Beck Ireland

Staff Writer
Penton Media
Articles by Beck Ireland
In Tandem
According to reports compiled by the FBI, in the time it takes you to read this sentence one burglary will be committed in the United States. Elsewhere
Shortcuts on the Fast Track
Long Island City, N.Y.-based E-J Electric Installation Co. recently completed work on a 500MW natural gas power plant in Queens. The electrical contracting
Powerline Play
Home automation began with lighting control. Basic on/off and dimming functions, as well as extensive pre-set lighting scenes activated by a single touch
Mission: Infrastructure 
Find out what put
A Temp for All Seasons
With its boom or bust climate, the construction industry is nothing if not cyclical. Dependent on economic factors as well as seasonal temperatures the
BUILDING INTELLIGENCE
From the realm of pure science fiction just a few decades ago, automated systems have become ubiquitous in buildings both commercial and industrial. The
A Standard Divided
Not without controversy, the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) officially published MasterFormat 2004 in August of that same year. The new standard
Energy, Uninterrupted
Let's face it: The grid can be unreliable. Evergreen, Colo.-based Research Reports International estimates that nearly 20% of underground transmission
Inspiring Incentives
70,000: That's the number of skilled electrical workers the United States will need in the next 10 years, says a recent release from the National Electrical
Why Own When You Can Rent?
Up until 1993, equipment ownership exceeded rental by a large margin 95% to 5%, respectively, according to industry analyst Daniel Kaplan, president of
Thinking Outside the House
By August 2005, single- and multi-family housing comprised 56% of all construction spending for a total of $404 billion. This record year, tracked by
The Laws of Conservation
It's no secret that Americans have an uneasy relationship with energy conservation. Incongruous with the American ideal of manifest destiny, conservation
Project Watch
Hatfield Reynolds Electric Goes Retro on Scottsdale Hotel
How to Keep Accounts Without an Accountant
When David and Michael Peavy inherited their father's electrical contracting and services firm, Texarkana, Ark.-based Artex Electric, almost 20 years
The Business of Power Quality
After deregulation began allowing competition for power quality contracts in the electric utility industry, energy service companies (ESCOs) have been
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