Specialty Buildings

Specialty Buildings February 1, 2001

M/E Roundtable: Optimal Illumination

A greater recognition of building lighting and its widespread effect on a building's energy efficiency has led to a closer analysis of where-and when-light is shining...

By Jeromie Winsor, Web Editor
Specialty Buildings February 1, 2001

New Products & Literature – 2001-02-01

New building-system components from the pages of our February issue

By Staff
Specialty Buildings February 1, 2001

Optimal Illumination

A greater recognition of building lighting and its widespread effect on a building's energy efficiency has led to a closer analysis of where How common are advanced lighting controls ALCARAZ: In our experience with commercial facility lighting design, lighting controls are becoming more accepted by owners, especially when they can be justified with associated energy savings.

By JEROMIE WINSOR, Web Editor
Specialty Buildings February 1, 2001

Integrated Buildings, Integrated Services

Buildings are constructed to serve the needs of both occupants and businesses. And while occupants need facilities with a comfortable, safe and healthy environment, businesses need reliable communication and technical equipment to perform their work. To meet the demands of both, an integrated building system...

By Anil Ahuja, P.E., Exelon Services, Westchester, Ill.
Specialty Buildings February 1, 2001

A Mechanical Room of Its Own

Before the start-up of a 20,000-square-foot mechanical room, the Myriad Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Okla., received its heating and air-conditioning supply from an outside power-generation provider. Now, the 29-year-old convention center finally has a physical plant of its own.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings February 1, 2001

Keeping Up With the Protocols

Much has been said recently about control-system interoperability by the guardians of the interoperable control languages and the manufacturers that have staked some portion of their future profits on one technology or another. Much as parents might protect an only child, these protocol architects dote on their progeny, vehemently defending them from any critical mention.

By EARL GRAY, M.C.S.E., Chief Technical Officer, Control Contractors Inc., Seattle, Wash.
Specialty Buildings February 1, 2001

Sustainable HVAC Strategies

By now, the words "sustainable design" have crossed engineers' desks many times, with potential clients frequently requesting it for their projects...

By David Toshio Williams, P.E., LHB Engineers and Architects, Duluth, Minn.
Specialty Buildings February 1, 2001

The Price of Power

The economic costs of poor power quality can be significant. Statistics in the accompanying table were generated using the report, 1998 High Availability and Data Protection Practices, from the Strategic Research Corporation, Santa Barbara, Calif.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings January 25, 2001

Targeting High-Voltage Transmission

While electric supply and reliability continue to grab news headlines, a new study shows that the high-voltage transmission grid has become "gridlocked in a tangle of infrastructure problems and regulatory uncertainty," according to Cambridge Research Associates, Cambridge, Mass.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings January 1, 2001

Where There’s Fire There’s Smoke

Patients in hospitals, outpatient facilities and nursing homes require special protection from the elements of a fire, of which smoke is one of the most dangerous. In fact, smoke control is especially critical in these facilities.

By J. PATRICK BANSE, P.E., Senior Mechanical Engineer Smith Seckman Reid, Inc., Houston