Lewis Tagliaferre

Freelance Writer

Lewis Tagliaferre is proprietor of C-E-C Group. He may be reached at 703.321.9268 or lewtag@aol.com.

Articles by Lewis Tagliaferre

April 2006
I once read that Thomas Edison tried to sell houses made from preformed concrete panels without success. He reportedly said, “Nobody had any imagination so I gave up and quit.” Except for some experimental units by custom builders for wealthy, eccentric owners, home building has not changed much since Edison’s time. READ MORE
February 2006
After nearly five years of political wrangling, Congress passed and President Bush signed the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) on Aug. 8, 2005. READ MORE
January 2006
Use of the design-build delivery system for new construction in the United States is steadily increasing in nearly every sector of the building industry. The industry trade group, Design Build Institute of America (DBIA), projects it to overtake traditional design-bid-build as the preferred contracting method in a few years. READ MORE
December 2005
There is an all-electric house in Tennessee that costs 82 cents a day to heat, cool and power. Built in November 2002 by Habitat for Humanity, it is one of four homes under the “Near-Zero-Energy House” name. READ MORE
November 2005
A leading architecture/engineering member of the CSI revision team (who requested anonymity) described the genesis of the change to MasterFormat 2004 this way: “Division 16 was used to describe means and methods of lighting and distribution of power in buildings. Then came the computer chip, security electronics, and 'Ma Bell' was no longer the only telephone company in town. READ MORE
October 2005
Up to 2,500 megawatts (mw) of wind energy capacity are scheduled to come online in the United States this year, bringing new power to the equivalent of 700,000 homes and injecting more than $3 billion of investment into the power generation sector. Wind power has truly become a reality. While wind generates only about 0.3 percent of U.S. READ MORE
September 2005
When it comes to running a business, the owner or manager must pay close attention to five separate, but integrated, functions. READ MORE
August 2005
Most electrical contractors are so busy making the payroll and payables each week, they don’t pay much attention to changes coming their way until they are hit in the wallet. A perfect example is last fall’s release of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) MasterFormat 2004 Edition (MF04) for construction project management. READ MORE
June 2005
Coal is too dirty. Uranium is too dangerous. Gas is too expensive. Oil is too political. Solar is too sporadic. Hydro-dams upset the fish habitat. Despite pressure to find new sources of clean, renewable energy, wind power has stayed in the background although it is gaining interest in a several areas of the country. READ MORE