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MEP Giants February 1, 2023

Voting is open for the 2023 Product of the Year Program

Cast your vote for your favorite products before March 14, 2023.

By McKenzie Burns
Codes and Standards March 13, 2020

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: March 6 to March 12

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 McKenzie Burns
Project Management December 13, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: December 6-12

Read the best articles from the past week. Leveraging BIM, cooling coil condensate system design, 2019 Commissioning Giants, 2019 Salary Survey results and electrical design for smoke control systems.

By McKenzie Burns
Research December 6, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: November 29-December 5

Read the best articles from the past week. Salary survey results, leveraging BIM, following an OPR to design lighting systems, linking commissioning to deliver better buildings, designing an energy-efficient lighting system.

By McKenzie Burns
Electrical and Power November 22, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: November 15-21

Read the best articles from the past week. Specifying electrical systems, demand-controlled ventilation in HVAC, pipe systems and materials, NFPA 110-2019 and introduction to boilers.

By McKenzie Burns
Electrical and Power November 15, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: November 8-14

Read the best articles from the past week. Transformers in nonresidential buildings, power for mission critical facilities, 2019 Product of the Year, notification and communication system questions answered and managing building cyberrisk.

By McKenzie Burns
Building Automation and Controls November 8, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: November 1-7

Read the best articles from the past week. Eight steps to managing building cyberrisk, 2019 Commissioning Giants, Division 25 Specification questions answered, 2019 Product of the Year winners and selecting the proper wiring solutions.

By McKenzie Burns
MEP Giants November 1, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: October 25-31

Read the best articles from the past week. 2019 Product of the Year Winners, introduction to boilers, 2019 Commissioning Giants, modular design and construction benefits for health organizations, and selecting wiring solutions.

By McKenzie Burns
Boilers, Chillers October 25, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: October 18-24

Read the best articles from the past week. Design considerations for pipe systems and materials, introduction to boilers, 2019 Commissioning Giants, evaluating power quality for mission critical facilities and using demand-controlled ventilation in HVAC.

By McKenzie Burns
Boilers, Chillers October 18, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: October 11-17

Read the best articles from the past week. Determining which boiler system to design, IPD and VDC can lead to project success, 2019 Product of the Year winners, unified mass notification systems and the 2019 Commissioning Giants.

By McKenzie Burns
MEP Giants October 11, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: October 4-10

Read the best articles from the past week. 2019 Product of the Year winners, circuit protection in electrical/power systems questions answered, leveraging your BMS system video, enhancing efficiency in industrial and manufacturing facilities and eight steps to managing building cyberrisk.

By McKenzie Burns
MEP Giants October 4, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: September 27-October 3

Read the best articles from the past week. 2019 Product of the Year winners, system integration in smart buildings, trends in water treatment video, new building codes in Puerto Rico, circuit protection in electrical/power systems questions answered.

By McKenzie Burns
Codes and Standards September 27, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: September 20-26

Read the best articles from the past week. Interpreting ASHRAE 62.1, retaining engineering talent, 2019 Product of the Year winners, unified mass notification ecosystems, HVAC in hospitals and health care facilities questions answered.

By McKenzie Burns
Building Automation and Controls September 6, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: August 30-September 5

Read the best articles from the past week. Getting started designing smart buildings, Puerto Rico's new building codes, a circadian approach to lighting design, understanding ASHRAE's standards development process and ways to improve engineer retention.

By McKenzie Burns
Fire and Life Safety August 30, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: August 23-August 29

Read the best articles from the past week. Getting started designing a smart building, takeaways from NFPA Conference & Expo, MEP Giants revenue increase, government facility design and MEP Giants 2018 mergers and acquisitions.

By McKenzie Burns
Codes and Standards August 23, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: August 16-August 22

Read the best articles from the past week. ASHRAE's data center energy standard anniversary, starting designs for a smart building, how to use IgCC and Standard 189.1, implementing NFPA 99-2018 and the 2019 MEP Giants.

By McKenzie Burns
MEP Giants August 16, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: August 9-August 15

Read the best articles from the past week. MEP Giants revenue increase, MEP Giants mergers and acquisitions, modern codes and mass timber buildings, 2019 MEP Giants and technologies to watch in fire and life safety.

By McKenzie Burns
Codes and Standards: HVAC August 9, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: August 2-August 8

Read the best articles from the past week. HVAC and fire suppression piping, Standard 189.1, technologies to watch in fire and life safety, codes and standards in health care facilities and nuanced design strategies for senior living facilities.

By McKenzie Burns
Industry News August 2, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles July 26-August 1

Read the best articles from the past week. Managing an engineering career, electrical and power design in government facilities, generators as an alternative power supply, HVAC and plumbing in government facilities, and fire alarm notification design best practices.

By McKenzie Burns
Electrical and Power July 26, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles July 19-25

Read the best articles from the past week. Generators as an alternative power supply, implementing NFPA 99-2018, electrical and power study results, five design concepts for laboratory success and best practices for fire alarm notification design.

By McKenzie Burns
Fire and Life Safety July 19, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles July 12-18

Read the best articles from the past week. Considerations for electrical testing and commissioning, sprinkler installations and obstructions, best practices for fire alarm notification design, integrating direct digital controls and technologies to watch in fire & life safety.

By McKenzie Burns
Electrical and Power July 12, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles July 5-11

Read the best articles from the past week. Electrical systems design to commissioning, resiliency and climate change, sprinkler installations and obstructions, best practices for fire alarm notification design and the 2019 lighting and lighting controls study.

By McKenzie Burns
Fire and Life Safety June 21, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, June 14 to June 20

Read the best articles from the past week. Engineers and building professionals clicked on: smoke control approaches in high-rise buildings, 2019 Product of the Year Finalists, sprinkler installation and obstructions, electrical system design and commissioning and the new norm of energy efficiency.

By McKenzie Burns
Electrical and Power June 14, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, June 7 to June 13

Read the best articles from the past week. Engineers and building professionals clicked on: electrical system design and commissioning, sprinkler installations and obstructions, 2019 Product of the Year finalists, understanding GFCI nuisances and arc flash hazards.

By McKenzie Burns
HVAC/R and Mechanical June 7, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, May 31 to June 6

Read the best articles from the past week. Engineers and building professionals clicked on: 2019 Product of the Year finalists, performance based design for HVAC systems, visual perception and the impact on emergency illumination design, electrical testing and commissioning considerations and nuanced design strategies for senior living facilities.

By McKenzie Burns
Codes and Standards May 31, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, May 24 to May 30

Read the best articles from the past week. Engineers and building professionals clicked on: USP 797 and USP 800 compliance, sustainable site energy solutions, 2019 Product of the Year finalists, 2018 Fire & Life Safety Study results and 2019 40 Under 40 winners.

By McKenzie Burns
Data Centers May 24, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, May 17 to May 23

Read the best articles from the past week. Engineers and building professionals clicked on: 2019 Product of the Year finalists, 2019 40 Under 40 winners, developing hyperscale data centers, top design trends in data centers and electrical system design and commissioning.

By McKenzie Burns
Codes and Standards May 17, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, May 10 to May 16

Read the best articles from the past week. Engineers and building professionals clicked on: Understanding GFCI nuisances, visual perception and its impact on emergency illumination design, 2019 Product of the Year finalists, developing hyperscale data centers and what you need to know about building commissioning.

By McKenzie Burns
Electrical and Power May 10, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, May 3 to May 9

Understanding GFCI nuisances, designing an efficient mechanical system, electrical system design and commissioning, microgrid questions answered, and using lean methods to find process improvements were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, May 3 to May 9. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By McKenzie Burns
HVAC/R and Mechanical May 3, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, April 26 to May 2

Integrating modeling into building design, resilience in HVAC design, Product of the Year finalists, designing resilient buildings, and cybersecurity in automation were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, April 26 to May 2. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By McKenzie Burns
Electrical and Power April 26, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, April 19 to April 25

Considerations for electrical testing and commissioning, what's new in NFPA 72, 2019 Product of the Year finalists, designing high-tech k-12 schools, and electrical system development were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, April 19 to April 25. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By McKenzie Burns
Data Centers April 19, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, April 12 to April 18

2019 Product of the Year finalists, integrating modeling into building design, designing data center AHUs, understanding GFCI nuisances, and building energy modeling were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, April 12 to April 18. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By McKenzie Burns
HVAC/R and Mechanical April 12, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, April 5 to April 11

Understanding GFCI nuisances, AHU component makeup, AEC industry struggles, humidity in healthcare facilities, and NFPA 72-2019 updates were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, April 5 to April 11. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By McKenzie Burns
Electrical and Power March 29, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, March 22-28

Updates to NFPA 72-2019, electrical testing and commissioning considerations, electrical system commissioning, USP 797 and USP 800 compliance, and top strategies to deal with turbulent times in the engineering industry were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, March 22-28. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By McKenzie Burns
Codes and Standards March 22, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, March 15-21

Mistakes to avoid with USP 797 and USP 800, AHUs in HVAC design, optimized heating with low-grade waste-heat recovery, data center AHU and conditioning design, and strategies to deal with turbulent times in the engineering industry were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, March 15-21. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By McKenzie Burns
HVAC/R and Mechanical March 8, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, March 1-7

AHU component makeup, chiller selection, changes to NFPA 101-2018, merger and acquisition updates, and strategies to deal with turbulent times in the engineering industry were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, March 1-7. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By McKenzie Burns
Codes and Standards March 1, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, February 22-28

Changes to NFPA 101-2018, tips for transformer design in industrial buildings, DBIA takeaways, writing compelling engineering job descriptions, and NFPA 70-2017 changes were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, Feb. 22-28. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By McKenzie Burns
HVAC/R and Mechanical February 22, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, February 15-21

AHU component makeup, changes to NFPA 70-2017, why AHUs are important, complex fire alarm system design and commissioning, and LED lighting and control system design considerations were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, Feb. 15-21. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By McKenzie Burns
Industry News February 15, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, February 8-14

The top strategies to deal with turbulent times in the engineering industry, designing power systems for high-performance buildings, LED lighting and control system design considerations, designing fire alarm notification systems, and USP 797 and USP 800 compliance were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, Feb. 8-14. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By McKenzie Burns
HVAC/R and Mechanical February 8, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, February 1-7

HVAC design solutions, LED lighting and control design considerations, AHUs in HVAC design configuration, NFPA 70-2017 changes, and going net zero with your building were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, Feb. 1-7. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By McKenzie Burns
HVAC/R and Mechanical February 1, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, January 25-31

Augmented reality in building design and construction, how to design fire alarm notification systems, AHUs in HVAC design configuration, designing power systems for high performance buildings, and generator questions answered were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, Jan. 25-31. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By McKenzie Burns
HVAC/R and Mechanical January 25, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, January 18-24

Why are AHUs important, design strategies for HVAC systems, setting new engineering habits, school boiler replacement case study, and AHU component makeup were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, Jan. 18-24. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By McKenzie Burns
Other Building Types January 18, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, January 11-17

Designing safe laboratories and research facilities; designing power systems for co-location data centers; how to design fire alarm notification systems; tips for transformer design in industrial buildings; and emergency, standby, and backup generators questions answered were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, Jan. 11-17. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By McKenzie Burns
Codes and Standards January 11, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, January 4-10

The top 10 articles of 2018; understanding the changes to NFPA 70-2017; salary survey results; emergency, standby, and backup generator questions answered; and designing power systems for co-location data centers were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, Jan. 4-10. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By McKenzie Burns
Industry News January 4, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, December 28-January 3

Designing lighting systems and lighting controls, the top 10 articles of 2018, designing safe laboratories and research facilities, commissioning at the University of Texas at Austin, and curbing VFD harmonics in HVAC applications questioned answered were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, Dec. 28-Jan 3. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By McKenzie Burns
Industry News January 2, 2019

Top 10 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles of 2018

Look back on the top 10 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles of 2018 as determined by audience members.

By McKenzie Burns
Industry News December 28, 2018

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, December 21-27

Salary survey results, requirements for fire pump retrofits, data center co-location electrical system design, critical factors when designing fire suppression systems, and curbing VFD harmonics in HVAC applications questions answered were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, Dec. 21-27. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By McKenzie Burns
Industry News December 21, 2018

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, December 14-20

Salary survey results, standardizing NFPA 13, addressing cybersecurity concerns in building automation systems, medical center notification system case study, and curbing VFD harmonics in HVAC applications questions answered were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, Dec. 14-20. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By McKenzie Burns
Lighting and Lighting Controls December 14, 2018

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, December 7-13

Reasons lighting controls commissioning goes bad, a tax on boots, 2019 40 Under 40 nominations, NFPA 110-2016 design considerations, and simple steps to address cybersecurity concerns in your building automation system were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, Dec. 7-13. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By McKenzie Burns
Lighting and Lighting Controls December 7, 2018

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, November 30-December 6

Finding purpose in a job, reasons lighting controls commissioning goes bad, the 2018 salary survey, exploring requirements for fire pump retrofits, and NFPA 110-2016 design considerations were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, Nov. 30-Dec. 6. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By McKenzie Burns
Arc Flash and Electrical Safety November 30, 2018

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, November 22-November 29

The 2018 salary survey, your questions answered: critical power arc flash mitigation, ways to use drones in building design and construction maintenance, power generation in high performance buildings, and NFPA 110-2016 design considerations were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, Nov. 22-Nov. 29. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By McKenzie Burns
Industry News November 12, 2018

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, November 5-11

How the IoT will change the engineering industry, preventing physical damage from cyberattacks, the 2018 Commissioning Giants, the 2018 Product of the Year winners, and examining higher education facilities were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week Nov. 5-11. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By McKenzie Burns
Fire and Life Safety October 29, 2018

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, October 22-28

Writing fire protection specifications using NFPA 13, selecting pipe and piping materials, ASHRAE 62.1, reinforcing the engineer's role in the IPD method, and the 2018 Commissioning Giants were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week Oct. 22-28. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By McKenzie Burns
Codes and Standards: HVAC August 27, 2018

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, August 20-26

Electrical design for modern HVAC systems, optimizing an HVAC system, MEP Giants, overcorrect protection for power systems, and fire safety requirements for NFPA 99-2012 were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week Aug. 20-26. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By McKenzie Burns
HVAC/R and Mechanical August 6, 2018

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, July 30-August 5

Data center energy use, improving wayfinding in complex environment, benefits of integrated fire protection system testing, HVAC projects, and a case study involving airport renovation were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, Jul. 30-Aug. 5. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By McKenzie Burns