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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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If you’re involved with security systems (procurement, design or installation), this article looks at what market segments they may fall in and where you can go to learn more about the “standards” that apply to a product or its installation.

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Chicago Public School Rehab Earns an A+
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Sharlen Electric Company in Chicago didn’t balk at the scope of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) project; it set course for a superior integrated-systems installation.

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Recurring Legal Issues In Constructing Educational Facilities
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The ABCs of PQ
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Securing New Jersey Schools with Grant Money
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