Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, January 19-25: 2015 business trends, designing higher education facilities, VFD and motor strategies, more

Articles about top business trends in 2015; designing higher education facilities; VFD, motor strategies for energy efficiency; designing a CHP plant; and condensing boilers and emissions regulations were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, January 19-25. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.


Consulting-Specifying Engineer Top 5 most read articles online, for Jan. 19-25, covered top business trends in 2015; designing higher education facilities; VFD, motor strategies for energy efficiency; designing a CHP plant; and condensing boilers and emissions regulations. Link to each article below.

1. Top 10 business trends to watch in 2015

Engineering firms should watch these business and technology trends as we move into 2015. 

2. Designing higher education facilities

The world is getting more high-tech, and the colleges and universities preparing students to work in an increasingly advanced environment must keep pace. Engineers with expertise on college and university buildings share advice on how to complete such complex projects, with honors. 

3. VFD, motor strategies for energy efficiency

A variable frequency drive (VFD) often is specified to reduce operational cost for pumps, fans, compressors, or any similar equipment with variable load profiles that may be found in a typical building. Here's how to specify a VFD to meet load conditions while achieving efficiency. 

4. Designing a CHP plant

Consulting engineers should understand the criteria for determining the feasibility of using combined heat and power in their design projects.

5. Condensing boilers and emissions regulations

For this Shippensburg University boiler replacement project, major consideration was given to local codes, space requirements, boiler control, and emission reductions. 

The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on, January 19-25, for articles published within the last two months.

- Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media,

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