Residential

 

With the growth in the market for the interconnected, electronic smart home, to the care and attention needing to be paid to retrofits of aging houses, there’s never a shortage of information in the residential market. Below you’ll find the residential articles from ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR, covering the full residential spectrum. 

The digital age is all about information. Two firms that are a product of that movement now provide consumers with a key piece of information about solar energy when they look to buy a home.


Residential electricity prices in the United States were set to decline in 2016 for the first time since 2002, according to the Oct. 6, 2016 “Today in Energy” report from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA). 


Photos by Jill Mazur

In Southern California, large multifamily residential projects are growing vertically—in towers, high rises and other multibuilding complexes. Orange County electrical contractor SBE Contracting (formerly Stout and Burg) is front and center of this movement.



With more than 100 million homes 
in the United States, the residential service/maintenance market offers electrical contractors a broad spectrum of opportunities.

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The Smart Grid Takes Shape

For the electrical contractor (EC), finding a role in the smart grid shouldn’t be a matter of “wait and see.” Now is the time to prepare for this growing opportunity. If your work involves building automation and lighting controls, you are well on your way.


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Stationary But Powering Forward

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.


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Truth or Dare: Smart Meters

With the Institute of Electric Efficiency reporting more than 36 million smart meters installed from 2007 through May 2012 and a target of 65 million by 2015, it appears that smart meters are here to stay.


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The Integrated Systems Contractor Rises

McGraw-Hill has predicted that multifamily housing will rise 19 percent in dollars and 18 percent in units, continuing its moderate, upward trend.


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Residential Smoke Detection

Now that the 2013 NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, is ready to hit the market, let’s look at the changes and review the installation requirements.


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A Turnkey(less) solution

According to “Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2012,” a joint report by Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) and the Urban Land Institute, most developers and homebuilders have remained on the sidelines during this extended economic recovery because, without evident demand drivers, construction lenders are


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Installer Gadgets

Before tablet computers and smartphones were so common, home automation was for homeowners and developers who could pay the high price. But in just a few years, 4G and Wi-Fi-based devices are widely distributing the possibility of home automation to consumers with a vengeance.


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