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Month: November 2011

States vs. the Silent Killer

States vs. the Silent Killer

"States push to catch winter's silent killer with carbon monoxide alarms" -- so said the front page of USA Today yesterday (November 29). This article brings much welcome national attention to a critical life safety issue: the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning. To date, over 30 states have enacted laws or codes requiring the installation of carbon monoxide (CO) detection devices in various residential occupancies. To see if your state is one of them, please click here. Why? Read more [...]
California thermostats and new home owners

California thermostats and new home owners

In the California Building Code, dozens of proposals are being finalized for Title 24.  One of considerable interest to the NEMA Residential and Commercial Controls Section involves the requirement of a device called an Upgradeable Setback Thermostat, or UST, in new construction homes.  A UST is essentially a wireless programmable thermostat with the radio removed and a port available where a radio module may be inserted later.  The goal of this proposal, developed by CEC staff, advocates Read more [...]
USGBC and the “public” review process

USGBC and the “public” review process

I’ve been involved this year with the “public” part of the process that supposedly gets the USGBC’s LEED rating points approved.  As a result I’m wondering if it’s only a good PR to make people feel they can have a saying in the process or a Kafkaesque bureaucratic process inspired by his novel The Castle. First off, the process opens for “public review” for very short periods of time with very little if any warning.  This doesn’t let Read more [...]
Shedding Some Light on Consortium Collaboration

Shedding Some Light on Consortium Collaboration

In October 1879, Thomas Edison perfected a workable electric light at his laboratory in Menlo Park, N.J.  Thus, the incandescent lamp was born.  More than 80 years later, the first practical visible-spectrum (red) light emitting diode (LED) was developed by Nick Holonyak at General Electric Company.  Almost 50 years later, the lighting industry has evolved and added a variety of products to support and improve upon Mr. Edison’s incandescent lamp. Today, NEMA’s Lighting Read more [...]
Technical Experts Needed to Write Systems Standards!

Technical Experts Needed to Write Systems Standards!

Systems standards.   Much of the technology world seems to be talking about systems standards these days.  You’d think we didn’t have any standards that allow products to operate effectively with other products in applications.   But we do . . . and they do.  So what’s all the discussion about systems standards?     The IEC Master Plan 2011 does a nice job of describing the issue—“The multiplicity of technologies and their Read more [...]