Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, March 28 to April 3: Fire pump design, emergency egress and illumination, designing generator systems, more

Articles about fire pump power service, emergency egress and illumination, designing generator systems, building system design, and selective coordination best practices were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, March 28 to April 3. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.


Consulting-Specifying Engineer Top 5 most read articles online, for Mar. 28 to Apr. 3, covered fire pump power service, emergency egress and illumination, designing generator systems, building system design, and selective coordination best practices. Link to each article below.

1. How to design safe, reliable fire pump power service

The codes that govern the power supply to the fire pump, as well as conversations with the local authority having jurisdiction, determine the best solution for a building’s fire pump power system design.

2. Emergency egress and illumination systems

Understanding the basic characteristics of emergency egress and illumination systems provides engineers with the knowledge to optimize lifecycle and emergency evacuation performance.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Following selective coordination best practices

Design engineers must coordinate electrical systems so that the protective device closest to the fault opens first, and quickly enough, to prevent the upstream devices from tripping.

The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on, March 28 to April 3, for articles published within the last two months.

- Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media,

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