Systems

 

 

Integrated electrical and low-voltage systems of all types—inside and outside a building—encompass the range of work that electrical contractors do. The articles in this section highlight different types of work, from security, fire and life safety, to traditional electrical power and distribution, to lighting, cabling and more. 

One byproduct of the renewable economy has been the growth of microgrids, as large institutions and communities look for new ways to accommodate distributed generation and utilities take measures to increase grid reliability.

Among tech companies, Tesla has always done things in a big way. Recently, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based manufacturer of luxury electrical vehicles added to its list of outsized endeavors when it announced a major battery storage project for electric utility Southern California Edison (SCE).

The quote “The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know,” is popularly attributed to Albert Einstein.

Commercial building energy codes impose design standards for nonresidential buildings’ energy efficiency. Many states have implemented an energy code to regulate building design.


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Selling Service Contracts

In my 40-plus years in fire protection, I have learned that electrical contractors (ECs) sell and install the lion’s share of fire alarm systems in medium- to large-size buildings. Most of these contractors also finish the installation, pass the acceptance test and move on to the next project.


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Who You Gonna Call? Fire alarm testing


There is no question today’s fire alarm systems are more complex than they were 20 years ago. More panels are addressable, which means programmers, installers and inspection and testing personnel need to be better qualified.



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Collaboration Is The Key

Do you know everything you need to about the specialty electrical systems you install? What about the new technology that appears on the horizon? Probably not, since you cannot build a profitable contracting business by being a jack of all trades and master of none.


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Keeping It Cool

Maintenance and renovation services don’t get much more complex, challenging or fluid than in data centers. As cloud-based computing pervades, data centers are becoming more plentiful, the data they collect and manage is growing, and security needs are becoming more critical.



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Using Tech To Find Success: Sprig Electric


All electrical contracting companies—especially those involved in low-voltage work—rely on technology. Sprig Electric considers technology to be one of its most important competitive advantages, along with efficiency and personal service.



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Drones for Critical Infrastructure Surveillance and Expansion

In today’s 21st-century global economy, in both corporate and government enterprises, mission-critical applications must have a higher caliber of resiliency and reliability.


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IoT to Continue Rise in Residential and Industrial Sectors

A June 2016 report, "Market Data: IoT for Residential Energy Customers," published by Navigant Research, examines the global market for devices and services that are considered to be part of the residential "Internet of Things" (IoT), including forecasts for shipments, installed base, average sellin


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