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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. 

New software created by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the University of Tennessee and Jacksonville State University in Alabama is designed to eliminate a challenge in creating and using energy models for retrofit planning, retro-commissioning, and measuring and verifying building efficiency

Courtesy of JBKnowledge

At JBKnowledge's first of four 2017 ConTech Roadshows, the presiding theme in Philadelphia on July 13 was advanced technology with practical applications for contractors looking to gain an edge in their competitive markets.

The nation’s energy sector is racing through a period of major transformation, and utilities are jumping on for the ride. According to a recent study, the U.S. electric power industry is investing billions of dollars in smarter energy infrastructure.

Have you noticed the lack of good product seminars from companies making electrical products for buildings and data centers? Companies need to go out to update electrical contractors, project managers and system designers on their products and new systems.

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Southern California Utilities Getting Smart About Storage

In times of great change, innovation becomes the norm. Already ahead of the curve for tapping plentiful solar, wind and other renewable sources, California continues to feed that trend. The state recently announced new, mandatory green-building standards.


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Enlightened With Power

Last month’s article touched on photovoltaic (PV) arrays as a renewable power source. According to SolarBuzz.com, the installation cost of PV modules is still high ($4.31 per watt).


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Know the Scope

The estimation of a residential project should never be taken casually because they can be just as complex and design-intensive as any commercial one. So don’t just assume you are simply taking off another “rope job.”


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Statistically Speaking

Nineteenth-century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli is often credited with the statement, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” This column has discussed the lies and the damn lies.


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Return to Sender

No matter how thorough and complete the drawings and specifications, there will be manufacturing and installation details that are left to the contractor. These details are often shown on shop drawings.


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Retro-Renewables

Though there are many green buildings being designed and built from the start with significant considerations for the environmental effect or footprint, many renovation projects include alternative or renewable-energy sources, such as solar power.


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Renovation 2010

There are different types of lighting retrofit projects: fixture replacement, relocation, repair, ballast retrofit, clean and relamp only, and various other fixture-related tasks; some projects may not even involve working with existing lumminaires.


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