BETHESDA, MD, January 19, 2009 -– The many advantages of having qualified electrical
contractors not only install but design critical building systems are highlighted in the latest
edition of ElectricTV.net. A joint production of the National Electrical Contractors Association
(NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), ElectricTV.net is the
only web TV program dedicated to reporting the latest developments in the electrical
construction and information systems industries.
In today's cost-conscious environment, building owners are looking more than ever to
achieve the results they want at a price they can afford. Increasingly, owners are turning to
electrical contractors that offer a design/build approach, who apply their considerable expertise
at the planning stage to determine what's best for the building, then bring in the best-trained
electricians to perform the work. Says Larry Hollis, vice president of business development for
NECA contractor Rosendin Electric, “By getting us involved early, not only can we hear right
from the owners what they're looking for, but we can speed the design process and contain the
cost of the project.”
Also on this edition of ElectricTV.net is a virtual worksite tour that helps building owners
be more proactive in identifying job hazards; a segment on how the city of Ann Arbor, Michigan,
is cutting their energy costs in half by turning to LED lighting; and a spotlight on how
NECA/IBEW's unique training programs are preparing the green workers America needs both
today and tomorrow.
To view, visit http://electrictv.net/designbuild.aspx
ABOUT NECA AND IBEW
Through their joint marketing organization – the National Labor-Management Cooperation
Committee (NLMCC) of the organized electrical construction industry – NECA and IBEW
together work to:
• Reach customers with accurate information about the industry; and
• Achieve better internal communication between labor and management.
NECA has provided over a century of service to the $130 billion electrical construction
industry that brings power, light and communication technology to buildings and communities
across the United States. NECA's national office and 119 local chapters advance the industry
through advocacy, education, research and standards development.
With 725,000 members who work in a wide variety of fields – including construction,
utilities, telecommunications and manufacturing – IBEW is among the largest member unions in
the AFL-CIO. IBEW was founded in 1891.
For more information, visit www.thequalityconnection.org