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

September 2008
Scottish economist Adam Smith defined four types of fixed capital in his 1776 magnum opus, “An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations”: useful machines and instruments of the trade, buildings as a means of procuring revenue, improvements of land, and human capital. READ MORE
September 2008
The boom of computer and other sensitive equipment markets, throughout manufacturing, office facilities, and even homes, has driven the need for electrical systems to address power quality issues. According to a study performed by National Power, Necedah, Wis., of 112 sites of differing location, size and type, the average number of disruption events to electrical systems was 106 per month. READ MORE
August 2008
Building information modeling (BIM) moves building design out of the two-dimensional realm of computer-aided design (CAD) and greatly increases the construction team’s ability to control and manipulate data and information. READ MORE
August 2008
Every business must have an ownership structure, whether it is a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation or a limited liability company (LLC). According to Forbes, the type of ownership form depends on the type of business, how many owners it has and its financial situation. READ MORE
July 2008
Energy monitoring is an efficiency technique based on the standard management axiom that “you cannot manage what you cannot measure.” Remote energy monitoring techniques provide facility managers with feedback on building operations, the results of energy management projects and guidance on the level of energy use that is expected in any given period. READ MORE
July 2008
There are any number of economic forces currently driving the need for electrical contractors to improve productivity, both in the field and in the office. But before productivity can be improved, it must be defined. According to Accel-Team, a United Kingdom-based firm that specializes in improving productivity, the concept is best expressed in ratios of inputs to outputs. READ MORE
June 2008
Although some might still refute the evidence, more scientists and climate experts are claiming that the global environment is on a collision course with potential disaster. But where to begin to mitigate environmental degradation? One place is with buildings, which have a fundamental impact on people’s lives and the health of the planet. READ MORE
June 2008
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides products and services ranging from daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and the support of marine commerce. Part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, NOAA’s roots date back to 1807, when a Survey of the Coast was first established. READ MORE
June 2008
Designed by Thomas Jefferson, the Virginia State Capitol was constructed between 1785 and 1798. Until recently, the building had undergone only two major renovations. READ MORE

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