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Consulting-Specifying Engineer most-viewed articles, February 2021

Read the best articles in February 2021 including: Choosing between an ECM and VFD, NFPA 70-2020 changes, NEC chances and more.

By Chris Vavra March 1, 2021
Courtesy: Koffel Associates

Consulting-Specifying Engineer‘s top 10 articles online in February 2021 covered choosing between an ECM and VFD, NFPA 70-2020 changes, NEC chances and more. Catch up with a link to each article below.

1. NFPA 101 and COVID-19Engineers need to consider the public health and life safety issues of reopening a building after COVID-19.

2. Electrical grounding and bonding per NEC Understanding correct grounding and bonding design and construction is crucial for proper electrical system operation and personnel safety.

3. Energy storage: A component of energy conservation Energy storage must be embraced as part of energy policy, and captured in standards such as ASHRAE 90.1 to maximize the environmental and resiliency benefits of increased renewable energy production.

4. How smart buildings combat health concernsBuilding owners can use sensor technology and centralized building controls to make their buildings safer and more resilient.

5. Understanding changing data center metricsThere is a better way to assess data center behavior. Novel multidimensional metrics have been incorporated in data center standards and best practices.

6. How to choose between an ECM and a VFD – While each has its place in HVAC applications, electronically commutated motors and variable frequency drives have important differences in simplicity, flexibility, cost and other factors.

7. Understanding the changes to NFPA 70-2020 New requirements of the 2020 edition of the National Electrical Code will affect facility design.

8. Integrating a BAS into designBuilding systems should be high-performing, integrated and accessible — and the building automation system is the key to achieving these goals.

9. Identify cost, scope of a BASFinding the budget to implement a building automation system often proves challenging. Learn to compare scope against the cybersecurity requirements.

10. The future of higher education The world of higher education has been profoundly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and is forcing designers and administrators to change their approach.


Chris Vavra
Author Bio: Chris Vavra is the web content manager for CFE Media.