Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, April 24-30: Standby generator systems, MEP design, NFPA 101, HVAC for hospitals, BIM for project coordination

Articles about standby generator systems, MEP design for MRI suites, NFPA 101 in mission critical facilities, HVAC for hospitals, and using BIM for project coordination were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, April 24 to 30. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

May 3, 2017

Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s top 5 most read articles online, for April 24 to 30, covered MEP design for MRI suites, NFPA 101 in mission critical facilities, HVAC for hospitals, and using BIM for project coordination. Link to each article below.

1. Designing emergency and standby generator systems

Consulting engineers who specify emergency and standby power equipment understand that installations for mission critical facilities, such as hospitals and data centers, are required to comply with NFPA 110: Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems, in conjunction with NFPA 70: National Electrical Code (NEC). System designers must interpret the requirements of NFPA 110, ensure their designs follow them, and educate their clients about how the standard affects their operations.

2. MEP/FP design for MRI suites, part two: design considerations

In a two-part series, the importance of effective mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems design for magnetic resonance imaging suites is examined. Part two focuses on the electrical, fire protection, and plumbing considerations when designing MRI suites.

3. Applying NFPA 101 in mission critical facilities

Mission critical facilities-including health care, industrial facilities, and other buildings-rely on NFPA 101: Life Safety Code to define fire and life safety strategies.

4.Your questions answered: HVAC: Hospitals and health care facilities

The March 16 "HVAC: Hospitals and health care facilities" webcast presenters addressed questions not covered during the live event.

5. Using BIM for project coordination

BIM is used frequently when working across multiple disciplines, which can prevent clashes across mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering and with other stakeholders.

This list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, April 24 to 30, for articles published within the last two months.

Joy Chang, digital project manager, CFE Media,