Darlene Bremer

Freelance Writer

Darlene Bremer, a freelance writer based in Solomons, Md., contributes frequently to ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR. She can be reached at 410.394.6966 and darbremer@comcast.net.

Articles by Darlene Bremer

May 2008
According to the joint commission, a healthcare accreditation organization in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., healthcare facilities are highly dependent on reliable sources of electrical power and need to both assess the risks of power failures and make plans to deal with such emergencies. READ MORE
April 2008
In its simplest definition, building information modeling (BIM) is the move from analog to three-dimensional digital design and construction. According to the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Washington, D.C., BIM is a model-based technology that is linked with a database populated with project information. READ MORE
April 2008
BJC Healthcare awarded Kaiser Electric responsibility for all power distribution and backup power systems, lighting, security, voice/data, infant abduction, nurse call, patient monitoring and fire alarm systems for its new St. Louis healthcare center. Kaiser Electric was involved in the design/assist phase of the project for six months before any work started. READ MORE
March 2008
By 2010, approximately 30 million U.S. households are expected to have connected entertainment networks, according to a recent study by Parks Associates, cited by Linux Devices, a trademark of Ziff Davis Enterprise Holdings Inc., New York. READ MORE
March 2008
Electric lighting has revolutionized the way we live, work and play. According to The Need Project, lighting accounts for about 25 percent of the average home’s electric bill, while, on average, the commercial sector uses approximately 60 percent of its electricity for lighting. READ MORE
February 2008
New advances in technology. Changes in personnel and new deployment needs of a company’s human resources. The need to improve operations, reduce energy consumption or cut costs to increase profitability. Any one, or combination, of these trends in an existing facility or building means an opportunity for electrical contractors to acquire retrofit moves, adds and changes (MAC) work. READ MORE
February 2008
Originally named St Clare College, Cardinal Stritch University was founded in 1937 in Milwaukee by the Sisters of St Francis of Assisi to offer teacher training for nuns; in 1946, the first year laywomen were admitted, it was renamed for Samuel Cardinal Stritch, after a former archbishop of Milwaukee and a friend of the order. READ MORE
February 2008
In the name of cost-cutting—and even customer service—many companies hide behind automated phone attendants, do not train their employees, use Web sites without live customer contact information, or develop inflexible policies that fail to allow for unusual needs or allow employees to use their best judgment when necessary. According to G. READ MORE
January 2008
In addition to conserving resources, alternative energies—and the federal and state policies—relating to them offer electrical contractors many opportunities to provide their customers with new technologies and value-added services and expertise. READ MORE

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