Claire Swedberg

Freelance Writer

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

Articles by Claire Swedberg

December 2011
Both wired and wireless energy management systems—such as those powered by ZigBee or Wi-Fi—are making inroads in the hospitality industry, controlling equipment that contributes to the high energy use in a hotel operation. Automation adoption has been fueling business competitive advantage, and reportedly, the return on investment is coming within reach for many resorts and hotels. READ MORE
October 2011
Once only a luxury item for the wealthy, home automation technology that integrates a house’s electrical and low-voltage devices is becoming more commonplace in U.S. residences. Previously, its adoption was sluggish because of the installation complexity and high cost. READ MORE
September 2011
Ten years have passed since the devastating terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and while we will never forget the events of that day, the scars are healing. Construction is underway on One World Trade Center, which towers 80 stories high, on the site known as Ground Zero. It is already the tallest building in Lower Manhattan and is rising at a rate of about one story per week. READ MORE
August 2011
  Once an electrical contruction project is complete, some contractors and customers start a maintenance relationship that continues for the life of the system. This relationship is not only potentially lucrative for the contractor but benefits the customer as well. READ MORE
July 2011
Five years after completing the 500-megawatt (MW) Astoria Energy natural gas combined-cycle power plant in Queens, N.Y., E-J Electric Installation Co. of Long Island City, N.Y., is at work on its twin—Astoria Energy Phase II—helping usher in New York’s cleanest, most efficient power plant. READ MORE
June 2011
Upgrading existing proprietary building systems to a single integrated Internet protocol (IP)-based management system will take place in nearly every commercial and industrial building in the coming years, and according to some in the industry, U.S. buildings lead the world in this trend. READ MORE
April 2011
With the convergence of low-voltage systems into one Internet protocol (IP) network for commercial or industrial buildings, cabling multiple disparate systems may become a thing of the past. The Ethernet cable standard Category (Cat) 5 cable cannot support the bandwidth necessary for such solutions. READ MORE
April 2011
The gradual emergence from the recession, as well as development of more efficient technology, is signaling what vendors predict will be a surge in commercial building automation. That trend would provide an opportunity for contractors to continue to shift their role from installers to consultants and specifiers. READ MORE
February 2011
Electrical and low-voltage contractors know interpreting and applying electrical codes and standards can be a challenge. Keeping staff trained on the applicable standards and how to follow them also can be a difficult task. READ MORE