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Sustainable Products

You are designing a structure with sustainability in mind, and you want the products you are installing to be “green” and possibly help you get points, in the case of a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-type structure. You may find that it is challenging to know if the product you are deciding to buy is indeed a sustainable product and determining if it is your best “green” choice. Unfortunately the sustainable product market can be pretty scary and quite fragmented. Some products make claims of being green with nothing to back those claims up, and others have a pedigree a mile long that is just plain confusing. There is no doubt about it; you have a challenge on your hands when selecting green products. This article will attempt to break the ice and provide guidance to help navigate your way through the green fields of products. Some background and tips may be quite helpful during your next project.

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Electrical Vehicle Charging Infrastructure: Plan Ahead to Be EV Ready

Plans for investment in commercial property enhancements and municipal revitalization projects generally include a storyboard picture of nice sidewalks, landscaping, building facades, and parking, but how often do you see an electric vehicle (EV) charging station incorporated into that portrait or plan? These projects can include significant electrical infrastructure for lighting, including parking, security, and landscape, which require underground installation of conduit before the sidewalks are completed and landscape installed.

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The Uniqueness of Solar Projects

Dominic Ballesteros, operations manager for Jokake Electric in Phoenix, Arizona, began working on solar projects almost seven years ago. He eventually met Jorge Garcia, CEO of Jokake Electric, when they were working on a project for Arizona Public Service - the Deer Valley Mission Critical Operations Center.

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Transforming Efficiency: What You Need to Know About Changing Government Standards

The way I see it, there are two ways to look at the energy-efficiency profile of a transformer. Since a transformer is always on, it is either always wasting energy or always saving energy through lower energy consumption. With a new low-voltage, dry-type transformer efficiency standard on the way, the difference is more than a point of view. Ultraefficient transformers deliver significant energy savings that cut costs and lower the environmental impact of commercial and institutional buildings.

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The Profitable Marketing of Customer Relationships

What would you do without your customers? More frighteningly, are you trying to find out? To find an answer to these questions, all you have to do is forget about them, and soon after they will forget about you.

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Love of the Game

While watching any sporting event, it is easy to spot the players who have a true love of the game. They play with an unmatched passion, and although their competitive spirit is in high gear, they still have fun in their sport. These individuals see the sport for more than just a game but a true art.

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Sorting Out Energy Efficiency

Energy-efficient construction is a term being used a lot in our industry today. Whether it is a facility looking to achieve Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification or providing the best return on investment for the customer, sorting out what aspects have value for you and your customers is a complicated question.

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Code Q&A - July 2013

What is equipotential bonding for permanently installed pools?

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Confined Spaces

The electrical trade presents many hazards to the electrical contractor who must at times work on energized equipment, on roofs, or on busy job sites. Being lowered down into vault or walking into some other confined space where work must be performed adds yet another dynamic to the job and other existing hazards that requires special skills. Confined spaces are challenging on many fronts. Let's walk through some things you may want to consider and review available tools that can help in the preparation for work in confined spaces. Identifying and labeling confined spaces, instituting and maintaining onsite emergency response plans, and providing training for workers and supervisors can save lives. Let's explore more on this topic together.

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Use Non-Traditional Sources for Developing Your Labor Force

Much has been written about the potential shortage of skilled electricians, HVAC technicians, and plumbers. How did this happen? It is not like the service trades have not been doing their best to build a system that will turn out skilled employees; a visit to any IEC chapter will illustrate this statement. There you will find quality training programs in place, the latest equipment for training and a knowledgeable staff to support the apprentice throughout the program.

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