Darlene Bremer

Freelance Writer

Darlene Bremer, a freelance writer based in Solomons, Md., contributes frequently to ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR. She can be reached at 410.610.7164 and darbremer@comcast.net.

Articles by Darlene Bremer

December 2009
According to the Office Building Energy Use Profile report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), space conditioning and lighting account for 70 percent of all energy consumed in a typical office building with an additional 20 percent of energy consumption used to power office equipment. READ MORE
November 2009
One of the ways a building’s energy consumption can be reduced, as part of an energy management plan, is to incorporate a heat-recovery system, which intercepts waste gases before they leave the industrial process or before they are exhausted from a building. READ MORE
November 2009
Located on Piers 59 and 60 overlooking Elliot Bay, the historic Seattle Aquarium receives about 700,000 visitors annually. In June 2007, a $41 million renovation—the first major restoration given to the older than 100-year-old building in 30 years—was completed. READ MORE
August 2009
The North Carolina State energy office reports that the typical office spends 29 percent of its electrical energy costs on lighting. Occupancy sensors can reduce these charges by 50 percent or more, at a savings of 5 to 20 cents per square foot. Additional applications for occupancy sensors include increased security and reduced light pollution. READ MORE
July 2009
Originally built in 1907, the Syndicate Trust Building began its life with one of St. Louis’ major dry goods retailers occupying its lower floors and office tenants on its upper floors. Because of its architecture, considered by many as the greatest example of the Chicago School of Architecture in St. READ MORE
July 2009
According to the U.S. Environmental Agency (EPA), green building, also known as sustainable or high-performance building, is the practice of creating structure and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout the building’s life cycle. It minimizes a building’s impact on human health while maximizing energy efficiency. READ MORE
June 2009
Building information modeling (BIM) provides object-based parametric modeling and can take an object, along with all of the data describing its components, and place it in a computer model that is a virtual description, rather than a simple geometric description, of the object. READ MORE
April 2009
In November 2007, Kaiser Permanente’s new $240 million, 340,000-square-foot, 150-bed hospital and 297,000-square-foot medical office building opened in Antioch, Calif. READ MORE
March 2009
Preliminary findings from a study conducted by McGraw-Hill Construction and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) note a strong demand for sustainable housing at all income levels, even in the current housing market. One interesting trend uncovered by the study indicates that 70 percent of buyers are more inclined to purchase a green home over a conventional home. READ MORE