CDA Expert to Present Grounding Guidelines for Electrical Disaster Prevention

November 29, 2016


Session to Highlight Electrical Fundamentals Often Overlooked by Building and Design Professionals

NEW YORK, NY— There are a variety of electrical powering, grounding and bonding techniques that should be considered in new or renovated structures, yet they are often overlooked by contractors and designers. David Brender, the national program manager for electrical applications at the Copper Development Association (CDA), will discuss why proper electrical grounding fundamentals are imperative in order to prevent electrical disasters at the 2017 PowerTest Conference.

“When it comes to electrical outages and safety, the topic of wiring and grounding practices doesn’t receive the proper attention it deserves,” Bender said. “It’s crucial for building professionals to understand the proper grounding, powering and bonding practices when dealing with emergency situations so that they don’t turn into catastrophic ones down the road.”

In his 45-minute presentation scheduled for Feb. 27, Brender will examine several case studies that focus on topics such as: problems and cost-effective solutions of power quality, ground resistance, ground loops, surge suppression, general wiring practices and more. He will also highlight the limitations of National Electrical Code grounding and what is required by code.

The PowerTest Conference, hosted by the InterNational Electrical Testing Association (NETA), offers over 47 sessions from professionals in the electrical, power systems acceptance and maintenance industries. The Expo features over 100 industry suppliers who showcase the latest in new electrical products, technology and testing procedures. The event is taking place Feb. 27-March 3, 2017 in Anaheim, California.

Brender is an expert on grounding and bonding and has been giving presentations for CDA on the topic for more than 14 years. Brender is also a principal member of Panel 5 of the National Electrical Code, a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a life member of the Association of Energy Engineers.

CDA offers seminars on grounding and other topics to electrical groups, many at no charge. For more information about copper grounding systems or to access a variety of CDA’s electrical case studies, please visit CDA's Electrical Section.