Chapter Corner

Newsroom & Insights: August 2017

Green is Good, Green With Prefab is Better

As an increasing number of owners and jurisdictions adopt or specify local, state, or international codes or standards in support of green building options, strategies to cost effectively conform become increasingly vital for your organization. From the standpoint of a building’s or facility’s total life-cycle cost and impact, sustainable, green, or living building design and construction can prove to be a viable option for lower total cost of ownership.

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In the Zone of Protection

Arc flash continues to receive attention in our industry with both codes and standards requirements complemented by a decent assembly of technologies that help to reduce the amount of energy available in the electrical distribution system. When employing incident energy technologies, we must understand what is and is not provided with regard to incident energy reduction, ensuring those who must perform energized work understand the abilities of these technologies. Let’s explore a few of these technologies to better understand what is and is not provided for the worker.

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Technology ... What's Next?

As an electrical contractor, technological advances have led to additional opportunities and challenges. We have all seen how they can affect an increase in productivity in the field and in the office, and I’m sure we all can relate to some of the headaches associated with these same changes.

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IEC Renews Instructor Conference

IEC’s Instructor Conference – on hiatus for nearly 10 years – experienced a resurrection last month. More than 90 instructors were in attendance representing 21 chapters for the two-day conference, which was held July 21–22 at the Eaton Experience Center in Houston, TX. The entire event was sponsored by American Technical Publishers (ATP) and Eaton Corporation.

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The Risks of Sourcing Electrical Products Online

You’re in a pinch. You need a molded case circuit breaker (MCCB) for a project, but you’re running up against a deadline and you don’t think you have time to order through a distributor. So, naturally, you jump online and look for a reseller who can offer you a lowpriced option with fast turnaround. You find product that looks like a good choice. Sure, it’s being sold as unused surplus product, but that doesn’t matter – it should work as well as a new one. Finally, you place your order using next-day shipping (of course) and in less than 24 hours the product shows up at your door ready to be installed. No problem, right?

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Using EDMS Software to Advance the Electricity Industry

As a subdivision of the services industry, electricity is powering our society, but could do so more efficiently with EDMS software (electronic document management systems).

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A Family That Goes Together Stays Together

What helps with the synergy of this experience is a family of lighting products. You should have all of your lighting products go together and complement one another. From the bollards to the post tops, and even bring that light synergy into the buildings and businesses. Brex Lighting is one of those companies that really takes this concept to heart. It’s tricky to find a bollard that complements a post top and then also looks good with the highbays.

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Code Compliance Made Easy

For decades, a strained energy grid and renewed attention on energy efficiency has been a major focus of the federal government, green building advocates, and building advocates, and building owners who are looking to reduce their energy costs while increasing property value. Driven by Department of Energy mandates, energy codes have evolved to make buildings more efficient and support a more sustainable future, but keeping up with changing building requirements can be daunting for electrical engineers and contractors who have to meet code and their customer's design and performance requirements.

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