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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. 




A recent World Wildlife Fund survey found that almost half of Fortune 500 companies have at least one climate or clean-energy goal. It’s good business to be eco-friendly, and the construction industry has made great strides in going green without sacrificing profits.

When a 4.6-acre luxury residential construction project was being built on the site of a former hospital, it was quite an undertaking. It included building 373 apartments, food retailers and parking, and the workers had to be sure not to leave out its avant-garde appeal.


According to the latest monthly report by the U.S. Census Bureau, construction spending in the United States fell 1.3 percent in June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of more than $1.2 trillion.

As president of the National Electrical Contractors Association since 2015, I have devoted much of this column to the mounting list of challenges the electrical construction industry faces. But it’s also important to recognize positive things that are happening.

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