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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. 

Fluke 1730 three-phase energy logger

Productivity loss, equipment damage, facility downtime and increased energy use are only some of the problems that poor power quality (PQ) can create.

The solar power industry, like much commerce today, thrives on innovation and the drive to do more with less. Recently, one industry leader set a new standard when it announced a solar-panel technology with unprecedented levels of efficiency.

While employment in the construction sector has generally enjoyed steady growth over the last 20 months, one element has remained stubbornly weak: the number of skilled workers. The problem is not new, and it persists.

The high price of renewables relative to traditional fuel sources is their biggest drawback. Although the alternative-energy industry has made great strides in bringing down upfront costs, the perception remains that it is a long way from parity with fossil fuels.

More on Your Business

Building Commissioning: On the Whole

“The basic purpose of building commissioning is to provide documented confirmation that building systems function in compliance with criteria set forth in the Project Documents to satisfy the owner's operational needs.

Improving the Procurement Process

The construction procurement process is flawed. While this is not news, what can contractors and estimators do about it? The root of the problem really starts at a project's conception.

Preflight Check

I recently overheard a conversation that reminded me of how we take for granted that things will work the way we want them to without doing a few simple checks to verify them.

November 2004 Redux

In November 2004 (“What Did You Read, and What Did You See”), I posed a number of problems for resolution. The problems were derived from past articles on topics ranging from negotiation strategies to liquidated damages.

Estimating Evolution

Though estimating software has become more sophisticated, the process of scrutinizing a blueprint and figuring labor and material costs still needs the human touch.

The Aftermath

Natural disasters are big news. Television presents live images of the devastation and the faces and voices of the victims of hurricanes, forest fires, tornadoes and other catastrophes. Newspapers follow with detailed accounts of property damage, injuries and death tolls.

E-Money, Cash Flow and Check 21-Part 2

The “Check Clearing for the 21st Century Act” took effect on Oct. 28, 2004. Recall from last month's discussion that this act, also known as Check 21, is intended to allow for paperless processing of financial transactions.