Beck Ireland

Staff Writer,
Penton Media
Standards Deviant 1
All lighting products sold in the United States are subject to industry standards governing safety and performance. Because testing and rating systems
2008 Top 40 Electrical Design Firms 
In 2007, the electrical design firms on EC&M’s Top 40 list pushed their limits, making market and geographical expansions a high priority
Maximum Capacity
Much like the old adage about the month in which this article appears, 2007 came roaring in like a lion for the majority of firms in EC&M's list of Top
Seeing Green
Although concern for the environment and awareness of green technologies are at an all-time high, results from an online survey of 1,000 respondents conducted
Under Contract
In 2005, Kentucky procured a statewide LED traffic signal retrofit. Not only did this project make it the second state after Delaware to use LED modules
The Changing Shape of Renewables Technology
Until recently, breakthroughs in renewable electric energy technology debuted in relative obscurity. With high up-front costs and rates of return spanning
Waging the War for Talent
Last year, the construction industry declared a war for talent. Faced with a simultaneous increase in workload and decline in the workforce, the industry
Bragging Rights
With overall construction spending in the black and double-digit increases for non-residential construction in the last few years, electrical firms have
Mortgage Fallout
Over the past two years, the seesaw that is the construction industry economy was kept level by a thriving non-residential sector. Industry analysis performed
The Design Burden
Driven by the desire for lower costs and earlier completion dates, many owners are abandoning the traditional design-bid-build project delivery method
Making Amendments
Although the three-year Code-making cycle for the 2008 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC) recently closed, the dust has not yet settled on
From the Front Lines
There's a common saying electrical contractors have about electrical inspectors: Arguing with an inspector about the Code is like wrestling with a pig
At first glance, Kay-R Electric, Syracuse, N.Y., seems like a typical electrical contracting firm. The company specializes in electrical construction
Between Prevention & Compensation
Employers are required to record certain injuries and illnesses under the OSHA recordkeeping regulation and to adhere to certain other requirements under
The Harder They Fall
On April 22, 1998, a 57-year-old electrical mechanic died after falling through an unguarded floor opening on the fourth floor of a building. The victim
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