Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, November 23-29: HVAC and smoke control, modeling lighting systems, building information modeling, more

Articles about HVAC fans and smoke control, modeling building lighting systems, taking BIM to the next level, circuit protection in health care facilities, and lighting and the energy codes were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, November 23-29. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.


Consulting-Specifying Engineer Top 5 most read articles online, for Nov. 23-29, covered HVAC fans and smoke control, modeling building lighting systems, taking BIM to the next level, circuit protection in health care facilities, and lighting and the energy codes. Link to each article below.

1. Integration: HVAC fans and smoke control

Fire, life safety, and HVAC systems must be integrated by the engineer to achieve reliability in smoke control systems. This includes mechanical equipment, physical barriers, or a combination of both.

2. Modeling building lighting systems

Familiarity with building energy modeling techniques and software is crucial for designing code-compliant buildings. Lighting designers should consider the various tools available when designing new- or existing-building lighting systems.

3. Taking BIM to the next level

Electrical engineers are being pushed toward using BIM.

4. Your questions answered: Circuit protection in health care facilities

Designing electrical systems for health care facilities-especially hospitals-is more demanding than for conventional buildings because the stakes are so high.

5. Lighting and the energy codes

Engineers have many resources when designing energy-efficient lighting in nonresidential buildings. Lighting designers do not have to sacrifice quality or reduce lighting levels just to meet energy codes.

The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on, November 23-29, for articles published within the last two months.

- Ksenia Avrakhova, production coordinator, CFE Media,

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