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. 

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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.

In the new reality of resilient construction, there may be no place like home. According to McGraw-Hill Construction, green-built homes will represent as much as 38 percent of the residential market by 2016.

Despite the fact that the US Census Bureau reported, at the end of 2013, that housing starts had increased 29 percent over the previous year, electrical contractors (ECs) generally agree that the residential market is not exactly taking off at rocketship pace.

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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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Charged for Success

U.S. solar-panel manufacturers might be hurting these days, but installers’ business is going gangbusters.


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2012 Profile of the Electrical Contractor

For the past 50 years, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR has surveyed its readers every other year to get a snapshot of the industry and pinpoint emerging trends, opportunities and other changing dynamics.


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