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INDUSTRY TRENDS

NEW ENERGY
Electrical contractors are tapping into new methods. BY PHILIP SANTORO

contractors are looking
ยป Electrical
for new ways to improve efficiency
and productivity.

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lthough 2016 did not bring the
momentum the construction
industry was hoping for, the 2017
outlook remains strong with
predictions for continued growth in nearly
every sector. Dodge Data & Analytics' 2017
Dodge Construction Outlook report predicts
total U.S. construction starts will advance
five percent to $713 billion, with commercial
building increasing six percent. Following
relatively flat growth in 2016, predictions like
these may be music to contractors' ears.
As the number of commercial projects taking place this year continues to grow, there

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are several electrical trends influencing new builds. The industry
is increasingly looking for ways to improve workers' efficiency and
productivity, reduce costs associated with construction and save
valuable space in new developments. This has led to the adoption
of new technologies and equipment that help contractors meet
the demands of the project while saving time, labor and space and
reducing overall project costs.

BIM Picks Up Momentum
The industry continues to face a skilled labor shortage, requiring
builders and construction leaders to look for ways to improve their
efficiency and productivity while cutting costs and improving
project design. Although building information modeling (BIM)
has been used primarily by architects and structural engineers


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