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IREC names IAEI 2018 3iAward winner and Energy Hero
The Intersolar North America conference in San Francisco this summer was the backdrop for the presentation of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) 2018 3iAwards. Among those honored through the national search was the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) for its work with IREC’s Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP) program. The award celebrates “the nation’s best innovation,...
It's time to get serious about your happiness
There’s a great quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: “We are our choices.” When it comes to our happiness and our overall success in life, that’s truer than you might have realized. Taking time to examine the choices you make in your life and work each day and over the long term to make sure they are enhancing your well-being can do...
Asbestos a workplace health hazard
In 2016, nearly 5,200 people died as a result of an occupational incident, including accidents, fires or exposure to hazardous materials, up from 4,836 deaths the year prior. Statistically, it is not uncommon for workers, including electricians, to be exposed to harm on the job. Industry workers and tradesmen at-large are at risk of exposure to substances such as lead,...
Point in time: Celebrating our award-winning association
In July, we were honored to be named by Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) as one of their Energy Heroes and received the 2018 3iAward for our participation in the Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP) program. We were thrilled to share the stage with other honorees including New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) Solar...
In the beginning. And He said, “Let there be Light” and there was light. Some millennia later, man invented the photovoltaic (PV) cell to convert that light (from the sun) into electrical energy. And this electrical energy has some properties that are not like the properties of other common forms of electrical energy. Old Pros may skip this article, but you...
Code Hunter Spas & Pools
The Questions To play this game, you need a sharp eye, a quick mind and a 2017 National Electrical Code book. (Fill-in-the-blank questions are looking for the exact word(s) used in the NEC.) 1) Minimum cover depths for underground wiring in swimming pool installations are required to comply with: A) Table 300.5 B) Table 300.50 C) Table 680.9(A) D) Table 680.11 2) Communications, radio, and television...
Moving toward the future
Members and stakeholders of IAEI have recognized that the world has changed in the decades since our association was formed. Input provided by members over the past few years resulted in the responsive Vision 2021 strategic plan that was announced last year, showing that the International Board of Directors heard your message and would respond to enable all members...
Frightening construction industry workforce shortages
Severe workforce shortages could wreak havoc for the construction industry in the years immediately ahead. As revealed during the “Workforce Development” panel discussion held at the National Lighting Bureau’s Annual Lighting Forum, “U.S. code officials’ average age is 55–64, with 31 percent preparing to retire within five years, and more than half—51 percent—preparing to retire in the next 5–15...
Copperweld vs. soft drawn (pure) copper
by Jeffrey T. Jordan, P.E., and Dustin Fox Article Courtesy of Copperweld® Bimetallics, LLC Electroplating (plating), cladding, and welding are manufacturing processes used to coat steel wire conductors to look and perform more like pure copper. All three processes are generically termed copper-clad steel (CCS), but the distinction between them is inherit in the metallurgical bond. And as a result, some...
How to avoid making stupid mistakes
Most mistakes are just plain stupid. “I just wasn’t thinking,” we say. Stupid mistakes aren’t intentional. But the genie is out of the bottle. The damage is done. Sure, we can try to “minimize the damage” by claiming “we’re only human” and dismiss it with “everybody makes mistakes.” Not today. As the news makes clear, there’s no place to hide....
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