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. 

When I arrived recently at a residential construction site to build a covered porch, the homeowner was busy cutting a tree away from the power lines to the house with a chain saw.

Greenlee offers a variety of fishing reach poles and telescoping fish poles.

The routing of wiring for voice/data/video, security, alarm and control systems is done differently from electrical cable and, in most cases, is completed with different tools.


Last month, I discussed the growing pains I have seen in fiber optics. Some of the problems have been issues with incompetent subcontractors, but poor network design seems to cause just as many issues. Why is that?


Integrated systems solutions aren’t reserved solely for surveillance, intrusion detection and fire-signaling technology. Audio is the bright star on the horizon, especially as it begins to be leveraged more fully on the network.

More on Systems

 
Residential-Specific LEED

Although the construction industry has been dealing with green buildings and sustainable design for quite some time, there is a new entry into this residential market arena: LEED for Homes (LEED-H).


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The Contractor's Responsibility

Contractors who have developed their fire alarm system maintenance and testing business and specialize in the retrofit markets have already seen the financial benefits associated with these specialized businesses.


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Linking up

Most cabling installers have only a vague notion of what goes on the end of the cables they install or how the equipment works, especially when it comes to fiber optics.


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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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