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. 

According to an employment report, released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics on August 4, the construction industry added 6,000 new positions (seasonally adjusted) in July.

According to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department, U.S. housing starts fell back 4.8 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.16 million units.

Quadrant Homes, a homebuilder based in Bellevue, Wash. serving the Seattle area, announced on June 6 via their website that they will begin offering smart home features as standard in all new Quadrant homes.

For electrical contractors 
specializing in bread-and-butter residential projects, such as changing out light switches and adding receptacles, the proliferation of the Internet of Things offers both challenges and opportunities.

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Convenience is King

Home automation is exactly what it sounds like: automating your home. It’s all about comfort and convenience. If you’re buying a new house and have the opportunity to create a “smart” home and can afford it, don’t miss out.


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Layers of Light

Trends in Residential Indoor Lighting ”The big thing about residential lighting is that people are taking it more seriously.


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Home Automation Solutions

From electricity and telephones to cable TV and dial-up Internet access, the only thing missing in today’s technology is how to provide total system integration, including energy savings and lighting control.


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Safe at Home?

Residential opportunities abound for ECs According to the most recent National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) analysis, almost 75 percent of all reported structure fires occurred in homes. In a 1997 survey performed for the NFPA, 53 percent of U.S. residents feel safest from fire at home.


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New Twists on Residential Indoor Lighting

“People are becoming more educated about the psychological effects of light,” said Ken Mackenzie, director of marketing, Lightolier.


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Trends in Residential Lighting

Ask four different contractors or manufacturers what’s new on the residential lighting front and you’ll get four different answers. One may point to new fixtures, maybe a Spiderman light suspended by wire from the ceiling.


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Bonding the Hot-Water Piping System

A simple change in construction and plumbing methods over a period of years may have resulted in many water-piping systems being inadequately bonded to the electrical system.


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