Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer content, March 22-28, 2024

Top articles this week covered topics including passive fire safety techniques, HVAC analysis and heat pump technology

By Anna Steingruber March 29, 2024
Figure 4: Where smoke partitions are required, extending the smoke partition walls to the underside of the deck can allow removal of ceilings to create a more open area with a more industrial aesthetic. Courtesy: CDM Smith

Top articles this week covered topics including passive fire safety techniques, HVAC analysis and heat pump technology. Links to each article below.

1. Understanding compartmentation as a passive fire safety technique

NFPA 101 outlines compartmentation requirements that are important to prevent the spread of fire and smoke. It is necessary to understand the correct terminology and intent of the requirements to identify when inspections should be completed.

2. Learn how to do a trend analysis in HVAC systems

This primer helps professionals to understand trend data and to apply usage for energy management and troubleshooting of HVAC systems

3. Sponsored content: The evolution of heat pump technology

A knowledge of where heat pumps have come from will help engineers understand when and how to implement them

4. How to utilize suites under NFPA 101 requirements

Suites are a great design option that allow for operational flexibility in health care facilities, while still meeting NFPA 101 requirements

5. Ten things to know about ASHRAE 90.1-2022 updates

Building on the momentum of previous editions, ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2022 is leading the way toward renewable energy and decarbonization in commercial buildings


Author Bio: Associate editor, CFE Media and Technology