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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2012 Construction Outlook

Leading construction experts and economists are certain about one thing in construction right now: The future is mostly uncertain because consumers are scared, and too many Americans are unemployed. Economists see 2012 as a big question mark because of the risk of a double-dip recession.


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Google and Clean Power Finance Team up to Create $75 Million Fund for Residential Solar Projects

Clean Power Finance, a provider of integrated services and financing solutions for the solar industry, and Google announced the creation of a new $75 million fund to finance residential solar projects.


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Handling Decorative Lighting Without Care Can Spoil Holiday Cheer

The holiday season is supposed to be a time of good cheer. American culture has evolved to embrace the closing of each year as a celebration of the values we each hold dear. It's evident in the environments we create.


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Innovation and Conservation Are Key at 2011 Solar Decathlon

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) hosted its 2011 Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C., at the end of September. For the energy industry, the Solar Decathlon means more than developing solar energy.


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Breaking into the Residential Market

The security industry may have turned a corner on the road to recovery, and that is good news for electrical contractors (ECs) looking to broaden their offerings into residential security.


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Editors' Pick
Holy Texting Refrigerators, Batman!

Warwick Stirling hopes for a more meaningful relationship with his refrigerator. You see, they just haven’t been talking as much as he’d like. There was the time, recently, when he would have appreciated knowing just how warm this normally cold-hearted appliance was feeling inside.


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Installing Senior Solutions

During the opening minutes of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” set in a dimly lit saloon, Butch teasingly warns Sundance that maybe he shouldn’t be getting into gunfights anymore. “We all keep getting older,” Butch said.


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