NECA presents Conference on Integrated Building Systems

This conference will provide electrical contractors with the tools to become the general contractors, and it will prepare specialty contractors to become a prime contractor on the job.

The Conference on Integrated Building Systems, formerly the VDV Conference and Expo in Las Vegas will run concurrently with the annual NECA convention and trade show in New Orleans September 17 -20, 2005. "This event will prepare electrical contractors to become general contractors and specialty contractors to become prime contractors," said NECA CEO John Grau. "The Master Format has had dramatic changes, and now contractors have to change how they approach business."

What used to be found in Division 16 is now divided among ten different divisions. How do you bid this work? How do you manage your business in this rapidly changing market? "The theme for the 2005 Conference on Integrated Building Systems zeros in on the business issues that contractors need to effectively compete in today's market," said Mary Germershausen, NECA Executive Director Systems Technology. "Whether you have expanded into network cabling, sound, security, fire & life safety, access control, home networking, or all of the above, the Conference on Integrated Building Systems prepares contractors for the growing convergence market."

Attendees will learn from sessions like: How the Master Format will Affect the way you do Business; Opportunities as a Result of Homeland Security; 2005 NEC Changes; How the Courts Interpret Specifications; Security Technology Innovations for the 21st Century; Project Scheduling; Safety in the Workplace - OSHA Training; Ten Things you need to know about Surety Bonds; What to do to Prevent Lawsuits; Lean Construction -Efficient Construction; and Project Delivery Systems. Three eight -hour workshops will be presented on Saturday, September 17th: Master Format Course; Fire Alarm Code Update; and Significant Changes to the NEC.

NECA is expanding the Technical workshops this year to feature not only the latest trends in the electrical industry, but also informative IBS and Lighting workshops. These educational sessions will be presented, all three days, by industry experts right on the exhibit show floor. IBS Conference attendees will have the added benefit of a private reception just with IBS exhibitors on Monday evening, September 19th.

The Conference on Lighting Education will also take place in conjunction with the NECA Convention and Trade Show in New Orleans. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase a discounted Conference Hopper pass, which allows contractors to register for both events.

New Orleans is a truly unique American city. The Big Easy knows how to entertain visitors of every description. Guests will find a festival of lights, Dixieland jazz, Cajun cooking, voodoo, lazy antebellum mansions framed in Spanish moss and world famous hospitality. The Conference will be co -located between the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel located at 621 St. Louis Street and the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center September 17 -20, 2005. Full details are available at . The conference costs $300 and registration opens the beginning of June. To exhibit, call Beth Ellis at 301 -215 -4507.


The National Electrical Contractors Association, founded in 1901, is the leading representative of a segment of the construction market comprised of over 70,000 electrical contracting firms. The industry employs over 650,000 electrical workers and produces an annual volume of over $95 billion. NECA includes 120 U.S. chapters in addition to others in countries around the world. The association sponsors the NECA Show, renowned as the industry's premiere event, which features cutting -edge technologies, highlights new trends, and provides courses to help contractors broaden their knowledge and skill. NECA is dedicated to enhancing the industry through continuing education, labor relations, current information and promotional activities. To learn more about the industry or NECA's services, please visit .

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