Claire Swedberg

Freelance Writer

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

Articles by Claire Swedberg

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
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
February 2015
Cell phone makers, developers and some chip manufacturers have been preparing for a boom in near-field communication (NFC) technology adoption that seems on the cusp of turning most people’s phones into tools for payments, picture sharing, access control and marketing. It is poised to affect the lives of contractors, both as systems installers and users.
January 2015
How do companies figure the cost of doing business? The answer is complicated for electrical contractors (ECs) to track and mitigate, as the environment most operate in has shifted from a few big construction jobs to a variety of contracts and providing a plethora of services. Managing the costs of a few large construction projects used to be front and center for ECs. READ MORE
December 2014
A limited number of low-voltage contractors specialize in the installation of sprinkler systems power and controls. For them, it provides a regular source of revenue that most contractors have bypassed. READ MORE
October 2014
Residential end-user expectation is fueling automation expansion not only in the homes of the wealthy but also in middle class developments where residents expect to be able to manage the operation of their homes with their cell phone or tablet. READ MORE