Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, February 15-21: updates to ASHRAE 90.1, designing with NFPA 101-2015, motors, drives, and HVAC efficiency, more

Articles about updates to ASHRAE 90.1, designing with NFPA 101-2015, motors, drives, and HVAC efficiency, how federal legislation affects your job, and defining NFPA 37 were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, February 15-21. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.


Consulting-Specifying Engineer Top 5 most read articles online, for Feb. 15-21, covered updates to ASHRAE 90.1, designing with NFPA 101-2015, motors, drives, and HVAC efficiency, how federal legislation affects your job, and defining NFPA 37. Link to each article below.

1. Updates to ASHRAE 90.1

An update of ASHRAE Standard 90.1 looks at building envelope, HVAC, plumbing, lighting, and elevators and escalators. The bulk of the article will focus on the 2013 edition, with a look at 2016 addenda that are already approved.

2. Designing with NFPA 101-2015

NFPA 101: Life Safety Code dictates a great deal for all building types, including egress, features of fire protection, sprinkler systems, alarms, emergency lighting, smoke barriers, and special hazard protection.

3. Motors, drives, and HVAC efficiency

Engineers must understand how the components in the HVAC systems they design use power and how they can be optimized without compromising traditional design values. Motors and drives are shown in relation to the design of HVAC systems.


4. Have you ever thought about how federal legislation affects your job?

Engineers generally don't get very involved in politics, but that needs to change. Engineering is changing from a profession that enjoys legal protection to a profession that enjoys legal protection and also needs to comply with the law in a manner that is well beyond traditional compliance with codes and standards.

5. Defining NFPA 37

NFPA 37 outlines the minimum fire safety requirements for the installation and operation of permanently installed engines including stationary, engine-driven equipment.


The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on, February 15-21, for articles published within the last two months.

- Ksenia Avrakhova, production coordinator, CFE Media,

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