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Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: March 13-19, 2020

Read the best articles from the past week. Preventing the coronavirus with preparation, portable coronavirus detection, balancing power quality and energy efficiency, NFPA 101 and building egress, and improved energy efficiency for businesses and vehicles.

By Chris Vavra March 20, 2020
DLR Group worked on the Pete Mirelez Human Services Center for Adams County in Westminster, Colo. The 315,000-square-foot building had been part of the Western Electric campus, now mostly demolished. The interior of the three-story building was gutted, a 5,000-square-foot lobby addition designed and all-new utilities and mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems were provided to serve the structure. New features include full kitchen, fitness area, data center and equipment rooms. Courtesy: DLR Group

Consulting-Specifying Engineer‘s top 5 articles online for March 13-19 covered preventing the coronavirus with preparation, portable coronavirus detection, balancing power quality and energy efficiency, NFPA 101 and building egress, and improved energy efficiency for businesses and vehicles. Were you out last week? Catch up with a link to each article below.

1. Preventing coronavirus through preparation – Many manufacturers are becoming increasingly concerned with Covid-19 breakouts on the production floor. There are ways to improve worker safety through preventive best practices and proper preparation.

2. What’s so special about office buildings? Office buildings are complex structures containing automated features, energy-saving designs, high-tech equipment and other components as advanced as you’d find in any other state-of-the-art project

3. HVAC energy-saving strategies Learn about multiple energy-saving strategies — such as temperature and pressure reset and valve strategies — achievable through the use of a building automation system.

4. Paper device could bring portable coronavirus detection – Purdue University biomedical engineers have developed a handheld paper device that could accurately detect COVID-19 and other coronaviruses with the right manufacturing process, but developing the process is expensive.

5. Coronavirus’ impact on the A/E industry Morrissey Goodale is providing A/E leaders with news on the coronavirus and its impact on our industry from a variety of a perspectives and how companies are dealing with this new normal.


Chris Vavra
Author Bio: Chris Vavra is an associate editor for CFE Media.