Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, September 7-13: Fire detection and notification, fiber optics, waste heat recovery, more

Articles about fire detection and notification, fiber optics and building design, waste heat recovery, commissioning commercial buildings, and minimizing arc flash hazards were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, September 7-13. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.


Consulting-Specifying Engineer Top 5 most read articles online, for Sep. 7-13, covered fire detection and notification, fiber optics and building design, waste heat recovery, commissioning commercial buildings, and minimizing arc flash hazards. Link to each article below.

1. Your questions answered: Fire detection and notification 

Fire detection and notification systems are complex for fire protection engineers to design. The presenters from the Aug. 27 webcast offer additional guidance. 

2. Fiber optics: a backbone for advanced building design

Fiber-optic cables are an integral part of a building communication system. Although they are commonly installed for the enterprise network communication, they are also designed into building-management systems and electrical-power coordination. 

3. Recycling 101: waste heat recovery

Waste heat recovery systems are increasingly used in mixed-use buildings to move waste heat from laboratories, data centers, or industrial activities to provide beneficial heating in other parts of the building. 

4. Commissioning commercial buildings 

Ideally, all nonresidential buildings would be commissioned, and the team would start at the onset of the project. Because that’s not always the case, commissioning authorities and experts offer advice on building projects in various stages of commissioning, recommissioning, or retro-commissioning.

5. Minimizing arc flash hazards

Rely on codes and standards to develop a robust arc flash mitigation plan.

The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on, September 7-13, for articles published within the last two months.

- Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media,

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