While worldwide reactions were tepid at best to the December 2009 United Nations Climate Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, and specifically about to the inability of political leaders attending the event to tackle climate change, more optimistic news emerged from the conference on at least one fron
Deteriorating demand for construction services continued to drag on the economy as new federal figures show another 53,000 construction workers lost their jobs in December 2009 and the industry’s unemployment rate climbed to 22.7 percent, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.
In a classic case of the tail wagging the dog, upgrades to the nation’s electrical grid may be finally catching up to the technologies it has served. Widely available electricity has been the foundation for countless innovations in telecommunications in the modern age.
Underscoring the continued weakness of the nation’s housing market, sales of newly built, single-family homes declined 11.3 percent in November 2009 to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 355,000 units, according to figures released by the U.S. Commerce Department.
Leading construction experts and economists agree that the economy is emerging from its deepest and longest financial crisis since the Great Depression. Even with a modest boost from government stimulus dollars, it will be a very slow crawl out of recession and into recovery.
A report of conference presentations and discussions among participants from the National Academies of Science, universities and research institutions, and representatives of professional associations, industry and labor, recommends attending to workplace environments to maintain “work ability” as w
It looks like electric vehicles may start arriving next year in sufficient numbers to create meaningful new business for electrical contractors. The EV Project, the largest deployment of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure in U.S. history, is spearheading it.
Despite a slow down in the number of construction workers losing jobs in November, 19 percent of the nation’s construction workers are now unemployed, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.
If you accept the common wisdom from Wall Street, the bottom of the current market slump came on November 20, 2008; still, in interviews with electrical contractors across the nation conducted a year later in late October and early November 2009, most eagerly awaited the birth of a new and vigorous
We are sure to see an overall enforcement campaign that addresses ergonomics and more. In the words of Jordan Barab, “Under this new administration, OSHA is heading back to the original intent of the OSH Act. We’re back in the enforcement business.”
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions increased for a third straight month and topped the 50-point threshold indicative of expansion for a second straight month in September.
A new showcase house, “Green Life Smart Life,” was recently completed in Narragansett, R.I. It should be of great interest to electrical contractors, despite the fact that it used 50 percent less wire than a conventional home of the same size. Smart homes are becoming more attractive to owners.
In 2008, fires caused more than $15.5 billion in direct property loss, but overall, the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) reported a decline in fire losses from the previous year. Fires in residential properties accounted for $8.6 billion.
ServiceMagic.com released its Home Remodeling and Repair Index for the second quarter of 2009, and the data indicates consumers are still somewhat cautious in home remodeling spending. But confidence is substantially increasing, especially among baby boomers.