generational Diversity
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People are your most important asset, and also the hardest to manage. Employees talk back, loyalty seems to have disappeared and the traditional work ethic appears to be eroding. You are probably experiencing the confusion inherent in managing employees of different generations.

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Building Integrated Photovoltaics
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Distributed generation (DG) is the term used to describe the placement of small-scale electric generating capacity at or near the load that it serves.

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Reverse This Trend
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As if contractors and estimators didn’t face sufficient obstacles to bid profitable projects and run a business that produces a healthy return on investment, a new wrinkle has been gaining steam.

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Construction Forecast 2004
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This year should stay even with 2003, with a dip in housing and an upward blip in nonresidential. However, 2005 may be a big year all around. Bureau of Labor Statistics data claims 781,400 field workers were employed in electrical construction, on average, from July through September of 2000.

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Reverse Auction Nightmare
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Reverse auctions and construction shouldn’t mix. Almost everyone involved in the business agrees—with the exception of some large clients.

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Software: A Hard Decision
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Construction software has changed the way many contractors do their jobs. But the choices can be daunting and confusing to the first-time buyer, most of whom start out looking at estimating software. Some couple with digitizers (see sidebar), others are AutoCAD-based and one uses scanned drawings.

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