Beck Ireland

Beck
Ireland
Staff Writer,
Penton Media
Articles
Mood Lighting
A decade after Congress passed the Energy Policy Act of 1992, the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE), acting on its authority granted by the bill, designated
Nothing but Blue Skies 
Revenue for overall design services remained hot for the majority of engineering firms in EC&M's 2007 Top 40 list. Commanding a sunny average year-over-year
Productivity Metrics
When you're a facilities construction project manager or subcontractor, your job can be as lonely as that of the Maytag repairman, but for an entirely
Inside Information
Much like the dilemma of the chicken and the egg, it's difficult to pinpoint the origin of the perceived lack of true technological innovations for the
Jack of all trades
If your employees don't have more degrees than a thermometer, you may soon want to turn up the heat on your training programs. By the time your workers
Wanted: Skilled Labor
According to the latest numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans are hard at work. At last count, the total U.S. unemployment rate
No Man's Land
For many women-owned electrical contracting firms, the perception still exists that women-owned businesses are given preference when bidding on government
Back in Balance
The decline in new residential construction spending predicted for 2007 is no cause for alarm, say industry economists. Although estimates of a drop in
AFCIs on the Brink of a Home Invasion
If proposal #2-142 of the National Electric Code (NEC) passes, it will require combination-type arc-fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) protection for all
Copy of AFCIs on the Brink of a Home Invasion
If proposal #2-142 of the National Electric Code (NEC) passes, it will require combination-type arc-fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) protection for all
Big Business 
With prosperity comes responsibility. That's the lesson electrical contractors in this year's Top 50 list learned in 2005. For the second year in a row,
Clearing Up Confusion on Unwanted Voltages
Responding to testing requirements imposed after a woman was electrocuted while walking her dog in the East Village in 2004, this March New York City's
Standby to Lift Off
In 2004 San Antonio, Texas-based business consulting firm Frost & Sullivan predicted a big future for the residential standby power systems market. According
Outsourcing Options
For the last few years, has been the buzzword in the plant maintenance world, and the numbers prove it. In 2004, consulting firm D.F. Blumberg Associates,
Higher Learning
Only about 400,000 out of 2 million practicing engineers in the United States are actually licensed by the state in which they practice, says Al Gray,

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