Claire Swedberg

Freelance Writer

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

Articles by Claire Swedberg

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
December 2012
Two major trends in the building automation industry are opening more opportunities for electrical contractors—open standards and green movement acceptance. READ MORE
November 2012
Mount Sinai Medical Center is undergoing a facility expansion, and E-J Electric Installation Co., Long Island City, N.Y., is providing the electrical construction management for the new 410,000-square-foot Center for Science and Medicine (CSM) building being erected on Madison Avenue in Manhattan. READ MORE
October 2012
Before tablet computers and smartphones were so common, home automation was for homeowners and developers who could pay the high price. But in just a few years, 4G and Wi-Fi-based devices are widely distributing the possibility of home automation to consumers with a vengeance. READ MORE
August 2012
The federal government’s many agencies commonly accept the design/build project delivery method advantages, but it’s still a select number of contractors that win these projects. The trend may change as federal agencies further accept design/build and the number of knowledgeable contractors increases. READ MORE
August 2012
Industrial and commercial facilities strive to service existing low-voltage distribution equipment in an effort to postpone costly replacement. As part of that effort, a maintenance contract can be critical to a facility’s life-extension program. Maintenance contracts are an advantageous choice for electrical and low-voltage contractors, not to mention the customers who own the systems. READ MORE
June 2012
Facility automation systems are becoming more reliant on open protocols, enabling one infrastructure to send and receive information from previously separate and disparate systems, such as security; metering; asset tracking; heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC); and others. READ MORE