CSE Codes and Standards – February, 2008

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff February 21, 2008

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In this Issue

  • Latest developments in the BACnet standard
  • State and local codes at your fingertips
  • National BIM Standard version released
  • AMCA standardizes induced flow fan rating
  • Canadian agency approves vapor retarder
  • More building codes, standards, and legislation news
  • Announcements
  • Webcasts

BACnet is growing—bigger and faster

BACnet has extended into more areas of building automation, added new features and capabilities, and expanded into international markets. A CSE exclusive update on BACnet from the chairman of the ASHRAE BACnet committee.
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2. State and local building codes at your fingertips
Reed Construction Data offers an exclusive national code resource with detailed information on building codes for all 50 states, major cities, and some counties.
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The E3 SeriesSystem by Gamewell-FCI
The E3 SeriesSystem is a completely new line of intelligent, addressable fire alarm panels with networking and digital audio capabilities. Just a few modules and cabinets can be easily configured, mixed and matched to build a simple, standalone fire alarm control panel or a complex, sprawling mass notification system. It is the closest thing yet to a one-size-fits-all control system for the fire alarm industry. For more information, click here!

3. National standard on BIM released to public
The National Institute of Building Sciences’ Facility Information Council announced the release of the “National Building Information Modeling Standard Version 1 – Part 1: Overview, Principles, and Methodologies” for public use.
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4. AMCA standardizes induced flow fan rating
The Air Movement and Control Assn. International Inc. (AMCA) Standard 260-07 “Laboratory Methods of Testing Induced Flow Fans for Rating” establishes a uniform method of laboratory testing for fans.
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5. CCMC issues report for CertainTeed MemBrain Smart Vapor Retarder
The Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC) report provides impartial and technical comment on the product. CCMC reports broaden the resources available to Canadian building professionals tasked with creating environmentally sound and sustainable buildings.
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The Keltech Tankless Water Heating Advantage
Keltech tankless water heaters have several advantages over boilers. They outperform in Extreme Environments where weather and caustic conditions are a factor. They also perform to spec in more traditional commercial settings. Before you spec your next boiler, learn more about the Keltech tankless water heating advantage. www.keltech.us/tanklessadvantage.

For more building codes, standards, and legislation news, click here .


40 Under 40: New in 2008, Consulting-Specifying Engineer will recognize the 40 people under the age of 40 who are the emerging leaders in engineering practice, research, and education. Photos and bios of these up-and-coming leaders will be showcased in the July issue. Intent to enter due April 11, 2008. To nominate a young engineer today, click here.

Ask the experts! Every month, we ask a distinguished panel of experts for information about how to best solve your problems, challenges, and new engineering issues. Our M/E Roundtable discussion asks a variety of questions on a topic, and then has the experts provide details about how to handle the challenge. We’ll ask the experts your questions, and whenever appropriate, print them in the magazine and post them here.

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Upcoming Live Webcasts
Thursday, March 20, 2008
11:00am PST
1:00pm CST
2:00pm EST
Designing and Commissioning Protection Systems for Electrical Transients

This one-hour webcast brings experienced electrical designers and commissioning providers to the virtual table to share their knowledge in an interactive production. Mark your calendars for March 20th, 1:00pm CST. Register today! If you’re busy that day, register anyway and view the webcast on-demand.

Archived Webcasts
Originally Broadcast
February 8, 2008
Selective Coordination for Emergency and Legally Required Power Systems

The practicing engineer, installer, facility manager and electrical inspector will gain an understanding of the issues and conflicts affecting selectivity from this discussion.

Originally Broadcast
December 6, 2007
National Electric Code for Generators

If you are a design, sales or consulting engineer, you do not want to miss this!

On Thursday, December 6 at 1:00pm CST Consulting-Specifying Engineer and Generac Power Systems, Inc. will be conducting an approximately 90 minute Webcast titled, “National Electric Code for Generators.” You will not only earn continuing education units, but also gain a greater understanding of how the NEC addresses all of the issues associated with generators.

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November 29, 2007
Engineering and Commissioning High-Tech Green Buildings

High-tech buildings, which include data centers, research laboratories, and clean rooms are energy intensive, uptime critical, and very specialized in terms of materials that can be used for construction. These parameters present very difficult decisions regarding sustainability. How green can these buildings really go? Register Here!

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September 20, 2007
Specifying the Right Links: Emergency Power for Data Centers

Whether it’s the New York Stock Exchange or the local branch bank, lending institutions or casinos—in fact, for any facilities that handles key financial data—100% uptime is a must. And when there is a power event, this kind of reliability depends on a seamless system of transferring power from primary to backup systems. In this Webcast, we take a close-up look at the design technical details of switching from utility to on-site standby power and coordinating all the equipment in an emergency power system to protect vital data. Watch this webcast now!

Click HERE for a complete list of our upcoming live and archived on demand webcasts.


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