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

May 2011
Energy services present a growth market for electrical contractors (ECs). Your customers need to control their rising energy expenses, and that need is driving the emerging energy services market. The rising energy expenses your customers face are due to both the unrelenting increase in costs for energy and the growth of energy use in their business. READ MORE
January 2011
The surface of the earth receives a tremendous amount of energy from the sun daily. Even though the amount of solar energy striking the earth at a specific place and time can vary greatly with latitude, time of day, season, sky conditions and other factors, sunlight is available throughout the United States for conversion to electricity using photovoltaics (PVs). READ MORE
September 2010
Major carmakers worldwide are developing electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles (PHEVs) to compete with traditional -gasoline-powered internal combustion engine (ICE) cars. READ MORE
August 2010
Integrated project delivery (IPD) is defined by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in its 2007 “Integrated Project Delivery: A Guide” as a “project delivery approach that integrates people, systems, business structures and practices into a process that collaboratively harnesses the talents and insights of all participants to optimize project results, increase value to the owner, reduce was READ MORE
May 2010
One of the biggest obstacles facing electrical contractors wanting to enter or expand their presence in the alternative-energy market is their customers’ ability to finance an alternative-energy project, which usually requires large, upfront investments in order to take advantage of energy savings in future years. READ MORE
February 2010
The production, transportation and consumption of alternative energy represent a burgeoning market for the electrical contracting industry. It will provide growth and diversification opportunities for all electrical segments of construction, including both utility and inside electrical contracting firms as well as those specializing in communications and control systems. READ MORE
October 2009
Establishing an equipotential zone at the work site—thereby protecting linemen working aloft and linemen, groundmen and equipment operators working on the ground during transmission and distribution (T&D) construction and maintenance operations—usually requires the use of a temporary grounding jumper assembly (TGJA). READ MORE
September 2008
A perfect storm is heading for the building industry. Energy prices continue to rise due to worldwide demand that increases both the cost of construction and building operation for owners and developers. The public is becoming increasingly concerned about the environment and global warming and demanding that both the pri-vate and public sectors act to reduce greenhouse gases. READ MORE
January 2008
The demand for photovoltaic (PV) systems in commercial, institutional and residential buildings continues to grow. Over the past decade, the PV industry has experienced phenomenal growth driven by environmental concerns. Actual PV growth is nowhere near its potential because production has not kept pace with demand, due to shortages of both raw materials and manufacturing capacity. READ MORE