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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 quest for more sustainable energy practices, no technology is left out of the mix. For example, combined heat and power, also known as co-generation, has been around for many years, mostly in the domain of utilities and the industrial sector.

As estimators, we are sometimes called on to create and maintain schedules. Many of us actually hold the position of estimator/project manager, so we are wholly responsible for scheduling our own projects.


Telecommunications regulations have a long and storied history in politics and government, and it was recently declared that net neutrality falls under these previously established rules.

Rising energy costs, maturing technologies, simplified interfaces, government initiatives and utility incentives are all driving the predicted 29.5 percent compound annual growth rate of the global smart homes and buildings market, creating any number of opportunities for electrical contractors (ECs

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HIPAA from the Management Side
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First federal privacy standard affects all aspects of healthcare The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA, though some may even know it as the Kennedy-Kassebaum Act) seems to keep making things more difficult for those in the healthcare industry.

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The Operation Was a Success!
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Healthcare is an exciting and dynamic industry. It has changed, technologically, and many institutions are experiencing growth or perhaps are upgrading their facilities.

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The Power Quality of Life
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Hospitals have a priceless ‘product’—human life When people think of high-reliability facilities, most often it is the financial data centers and the semiconductor plants that come to mind.

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Fire Protection for Healthcare Facilities
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Protecting healthcare facilities is unique for many reasons, including the fact that not all occupants are ambulatory. Therefore, staff training and a defend-in-place strategy—rather than evacuation—are vital parts of the fire protection plan.

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Finding Your Way in the Submetering World
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Submeters are installed after the main utility meter to gain additional information regarding energy usage inside a facility, according to Don Millstein, president of Langhorne, Pa.-based E-Mon Corp. Estimates for the submetering market are primarily based on existing facilities, although U.S.

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Ohio Contractors Provide a Bridge Over Troubled Waters
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Traffic congestion in major metropolitan areas is now a fact of life. We may not like it, but as roads become more crowded with automobiles and trucks, we are spending more time listening to books on tape.

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Insurance and the Estimate
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A costly item you cannot avoid In a past column, I pointed out the standard procedures and precautions regarding insurance expenses that will affect a final bid price.

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