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. 

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.

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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For most of us, winter draws to a close around March. But impressions of cold and icy conditions still may be fresh in the minds of home- and business owners. They may be ready for warmth under foot and snow-free pavement.


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The More the Merrier: Multifamily Housing

“When one door closes, another opens,” Alexander Graham Bell said. Sometimes, however, we look so long and regretfully upon the closed door that we may miss the ones that are opening.


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Launching a Luxe Layout: Home Automation

Luxury homes are often a launching point for technology, such as home automation, security, lighting management, and entertainment systems, that could become commonplace throughout the residential market.


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The Changing Face of TV

Nothing is sacred in the digital age. Innovation is the driving principle. The operating mindset is to strive for quality, speed and efficiency. Along those lines, it was only a matter of time before the Internet set its sights on the TV.


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Window of Opportunity: Electronic Shading

Electronic shading has been around since the 1980s, but for the most part, electrical contractors have shied away from installing it because it involves those perceived risks always attached to something “we’ve never done before.” But by avoiding this work, contractors continue to lose out on the c


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Welcoming Wireless Home

The hallmark of the cellular revolution is the ability to do so many things on the go. Smartphones have given an entirely new meaning to being mobile. In this sense, being mobile doesn’t just mean checking bank accounts or sending an email from a phone.


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Remodeling Market Index Rises to Five-Year High

Remodeling sentiment rose to the highest level in five years, according to the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI) for the fourth quarter of 2011. The RMI increased to 46.6 in the fourth quarter from 41.7 in the third quarter.


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