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Getting the Hang of It
LAST MONTH, we published our annual construction forecast. We’ve been
doing this gig for quite a while, and, if there’s a running theme connecting every
forecast, it’s uncertainty. It’s not exactly the weather, and we give those guys and
gals grief for their unreliability, too.
So this month, we turn to something you can control: controls. For years, it has
been the inevitable next step in energy efficiency and automation after energy-efficient lamps and sensors reached their potential.
We begin with an old concept that runs all the way back to the days of Edison.
In “Supply in Search of Demand,” by Chuck Ross (page 18), the idea of microgrids
collides with smart and integrated systems. With today’s advanced control systems, yesterday’s technology is everything we need it to be now: energy efficient,
resilient and controllable.
Still within the theme of control in a metaphoric sense, women in contracting
are increasing their ownership of an industry that is historically dominated by
men. In “Balance of Power,” by Susan Bloom (page 30), three female electrical
contractors discuss how they took control of their companies and what it’s like
to be a woman in electrical construction.
Next up, we have “Phasing in Intelligence,” by Claire Swedberg (page 46),
which covers the realities of building intelligence. Automation used to be too
expensive for small to mid-sized companies, but, with today’s technologies, it’s
more affordable than ever, entering the realm of realistic and practical application.
Finally, controls aren’t just about function anymore. In “Tunable White Lighting,” by Craig DiLouie (page 54), we learn how a light source’s color appearance
can affect behavior. DiLouie tells us lighting color can be tuned in classrooms, for
example, to different modes throughout the day, energizing students or getting
them to calm down and focus.
In our quest to stay current, a few ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR staffers attended
the BICSI Winter Conference in Tampa, Fla. BICSI supports the information and
communications technology community with a trade show—where we checked
out cool new products—as well as training in cabling installation, voice/data/
video, life safety systems, security and more.
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