Claire Swedberg

Freelance Writer

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

Articles by Claire Swedberg

August 2015
Building automation systems (BASs) offer new opportunities for system maintenance, data management and cyber security. Electrical and integrated systems contractors are finding their way into this niche to provide long-term service to what might merely have been an installation project in the past.
July 2015
As government tax credits and utility rebates and incentives dry up, energy-efficiency improvements have evolved beyond the low-hanging fruit of fixture replacement at low cost. READ MORE
July 2015
Activity on construction sites may look about the same as it did 10 years ago, but changes are underway when it comes to company diversity.
June 2015
Building-system-automation implementation has paved the way for sensor technology to make buildings more efficient, healthier and more comfortable for occupants. Wired and wireless sensors are bringing data to building management systems and facility managers, and they are ultimately becoming the input for the building’s intelligence. READ MORE
June 2015
Around the turn of the century, horse and car race courses began expanding into the casino market. The result is the “racino,” a gambling and entertainment combo that needs the latest electrical infrastructure, backup power, low-voltage security and digital access. Chapel Electric Co. READ MORE
May 2015
Green Bay-based electrical contractor Eland Electric Corp. designed and installed the solar-powered system. It is the largest installation for a religious organization in Wisconsin (similar installations are at several local area businesses, including Ace Manufacturing, Astro Plating, Eland Electric and Krueger International). READ MORE
April 2015
The evolution of data center technology is outpacing changes in nearly every kind of commercial building, making the data center installation and service market lucrative. However, it comes with plenty of challenges. READ MORE
March 2015
In New York, the damage was less than anticipated, and residents, as well as the teams charged with rebuilding after the storm, chalked that up to luck. The storm’s trajectory kept it farther north and west from New York than projected, and the snow it dumped on the major cities was largely the light, dry and fluffy variety that doesn’t drag down tree limbs and power lines. READ MORE
February 2015
Green building trends have affected nearly every sector of the construction and renovation market, and schools and universities are part of it. With more incentives, more local legislative requirements, and participation in President Barack Obama’s Climate Neutrality Commitment, facility managers are asking how sustainable their buildings are and how to improve on the efficiency. READ MORE