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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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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As we come into spring, it’s nice to see all that the season has to offer. It’s a time of ending the cold and darkness, and starting to enjoy the longer, warmer days as summer approaches. It might feel the same for our apprentices as they finish up their classes and are able to take a deep breath and concentrate on just working for a few months, without the added pressure of homework and exams. Tis the season for our apprentice graduations. I have started my visits to various chapters as the schedule allows. What an amazing and gratifying way to spend time with our future leaders of the industry. We have a lot to be thankful for and proud of. There is a huge amount of time and effort that goes into our apprenticeship program across the country.
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The beauty of every young newcomer to any kind of trade or work is that he or she will not be bringing a lot “baggage” with them on “what the right way of doing something” is. This, in itself, can violate the structure and stability of a company’s processes. On the other hand, there is a lot of learning and training to be done, and if the teaching and guidance is not done correctly it can reduce the productivity of the whole team. Costly delays can occur by one newcomer not knowing the processes or lacking the necessary skills to do the job.
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The shortage of skilled labor is a topic everyone should be concerned with. Many of the baby boomers are getting ready to retire and there seems to be a void of skilled individuals ready to take their place.
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Apprentices, it’s no secret that there is a lot to learn. As an Electrical Training Alliance (ETA) partner, it’s our job and privilege to foster your growth. Not only are you tasked to learn the skills and technology needed to succeed in the electrical industry, you also need to know the National Electrical Code (NEC) and stay current with all its updates. Knowing the codes is just one piece of the job, we are here to help guide you to the right tools to successfully meet NEC standards and do it safely.
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Last year, we presented two separate articles on the topic of safety and the correlation between safety and productivity (“A Safe Job Site Is a Productive Job Site” [2016 May/June Insights] and “Predict & Prevent” [2016 Sept/Oct Insights]). We have already presented the data that shows “why” this connection is important to an electrical contractor, and we have already presented the information that explains “what” needs to be done in order to gather relevant information from the field. In this article, we will dive deeper into “how” to use critical business processes to alleviate the risk of safety-related issues before they occur. Not unlike quality and customer care, the safety of any job site starts with the board of directors. If the executives, manager, and supervisors think safety first, then the job sites will be safer.
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A recent fire that engulfed an industrial site in New York is said to have been caused by the ignition of highly-combustible cardboard. One hundred members of the local fire department responded to the blaze, which had caused the roof and some of the walls of the building to collapse. The fire quickly took over the six-block-long building and prompted the authorities to issue a shelter-in-place order for all nearby residents. What caused the ignition of the cardboard? The failure of a single light bulb.
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Later this year, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will introduce the 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace® 2018. The electrical contractor community awaits each new edition of the standard with a mixture of curiosity, optimism, and dread – with good reason. Even seemingly minor changes can have a major impact on a contractor’s established workflow. Most changes necessitate additional training, and some require electrical workers to invest in new or updated equipment. To help electrical contractors prepare, here’s a peek at a few of the more notable changes to the NFPA 70E standard that will impact their day-to-day work practices.
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Unlike other small business construction contracting, the electrical contracting industry requires more than a few "good guys" to start. Every way you look at it, small business has as many challenges as any other larger business. The difference is that contracting has a more fluid income and the contractor is only as good as "their last job." Just like any restaurant, they can only make your food or service bad once. The customers have a choice.
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