Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, October 6-12: Chilled water systems, data central distribution systems, proper laboratory ventilation, more

Articles about covered designing chilled water systems, designing data center electrical distribution systems, determining proper laboratory ventilation, the 2014 lighting study, and managing power through networked electrical systems were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, October 6-12. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.


Consulting-Specifying Engineer Top 5 most read articles online, for Oct. 6-12, covered designing chilled water systems, designing data center electrical distribution systems, determining proper laboratory ventilation, the 2014 lighting study, and managing power through networked electrical systems. Link to each article below.

1. Designing chilled water systems

Typically used for cooling and dehumidifying a building's air, chilled water (CHW) systems circulate it throughout a building or campus complex. CHW systems also may be used for removing process or other heating loads. 

2. Designing data center electrical distribution systems

Designing efficient and reliable data center electrical systems requires looking through the eyes of the electrical engineer-and the owner. 

3. Determining proper laboratory ventilation

Engineers must know the required air changes per hour, depending on the building type. Whether designing a laboratory in an educational facility or hospital, knowing the ventilation rates is key. 

4. Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2014 Lighting, Lighting Controls Study

According to the data in this report, LEDs are a big concern for engineers. LEDs are being specified by 9 out of 10 engineers, and having to switch to or integrate LEDs has been affecting their work for the past 12 to 18 months. 

5. Managing power through networked electrical systems

Engineers should consider the benefits of networking electrical systems-monitoring and controlling power, its usage, and how it affects system reliability. 

The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on, October 6-12, for articles published within the last two months.

- Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media,

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