Thomas E. Glavinich

Freelance Writer

Thomas E. Glavinich is an associate professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering at the University of Kansas. He can be reached at 785.864.3435 and

Articles by Thomas E. Glavinich

March 2013
Electrical contractors that are planning to enter the emerging energy services market should have a solid business plan to guide their expansion. Getting into this market is a must because customers today are looking for energy conservation, efficiency, production and reliability services. READ MORE
February 2013
The electrical contractor (EC) should build its energy services business on four distinct categories that, together, reduce energy use and expenses, increase facility efficiency and productivity, improve the environment, and provide a reliable energy supply that meets the business’ requirements. READ MORE
February 2013
The electrical contractor (EC) is usually one of the first contractors to mobilize on a construction project to install temporary power and underground raceway systems. READ MORE
January 2013
Many electrical contractors wonder if energy services will remain a viable market in 2013 and beyond. This concern is understandable, given the uncertainty in the domestic and global energy markets today. There is no doubt that energy markets are changing rapidly and both ECs and their customers will be affected by these changes in the coming years. READ MORE
December 2012
The lighting retrofit was one of the first services that electrical contractors (ECs) entering the energy services’ market offered their customers. In the beginning, lighting retrofits almost sold themselves because customers recognized that their lighting systems were outdated and believed upgrades would reduce recurring energy expenses and be environmentally responsible. READ MORE
December 2012
In this eleventh and final step of the energy services project delivery process, the electrical contractor (EC) follows up with the customer to verify that the project continues to perform as planned and helps the customer correct any warranty, guarantee or performance issues discovered since project closeout. This step is vital to marketing performance-verification services. Why verify? READ MORE
November 2012
Steps No. 8 and No. 9 of the energy services project delivery process involve procurement, installation, and integration of materials and equipment into operational systems to meet the customer’s energy conservation, efficiency, production and reliability needs. READ MORE
October 2012
Fuel cells are an evolving technology and a current new market for the electrical contractor (EC). As a result of research and development, fuel cells have become feasible to implement with greater capacity, reduced costs, increased reliability and improved efficiency. READ MORE
October 2012
For a design/build energy services project where the electrical contractor (EC) is the design/builder, project execution follows Step No. 7 of the project delivery process, which involves system design and specification. READ MORE