Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, December 19-December 25: NEC 2017 changes, economics of HVAC systems, medical and hospital projects, more

Articles about NEC 2017 changes, economics of HVAC systems, medical and hospital projects, professional salaries, and NFPA 110-2016 were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, December 19-December 25. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.
By Brana Webb December 27, 2016

Consulting-Specifying Engineer‘s Top 5 most read articles online, for December 19-December 25, covered NEC 2017 changes, economics of HVAC systems, medical and hospital projects, professional salaries, and NFPA 110-2016. Link to each article below.

1. Previewing NEC 2017 changes

The current version of NFPA 70: National Electrical Code (NEC) is the 2014 edition. Though this version has not been adopted in all jurisdictions, this article reviews a project that is being designed to meet the 2014 code. A few key updates to the NEC in 2017 and their potential impacts to future designs are also highlighted. 

2. Calculating economics of HVAC systems

Codes and standards, equipment efficiencies, energy modeling, commissioning, energy-conservation incentive programs, and lifecycle cost analysis all play into determining the economics of HVAC systems. Included are key aspects a mechanical engineer may need to consider when specifying HVAC systems into new or existing buildings, with a focus on the economic analysis provided to the client.

3. Operating on medical and hospital projects

Engineers tasked with working on hospital and medical campuses find themselves tackling unique challenges: evolving technology, increased specialization, and maintaining operations while under construction. Here, professionals with experience on such facilities share advice on how to finish projects that report a clean bill of health.

4. How does your salary stack up?

Consulting engineers share information about compensation, accreditation, age, retirement goals, and business development via a national salary survey.

5. How to apply NFPA 110-2016

Consulting engineers who specify emergency 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. 

This list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on www.csemag.com, December 19-December 25, for articles published within the last two months.


Brana Webb, production coordinator, CFE Media, bwebb@cfemedia.com.