Thomas E. Glavinich

Freelance Writer

Thomas E. Glavinich was an associate professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering at the University of Kansas. His tenure as one of Electrical Contractor's most trusted and reliable source of industry research ended in 2014 when he passed away. Click here for more about Tom.

Articles by Thomas E. Glavinich

September 2012
Once the owner has secured funding for an energy services project, the next step is installation design. Most energy services projects follow the design/build method of delivery, since they are typically retrofit projects and the result of working directly with the owner on the previous six steps in the project delivery process. READ MORE
August 2012
One of the barriers to the energy services market is the ability of the electrical contractor’s customer to fund the energy services project that Step No. 5 defined. Unless the customer can fund it, the EC will not have the opportunity to do the work, and the time and effort the EC invested to perform the first five steps will be wasted. READ MORE
July 2012
Beginning with the set of feasible energy project opportunities that you identified in Step No. 4, Step No. 5 further analyzes them as a group to develop a comprehensive energy program. This step is the pivot point in the energy services project delivery process because it determines if the customer will complete the remaining six steps. The result of Step No. READ MORE
June 2012
Everyone is selling something, whether it’s a physical product or an intangible, such as professional qualifications. As electrical contractors (ECs), it is your job to deliver solutions for electrical needs. However, on projects where efficiency and performance are directly tied to value and quality, shouldn’t you ensure the integrity of the work you stand behind? READ MORE
June 2012
In this column, I analyze the energy opportunities identified in previous articles from a technical, cost and payback standpoint. The goal is to develop a set of feasible energy-saving initiatives that the customer may want to undertake. READ MORE
May 2012
Step no.3 in the energy services project delivery process involves identifying potential energy project opportunities based on the results of steps No. 1 and No. 2. READ MORE
April 2012
The second step in the energy services project delivery process is normally thought to be an energy audit; it is the cornerstone of energy service. While it is a key component, an energy audit is only one form of assessment. The electrical contractor (EC) can help its customers perform other building assessments. READ MORE
March 2012
The last energy services column (January 2012) introduced an 11-step energy services project delivery process. Electrical contractors can follow the process systematically, thereby developing a comprehensive program to help their customers identify and achieve energy and sustainability goals. Step No. 1 is to understand the customer’s building operations. READ MORE
February 2012
The United States is aging, and its buildings are getting older, too. Because of their association with historic people and events and because they represent unique lifestyles and periods in our nation’s history, interest in preserving these older buildings has increased. READ MORE