Claire Swedberg

Freelance Writer

Claire Swedberg is a freelance writer based in western Washington. She can be reached at claire_swedberg@msn.com.

Articles by Claire Swedberg

July 2017
Filling out paperwork and documenting your company’s work may be one of the more mundane project tasks, but when green building certification is involved, that documentation serves several important purposes. If documentation isn’t done correctly, it can delay green certification or lead a project owner to withdraw their certification efforts entirely. READ MORE
July 2017
Student veterans returning from the recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq with emotional or physical disabilities now have a haven at the Chez Family Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides this specialized facility where veterans live and receive support services. READ MORE
June 2017
The American Line Builders Apprenticeship Training (ALBAT) Center 
in Medway, Ohio, has been renovated and expanded to provide state-of-the-art classroom technology, lodging for a growing student base, and additional overhead and underground facilities to meet the needs of a demanding industry.
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June 2017
Imagine a day when electrical contractors or suppliers can manufacture the components, tools, even cable they needed on a construction site with a 3-D printer. A CAD drawing of a part would be all they require to simply print the part—even a specialized part—using a process also known as additive manufacturing (AM). READ MORE
June 2017
Automation systems have served a variety of benefits to five-star hotels over the past decade. Recently, moderately priced hotels have adopted the technology. Intelligent systems offer the ability to lower costs with smart lighting, access control and an array of sensor-based solutions while reducing energy consumption and affording guests new comforts. READ MORE
April 2017
As the Solar-technology industry tries to become more flexible to meet the needs of the residential market, some integrated systems are poised for large-scale adoption. Dozens of companies now offer building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV); some products may gain traction while others will not. READ MORE
  • Appetite for intelligence

April 2017
The simplicity and ubiquity of home automation means opportunity for ECs. For one thing, today’s systems come ready to install, and contractors can learn installations in a matter of hours rather than weeks. For many ECs, it has been a welcome transition.
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March 2017
Just as building intelligence systems draw information about a building’s environment to help manage the facility’s efficiency and comfort, a low-cost sensor system is piggybacking on that trend, and it offers new opportunities for contractors.
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February 2017
The world’s longest and widest floating bridge spans a portion of Highway 520 in Washington state, one of the busiest corridors in the Puget Sound region. The bridge stretches 1.4 miles across Lake Washington and measures 116 feet wide at its midpoint. READ MORE

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