Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, March 14-20: ASHRAE 90.1 updates, designing generator systems, office building design, more

Articles about updates to ASHRAE 90.1, designing generator systems, class A office building systems design, designing with NFPA 101-2015, and fire/life safety were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, March 14-20. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.


Consulting-Specifying Engineer Top 5 most read articles online, for March 14-20, updates to ASHRAE 90.1, designing generator systems, class A office building systems design, designing with NFPA 101-2015, and fire/life safety. 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 generator systems

When designing generator systems, such as engine-driven generator sets, design engineers must ensure that the generator selection, sizing, and the design of electrical systems are appropriate for the application.

3. Class A office building system design

Class A office buildings are among the toughest projects an engineer can work on—complex structures, demanding clients, and advanced technology. 

4. 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.

5. Your questions answered: Fire/life safety: Detection, notification, and suppression

Both active and passive fire protection systems are specified to ensure the safety and well-being of building occupants in case of a fire. Engineers should be aware of the contents and intent of the building when specifying fire detection, notification, and suppression systems.

The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on, March 14-20, for articles published within the last two months.

- Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media,

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