Darlene Bremer

Freelance Writer

Darlene Bremer, a freelance writer based in Solomons, Md., contributed frequently to ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR until the end of 2015.

Articles by Darlene Bremer

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
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