CCCA Newsletter
 What You Need to Know 
CableCheck™  Game Winner! 
Designed to be both fun and educational about spotting counterfeit cable, CCCA's latest CableCheck game drew hundreds of participants from the BICSI Winter Conference in Orlando, CI&M's eNewsletter, this newsletter, and the CCCA website.

Congratulations to Bill Lawrence, RCDD, NTS, WD at Georgia Institute of Technology who won the Kindle Fire HDX prize from a random drawing of CableCheck game participants.


"I'm glad CCCA has been at the forefront in making those of us in the communications cabling industry aware of the issues with copper clad aluminum, " Bill said. 


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Leviton Joins CCCA
CCCA continues to grow as Leviton adds its voice to other leading member firms serving the structured cabling industry. Ross Goldman, Leviton's Executive VP & General Manager, Network Solutions said, "We view CCCA as a strong industry association with an excellent mission and platform for Leviton to advance quality and address issues important to the structured cabling industry".
Copper Clad Aluminum (CCA)
copper clad aluminum

Two words are all you need to know about Copper Clad Aluminum conductors for communications cable:  "NOT PERMITTED".

While perfectly acceptable for certain coax cable designs, CCA does not comply with TIA requirements for "Category" cable or with National Electrical Code (NEC) fire performance listing requirements for CMR or CMP. 

We're hearing more about real problems with real projects because of CCA communications cable. For more information on these projects, look for our article on counterfeit and non-compliant cable in the May/June issue of BICSI's Journal of Information Technology Systems, which will include two actual case studies on projects encountering CCA.
Which Data Center Architecture - Top of Rack or Structured Cabling?
With data center cabling architecture there is no single best solution. All pros and cons should be considered and that's exactly what CCCA reviewed during Cabling Installation & Maintenance's (CI&M) webcast "Structured Cabling vs. Top of Rack Architectures" presented on November 20 last year. If you missed the webcast, it can still be viewed on the CI&M website.  Click Here.

If you're planning to be at AFCOM's Data Center World Conference, April 28 - May 2 in Las Vegas, be sure to attend CCCA's information-packed presentation on this topic (FAC 2.1 on Friday May 2 at 9:15) by Todd Harpel, Berk-Tek.
Data Center World  
GSA says LEED is not the only GREEN
Green Building Initiative logo
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is the nation's largest landlord, controlling 354 million square feet of building space covering 9600 properties. In a press release late last year the GSA endorsed both U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED and
Green Building Initiative's (GBI) Green Globes as "third party green building certification systems".

TIA Zeroing in on Structured Cabling Systems
Closer to home, TIA sub-committee TR-42.10 is working on a set of new ANSI approved standards to guide "green" design and installation of building infrastructure projects. The first standard is expected later in the year. 
For more information, select subcommittee "TR-42.10 Sustainable Information Communications Technology" in the dropdown menu.
New Website in the Works       
Yes, it's time for a change! We're working hard on a new website to make it easier for you to find the information you need to know.

We'll keep you posted when it's ready to launch.
1st Quarter 2014
Our Mission: Education
Watch for CCCA articles coming soon in
CABA iHomes & Building
Spring Issue
Risk, Responsibility & Reputation: What You Need to Know about Non-Compliant Cable
Cabling Installation & Maintenance 
April Issue
Considerations for Choosing Top of Rack in Today's Fat-Tree Switch Fabric Configurations
BICSI's Journal of ITS
May/June Issue
Non-Compliant & Counterfeit Cable: A Risk Too Real to Ignore  
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