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

February 2006
ZigBee is the name OF a new open-architecture wireless personal area network (WPAN) technology designed for linking devices that perform a monitoring and control function. For buildings, these devices can include anything from a simple light switch or thermostat to more complex security and life safety devices. READ MORE
January 2006
Twenty-first century building will be an integrated set of building systems aimed at providing an optimal environment for people to live, work and play. In the past, building systems were viewed as independent systems that were optimized individually and led to the suboptimal performance of the building as a whole. READ MORE
December 2005
Photovoltaics (PV) have a sunny future in the building industry. After a number of false starts over the past 30 plus years, PV has the potential to become a significant contributor to the U.S. energy supply in the coming decades. READ MORE
November 2005
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is an industry organization made up of many parts of the construction industry including owners, designers and contractors. The USGBC promotes the construction of environmentally friendly, high-performance buildings through its sponsorship of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. READ MORE
November 2005
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) recognizes the contribution that photovoltaics (PV) make to the sustainability and efficiency of a building project through its Green Building Rating System for New Construction & Major Renovations (LEED-NC Version 2.1). This system was developed by the U.S. READ MORE
October 2005
Photovoltaic (PV) installations are becoming more common in commercial and residential buildings as PV-system efficiencies increase, installed costs decrease and cost of conventional utility-supplied electric power increases. Building owners should be concerned about who is installing their PV system because PV systems are complex and require specialized knowledge and expertise to install. READ MORE
September 2005
Energy codes establish the minimum requirements for the performance of new buildings. States have typically adopted either the ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1 or the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) as their energy code for commercial buildings. Photovoltaics (PV) are a renewable energy source that can be used to reduce a building’s need for traditional utility-supplied energy. READ MORE
September 2005
The energy consumed by residential and commercial buildings represents a significant portion of the total energy used in the United States. Energy drives the U.S. economy and demand will continue to grow along with prices and environmental concern. The reduction of building energy use through increased efficiency and conservation is important economically, environmentally and socially. READ MORE
August 2005
A utility-interactive photovoltaic (PV) system is defined in Section 690.2 of the National Electrical Code (NEC) (NFPA 70-2005) as a “photovoltaic system that operates in parallel with and may deliver power to an electrical production and distribution network.” NEC Article 690 covers Solar Photovoltaic Systems. READ MORE