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

November 2013
As the economic recovery continues and the construction market picks up, electrical contractors will have to deal with work force shortages. The problem doesn’t lie just with the aging of the industry, but also the fact that many contractors went out of business and many workers left the construction market during the recession. READ MORE
November 2013
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards Council approved the 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC) in August 2013 and published it in September. 
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  • One of Mayfair Mall's two identical vintage 1957 Allis Chalmers 1,200A, 35-kV oil circuit breakers.
November 2013
The mall’s electrical service, located in the basement and installed in 1957, was graded as heavy industrial, with two 25-kilovolt (kV) utility services with two 35-kV, 1,200-ampere (A) oil circuit breakers, which served two 7,500-kilovolt-ampere (kVA) transformers that distributed 4,160 volts (V) to 23 unit substations, ranging in size from 150 to 750 kVA. READ MORE
November 2013
With the introduction of Internet-protocol-based, enterprise-wide, and integrated security solutions, today’s systems are more sophisticated than ever, and their deployment has become much more complicated. READ MORE
October 2013
For decades, the penetration rate of residential security systems has been hovering around 20 percent. However, technology advancements, mobile communication and consumer expectations seem to be finally driving that rate up and bringing home automation and interactive services along for the ride.
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September 2013
The first emergency warning systems were developed to respond to war and massive fires. As time, building standards, technology and life safety systems advanced, fiery disasters became the exception rather than the rule. READ MORE
  • Fluke Ti32 thermal imager
September 2013
Thermal imaging technology can be traced as far back as 1800, when German astronomer Sir William Herschel discovered “invisible light” beyond the red part of the visible spectrum. In 1880, American astronomer Samuel Langley detected a cow’s body heat from more than 1,000 feet away. READ MORE
August 2013
In 2009, the General Services Administration (GSA), which delivers federal workplaces, turned its attention to transforming the Edith Green/Wendell Wyatt Federal Building (EGWW)—originally constructed in 1975—in Portland, Ore., into a landmark high-performance green building. READ MORE
August 2013
In the security industry, there are best practices for assessing security needs, designing security system solutions, installing the systems, and integrating a security system with other building systems. But what are the best practices for security system maintenance and service?
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