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

December 2007
Not too long ago, electrical contracting firms only had to meet National Electrical Code (NEC) requirements and project plans and specifications when installing lighting systems. This changed as concern over building energy use has resulted in federal, state and local governments adopting energy codes that affect the procurement and installation of lighting equipment and controls. READ MORE
November 2007
The drive toward high performance buildings demands the integration of diverse building systems that were not previously required to interact with one another. For example, occupancy sensors no longer control just lighting in a space. They also control the HVAC system supplying that space. READ MORE
October 2007
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy defines a high-performance building (HPB) as “a building that is substantially better than standard practice.” There are no exact criteria for defining an HPB. Neither are there set criteria for determining the benchmark that defines standard practice, because commercial building performance is not an absolute. READ MORE
September 2007
Electrical contractors are encountering seismic requirements in parts of the United States that previously were not considered earthquake prone. However, in these areas, the geological potential for earthquakes exists   as much as the West Coast. READ MORE
September 2007
According to the Energy Information Administration, which gathers and analyzes energy data for the U.S. Department of Energy, commercial buildings currently consume 18 percent of the energy in the United States ( Of this 18 percent, commercial building lighting consumes 23 percent. READ MORE
August 2007
Building commissioning is becoming increasingly commonplace for commercial and institutional buildings, as more are being designed and built to be high-performance or green buildings. Building commissioning is the process of ensuring building equipment and systems operate and can be maintained in accordance with the owner’s requirements. READ MORE
July 2007
The Integration of photovoltaics (PV) into building systems represents a growth market for the electrical contracting firm. PV combined into exterior building elements such as the building’s roof and exterior walls is typically referred to as building- READ MORE
July 2007
Green buildings are moving into the mainstream of the U.S. construction industry. Increasingly, private and public owners are requiring that their building projects be designed and constructed in an environmentally responsible manner and be recognized as a green building. READ MORE
June 2007
The concept of what a building is and how it should function is changing rapidly in the 21st century. Traditionally, a building is simply a physical object composed of a structural skeleton, an outer skin that provides a boundary between the building occupants and the outside environment, and a collection of independent systems that establish the building’s internal environment. READ MORE