Top Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, July 2011

Most visited articles at during July 2011 included technical articles looking at circuit protection in healthcare facilities, adding value to specifying fire sprinkler systems, properly sizing transformers for commercial projects, integrated HVAC and lighting controls to optimize BAS, and incorporating a detailed test and balance plan to overcome project pitfalls.


July 2011’s leading Consulting-Specifying Engineer online stories include:

Circuit protection in hospitals - Consulting-Specifying Engineer June/July featured this cover story, by Gerald Versluys, PE, LEED AP, discussing circuit protection in healthcare facilities and adopting standards at your firm. Figure 1: Good fire sprinkler system specifications include information on the type of construction, acceptable or unacceptable types of pipe and sprinklers, and materials in the environment that might be incompatible with material selections. Courtesy: T

Specifying fire sprinkler systems - Adding value and clarification to the installation process for a sprinkler system can help contractors understand the design intent. 

Selecting, sizing transformers for commercial buildings - Ralph Baeza, PE, explains properly sizing and selecting transformers guidelines for commercial building projects. Figure 1: A single controller can use several wireless protocols (EnOcean for end-devices, ZigBee for networking) to manage multiple applications. Courtesy:  SCL Elements Inc./CAN2GO

Merging HVAC and lighting controls - This article details how managing both HVAC and lighting from a single controller for a more cost-effective and scalable BAS. 

Developing a detailed test, balance plan - Mike Wozniack explains why incorporating a detailed test and balance plan can help avoid timing issues and conflicts in the construction of a nonresidential building.

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