Electrical Hazards with Energy Efficient Automation Gear
Mike, I have a topic that you might like to discuss or use in a future newsletter. It involves the trend to retrofit older buildings with new Energy efficient automation gear. The country is on an energy savings trend with many Partnerships between electrical utilities and Automation companies.
The program that I have seen goes like this:
The problem that I have been watching unfold for several years at my facility is compounded with a non-inspection process we have. Our city does not have any electrical inspectors. It is thought that an electrical utility company could never design or install any wiring improperly. If a problem arises during the warrantee period then it is fixed. If the problem arises after the warrantee period then "It was not in the contract". The utility hires an Automation company to install the equipment. (I would not give names but, there are some big players out there. Your site links to them.) The computer automation equipment is good but the wiring installation can really stink at times.
I know that most HVAC personal and IT personal are not electricians but our world is getting a lot smaller and we are crossing into a very gray area.
Patrick Ward, Wirenuting@AOL.Com
Copyright © 2003 Mike Holt Enterprises,Inc.