Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, September 26 to October 2: Biomass case study, NFPA 75, 2016 MEP Giants, more

Articles about a biomass case study, applying NFPA 75 in data centers, 2016 MEP Giants, the 2016 Product of the Year, and next-generation lighting using PoE were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, September 26 to October 2. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.


Consulting-Specifying Engineer's Top 5 most read articles online, for September 26 to October 2, covered a biomass case study, applying NFPA 75 in data centers, 2016 MEP Giants, the 2016 Product of the Year, and next-generation lighting using PoE. Link to each article below.

1. Case study: Biomass power

The Apex Regional Landfill north of Las Vegas generates renewable electricity from methane captured from decomposing solid waste. The engineering, procurement, and construction contractor for the generating plant was DCO Energy of Mays Landing, N.J., which specializes in renewable energy projects.

2. Applying NFPA 75 in data centers

NFPA 75: Standard for the Fire Protection of Information Technology (IT) Equipment covers the requirements for the protection of IT equipment from fire damage. The current edition (2013) has not been adopted by all jurisdictions; however, fire protection engineers should be well aware of its requirements because of the large number of IT facilities and data centers.

3. 2016 MEP Giants

The MEP Giants program lists the top 100 mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP), and fire protection engineering firms in the United States. The in-depth analysis of these firms appears in the August issue and reveals what's going on in the industry and how it has changed over the past few years.

4. 2016 Product of the Year winners 

Winners of the 12th annual Consulting-Specifying Engineer Product of the Year awards included a space-saving, low harmonic HVAC drive, aspirating smoke detectors, and geothermal, hybrid energy-system-monitoring software. Each of the following winning innovations has been designed to improve workflow and increase system efficiency.

5. Your questions answered: Next-generation lighting: the emergence of PoE for lighting and controls

Using Power over Ethernet (PoE) not only cuts installation and commissioning costs, but—more importantly—opens the door to endless building integration options that build upon the idea of intelligent or high-performance buildings.

This list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on, September 26 to October 2, for articles published within the last two months. 

Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media,

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