Automation, Controls

sonrai IAQ by DLR Group is an air quality building analytic platform delivering actionable intelligence to facility managers. Transparent real-time air quality data in user-friendly dashboard display communicates the importance of health and wellbeing to all building occupants. Courtesy: DLR Group
Fire, Life Safety February 11, 2021

Office buildings focus on air quality, energy efficiency, fire/life safety

Designing office buildings in a post-COVID world is a challenging task with engineering variables, including fire and life safety systems

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Northeastern ISEC. Courtesy: Warren Jager, Arup
Educational February 8, 2021

The future of higher education

The world of higher education has been profoundly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and is forcing designers and administrators to change their approach.

By Arup
Courtesy: WSP USA
Automation, Controls February 5, 2021

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: January 29 to February 4, 2021

Read the best articles from the past week. Building automation systems, choosing between an ECM and VFD, COVID-19 vaccine storage, NEC changes and COVID-19 mitigation for HVAC systems.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: WSP USA
Automation, Controls January 22, 2021

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: January 15-21, 2021

Read the best articles from the past week. The cost and scope of a BAS, choosing between an ECM and VFD, NEC changes, data center metrics and electrical grounding and bonding.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: AABC/Engineered Air Balance Co., Inc.
Building Types January 22, 2021

Recommendations for periodic testing, adjusting and balancing of existing buildings

Existing, occupied buildings can benefit greatly from the TAB process as well by improving its performance and efficiency.

By Gaylon Richardson
Figure 4: Smart sensors located above and next to lighting provide data for motion, lighting levels, temperature and power with Bluetooth technology. Courtesy: CDM Smith
Labs, Research January 21, 2021

Case study: laboratory design

A lab expansion used IoT sensor technology to gather building data

By Tim King and Ray Mans
Courtesy: WSP USA
Automation, Controls January 13, 2021

What is a BAS today?

Building automation systems have come a long way in the past 100 years

By Jaco Cronje
Figure 5: The final graphical user interface was reviewed by the team before completion. Courtesy: Central Michigan University/Stantec
Building Types January 13, 2021

Case study: University science building control systems

The Central Michigan University biosciences building included a detailed controls approach

By Casimir Zalewski and Derek Crowe
Courtesy: IMEG
Fire, Life Safety January 7, 2021

Most-viewed Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles for 2020

Most-viewed Consulting-Specifying Engineer topics posted in 2020 include egress and NFPA 101, COVID-19 impacts on consulting engineers, building pressurization and more.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Justin Maconochie, Stantec
Automation, Controls December 30, 2020

Integrating a BAS into design

Building systems should be high-performing, integrated and accessible — and the building automation system is the key to achieving these goals

By Casimir Zalewski and Derek Crowe