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
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
In response to the crime waves of the 1920s and 1930s in the United States, the security system service industry began with the simple installation of burglar alarms in banks, jewelry stores and warehouses. 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
July 2012
Because of the large number of customers, employees, and merchandise in continuous motion in the retail market, retailers must use various tools and technologies to meet security challenges. Alarm systems, surveillance cameras and access control cards have become an expected part of the security landscape. READ MORE