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

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
February 2017
As building intelligence becomes a mainstream demand in small to mid-sized buildings and companies, contractors must find ways to offer solutions without crippling startup investments. With today’s technology, that goal is becoming more achievable, and it is opening opportunities in a multibillion-dollar market.
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February 2017
The fiber optic industry is going through growing pains. As nationwide connectivity projects such as Google Fiber have accelerated the deployment of connected cities, the realities of running cable throughout America’s communities is proving a challenge. READ MORE
November 2016
Second to electricians and project managers, the most important assets on any work site are equipment and tools. But until recently, tracking them—in the warehouse, in trucks and vans, and on the job site—was a paper-, pen- and phone-based operation. Inventory management software was still largely out of reach for those at the work site. READ MORE

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