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Current Technology: Interest in Direct Current Increases

February 5th, 2013 · No Comments · Feature writing, Writing

DC power is becoming a player again, in settings ranging from high-voltage transmission down to commercial-building and data-center distribution systems. In many cases, its revival also has brought back the Edison versus Westinghouse either/or debate, as though DC’s newly re-appreciated qualities will somehow push AC aside. But what we likely will see moving forward will [...]

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Made in America Making a Comeback

January 5th, 2013 · No Comments · Feature writing, Writing

With doom and gloom being the predominant message regarding U.S. manufacturing these last few years, it’s somewhat surprising to hear news of optimism in that sector lately. But suddenly, companies seem to be rediscovering the appeal of the “Made in America” label, even when attached to high-tech products that seemed lost forever to a maze [...]

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Take a Load Off: Taming the Plug Load

June 5th, 2012 · No Comments · Feature writing, Writing

“Plug load” is the hot topic in the energy-efficient building design field these days. Unlike insulation, multipane windows and improved heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) performance, this energy-efficiency strategy directly affects the work of electrical contractors. Contractors who work in the commercial sector, especially, will be hearing the term repeatedly. Read this article as it [...]

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Opportunities Growing for Green-Roof Design

November 28th, 2011 · Comments Off · Feature writing, Uncategorized, Writing

The motivation for incorporating green roofs into commercial building plans has evolved in the almost two decades since the technology made the move to the United States from Europe. New water-runoff rules could see their fortunes rise even higher, as municipalities strive to meet tightened clean-water requirements. This article originally ran in the November 2011 [...]

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Clean up on Aisle 9: Supermarkets Line Up for Efficiency-Boosting Fuel Cells

October 28th, 2011 · Comments Off · Feature writing, Writing

Walk into your local supermarket in mid-August, and the electricity consumption surrounds you. The combination of overhead lighting, air conditioning, cooler refrigeration and all those freezer compartments make that round-the-corner temple to the food pyramid (or the new food plate) one of the biggest energy hogs in town. To help manage high operating costs and [...]

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Today’s Wired Classrooms

October 28th, 2011 · Comments Off · Feature writing, Writing

Some things in education remain the same–—it’s all still really about reading, writing and arithmetic. But the way those and other subjects are taught has evolved significantly since many of us spent time in a classroom. This change is especially apparent in higher education, where schools face stiff competition in their efforts to attract today’s [...]

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Holy Texting Refrigerators, Batman!

September 5th, 2011 · Comments Off · Feature writing, Writing

While the full deployment of the smart electric meters required to enable your utility to dial back appliance operation remotely is several years away, manufacturers now are outlining the full array of functionality more intelligent appliances could offer. For example, your refrigerator could text you when the door has been left open. Before you roll [...]

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Healthcare Spaces: Keeping Hospitals Healthier

July 22nd, 2011 · Comments Off · Feature writing, Writing

In a hospital, what air passes over – the floors, counters, walls and furnishings – can be just as important to the health of staff, patients and family members as the air, itself. Ensuring these surfaces aren’t adding their own pollutants to the indoor environment should be a primary goal for any designer. This article [...]

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2011: The Year of the LED?

July 22nd, 2011 · Comments Off · Feature writing, Writing

Any given year has its predictions. If you’re reading this article, the world as we knew/know it didn’t end on May 21—one of the most publicized predictions for 2011. In Chicago, Cubs fans may yet again be asserting that next year will be the year their team goes all the way. In the lighting industry, [...]

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Not So Simple Barriers

February 13th, 2011 · Comments Off · Feature writing, Writing

Ask a child to draw a building and you’ll likely get a geometry lesson in return. A rectangle topped with a triangular roof and covered in little squares representing windows. The walls? Well, simple lines will probably represent them, and, honestly, that’s how most of us have viewed them. However, today’s architects ignore the complexities [...]

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