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 2008
Founded in 1890 in Walla Walla, Wash., Banner Bank is a subsidiary of the $4.3 billion bank holding company, Banner Corp. The company began expanding its services throughout the Pacific Northwest in the 1960s and now operates 84 full-service branches and 12 loan offices in 29 counties in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, including the recently completed Banner Bank Building in Boise, Idaho. READ MORE
November 2008
Asset management is a systematic process of cost-effectively operating, maintaining and upgrading physical and information technology (IT) assets. It combines engineering and mathematical analyses with sound business practice and economic theory. READ MORE
November 2008
True building integration means finding commonalities between building systems and using the appropriate communication protocols to program them. This provides cooperative sequences of operations that offer increased value to the building owner. Before open architecture communications protocols, building automation was controlled by proprietary control solutions. READ MORE
November 2008
In its report to Congress last year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said power consumption in data centers had more than doubled between 2000 and 2005 and will likely double again by 2011, costing upward of $7.4 billion annually unless energy-efficiency programs are implemented. READ MORE
October 2008
According to the continental automated building association (CABA), Ottawa, Canada, intelligent buildings apply technologies to improve the building environment and functionality for occupants while controlling costs, increasing maintenance efficiency, and increasing the return on investment for the building owner. READ MORE
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
September 2008
As the economy tightens and competition becomes more fierce, electrical contractors must develop persuasive proposals that differentiate them from competitors, convincing prospective clients that their company is right for the job. The best advice for developing a persuasive proposal is to learn what is important to your client, according to Peggy Pound, president of The Pound Group, Las Vegas. 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