Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, September 19-25: 2016 Product of the Year winners, MEP Giants, central utility plant design, more

Articles about the 2016 Product of the Year, MEP Giants, central utility plant design, applying NFPA 75 in data centers, and hospital electrical systems were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, September 19-25. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Emily Guenther September 26, 2016

Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s Top 5 most read articles online, for September 19-25, covered the 2016 Product of the Year, MEP Giants, central utility plant design, applying NFPA 75 in data centers, and hospital electrical systems. Link to each article below.

1. 2016 Product of the Year winners 

Winners of the 12th annual Consulting-Specifying Engineer Product of the Year awards included a space-saving, low harmonic HVAC drive, aspirating smoke detectors, and geothermal, hybrid energy-system-monitoring software. Each of the following winning innovations has been designed to improve workflow and increase system efficiency.

2. 2016 MEP Giants

The MEP Giants program lists the top 100 mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP), and fire protection engineering firms in the United States. The in-depth analysis of these firms appears in the August issue and reveals what’s going on in the industry and how it has changed over the past few years.

3. Gannett Fleming: Shippensburg University central utility plant design

Keeping students and faculty comfortable and safe while keeping costs low were central themes to Gannett Fleming’s development and implementation of a new central cooling plant for Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. Work included the simultaneous decommissioning of an existing central heating plant and installation of a more efficient decentralized, clustered-heating-plant strategy. 

4. Applying NFPA 75 in data centers

NFPA 75: Standard for the Fire Protection of Information Technology (IT) Equipment covers the requirements for the protection of IT equipment from fire damage. The current edition (2013) has not been adopted by all jurisdictions; however, fire protection engineers should be well aware of its requirements because of the large number of IT facilities and data centers.

5. Your questions answered: Critical power: hospital electrical systems

The Sept. 15, 2016, “Critical Power: Backup power systems” webcast presenters addressed questions not covered during the live event. Designing hospital electrical systems is more demanding than for conventional commercial buildings because the stakes are so high. 

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

Emily Guenther, associate content manager, CFE Media,

Author Bio: Emily is Associate Content Manager at CFE Media.