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Different types of Intercom systems for your home & office
February 18th, 2013    Posted by George Trimarche |  Posted in Energy-Savings | No Comments »


Intercommunicating devices, popularly known as Intercoms are highly useful systems.  They are primarily used for connecting two individuals (who are distantly located) for enabling easy communication between them. Intercoms are a convenient means of staying in touch with others in large offices and buildings. They are useful for the elderly and disabled too who need to stay in touch with security guards. 

You can enjoy complete control and vigilance on your home or office by virtue of installing an advanced intercom unit. You can speak to the person at the entrance gate, before letting him inside your home. These units let you tighten the security and minimize the incidences of theft and burglary to a large extent.

If you are interested in buying an intercom system for your home or office, find out the different types of Intercom systems that are available in the market.

Door Systems-these are the very basic types of Intercom systems that are attached to the doorbell at the main door. You get to enjoy a two-way communication between the visitor and the resident with this unit.

Video Systems-these systems offer video features too. You can see the visitor in addition to talking to him or listening to his voice, before actually letting him enter your premise. Video systems offer enhanced security compared to the door systems. These days, you would come across video Intercom systems that come with added features like recording, and CCTV linkage. You can turn on the camera to see the footage in case of any theft or burglary to identify the criminals.

Music Intercom Systems – These are the latest systems that let you and other members inside the home listen and enjoy their favorite tunes, while answering the door bell and/or communicating with one another. As well as ensuring home security, these advanced systems serve the purpose of music systems too. Invest in a reliable music Intercom system to enjoy superior sound quality.

Baby Monitoring Systems – Also called nanny intercoms, baby monitoring systems are relatively new types of Intercom systems that are gaining a lot of popularity these days. These systems are just like small walkie-talkie systems that are attached with an LCD monitor. They allow you to monitor your child and her activities from anywhere inside the house in addition to enjoying easy communication with them when they are in their own room.

There are many other advanced Intercom systems in the market. Wireless Intercom systems are one such system that are gaining tremendous popularity in residential and commercial set ups due to the comprehensive security and advanced communication facility that they promise. These intercom systems can be easily integrated with CCTVs, burglar alarms and other devices for ensuring better control and surveillance in your building. Wireless systems are easy to use and are compact and flexible too.

With so many different types of systems available in the market, it is quite easy to find the system that suits your needs and budget. But do remember to get the intercom system installed properly if you wish to enjoy the numerous benefits offered by it. For effective system installation, call our commercial electricians. Our team of commercial electrical contractors at Centrim Electric Inc. are fully trained and equipped to carry professional installation of the Intercom systems in homes, as well as offices.

Green Building Blog: Green Buildings Geared for a Boom
April 10th, 2010    Posted by George Trimarche |  Posted in Energy-Savings, Green Construction | No Comments »


Green building construction continues to boom and the green building industry is expected to almost double by 2020, so says a New York based emerging technology consulting firm, Lux Research. The green building industry in the US is currently at $144 billion and it is expected to grow to about $277 billion in less than 10 years.

Lux Research focuses on looking at "uncovering opportunities" in the green building market and feels that the growth will come from services, materials, and equipment that will be instrumental in creating energy efficiency or reducing the usage of materials in a building. They also state that the biggest growth can come from the energy service companies due to the huge demand that continues to grow at a fast pace.

Lux Research also states that technologies such as rooftop solar systems and and water heating systems will see immense growth with the implementation of new technologies that will create efficiencies.

All in all, sounds like the green building market is the right industry to be in for all of us so I'm for sure looking forward to the growth.

Green Building Blog: $100 Million Grants for Training Announced by Department of Energy
April 8th, 2010    Posted by George Trimarche |  Posted in Electricity, Energy-Savings | 2 Comments »


If you've ever considered going for "skilled" technician training, now's the time. Almost $100 million worth of grants have been awarded by the US Department of Energy to various college, universities, and companies who can create programs to train electricians, technicians, and others. The grants will be used to create the program materials as well as for training people in  intelligent grid systems such as sensors, smart meters, and communication networks.

The largest winners of the grants were the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), the Utility Florida Power and Light and the Pennsylvania State University who each got approximately $5 million. General Electric also got over $600K to help develop a smart grid center where each year hundreds of engineers and software developers can receive training.

The most optimistic news of all?

Independent surveys that were conducted showed that abotu 47% of power engineers will either leave or be eligible for retirement within the next five years. That means that the demand is going to be high for people in those service areas. So this is a perfect opportunity for all of us who want to upgrade our skills or get advanced training to get paid more.

Look to the Department of Energy website to see who else won the grants and get ready to spruce up your skills. It's a win-win opportunity for all.

Green Energy Blog: Building Environmentally Friendly Living Quarters – Is Jamestown Properties Leading the Pack?
March 5th, 2010    Posted by George Trimarche |  Posted in Energy-Savings, Green Construction | No Comments »


Jamestown Properties, a German commercial real estate investment company, will go "green".  They plan to make small and large changes to make their entire US based $4B building portfolio environmentally friendly.

Simple changes include just using low-flow water fixtures but they also plant to revamp their heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems.

But what's the cost to do all this?? In the millions!!!

But they'll see the Return on Investment for all this "Green" spending from lowered "energy" bills and of course by passing on some of the costs to the tenants in the form of increased rent. They'll also find that their buildings will sell at a higher price too once they become "green", so all in all, a win-win situation for the environment, Jamestown Properties, and tenants who also benefit from more energy efficient living spaces.

Jamestown is an acquisition and management firm located in Cologne, Germany and in the US, in Atlanta. They have invested $12 billion in commercial properties in the United States through private equity funds from German investors.
And to help them with all this "green" work, Jamestown acquired a consulting firm in Atlanta which focuses on environmental sustainability. Jamestown is pretty gung-ho in it's "green" mission because they've implemented various programs such as carpooling and bike sharing to help reduce Carbon emissions. They use energy efficient lighting to save lots of energy and they recycle paper and reuse it.

Sounds like Jamestown Properties is leading the pack in creating environmentally friendly spaces.

Green Energy Blog: Innovative Green Technology
February 19th, 2010    Posted by George Trimarche |  Posted in Energy-Savings, Green Construction, Solar Energy | 1 Comment »


Buildings account for over 40 percent of carbon emissions in the U.S. Buildings also account for over 70% of total electricity consumption. While companies need to focus on building more energy efficient buildings, the reality is that to help reduce carbon pollution, existing buildings need to be made more energy efficient.
But will incremental improvements be enough? Or do we need technologies which will reinvent the way we use energy?
Here is one example of an innovative technology which truly fits "thinking outside the box":
Electrochromic Glass by SageGlass is glass that can go from clear to dark to create energy efficiency. Basically the glass can transition from clear to tinted glass and the tinting can be user-defined automatically or manually. So a  SageGlass window would allow a user to change the tint depending on the changing weather conditions outside.

The company's literature mentions that "SageGlass panes are coated with five layers of ceramic materials. When voltage is applied across the coatings, ions travel from one layer to another layer, where a reversible solid-state change takes place, causing the coating to tint and absorb light. Reversing the polarity of the applied voltage causes the ions to migrate back to their original layer, and the glass returns to its clear state."

Of course innovation ain't cheap. SageGlass glazing is expensive. However
with SageGlass, energy efficiency is increased which results in lower electricity bills and of course a reduction in carbon emissions.

Now think of the carbon reduction potential if SageGlass were used in all those large skyscrapers that have all glass exteriors.

Will the technology used by SageGlass become more cost-effective and more widely used? We'll have to wait and watch.

Green Building Blog: Ready for Ready-made Green Homes?
February 18th, 2010    Posted by George Trimarche |  Posted in Energy-Savings, Green Construction | No Comments »


Ready-made designs for green homes are now available. You can save money by buying these eco-designs and creating a home that saves energy.

Free Green and Fab-Homes are just two of the companies offering green-designs for green-homes. Some of these green-homes can save up to 90% of energy when compared to a standard home.
So how do these home designs create green homes?

Well, the homes have amazingly resilient exteriors with strong/thick insulation, windows that are triple-glazed, and floorplans that are compact. And these homes are designed to require minimal heating or cooling.

What'll they think of next? The mind just boggles at the innovation that continues in this field….

Green Building Blog: Making New York Buildings “Greener”
February 5th, 2010    Posted by George Trimarche |  Posted in Energy-Savings, Green Construction | No Comments »


There are 100 ways New York City’s building codes can be made more environmentally friendly simply by imposing energy-saving requirements on any new construction or renovation conducted.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was presented these recommendations by a panel of recommended various options including rules to insulate glass skyscrapers and making individual apartments better manage indoor temperature.

Of course, the City Council would have to approve these recommendations but if approved, these changes could "amount to a big gain,” said the panel’s chairman, Russell Unger.

Russel Unger is also the executive director of the New York chapter of the United States Green Building Council.

New York wants to reduce greenhouse gases produced by the various buildings NY has. Experts estimate that these buildings are the source of over 75 percent of the city's total emissions. In December 2009, NY's City Council passed new legislation which required large building owners to pay for energy audits and for them to take steps to reduce energy consumption in their buildings.

Upon receiving the recommendations from the panel that Mayor Bloomberg had convened 18 months ago, Mayor Bloomberg said this "these recommendations were critical to meeting the city’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2030."

Look forward to seeing how City Council decides to move forward. Will keep you posted….