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Electrical Construction Activity Expected to Wane as Economy Slows

Electrical Construction Activity Expected to Wane as Economy Slows

This piece was originally published in the November/December 2019 issue of electroindustry. Fred Ashton, Economist, NEMA Electrical construction is a primary end market for the electrical manufacturing industry. This market is prone to booms and busts as business cycles wax and wane. The Great Recession, which centered on overleveraged housing investments, ushered in an unprecedented era of stagnant household formation and tepid demand for housing. Households struggled to unwind big bets on Read more […]

Endnotes from the President | Kevin J. Cosgriff

Endnotes from the President | Kevin J. Cosgriff

This piece was originally published in the November/December 2019 issue of electroindustry. The electricity sector may account for only 2 percent of U.S. GDP, but the other 98 percent of the economy depends on it virtually 100 percent of the time. Behind the electronics and electrical products that power modern life are essential—but largely out-of-sight—building infrastructure technologies. Said differently: “What’s behind your walls?” The impact these quality products have on modern Read more […]

NEMA Goes Back to College

NEMA Goes Back to College

This piece was originally published in the November/December 2019 issue of electroindustry. Daniel Abbate, Industry Director, NEMA NEMA staffers Danny Abbate, Industry Director for Building Infrastructure, and Muhammad Ali, Program Manager, attended and completed the Robroy Corrosion College in Gilmer, Texas, in August. Corrosion College provides hands-on experience in understanding the process of corrosion through two days of intensive instruction conducted by professionals in the field Read more […]

NEMA 05VS Brings Clarity to a Confusing Market

NEMA 05VS Brings Clarity to a Confusing Market

This piece was originally published in the November/December 2019 issue of electroindustry. Andi Haa, Owner, Quality Plus For many years, surge protective device (SPD) specifications have been a source of confusion in the marketplace. While NEMA wants manufacturers to be competitive and to promote their specifications, some must be standardized, benefitting both the industry and the market. As such, the NEMA Low Voltage Surge Protective Devices Section (05VS) has developed and published Read more […]

Get Smart About a Better Building Occupant Experience

Get Smart About a Better Building Occupant Experience

This piece was originally published in the November/December 2019 issue of electroindustry. Pekka Hakkarainen Pekka Hakkarainen is Vice President of Government and Industry Relations at Lutron Electronics Company Inc. The relationship between commercial property developers and their tenants is evolving. Across the country, there is a growing trend toward building systems that create more value for real estate developers, building owners, property managers, and occupants alike. All Read more […]

Structured Cabling for Data Communications

Structured Cabling for Data Communications

This piece was originally published in the November/December 2019 issue of electroindustry. Rick Pimpinella, Panduit Fellow Dr. Pimpinella is a Panduit Fellow, is a member of the IEEE, and is actively pursuing his research interests in multimode and single-mode optical fiber. He has published more than 50 technical papers and articles, and he holds more than 60 U.S. patents. Whether you’re an engineer, installer, consultant, or network designer, you might have multiple questions regarding cabling Read more […]

Top Factors to Consider When Working on a Data Center

Top Factors to Consider When Working on a Data Center

This piece was originally published in the November/December 2019 issue of electroindustry.   Eric Gertie, Product Manager, Cope Cable Tray Eric Gertie is a product manager for Cope Cable Tray, a part of Atkore International. Dependence on quality, reliable data is now more business- critical than ever. Businesses rely on data centers for 24/7 connectivity; to uphold federal codes and regulations; and to ensure resiliency, performance, and more—all so a company can stick to meeting Read more […]

From the Chair | Raj Batra

From the Chair | Raj Batra

This piece was originally published in the November/December 2019 issue of electroindustry. Unless a washing machine is zapped or an overhead light fizzles out, most people don’t notice the electrical infrastructure at home or work that powers and enables their modern lives. Like an audience for a Broadway production, we’re dazzled by the actors in front of us, paying little attention to the stage crew that keeps the show moving behind the scenes. Like Broadway stagehands, most of the electrical…

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GFCI Receptacles: Small Installation, Big Protection

GFCI Receptacles: Small Installation, Big Protection

This piece was originally published in the November/December 2019 issue of electroindustry. Daniel Abbate, Industry Director, Building Infrastructure Division, NEMA Recent years have seen a significant increase in the number of do-it-yourself projects that homeowners will undertake. Home products and construction materials are easily accessible, and there are online tutorial videos for every installation imaginable. This includes the ground-fault circuit-interrupter (GFCI), which is designed Read more […]

LIGHTING LEADS 21st CENTURY REDUCTION IN USE OF ELECTRICITY IN RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS

LIGHTING LEADS 21st CENTURY REDUCTION IN USE OF ELECTRICITY IN RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS

Clark R. Silcox, General Counsel, NEMA Over the first 18 years of the 21st century, lighting products contributed more than any other product to reducing the demand for electricity in the United States, according to data published by U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) in their Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) from 2004 – 2019.  Overall annual electricity use from lighting — in both the residential and commercial sectors — fell 57% from 2001 – 2018 from an estimated 1.82 quads in…

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