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

November 2012
Are you still using spreadsheets and file folders filled with project documents to manage projects and track the incredible volume of details that make up a single job? Perhaps you’ve been using an older construction management software (CMS) application but find that it no longer provides the document and cost control you now need. READ MORE
November 2012
As network technology becomes increasingly important to operate security systems, and affordably priced Internet protocol (IP) cameras and video management systems (VMS) are used more often, system designers and installers, such as electrical contractors, are realizing the need and efficiency of using power over Ethernet (PoE). READ MORE
November 2012
With electricity demand in the United States predicted to grow by at least 40 percent by 2032, business could be impacted by higher operating costs and reduced profits from increased energy demand and constrained supply, a decline in sales of energy-using products, a loss of competitiveness in energy intensive businesses, and disrupted supply chains. While many U.S. READ MORE
October 2012
According to “Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2012,” a joint report by Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) and the Urban Land Institute, most developers and homebuilders have remained on the sidelines during this extended economic recovery because, without evident demand drivers, construction lenders are holding back funding on most projects. READ MORE
September 2012
According to the Energy Star program, lighting accounts for nearly 20 percent of the average U.S. home’s electricity use and close to 35 percent of the total commercial building electricity use. In addition, lighting use affects other building systems through its electrical requirements and the waste heat it produces. READ MORE
September 2012
Service work provides a vital revenue stream for electrical contractors. To optimize the value to customers and ensure you dispatch service personnel with the right skill sets for the project, you need the right software that can help manage the process and identify new opportunities to grow the business. READ MORE
September 2012
Intelligent visual surveillance systems monitor persistent and transient objects within specific environments in real time. The primary intentions for systems are to provide an automatic interpretation of scenes and to understand and predict the actions and interactions of the observed objects. READ MORE
August 2012
Known by names such as prefab wiring, prebuilt wiring and modular wiring, manufactured wiring systems (MWSs) have been in existence for about 25 years. Although MWSs are recognized as a serious alternative to conventional wiring methods, the debate between the traditional pipe-and-wire approach to electrical installations and MWSs goes on. READ MORE
August 2012
Companies that understand how to collaborate effectively and how to share the right information at the right time are better positioned to reach their objectives. Electrical contractors need to take a fresh look at how they support collaboration and not only implement the tools, but move beyond them to address the role corporate culture plays in promoting or sabotaging the process. READ MORE

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