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Looking Ahead for Building Systems

Looking Ahead for Building Systems

This piece was originally published in the June 2017 issue of electroindustry. Suzanne Alfano, CET, MBA, Industry Director, Building Systems, NEMA A building system encompasses interconnected systems that function as a complex whole: the envelope, including the foundation, walls, windows, and roof; interior structural systems such as floors, walls, and elevators; and functional systems such as electrical power, heating, cooling, ventilation, plumbing,…

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Adding Value through ESPCs

Adding Value through ESPCs

This piece was originally posted in the June 2017 issue of electroindustry. As energy efficiency gains increasingly more attention on local, national, and international fronts—often enabled and assisted by NEMA member products—many companies are opening business arms related to efficiency or founding new efficiency-minded businesses. The prime example of this is the Energy Service Company (ESCO) model where business is…

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Cable Set for Power, and Telecoms

Cable Set for Power, and Telecoms

This piece was originally posted in the June 2017 issue of electroindustry. Ann Brandstadter, Manager, Standards Publications and Marketing, NEMA A newly packaged set for the wire and cable industry is now available on the NEMA Standards Store website. “These standards are a blend of power and utility products and, to a lesser extent, telecommunication products,” said Richard Beggs, secretary…

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IEC Updates Standards and Procedures

IEC Updates Standards and Procedures

This piece was originally published in the June 2017 issue of electroindustry. Ken Gettman, Director, International Standards, NEMA Recent revisions to the International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) directives include procedural changes for project management. Notably, the time allotted for different stages of standards development has been shortened. Approval majorities and translations also are being addressed. The IEC implemented Read more […]

Energy Benchmarking Equals Energy Savings

Energy Benchmarking Equals Energy Savings

This piece was originally published in the June 2017 issue of electroindustry. New York City facility managers who measure the energy performance of their buildings are investing in energy-saving technologies and operational improvements in order to improve their buildings’ energy efficiency, according to a survey conducted by NEMA in 2016. Cities around the United States are implementing building energy benchmarking and transparency ordinances that…

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Looking Forward: the Importance of Building Systems

Looking Forward: the Importance of Building Systems

This piece was originally published in the June 2017 issue of electroindustry. Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA) Serving the American people as a member of Congress is an important lesson in the concept of systems. After all, every American schoolchild is taught that our government is a system of checks and balances, of which Congress is an essential part. Systems-based thinking is also an important…

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Shining a Light on PV Wire

Shining a Light on PV Wire

This piece was originally published in the June 2017 issue of electroindustry. Christel Hunter, Director, Codes and Standards, Cerro Wire LLC The Solar Energies Industry Association (SEIA) reports that more than 42 GW of solar capacity has been installed in the United States as of the end of 2016; SEIA predicts that by 2021  there will be more than 100 GW of solar installed….

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MITA Joins a Great IDEA to Cure Alzheimer’s

MITA Joins a Great IDEA to Cure Alzheimer’s

This piece was originally published in the June 2017 issue of electroindustry. Sue Bunning, Industry Director, Positron Emission Tomography, MITA June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month—a good time to remember the 5.5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and the millions more who are their caregivers. Members of NEMA’s Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) are on the front lines in the battle…

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State Advocacy Efforts Pay Off

State Advocacy Efforts Pay Off

This piece was originally published in the June 2017 issue of electroindustry. Diligence by NEMA and local grassroots efforts to promote three-year adoption cycles for national model building codes paid off in Florida, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Washington. NEMA members, field representatives, and State Government Relations staff collaborated to see these efforts through to fruition. These states, which previously had adopted three-year…

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Vigorous Code Adoption Activity Continues in the South

Vigorous Code Adoption Activity Continues in the South

This piece was originally published in the June 2017 issue of electroindustry. Bryan P. Holland, South Field Representative, NEMA Nearly every state in the NEMA Southern region is actively undergoing the regulatory code update process or has current legislation being considered that impacts code adoption. The NEMA field representatives and other members of the Coalition for Current Safety Codes are working hard…

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NEMA Members Go Big on Innovation

NEMA Members Go Big on Innovation

This piece was originally published in the June 2017 issue of electroindustry. From iconic super buildings to reimagined shipping containers, trends in building systems increasingly embody analytics, connectivity, and energy-efficacy technologies. Low-cost sensors, for example, are behind a new generation of connected technologies. Connectivity optimizes building systems through monitoring the signal strength of connected devices and detecting radio frequency interference by humans…

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