With lighting and communications technology evolving rapidly, lighting manufacturers are under pressure to determine how to best reach out to and train busy electrical contractors (ECs) on new and existing products.
Steps No. 8 and No. 9 of the energy services project delivery process involve procurement, installation, and integration of materials and equipment into operational systems to meet the customer’s energy conservation, efficiency, production and reliability needs.
Fuel cells are an evolving technology and a current new market for the electrical contractor (EC). As a result of research and development, fuel cells have become feasible to implement with greater capacity, reduced costs, increased reliability and improved efficiency.
As we enter the final month of the presidential election campaign, the political rhetoric remains heated. Among the many issues to be debated, renewable energies and the federal policies that support them will no doubt feature prominently.
More than 8 billion lamps illuminate the United States, accounting for nearly 20 percent of all electricity consumption in the nation, according to a study released by the Department of Energy (DOE). The “2010 U.S.
For a design/build energy services project where the electrical contractor (EC) is the design/builder, project execution follows Step No. 7 of the project delivery process, which involves system design and specification.
Did you ever wonder why some companies succeed and expand even in a down economy while others struggle to keep their doors open? It is a question worth considering because, once you analyze their reasons for success, you may find ideas you can use to increase your own business.
The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) is a model residential and commercial building energy code produced by the International Code Council, an organization dedicated to building safety and fire prevention.
As the use of renewable power, electric vehicles (EVs) and the smart grid become more widespread and integrated, one challenge also becomes more apparent: storage. Thankfully, the experts are on it. This summer, the U.S.
It is often said there is nothing new under the sun. There’s truth in that statement, but it ignores the fortuitous mistake or “Edisonian” moment. Such game-changers are often the result of exciting work being done in labs and promising technology picked up by enterprising startup companies.
For the electrical contractor (EC), finding a role in the smart grid shouldn’t be a matter of “wait and see.” Now is the time to prepare for this growing opportunity. If your work involves building automation and lighting controls, you are well on your way.
Intelligent visual surveillance systems monitor persistent and transient objects within specific environments in real time. The primary intentions for systems are to provide an automatic interpretation of scenes and to understand and predict the actions and interactions of the observed objects.
The commercial construction market, in general, remains anemic, with one exception: data centers. Not only are we all buying more data-transmitting smart-phones, tablets, web-connected televisions—and, yes, even PCs—we also are moving data from our own hard drives to remote “cloud” servers.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the economic stimulus plan) appears to be having little influence on construction companies’ ability to expand payrolls to date, according to a new industry analysis of the effect of the federal program’s construction spending released by the Associated Ge
Using a skiing analogy, Standard & Poor’s chief economist, David Wyss, explained the current economic situation: “The economy is still heading downhill but on a lesser slope,” he said in the April 23, 2009, S&P Market Views report on BusinessWeek.com. “We’re off the black diamond.