Bells jingling, people talking, glasses clinking, ratchets rattling as people pull levers, the whirl of the roulette wheel and the shouts of encouragement as the dice roll. Noise, noise and more noise.
According to the Energy Information Administration, which gathers and analyzes energy data for the U.S. Department of Energy, commercial buildings currently consume 18 percent of the energy in the United States (www.eia.doe.gov).
This month, we address smoke detector spacing, which is found in NFPA 72-2007 or the National Fire Alarm Code. It is important that your technicians know the spacing requirements for these devices, so they can discover problems on the drawings and prevent mistakes during the installation.
To protect today’s public spaces, integration of systems is more important than ever. And in light of recent catastrophic events, the pluses of integrated fire and life safety communications have become perfectly clear.
Everyone loves the convenience and accessibility Wi-Fi has brought us. As is often the case with technology, it’s great—when it works. When a building owner or tenant discovers “dead spots” that are difficult or impossible to reach with a Wi-Fi signal, the challenge is not.
Over the last few weeks of traveling, I have spoken with colleagues at meetings in various states. I realized that every time we had a choice of where to eat breakfast or lunch, we would universally choose a Cracker Barrel restaurant. We never hesitated in this choice. Why?
Green buildings are moving into the mainstream of the U.S. construction industry. Increasingly, private and public owners are requiring that their building projects be designed and constructed in an environmentally responsible manner and be recognized as a green building.
The truth about transient voltage surge suppressors A series of fatal fires recently have put transient voltage surge suppressors (TVSS) to the forefront of news again. It wasn’t necessarily the normal application of such devices that created hazards.
Several hazards hold the most potential for injuries No matter how comfortable an electrician feels working with electricity, danger must never be overlooked. OSHA estimates about 350 electrical-related deaths occur each year.
Broadband services have come a long way. The services expanded from simply high-speed Internet access to more entertainment options and voice features over Internet protocol. Homeowners may want to subscribe to some of these services.
Datacom maintenance work today is different from a few years ago. Since there are no moving parts and so many installations are configured at initial startup and not modified for some time, there isn’t anything to maintain.
Integrated building system training Integrated Building Systems (IBS) represent tremendous opportunities for electrical contractors and are predicted to eventually outgrow the traditional electrical market.
Those of you tasked with selling fire detection and security systems for your company (and we are all in sales in one form or another) look for ways to set your company apart from the competition; most companies try to promote their strengths and benefits to an owner.
Remember the early days of networking and Ethernet cabling? Many of us stood in awe in the 1980s as we struggled to wrap our minds around the notion of personal computers talking to each other and sharing files at a staggering rate of 10 megabits per second.