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Research Reports
As of June 18, 2018

Achieving Greater Customer Satisfaction through Labor-Management Partnership

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Market share for unionized contractors has declined over the last 25 years. To regain it, organized labor must partner with contractors to address customer needs. This project designs a cooperative program to create a labor-management partnership.

An Economic Analysis of Portability

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Opportunities in the construction industry for union contractors and labor are becoming increasingly more competitive as the marketplace shifts to one where there is greater nonunion competition.

Safety Risk Management for Electrical Transmission and Distribution Line Construction

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Prior research has established that electrical contractors involved in the construction and maintenance of electrical transmission and distribution (T&D) lines are at extremely high risk of electrocution.

Impact of Overtime on Electrical Labor Productivity: A Measured Mile Approach

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Electrical contractors are frequently faced with the need to compress or accelerate the construction schedule as a result of added scope, delays and/or a late start of activities. The most common approach to schedule acceleration is the use of overtime.

Electrical Project Management Process Implementation Manual

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Electrical construction contractors continue to be faced with the challenge of improving productivity in order to remain successful in an increasingly competitive industry.

Factors Affecting Labor Productivity for Electrical Contractors updated 2007

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Electrical contractors typically allocate 33 to 50 percent of a project’s total contract budget to labor costs. Labor is the project element containing the most risk; as a result, financial success hinges upon the ability to manage labor effectively and maintain worker efficiency.

Best Practices: Prefabrication for Electrical Contractors

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For electrical contractors, there are still opportunities to achieve some or all of the benefits of prefabrication.

The Role of Electrical Contractors on LEED-NC Projects: Business Proposal/Capability Statement

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The green buildings sector is growing at a rapid pace and LEED® guidelines, especially the LEED®-NC for commercial buildings, have emerged as the most recognized rating systems in the United States.

The Role of Electrical Contractors on LEED Projects

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The green building movement is growing at a fast pace, and still more growth is expected in the years to come. In early 2009, there are more than 17,000 LEED® registered projects and over 1,700 certified projects in progress.

Innovative Service Contracting Practices

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The objective of this research project was to identify innovative practices that the electrical contracting firm can use to develop a profitable service business. Service work can provide the electrical contracting firm with a steady income stream to balance the cyclical nature of the construction industry.

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