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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Hardware-Based Firewalls

Most contractors opt out of networking projects when terms, such as “network security,” “firewall” and “software,” start getting thrown around. But, that may not be the best move to make, as network security is a niche market where contractors could easily profit.


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LANs Contractors Can Install
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In today’s technologically advanced society, nearly every new commercial building has found a way to incorporate the computer revolution into its design.


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VoIP Today & Tomorrow

Voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) has become one of the hottest Web-based applications to shape the changing voice and data industry.


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Out with the Old

“We can’t occupy our building?” This is not a question that an experienced electrician wants to hear. But, I am sure many of you have heard that question directly or worked for a project manager who has.


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Climbing the Contractor Technology Ladder

Many technologies changed or developed in 2005 and will continue to develop through 2006. A company’s infrastructure, software, security and communication methods depend on a professionally installed and managed bottom layer of the contractor technology ladder (CTL).


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Integrated Growth

According to a report by the ARC Advisory Group Inc., Dedham, Mass., steady growth will push the global market for automated building systems to more than $25 billion in 2009, with market expansion over the next five years expected to compound at an annual growth rate of nearly 5 percent.


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The Language of Technology

Industry standards make the world go ’round. No kidding. Without standards, communications and networking would never work. Telephones allow you to talk to anyone in the world, assuming you speak their language. Standards are the “language” of networks and communications.


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