Claire Swedberg

Freelance Writer

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

Articles by Claire Swedberg

August 2013
Contractors have been using rudimentary building-information modeling (BIM) tools since the 1970s to design installations before construction. Today’s BIM software tools aim beyond new builds to help users track operational efficiency.
August 2013
Today, Most building automation installations are retrofits, positioned with an eye to reducing energy consumption and the overall costs of operating existing facilities. With that in mind, building managers and owners have very different requirements than even 10 years ago. Users want systems that integrate heating, ventilating, air conditioning, lighting, security and fire/life safety. READ MORE
July 2013
Energy-efficiency-based renovations are surging ahead of new construction lately as legislation and the sheer cost of energy encourage building owners to find ways to slash power consumption. Owners are discovering that such projects reduce a building’s operational costs, help them meet standards, and attract tenants, thereby gaining a competitive edge.
June 2013
Standards under development this year are creating a model for integration of building systems that will help builders, installers and integrators sort out their roles. READ MORE
April 2013
As bandwidth demands continue to rise, both copper and fiber cable manufacturers are developing products that offer greater capacity and flexibility. In the interest of providing expanding coverage for an increasingly bandwidth-hungry world, the copper cable industry is talking about a potential Category 8 twisted-pair copper cable. READ MORE
March 2013
Multifamily residential structures account for more than half of the buildings in the United States and 21 percent of all U.S. carbon emissions, according to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), which analyzes electric power consumption nationwide. READ MORE
March 2013
As the total integration of low-voltage systems grows more feasible and technology evolves, contractors must take a two-pronged approach to training and certification to install and integrate disparate systems such as fire alarms, security and wireless data networks. READ MORE
February 2013
The center for Sustainable Landscapes at pittsburgh’s Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens strives to generate all the energy it needs to operate. Being dubbed the future of green, this building is entirely sustainable, with solar-, wind- and geothermal-generated power; lighting and HVAC automation; and a water filtration system.
December 2012
With the growing popularity of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in different applications, manufacturers are offering more choices, leaving end-users with a dizzying selection of the latest and greatest technology, and they often pass off the specifying to electrical contractors (ECs) who are becoming more experienced with and knowledgeable about LEDs. READ MORE