Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, August 18-24: MEP Giants, fire protection, NFPA 72-2016, more

Articles about MEP Giants and diversity, active and passive fire protection, NFPA 72-2016 changes, elevating building performance through lower energy use, and power for fire pumps were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, August 18-24. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.


1. MEP Giants continue to diversify

The 2014 MEP Giants revenue has remained flat, while firms continue to diversify the services they offer and the building types they work in.

2. Balancing passive, active fire protection

The International Building Code and NFPA standards provide guidance on passive and active fire protection systems.

3. NFPA 72-2016 proposed changes

NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code technical committees have been busy reviewing and preparing revisions to the 2013 edition of the code that will ultimately be published in the 2016 edition. Here's a look at changes that may have a significant impact on fire alarm design.

4. Lowering energy use, elevating building performance

Net-zero energy buildings can be achieved with smart building design. Here are tips on how to design a high-performance building.

5. Power for fire pumps

Power is a key element in ensuring a fire pump works in an emergency situation.

The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on, August 18-24, for articles published within the last two months.

- Chris Vavra, content specialist, CFE Media,

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