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

October 2014
The advertisements bombard us constantly. On television, on websites, in your inbox, all with the same message: everyone else is using technology that integrates security systems with home automation and enables remote control of the whole house with smart devices. Why aren’t you doing this too?
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  • What PIAM does

September 2014
It is becoming increasingly complicated to manage both the physical and digital access security needs of corporate, institutional and government facilities. READ MORE
September 2014
Data centers are energy hogs. They can consume up to 100 times more energy than a standard office building, according to the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). They eat so much power that their energy consumption doubled from 2000 to 2006, reaching more than 60 billion kilowatt-hours per year. READ MORE
September 2014
Invented in the 1980s at Eastman Kodak, organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) are composed of a layer of organic material situated between an anode and a cathode and deposited on a substrate. When voltage is applied to the OLED cell, the injected positive and negative charges recombine in the missive layer and create electroluminescent light. READ MORE
  • And Assets

August 2014
Recently, there has been a rise in the use of prefabrication and modular construction methods, even though both have been used in the construction industry for centuries. After falling out of popularity, it is re-emerging thanks to the rise of building information modeling (BIM) and the influence of green building, according to McGraw-
Hill Construction. READ MORE
  • Agreements benefit contractors

August 2014
As security systems become more sophisticated and complex, proper maintenance has become increasingly critical. Gone are the days when electrical contractors could just install a system and then walk away. READ MORE
July 2014
According to the Energy Storage Association, an energy-storage system improves the way electricity is generated, delivered and consumed. It certainly helps during power outages. More important is energy storage’s ability to balance power supply and demand instantaneously, making power networks more resilient, efficient and cleaner.
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July 2014
In April 2014, access control technology and security service provider Matrix Systems Inc., Miamisburg, Ohio, launched a technology division named Frontier. That may not be newsworthy in and of itself, but the creation of Frontier marks a new trend of selling security products through a network of authorized information technology (IT) resellers and electrical contractors.
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  • The changing role of technology

June 2014
The United States’ 114 million households and more than 4.7 million commercial buildings currently account for nearly 40 percent of total U.S. energy use, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). In addition, buildings account for 39 percent of U.S. carbon emissions and consume 73 percent of the electricity generation and 55 percent of the natural gas. READ MORE

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