PUBLISHER John W. Maisel
EDI TOR Andrea E. Klee
SENIOR EDI TOR Julie H. Mazur
SENIOR ASSOCIATE EDI TOR Timothy E. Johnson
EDI TORIAL/MULTIMEDIA ASSIS TAN T Matt Kraus
BUSINESS/PRODUC TION MANAGER Dominique M. Minor
CIRCULATION MANAGER Astra J. Hudson
ART DIREC TION: Paul Philpott/Bono Tom Studio Inc.
ALTERNATIVE ENERGY & U TILI T Y BUSINESS Chuck Ross
ARC FLASH SAFE T Y Jim Phillips
BUSINESS William Atkinson
CODE Jim Dollard
CODE Michael Johnston
CODE Charles R. Miller
CODE Mark C. Ode
ESTIMATING Stephen Carr
ENERGY MANAGEMENT & TECHNOLOGY Darlene Bremer
FIBER OPTICS & CABLING Jim Hayes
FINANCIAL Denise R. Norberg-Johnson
FIRE/LIFE SAFE T Y S YS TEMS Wayne D. Moore
LIFE SAFETY SYSTEMS Thomas P. Hammerberg
LEGAL Gerard W. Ittig
LIGHTING Craig DiLouie
POWER QUALIT Y Richard P. Bingham
RESIDENTIAL David E. Shapiro
SAFETY Joe O’Connor & Tom O’Connor
SECURITY Deborah L. O’Mara
SERVICE/MAINTENANCE Andrew McCoy & Fred Sargent
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EDITOR’S EYE BY ANDREA E. KLEE
Home Again and Safe
IN A BIZARRE COINCIDENCE, this year’s Mardi Gras celebrations were
cut short in Haiti and Brazil, when parade floats carrying revelers and musicians
struck power lines. In the Haitian incident, the explosion set off a stampede that
killed at least 16 people; the musician on the float hit by the power line survived
the shock. In Brazil, three people on the float were electrocuted.
For an interesting juxtaposition, Tom O’Connor writes this month about similar
hazards that electricians could face aboard lifts and buckets. His Safety column on
page 10, “You Lift Me Up,” covers the dangers inherent in electrical work, especially those caused by encounters with live wires above; too bad those on the parade
floats—or the designers of them—didn’t receive the vigorous training that electricians have access to. It may have saved some or all of those lives.
That’s the point of this magazine: to deliver vital information to our readers so
that you can work safely and return home at the end of the day. But we also like to
keep all of you informed and inspired by the influx of technologies in the industry,
which will enable you to safely grow your business in new directions. This month,
we look at a number of different opportunities in the residential market, which most
of you dabble in, so that you can invest your time and efforts in the right places.
This area certainly has changed, slowly morphing into a more Jetson’s-like atmosphere. While your customers aren’t docking flying cars into their garages, the ability
of a house’s systems to interact with homeowners was once the stuff of imaginations.
Chuck Ross explores some of those abilities in his article “Internet of Everything,” page
34. Most of this is just a fad for now, and you may need to push your customers along a
bit, according to both Chuck’s article and Darlene Bremer’s Technology column, “Your
Home’s Rising IQ,” page 45. However, it may actually be the start of a fully integrated,
fully digital home, one that will need wiring and your expertise to function properly.
A green house is no longer just a glass-enclosed place to store and grow plants; it’s
now reality that homeowners can have an environmentally friendly residence, maybe
even with net-zero-energy capability. Jeff Gavin writes about the certification possibilities and some of the options for green living in “A Place Like Home” on page 42.
Now entering retirement, the baby boomer generation is pushing the aging-in-place
trend. Prepping their homes so they can age there gracefully could be a niche market
for your business, so check out Susan Bloom’s “Business Is Booming” on page 52.
Do some of your residential customers ask your opinion on where they should
put lights and what kinds to install? If you don’t have all the answers, Craig DiLouie
can help you with his article, “The Light Within,” page 82, in which he details rules
of thumb for residential lighting design.
Time-of-use pricing is being implemented for larger commercial and industrial
utility customers. But what about for residential? With smart meters, this is a possibility. See Chuck Ross’ second feature this month, “Keeping Time,” on page 60.
A funny thing happened during the recent blizzards in the Northeast: utilities
and contractors were at the ready to repair any outages, even with some 30-plus
inches of snow on the ground. How did they do it? See Claire Swedberg’s profile,
“Storm Response,” page 72.
We hope you find inspiration in the pages this month as well as those safety tips
and that Code information so vital for your businesses.