Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, August 11-17: Energy codes and lighting, energy use in buildings, LED lighting solutions, more

Articles about energy codes and lighting in smart buildings, elevating building performance through lower energy use, LED lighting solutions, the Neher-McGrath formula, and NFPA 72-2016 changes were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, August 11-17. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra August 18, 2014

1. Energy codes and lighting in smart buildings

Successful lighting design in smart buildings can be achieved in many ways.

2. Lowering energy use, elevating building performance

Net-zero energy buildings can be achieved with smart building design. Here are tips on how to design a high-performance building.

3. LED lighting: Not all solutions are created equal

Ratings and certifications help validate high-quality LED lighting products.

4. The history and mystery of the Neher-McGrath formula

In its abbreviated form, the Neher-McGrath formula appears straightforward. For electrical engineers, it must be carefully reviewed and used.

5. NFPA 72-2016 proposed changes

NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code technical committees have been busy reviewing and preparing revisions to the 2013 edition of the code that will ultimately be published in the 2016 edition. Here’s a look at changes that may have a significant impact on fire alarm design.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, August 11-17, for articles published within the last two months.

– Chris Vavra, content specialist, CFE Media,

Author Bio: Chris Vavra is senior editor for WTWH Media LLC.