Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, August 25-31: NFPA 101 considerations, building performance, MEP Giants, more

Articles about NFPA 101 engineering considerations, elevating building performance through lower energy use, MEP Giants and diversity, active and passive fire protection, and testing smoke management systems were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, August 25-31. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.


1. Engineering considerations of NFPA 101

NFPA 101: Life Safety Code defines a building's egress, along with numerous fire and life safety systems. 

2. 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. 

3. 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. 

4. Balancing passive, active fire protection

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

5. Testing smoke management systems

Follow these 10 steps for successful testing of smoke management systems. 

The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on, August 25-31, for articles published within the last two months.

- Chris Vavra, content specialist, CFE Media,

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