Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, November 30 to December 6: Outdoor air systems, HVAC control systems, HVAC and smoke control, more

Articles about dedicated outdoor air systems, HVAC system automation and controls, HVAC fans and smoke control, the value of an engineer, and modeling building lighting systems were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, November 30 to December 6. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.


Consulting-Specifying Engineer Top 5 most read articles online, for Nov. 30-Dec. 6, covered dedicated outdoor air systems, HVAC system automation and controls, HVAC fans and smoke control, the value of an engineer, and modeling building lighting systems. Link to each article below.

1. Dedicated outdoor air systems and code compliance

Dedicated outdoor air systems (DOAS) deliver dehumidified air to buildings to improve the indoor air quality and thermal comfort. 

2. Automation and controls for HVAC systems

Here are some best practices for designing building automation systems (BAS) and controls for HVAC systems.

3. 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.

4. How much are you worth?

Consulting engineers share information about compensation, job satisfaction, and business development via a national salary survey. 

5. 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.

The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on, November 30 to December 6, for articles published within the last two months.

- Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media,

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