Codes and Standards
Codes and Standards November 20, 2018

Seven ways MEP engineering helps reduce a building’s water consumption

Mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) engineering for water conservation needs to be considered for bathrooms, landscaping, and heating and cooling to reduce a building's overall footprint.

By Peter Basso Associates
Codes and Standards November 16, 2018

10 reasons lighting controls commissioning goes bad

To ensure complex systems function as intended, a formal commissioning process needs to be established.

By John Yoon, PE, LEED AP ID+C; McGuire Engineers Inc., Chicago
Electrical, Power
Electrical, Power November 16, 2018

The role of NFPA 110 and its interaction with other codes

The coordination of requirements for emergency and standby power systems between different code publications has improved over recent years, but variations still exist that can cause confusion. It is important for engineers to review all the applicable codes and standards to develop a full picture of the requirements for standby systems. While NFPA 110-2019: Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems defines system levels, types, and classifications, it does not determine what situations will require any given level, type, or class. Design engineers must coordinate the requirements of NFPA 110 with other sections of the NFPA, International Building Code, Facility Guidelines Institute, and other authority having jurisdiction requirements as applicable.

By Jared Mason, PE, PMP; WSP USA, Phoenix
Fire, Life Safety
Fire, Life Safety November 19, 2018

Critical factors when designing fire suppression systems

Learn the best questions to ask before starting a fire protection design project.

By RTM Associates
HVAC
HVAC October 29, 2018

Standardizing NFPA 13

NFPA 13-2016 is applicable to all sprinkler system designs and installations, with the exception of sprinkler systems in low-rise residential buildings and one- and two-family dwellings and manufactured homes.

By Raymond A. Grill, PE, FSFPE, LEED AP
Lighting
Lighting November 16, 2018

10 reasons lighting controls commissioning goes bad

To ensure complex systems function as intended, a formal commissioning process needs to be established.

By John Yoon, PE, LEED AP ID+C; McGuire Engineers Inc., Chicago