AMARA ROZGUS

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Buildings March 11, 2024

How to know whether a client really wants a smart building

Attend this smart building webcast on March 27 to learn about working with the client

By Amara Rozgus
Courtesy: Brett Sayles, CFE Media and Technology
Building Integration System February 7, 2024

Thirteen ways to meet energy-efficiency goals in buildings

Based on engineering focus, here are several ways to achieve energy efficiency and sustainability goals

By Amara Rozgus
Courtesy: Brett Sayles, CFE Media and Technology
HVAC/R and Mechanical December 7, 2023

How COVID-19 made everyone a little smarter

The average population now cares more about HVAC, allowing products and systems to gain more of the spotlight

By Amara Rozgus
Katelyn Bleach accepted the MEP Giants awards on behalf of Jacobs. Courtesy: Katie Spain Narel, CFE Media
MEP Giants November 8, 2023

Consulting-Specifying Engineer celebrates with 2023 award winners

The 2023 40 Under 40 and MEP Giants winners were honored at a celebration in Chicago

By Amara Rozgus
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Commissioning November 8, 2023

Commissioning Giants’ revenue surges $100 million over last year

The 2023 Commissioning Giants data reports on the top 25 firms

By Amara Rozgus
Research February 28, 2023

Research: Mechanical engineers value energy-efficient projects

In a recent research study, mechanical engineers indicated improved energy efficiency has grown in importance for mechanical systems

By Amara Rozgus
Video February 13, 2023

Sponsored video: Lennox discusses IAQ at AHR Expo

Tate Byers from Lennox Commercial touched on several HVAC topics at the annual AHR Expo.

By Amara Rozgus
Video February 10, 2023

Sponsored video: Cleaver-Brooks discusses boilers

Catie VanWormer from Cleaver-Brooks looks at boiler designs and trends

By Amara Rozgus
Buildings with large atriums must meet specific fire and smoke control codes and standards: Courtesy: Amara Rozgus, CFE Media and Technology
Codes and Standards February 1, 2023

Codes, standards that are important to consulting engineers

MEP engineers must design engineered building systems based on several codes and standards

By Amara Rozgus
In the 2022 Specifying Considerations for Lighting & Lighting Controls report, lighting designers indicated they worked primarily in office buildings, college/university buildings and hospitals/health care facilities, all of which are considered commercial buildings. Courtesy: Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Buildings February 1, 2023

What is a commercial building?

Mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineers focus on commercial buildings and the engineered systems within them

By Amara Rozgus
MEP Giants December 9, 2022

2022 Commissioning Giants gain ground

The 2022 Commissioning Giants data reports on the top 25 firms

By Amara Rozgus
Image courtesy: Brett Sayles
Energy Efficiency November 23, 2022

How energy efficient are we, really?

Can building products and the building themselves become more energy-efficient?

By Amara Rozgus
Research September 26, 2022

Where does engineering employment stand?

The 2022 MEP Giants mirror the economy — too few skilled engineers are available

By Amara Rozgus
MEP Giants September 19, 2022

MEP Giants design revenue is up dramatically

The 2022 MEP Giants reported an 18% increase in MEP design revenue, and gross revenue has increased 13%

By Amara Rozgus
Video August 23, 2022

Sponsored video: PIC built for testing microgrid power

The Cummins microgrid lab was built for the configuration, testing and validation of microgrid power systems

By Amara Rozgus
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Career Smart July 27, 2022

Why your next new hire should be an intern

If you don’t already, invite a high school or college student to shadow you for a day

By Amara Rozgus
Research June 22, 2022

How do lighting designers spend their time?

The short answer: most time is spent researching lighting and lighting controls systems

By Amara Rozgus
Workforce Development May 26, 2022

Learning how to market yourself

Promoting a win can only benefit you and your company

By Amara Rozgus
Courtesy: CFE Media
HVAC/R and Mechanical April 4, 2022

Dusting off the conference shoes

In-person events have come roaring back, and it seems manufacturers barely missed a beat

By Amara Rozgus
Video February 8, 2022

Video: Chilled water system design with Henderson Engineers

Two mechanical system design experts take a holistic view of chillers and chilled water systems

By Amara Rozgus
Patagonia glacier
Environmental Health January 31, 2022

Adventures in Antarctica

COVID has reached Antarctica, and HVAC systems are being pushed everywhere

By Amara Rozgus
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Workforce Development December 6, 2021

Engineering jobs are in flux. Or are they?

The unpredictability of the engineering job market has forecasters scrambling

By Amara Rozgus
Video December 1, 2021

Video: Roger Chang discusses government buildings

DLR Group’s Roger Chang talks about a host of topics as they relate to government buildings

By Amara Rozgus
Video November 15, 2021

Video: Telecom and technology insights with Matt Flanders

Affiliated Engineers’ Matt Flanders discusses technology and telecom is at relates to buildings

By Amara Rozgus
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Video November 2, 2021

Video: The future of lighting design with Robert White

Illuminart’s Robert White shares insights about lighting design trends. See video.

By Amara Rozgus
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Educational Facilities October 21, 2021

Where engineers, students cross paths

School buildings have changed quite a bit over the past several months, and engineers are tasked with designing for these fluxes

By Amara Rozgus
Commissioning October 15, 2021

2021 Commissioning Giants

The 2021 Commissioning Giants data reports on the top 25 firms

By Amara Rozgus
Courtesy: Salas O'Brien
Video September 29, 2021

Video: Trends and emerging technology in schools

Vassilis Skardis from Salas O’Brien provides an overview of what mechanical engineers should expect when working in schools

By Amara Rozgus
Courtesy: CFE Media
Environmental Health September 27, 2021

Where have all the engineers gone?

Employee hiring and retention are seeing a low right now — engineers are not exempt

By Amara Rozgus
Courtesy: DLR Group
Air Quality September 20, 2021

Video: RESET Standard aids engineers in IAQ

Ruairi Barnwell from DLR Groups provides an overview of the RESET Standard, and how engineers can use it to improve indoor air quality

By Amara Rozgus
Codes and Standards July 19, 2021

Taking engineers seriously

Thanks to the hard work of experts, the condo collapse in Florida is an anomaly

By Amara Rozgus
Research June 22, 2021

How to talk to engineers

There isn’t a perfect way to communicate with engineers, but there are quite a few successful options

By Amara Rozgus
2023 MEP Giants Project Profiles May 28, 2021

Thriving with the 40 Under 40

Whether you’re triumphing or teetering on the edge, these 40 Under 40 winners are people to admire on many levels

By Amara Rozgus
Industry News April 19, 2021

Expanding the MEP firm’s role

MEP engineers are adding T (technology) to their expertise

By Amara Rozgus
HVAC/R and Mechanical April 1, 2021

How HVAC will change due to COVID

Mechanical engineers and controls experts shared details about HVAC and BAS in a research study

By Amara Rozgus
Codes and Standards February 15, 2021

What do engineers want?

Consulting-Specifying Engineer knows the answer: Information about COVID-19 and codes and standards

By Amara Rozgus
Educational Facilities December 29, 2020

Will COVID-19 affect future engineers?

The answer is maybe, unless experts and educators can help students catch up on STEM and other topics.

By Amara Rozgus
Industry News November 30, 2020

How will jobs change during COVID-19?

While many things have remained the same year over year, the pandemic promises to upend portions of the engineering industry

By Amara Rozgus
HVAC/R and Mechanical October 27, 2020

Can engineers save the world?

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed engineers to improve indoor air quality

By Amara Rozgus
Commissioning October 15, 2020

2020 Commissioning Giants

The 2020 Commissioning Giants data reports on the top 25 firms

By Amara Rozgus
Educational Facilities September 25, 2020

Selfless engineering

Mentoring, education and training never get old

By Amara Rozgus
Buildings August 25, 2020

Making humans and buildings more resilient

While building resiliency is important, creating flexibility for how humans interact in a building also is important

By Amara Rozgus
Building Automation and Controls July 31, 2020

Technology, automation and virtual engineering

Consulting engineers need to stay relevant, learn about new technology and remain digital to stay ahead of the competition

By Amara Rozgus
Codes and Standards June 24, 2020

Will a pandemic change building codes?

COVID-19 is forcing engineers to think differently about a building’s engineered systems

By Amara Rozgus
Industry News May 15, 2020

Engineering superheroes

Building superheroes are all around us. Just ask an engineer, and they’ll pull out a cape

By Amara Rozgus
Industry News April 15, 2020

Virtual engineering: The new way of work

COVID-19 has affected everyone’s work methods, including engineers

By Amara Rozgus
Buildings March 19, 2020

Have you designed grow facilities?

Yes, grow rooms, as in marijuana. Tell us your engineering success stories

By Amara Rozgus
Building Automation and Controls February 3, 2020

Will using augmented reality on the job kill you?

Well, probably not. But it will certainly enhance your engineering and design project collaboration

By Amara Rozgus
Codes and Standards December 31, 2019

Codes and standards keep the wheels turning

Unlike a hamster wheel, on which the rodent goes nowhere, codes and standards can take engineers anywhere and everywhere

By Amara Rozgus
Industry News November 25, 2019

It’s not just about the money

Engineers are, for the most part, happy in their positions and with their overall compensation

By Amara Rozgus
MEP Giants October 14, 2019

2019 Commissioning Giants

The 2019 Commissioning Giants data reports on the top 25 firms

By Amara Rozgus
Industry News October 11, 2019

Digital transformation

New tools are driving the engineering industry toward more digitized design and construction

By Amara Rozgus
Career Smart September 19, 2019

Communicating with fellow engineers

What’s the best way to connect? Like many other responses to questions about engineering, the answer is “it depends”

By Amara Rozgus
Energy Efficiency August 21, 2019

Old versus new: Which building is better?

When it comes to energy efficiency and practical use, sometimes older buildings are better than newer ones

By Amara Rozgus
HVAC/R and Mechanical July 19, 2019

Keeping the HVAC running, the smart way

While upgrading a home furnace, the option to upgrade to a smart thermostat also was under consideration

By Amara Rozgus
Energy Efficiency June 12, 2019

The new norm of energy efficiency

Energy-efficient buildings and products are becoming the norm rather than the exception.

By Amara Rozgus
Industry News May 30, 2019

Technology is pervasive: Are you ready?

Engineers and building professionals have embraced technology in so many aspects of design that it’s nearly ubiquitous across all job titles. 

By Amara Rozgus
Building Automation and Controls April 17, 2019

Building safety – on all levels

Building engineers must keep cybersecurity top-of-mind when specifying products and setting up building automation and control systems.

By Amara Rozgus
Career Smart March 29, 2019

Keeping relevant

Staying up-to-date with engineering trends will allow you to quickly shift if change is necessary.

By Amara Rozgus
Career Smart January 11, 2019

Set new engineering habits

These four engineering trends may help you decide what to change in the new year.

By Amara Rozgus
Industry News December 10, 2018

A tax on boots

Do you need new steel-toed boots for the jobsite or the manufacturing floor? How much will they cost?

By Amara Rozgus
Career Smart November 29, 2018

Finding purpose in a job

What keeps an employee happy? It turns out it’s not just money.

By Amara Rozgus
Career Smart November 13, 2018

Salaries fall slightly, job outlook remains high

Job satisfaction is high, and employees are generally positive. Compare your salary and company structure to find out where you stand against others in your field.

By Amara Rozgus
Sustainability October 9, 2018

Water is the No. 1 resource

Engineers and scientists should do everything possible to keep freshwater sources available to everyone.

By Amara Rozgus
Career Smart August 28, 2018

Who’s going to take your job?

Older workers are retiring, and there are too few junior team members to take their places.

By Amara Rozgus
Buildings July 23, 2018

Technology with a capital T

Mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering (MEP/FP) firms should consider adding a “T” for technology into the jumble of acronyms.

By Amara Rozgus
Career Smart April 27, 2018

A torturous, terrific tracking exercise

By tracking each little thing we did throughout the workday, we learned what was important—and how to shed the less important or time-wasting things.

By Amara Rozgus
Office Buildings August 31, 2017

Hungry for information

Engineers and building professionals are curious and hungry for information—no matter what level of experience

By Amara Rozgus
June 29, 2017

How to educate a changing population

Education is shifting in the United States. Educators—both traditional and online schools—must adapt to stay in touch with students’ needs.

By Amara Rozgus
Buildings December 19, 2016

Energy, infrastructure changes ahead

The next president promises vast changes to America’s energy and infrastructure plans. Details are sketchy, however.

By Amara Rozgus
Career Smart December 15, 2016

Building a winning team

Mentoring, training, and educating entry- and mid-level engineering team members will pay off in the long run.

By Amara Rozgus
Buildings June 24, 2016

How’s business?

While research and data provide a snapshot of the consulting industry, hearing directly from you helps Consulting-Specifying Engineer track business trends.

By Amara Rozgus
June 8, 2016

Wait for it …

Is patience a virtue, or a thorn in your side?

By Amara Rozgus
HVAC/R and Mechanical June 7, 2016

Oh, the places you could go

Engineers are spending a great deal of time and energy making connections, more often via in-person meetings, but also via virtual sessions of some sort.

By Amara Rozgus
March 28, 2016

To be, or not to be: more STEM education funding

While more funding for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is certainly needed, we shouldn’t ignore other educational pursuits.

By Amara Rozgus
Buildings February 3, 2016

Resolve to be successful

Set simple goals—one new thing each month—to re-energize your professional career.

By Amara Rozgus
Other Building Types October 20, 2014

Preparing our companies for the future

While history does occasionally repeat itself, the next wave of engineering firms will set itself apart by staying on the leading edge. Share your ideas and future outlook with the Consulting-Specifying Engineer audience.

By Amara Rozgus
Career Smart September 22, 2014

Giving back

By volunteering, you can give back to your community, inspire a future engineer or scientist, and learn about yourself.

By Amara Rozgus
Career Smart August 15, 2014

Build success via relationships

A business’ success does not rely solely on its experienced engineers or research reports. Relationships with individuals are vital to business development and professional advancement.

By Amara Rozgus
July 16, 2014

Welcome to the Wild West of the Web

Are you part of the Twitterverse and other social media outlets? If not, you and your engineering firm may be missing out.

By Amara Rozgus
Commissioning October 29, 2013

Commissioning surges ahead

Building commissioning continues to grow, and engineering firms can benefit from adding the service for clients.

By Amara Rozgus
Energy, Power September 20, 2013

Trends to watch this fall

Here are four key trends to watch for this fall and throughout 2014.

By Amara Rozgus
Office Buildings August 30, 2013

What I learn each year from the MEP Giants

The 100 consulting engineer firms that make the MEP Giants list each year can teach us all a few tricks of the trade.

By Amara Rozgus
HVAC/R and Mechanical August 9, 2013

Brewery ensures its facility is energy-efficient

Revolution Brewing has upgraded its Chicago facility to include several energy-efficient systems, including highly efficient lighting and heat recovery.

By Amara Rozgus
July 30, 2013

The changing of the guard

Consulting-Specifying Engineer is pleased to welcome eight new members to the editorial advisory board this year.

By Amara Rozgus
June 28, 2013

Going mobile

Smartphones and tablets are pervasive in nearly every aspect of our lives.

By Amara Rozgus
Career Smart May 15, 2013

Age with dignity—and a protégé

Engineers need to work with Generation X and Y employees to shore up their firm’s knowledge base.

By Amara Rozgus
March 11, 2013

How sequestration affects your job

The sequestration will have a direct impact on the construction market, especially federal government contracts.

By Amara Rozgus
HVAC/R and Mechanical February 15, 2013

A glimpse of the HVAC, BAS market

Here is the story of the mechanical, or HVAC, engineer. Take a look at this snapshot of where your business stands today.

By Amara Rozgus
Labs, Research November 21, 2012

Data, research to help you excel

Watch for specialized surveys and research requests in your e-mail in-box, and be sure to share your knowledge. We'll keep you and your firm apprised of the best research possible so that you can make informed decisions.

By Amara Rozgus
Codes and Standards October 29, 2012

Breathing life into commissioning

Building commissioning is becoming a standard of nearly all aspects of engineering.

By Amara Rozgus
Buildings September 25, 2012

Vote with an engineer’s heart

What are the political topics of key importance to professionals in the building industry in the 2012 presidential elections?

By Amara Rozgus
May 25, 2012

Only you can prevent languishing careers

Consulting-Specifying Engineer strives to shape the future of young engineers by recognizing and encouraging them through articles online and in the magazine.

By Amara Rozgus
Codes and Standards April 18, 2012

The magic of innovation

What do the automated teller machine, Kodak Photo CD, and the fax machine have in common? On the surface, it doesn’t seem like much. Each of these products, however, started out as an award-winning technology in the pages of a magazine.

By Amara Rozgus
Energy, Power March 21, 2012

Water conservation made simple

There are many, many ways in which we can preserve water, beginning with our own daily habits.

By Amara Rozgus
Buildings December 28, 2011

Cheers to the end of a rocky year

This year has been tough—and terrific—on many levels.

By Amara Rozgus
Buildings November 28, 2011

Fine-tuning a career

No matter what point we’re at in our personal lives or professional careers, we never stop learning.

By Amara Rozgus
August 19, 2011

A giant pressure cooker

The tension has been bubbling in the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering fields for some time now, and it’s causing changes in how these firms do business.

By Amara Rozgus
Codes and Standards July 20, 2011

Working in harmony

Why isn’t there more integration as a whole in our industry?

By Amara Rozgus
Codes and Standards April 14, 2011

The sky is not falling

Current economic conditions are making some engineers believe that the end is near, and the sky is falling. From where I'm sitting, the sky is definitely not falling.

By Amara Rozgus
April 1, 2011

Planning for the future of engineering

Is your firm ready to lose 20% of its key engineers? My guess is no.

By Amara Rozgus
Other Building Types January 19, 2011

A passport to international engineering

Some engineering firms are moving beyond North America, and expanding their engineering offerings to other countries.

By Amara Rozgus
January 4, 2011

Happy New Year!

By all accounts, January is starting off on a good note. Are we headed in the right direction? Take this simple poll, and tell us what you think.

By Amara Rozgus
HVAC/R and Mechanical November 16, 2010

It’s all about relationships

It’s relationships, both personal and professional, that are so important.

By Amara Rozgus
June 23, 2010

New beginnings

Welcome to the new consulting-Specifying Engineer website. You’ll notice that a lot has changed. We’ve added great new options and removed some that just didn’t receive a lot of traffic or good feedback.

By Amara Rozgus
Educational Facilities December 21, 2009

Capital’s buildings get greener

Washington, D.C., building owners will start measuring the energy use of commercial properties under a new law aimed at reducing energy use and costs for building owners and tenants.

By Amara Rozgus
Lighting and Lighting Controls November 12, 2008

Smart hotels

Hotels offer guests the latest technology tools, and electrical engineers must work hard to keep up.

By Amara Rozgus
Other Building Types October 15, 2008

Though New York construction down, RCD indicates commercial construction stable

New York City's building boom is coming to a close, and commercial building is declining, reports the New York Building Congress. But Reed Construction Data reports that commercial construction is stable.

By Amara Rozgus
Educational Facilities October 3, 2008

Turbines ‘no risk to farm birds’

Wind turbines pose less of a risk to farmland birds than previously thought, a study has concluded.

By Amara Rozgus
Lighting and Lighting Controls September 17, 2008

Report: LED sales to jump

Light-emitting diodes may be ready to reach the mass market, says a Wall Street Journal report.

By Amara Rozgus
Electrical and Power September 12, 2008

Illinois to build ‘smart grid’

The Illinois Commerce Commission on Wednesday approved a $270 million rate hike for Commonwealth Edison that encourages the utility to begin developing a "smart grid."

By Amara Rozgus
Other Building Types September 12, 2008

GSA opposes new high-rise building provisions: STORY UPDATED

The dispute reflects a debate among safety officials and real estate executives nationwide as to how to respond adequately to the 2001 attacks.

By Amara Rozgus
Codes and Standards September 10, 2008

Millions for clean energy projects, advanced building codes

The Dept. of Energy will award $6.6 million in competitive grants for clean energy projects and advanced building codes.

By Amara Rozgus
Energy, Power September 8, 2008

Energy-efficient data center construction begins

The new facility will boast three layers of redundancy, with dual utility feeds, redundant UPS protection, and onsite generators.

By Amara Rozgus
Electrical and Power September 5, 2008

Design to reduce carbon dioxide emissions

There is general agreement that we have to slow the growth in carbon emissions and then shrink those emissions. Buildings consistently emerge as the best opportunity to reduce emissions.

By Amara Rozgus
Energy, Power September 3, 2008

San Francisco approves a tough green building standard

Legislation will set the standard for newly constructed residential and commercial buildings within the city, as well as building renovations.

By Amara Rozgus
Other Building Types August 22, 2008

Inquiry into deadly high-rise fire in NYC

Investigators suggest that a series of building code violations--and perhaps firefighting problems, as well--led to the tragedy.

By Amara Rozgus
Educational Facilities August 22, 2008

MIT discovery unleashes solar revolution

First, MIT scientists recharged batteries wirelessly. Now they can mimic essence of plants' energy storage system.

By Amara Rozgus
MNS, ECS August 22, 2008

Mass notification system selected at Virginia Tech

A new emergency mass notification system has been selected for Virginia Tech’s classrooms and lecture halls.

By Amara Rozgus
Energy, Power August 20, 2008

LEED comments, round two

LEED 2009 is open for its second round of public comments. The comment period is open through Sept. 2, 2008.

By Amara Rozgus
Electrical and Power August 18, 2008

Electrical grid gets a jolt from DOE

DOE to invest in grid integration systems for solar energy.

By Amara Rozgus
Energy, Power August 13, 2008

Oil prices go up, oil prices go down

Demand for oil fell in the first half of this year. How have Americans changed their consumption?

By Amara Rozgus
Lighting and Lighting Controls August 13, 2008

New book on green projects

Objective, expert advice in this book cuts through the “green-washing” to the best products and improvements for homeowners.

By Amara Rozgus
Electrical and Power August 11, 2008

Have a flat roof? Generate some electricity

Some of the nation’s largest chain stores, including Wal-Mart Stores, Kohl’s, and Whole Foods Market have installed solar panels on their stores’ flat roofs to generate electricity on a large scale.

By Amara Rozgus
HVAC/R and Mechanical August 8, 2008

New HVAC&R commissioning guideline

ASHRAE Guideline 1.1 features specific tasks to successfully implement the commissioning process for HVAC&R systems and assemblies.

By Amara Rozgus
Other Building Types August 6, 2008

DOE pursues zero-net energy commercial buildings

The Dept. of Energy has launched the Zero-Net Energy Commercial Building Initiative.

By Amara Rozgus
Other Building Types August 6, 2008

Energy misers take aim at PCs

A consortium is working to decrease energy use of PCs and laptops in a shift from the traditional digs at power-hungry data centers.

By Amara Rozgus