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. 

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.

SolarCity’s DemandLogic system

It seems like, every other week, a leading research lab announces a breakthrough technology to make batteries more powerful, more durable or a whole lot less expensive—after just a few more years of research and development.

It’s been said that, if you talk to three economists, you will get no less than four different and equally plausible explanations for why the economy is the way it is. This same principle could be applied to recent observations about the nation’s housing market.

More on Residential

Outside the Box: Wind, Solar, Heat and More

Homeowners have often dreamed of small-scale devices that can be installed on their roofs to provide all the energy needed for the operation of their household. That day has arrived.

Research Forecasts 6 Million Homes With Smart Meters by 2012

The market for residential energy management will increase significantly over the next four years due to increased consumer demand and new government and industry initiatives. The number of U.S. households with a smart meter will grow to more than 6 million by 2012, according to Parks Associates.

Construction Forecast 2009

At a time when things could not look much worse economically, there is some good news to accompany the overwhelming bad. First, the bad news. “The economic outlook is a disaster,” said Michael J.

Clocking In

One of my junior estimators asked, “What is a clock outlet?” So I wrote her back a simple answer. Yeah right. Me? A simple answer? Ha!

The Ripple Effect

You may have seen the impact of the residential bubble blowout on your local market, and if you’re like a lot of electricians who rely on residential projects, your business model has adjusted to accommodate shifts over the past two years.

Residential Pilot Tests Smart Meters

On July 21, 2008, a group of selected residential electricity consumers in Washington, D.C., began testing advanced metering technology coupled with pricing options that could assist them in curbing their monthly bills by better controlling their power consumption.

Riding Out the Residential Slump

Even before the housing market went into its downturn, residential work was problematic for the electrical contractor.