Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, March 7-13: Connecting renewable energy systems, ASHRAE 90.1 updates, specifying office buildings, more

Articles about connecting renewable energy systems, updates to ASHRAE 90.1, specifying electrical and power systems for office buildings, designing with NFPA 101-2015, and fire/life safety were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, March 7-13. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.


Consulting-Specifying Engineer Top 5 most read articles online, for March 7-13, covered connecting renewable energy systems, updates to ASHRAE 90.1, specifying electrical and power systems for office buildings, designing with NFPA 101-2015, and fire/life safety. Link to each article below.

1. Connecting renewable energy systems

Electrical engineers have several items to consider when interconnecting renewable energy production systems.

2. 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.

3. Specifying electrical, power systems for office buildings

The Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2015 Electrical and Power Study indicates that 63% of respondents specify, design, or make product selections for office buildings-and 82% of these engineers determine requirements/write specifications, 72% research and evaluate options, and 69% recommend the product brand.

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 7-13, for articles published within the last two months.

- Ksenia Avrakhova, production coordinator, CFE Media,

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