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Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, October 26 to November 1: 2015 Commissioning Giants, Emergency and standby power, Protecting our schools, more

Articles about 2015 Commissioning Giants, emergency and standby power, protecting our schools, lighting and the energy codes, and enhancing office buildings were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, October 26 to November 1. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Ksenia Avrakhova November 2, 2015

Consulting-Specifying Engineer Top 5 most read articles online, for Oct. 26 to Nov. 1, covered 2015 Commissioning Giants, emergency and standby power, protecting our schools, lighting and the energy codes, and enhancing office buildings. Link to each article below.

1. 2015 Commissioning Giants

Commissioning professionals (CxPs) can be defined as technical analysts, bloodhounds, and diagnosticians working to connect ideas and project teams to future buildings and systems. The Building Commissioning Association (BCA) surveyed commissioning professionals who are "giants" in their field due to their advocacy in educational and industry support on behalf their profession.

2. Emergency and standby power in hospitals

Consulting engineers who specify emergency power equipment understand that installations for hospitals are required to comply with NFPA 110 in conjunction with NFPA 70. System designers must interpret the requirements of these standards, ensure their designs follow them, and educate their clients about how the standard affects their operations.

3. Protecting our schools

Schools require fire detection and suppression, mass notification systems (MNS), and emergency communication systems (ECS) to protect occupants. Because many schools are becoming multi-use buildings with theaters, computer rooms, and flexible classroom spaces, the fire protection engineer’s job has become more complex.

4. Lighting and the energy codes

Engineers have many resources when designing energy-efficient lighting in nonresidential buildings. Lighting designers do not have to sacrifice quality or reduce lighting levels just to meet energy codes.

5. Designing, enhancing office buildings: Energy efficiency

Office buildings might seem like relatively simple structures, but engineers with experience in the field know differently. Energy efficiency and sustainability improve occupancy rates and the overall performance of the building.

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, October 26 to November 1, for articles published within the last two months.

– Ksenia Avrakhova, production coordinator, CFE Media,