Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, August 4-10: Neher-McGrath formula, power for fire pumps, energy use in buildings, more

Articles about the Neher-McGrath formula, power for fire pumps, elevating building performance through lower energy use, tall and super-tall buildings and LED lighting solutions were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, August 4-10. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra August 11, 2014

1. 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.

2. Power for fire pumps

Power is a key element in ensuring a fire pump works in an emergency situation.

3. 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.

4. The challenge: Tall and super-tall buildings

High-rise buildings aren’t just big—for engineers, they present big challenges. Multi-story structures can contain a broad range of uses, different-sized units, and a host of complex systems to tackle.

5. LED lighting: Not all solutions are created equal

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

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, August 4-10, 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.