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Codes and Standards April 8, 2022

Technology drives K-12 school changes, while meeting codes and standards

Updates, COVID and tech trends are shifting the way K-12 schools are designed to achieve code

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards March 31, 2022

Consulting-Specifying Engineer most-viewed codes and standards articles in 2022

Read the best articles about codes and standards including NFPA 72-2022, emergency lighting, lighting code compliance, hospital design and more.

By Chris Vavra
Codes and Standards March 9, 2022

Why updated building codes have cities seeing green

State and local governments are leading the way as major metropolitan areas adopt green building criteria as policy to mitigate the built environment’s impact on climate change.

By Ryann Menges
Codes and Standards February 18, 2022

Office building codes, standards may change

COVID, employee well-being and indoor air quality issues have all changed the way office building codes and standards are considered

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards February 10, 2022

Building codes set solar standards

The future of rooftop power plants

By Dodge Construction Network
Codes and Standards December 14, 2021

Ten things to know about the 2021 Michigan energy code based on the ASHRAE 90.1-2019 standard

Learn about the code changes for 2022

By Aaron Frantz, PE
Codes and Standards December 7, 2021

How are hospitals being designed to meet codes and standards?

Hospitals and health care facility codes and standards are changing and their engineered systems must transform with them

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards November 19, 2021

The evolution of NFPA 110

NFPA 110 has changed in the past several years, and electrical engineers should understand the nuances

By David Stymiest
Codes and Standards November 5, 2021

COVID, sustainability drive codes and standards in college building design

Colleges and universities have been sustainability trendsetters over the past several years. COVID-19 has required designers to think differently

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards October 12, 2021

Changes to codes, standards in the manufacturing, industrial building

Several changes to the design of manufacturing and industrial buildings are covered here by the experts, with a focus on codes and standards

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards October 11, 2021

Achieving quality design with quality BIM

To achieve quality design with BIM you must also have a quality model.

By Adam Roth
Codes and Standards August 12, 2021

Understanding WELL v2 certification

As WELL v2 certification becomes more prevalent, project managers, engineers and designers need to understand which preconditions and optimization features are impacted by the systems they design

By Richard Vedvik, PE, IMEG Corp., Rock Island, Illinois
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
Codes and Standards July 19, 2021

How to design government buildings: codes and standards

In this Q&A with multiple experts, learn how to use codes and standards design government, state, municipal, federal, correctional and military buildings

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards July 9, 2021

How pandemics affect building design, codes and standards

COVID-19 affected engineers and building professionals’ designs in many ways, such as codes and standards

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards June 24, 2021

How to interpret NFPA 99 medical gas, electrical changes

NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code identifies some new ways to specify medical gas and electrical systems

By Sean C. Hu and Kenneth A. Frazier
Codes and Standards May 28, 2021

Specifying systems in manufacturing, warehouse buildings to meet codes and standards

Warehouse, manufacturing and logistics facilities need engineering experts to specify various systems that meet codes and standards

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards April 29, 2021

How to design data centers: Codes and standards

An expert panel provides engineering and design tips in this Q&A, including information about codes and standards

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards April 14, 2021

Best practices for engineering government buildings: Codes and standards

Designing utilities, public works, airport, mass transit, transportation or other government projects is a big task. Learn how to design government buildings using the appropriate codes and standards.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards February 18, 2021

Office buildings focus on air quality, energy efficiency with codes and standards

Designing office buildings in a post-COVID world is a challenging task with engineering variables. Learn about codes and standards

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
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
Codes and Standards February 9, 2021

What is ASHRAE Standard 90.1?

ASHRAE Standard 90.1 defines how engineers should design buildings to achieve energy efficiency goals

By Jacob Goodman and Peter D'Antonio
Codes and Standards December 29, 2020

Understanding the changes to NFPA 70-2020

New requirements of the 2020 edition of the National Electrical Code will affect facility design

By Tom Divine, PE, LEED AP
Codes and Standards December 21, 2020

NEC changes enhance resiliency

The 2020 edition of the National Electrical Code added changes to improve resiliency electrical system design

By John Yoon
Codes and Standards December 16, 2020

Designing flexible, safe labs: Codes and standards

Safety, budget and flexibility are key factors when designing laboratory and research space

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards November 25, 2020

Designing, retrofitting hospitals during COVID: Codes and standards

While COVID-19 has changed many aspects in a health care facility, some things remain identical; know the codes and standards

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards October 27, 2020

Students, tech, COVID drive codes, standards in higher ed design

College and university building design is being driven by student needs, technology and new air quality demands

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards September 29, 2020

Basics of codes and standards for industrial, manufacturing facility design

Industrial and manufacturing facilities have specialty codes and standards engineers must include in new or retrofit projects

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards August 26, 2020

How to implement high-performance design

High-performance design drives owners and designers to integrated thinking to gain a holistic perspective on how to maximize building performance outcomes

By Lyle Keck
Codes and Standards July 30, 2020

Best practices for designing government buildings using codes and standards

Learn how to specify systems for government and military buildings by referencing the correct codes and standards

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards June 26, 2020

How to apply NFPA 99 to medical gas, telecommunication systems

Engineers should understand NFPA 99 — along with other guidelines and codes — when designing health care facilities

By Sal Bonetto and Donald Rosen
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
Codes and Standards June 19, 2020

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: June 12-18, 2020

Read the best articles from the past week. Smoke control systems, COVID-19 retail impacts and questions and designing for transformers and switchgear.

By Chris Vavra
Codes and Standards June 16, 2020

How is COVID-19 affecting retail, restaurants? Learn about codes and standards

With consumers frequently enjoying delivered meals and shopping for goods online, brick-and-mortar restaurants and retail structures need to be more advanced than ever to compete

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards May 22, 2020

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: May 15-21, 2020

Read the best articles from the past week. 40 Under 40 winners, COVID-19 and decommissioned health care facilities, integrating building systems, chilled water plants and air filtration.

By Chris Vavra
Codes and Standards May 22, 2020

Warehouse, manufacturing facilities go high-tech: Codes and standards

Warehouse, manufacturing and logistics buildings are more than simple boxy structures used to make products and store them before they move onto their next destination. Engineers find these codes and standards can be as complex and advanced as any other building

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards April 27, 2020

Data centers achieve a new level of high-tech: Codes and standards

Designing solutions for data center clients — whether hyperscale or colocation facilities — requires advanced engineering knowledge

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards March 25, 2020

How to design K-12 schools: How codes and standards affect design

With increasingly complex systems and technology coming into play, work on modern K-12 projects is anything but elementary

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
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
Codes and Standards February 17, 2020

What’s so special about office buildings? Learn about codes and standards

Office buildings are complex structures containing automated features, energy-saving designs, high-tech equipment and other components as advanced as you’d find in any other state-of-the-art project; it is vital to understand codes and standards

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards January 28, 2020

Video: State of NFPA 3 Standard for Commissioning of Fire Protection & Life Safety Systems

This session will discuss why NFPA 3 was initially developed and how it evolved into a standard, who is involved in commissioning these systems and some common misconceptions related to commissioning them.

By CxEnergy and the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG)
Codes and Standards January 14, 2020

How egress is planned using NFPA 101

NFPA 101: Life Safety Code is one of the primary sources for the requirements of exit pathways

By Richard Vedvik, PE, IMEG Corp., Rock Island, Illinois
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
Codes and Standards December 30, 2019

Lab, research facility design: Codes and standards

Learn tips on how to design labs and research facilities — some of the most high-tech buildings around

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards December 24, 2019

Codes and standards for transformers

Several codes, standards and guidelines must be considered when specifying transformers

By Zia Salami, Ph.D., CDM Smith, Charlotte, N.C.; Lilly Vang, CDM Smith, Raleigh, N.C.; and Adrian Hendels, CDM Smith, Boca Raton, Fla.
Codes and Standards December 16, 2019

Analyzing NEC 2017 changes

Several changes to the 2017 edition of NFPA 70: National Electrical Code should be noted

By Vahik Davoudi, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Arup, Los Angeles
Codes and Standards December 16, 2019

Overview of changes throughout NEC

Several changes were made to the 2017 edition of the National Electrical Code.

By Vahik Davoudi, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Arup, Los Angeles
Codes and Standards November 20, 2019

Ask an expert: Hospitals, health care facilities: Codes and standards

Health care facility designers are expected to keep pace with increasingly complex, advanced engineered systems and features

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards November 18, 2019

National Electrical Safety Code open for comments

The 2022 National Electrical Safety Code update is focused on new issues like resiliency and distributed generation within the power grid and addressing new and viable technologies that have emerged since the last update

By Nelson Bingel, National Electrical Safety Code, Senoia, Ga.
Codes and Standards October 25, 2019

Learning how to engineer colleges, universities better: Codes and standards

Read about emerging trends in college and university buildings, and learn about the emerging trends impacting their design

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
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
Codes and Standards September 27, 2019

Enhancing efficiency in industrial and manufacturing facilities: Codes and standards

From high-tech automation to energy-saving lighting and HVAC systems, there is more than meets the eye when it comes to warehouses and factories

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards August 29, 2019

Puerto Rico’s new building codes are creating a more resilient island

New building codes were adopted in 2018 to help create a safer, stronger, and more resilient island as it recovers and rebuilds.

By Juan Nieves
Codes and Standards August 26, 2019

USP Pharmacy 797/800 Standard Compliance: How Should Hospitals Revise Facilities in Face of Shifting Regulations?

The updated USP 797 and new USP 800 standards may require both design and process changes.

By David P. Blouin, LEED AP
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
Codes and Standards August 23, 2019

Interpreting ASHRAE 62.1

ASHRAE Standard 62.1 is best known for its regulation of the amount of ventilation air delivered to each space in a commercial building by HVAC systems through various ventilation approaches to system design

By Carol Qing Li, PE, LEED AP, Interface Engineering, Los Angeles
Codes and Standards August 16, 2019

Focus on specialty structures: Codes and standards

Sports arenas, historical buildings, theaters and other specialty buildings require unique engineering design, especially codes and standards compliance

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards July 31, 2019

Government facility design: Codes and standards

Consulting engineers are working on government, state, municipal, federal, correctional and military buildings

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards July 30, 2019

ASHRAE’s energy standard for data centers turns three

When specifying to meet ASHRAE Standard 90.4, examine the lessons learned to evaluate a path forward

By Bill Kosik, PE, CEM, Oak Park, Illinois
Codes and Standards July 30, 2019

Understanding ASHRAE’s standards development process

ASHRAE has a defined process in place for developing — and updating — each of its standards

By Bill Kosik, PE, CEM, Oak Park, Illinois
Codes and Standards July 18, 2019

As health care shifts, so do codes

Lower-cost alternatives to traditional hospitals create code challenges for engineers and designers

By Gregory Hudson, PE, HFDP, RMF Engineering, Charleston, South Carolina
Codes and Standards June 28, 2019

Retail, restaurant and mixed-use facilities: Codes and standards

What are the trickiest aspects of retail, restaurant and mixed-use projects and what trends lie ahead? Read on for solid advice from experienced professionals.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards June 18, 2019

What is Standard 189.1, and why does it matter?

ASHRAE Standard 189.1: International Green Construction Code is gaining industrywide consensus and momentum to become the all-in-one, go-to solution for code-enforceable green building design.

By Adam McMillen, PE, LEED AP BD+C, IMEG Corp., Naperville, Illinois
Codes and Standards June 10, 2019

How to use IgCC and Standard 189.1

The 2018 edition of the International Green Construction Code unifies several energy-efficiency and green building codes and standards.

By Bill Kosik, PE, CEM, BEMP; DNV GL, Oak Brook, Ill.
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
Codes and Standards May 23, 2019

Planning multifamily dwellings: Codes and standards

Multifamily dwellings are fascinating projects with highly specialized codes and standards that must be adhered to.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
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
Codes and Standards April 29, 2019

Top design trends in data centers: codes and standards

An increasingly data-driven society demands advanced, high-performance data center facilities. Read on to learn the biggest codes and standards challenges, emerging technologies and upcoming trends affecting data centers.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards April 25, 2019

Don’t forget the codes

ASHRAE Standards 15 and 34 must be consulted when designing with variable refrigerant flow systems.

By John Song, PE, McGuire Engineers, Chicago
Codes and Standards March 29, 2019

Designing high-tech K-12 schools: Codes and standards

The technology at play in today’s K-12 schools is evolving rapidly—inside the classrooms, and in the various systems behind the scenes. Engineers handling such projects, whether the work is on new facilities or retrofits, have their work cut out for them, especially when it comes to adhering to codes and standards.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
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
Codes and Standards March 21, 2019

What’s new in NFPA 72?

The 2019 update of NFPA 72 provides fire protection engineers, along with other engineering professionals, improved mass notification and emergency communication guidelines.

By Matthew Zega, PE, RTM Engineering Consultants, Chicago
Codes and Standards March 13, 2019

Know the updates to NFPA 72-2019

The 2019 update of NFPA 72 provides fire protection engineers improved mass notification and emergency communication guidelines. Here's a look at what's new in the most recent version of the code.

By William E. Koffel, PE, FSFPE, Koffel Associates, Columbia, Md.
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
Codes and Standards February 13, 2019

Designing flexible, complex office buildings: Codes and standards

Mixed-use office buildings demand a great deal of expertise, flexibility, and complex technology, making them more challenging than one might expect. Engineers with experience handling office buildings share advice and a glimpse into the future regarding codes and standards.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards February 8, 2019

USP 797 and USP 800: 8 common mistakes to avoid when complying

The revisions to USP 797 and new USP 800 standards will go into effect December 1, 2019.

By Jake Katzenberger
Codes and Standards January 31, 2019

Changes to NFPA 101-2018

NFPA 101-2018: Life Safety Code has three important updates that are vital to fire protection engineers.

By William E. Koffel, PE, FSFPE, Koffel Associates, Columbia, Md.
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
Codes and Standards December 28, 2018

Understanding the changes to NFPA 70-2017

NFPA 70-2017: The National Electrical Code (NEC) has many requirements that apply to designing electrical systems for health care facilities. It’s vital to understand the changes in the 2017 edition in order to stay code-compliant.

By Firas (Ross) Alkhayri, PE, CEM; AECOM, Columbus, Ohio
Codes and Standards December 19, 2018

Designing safe laboratories and research facilities: Codes and standards

Engineers working on laboratory and research projects are tasked with balancing state-of-the-art systems, budgetary concerns, occupant safety, sustainable performance, and other factors including being compliant with codes and standards.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards November 30, 2018

A practical understanding of NFPA 110-2016

Consulting engineers who specify emergency power equipment understand that installations for mission critical facilities, such as hospitals and data centers, are required to comply with NFPA 110: Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems in conjunction with codes such as NFPA 70: National Electrical Code (NEC). This article will review the most recent version (2016) of NFPA 110 and offer tips for compliance.

By Richard I. Gilson
Codes and Standards November 26, 2018

NFPA 110-2016: Design considerations

This article discusses design requirements of NFPA 110 (2016) and how it applies to emergency and standby power systems in mission critical facilities. It also reviews other relevant codes, such as NEC (2017), NFPA 99 (2018), and IBC (2015), and discusses how they complement NFPA 110.

By Firas (Ross) Alkhayri, PE, CEM; AECOM, Columbus, Ohio
Codes and Standards November 21, 2018

Designing health care facilities and medical campuses: Codes and standards

Hospitals, clinics, and similar facilities are among the most demanding an engineer can tackle—technology is evolving rapidly, hospital managers are increasingly budget-conscious, and assist in saving lives. It’s also vital to comply with the necessary codes and standards.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards 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
Codes and Standards November 1, 2018

Pharmaceutical standards focus on safety in handling hazardous drugs

The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Convention's Chapter 800, "Hazardous Drugs-Handling in Healthcare Settings" standards become effective December 1, 2019, and provide detailed specifications for the handling of hazardous drugs in order to protect pharmacy staff from health risks associated with harmful chemicals.

By Tom Brown, Don Burroughs, Cassey Franco, Dan Koenigshofer, April Vacca
Codes and Standards 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
Codes and Standards October 29, 2018

2019 NFPA 13 reorganized

NFPA 13-2019 was updated and reorganized in many ways. Here’s what you need to know to keep up with the new edition.

By Raymond A. Grill, PE, FSFPE, LEED AP
Codes and Standards October 25, 2018

Examining higher education facilities: Codes and Standards

As technology advances in every field, the college and university students being prepped for future careers in those fields need the tech they’re learning with to keep up. That presents unique challenges for the engineers working on such structures—specifying advanced systems that satisfy the unique needs of each institution. Here, professionals with experience in the area offer advice on how to tackle such facilities and receive top marks in regard to codes and standards.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards September 14, 2018

ASHRAE 62.1: Using the Ventilation Rate Procedure

ASHRAE 62.1 is best known for its regulation of the amount of ventilation air delivered to each space by HVAC systems through its Ventilation Rate Procedure for system design.

By Julianne Laue, PE, LEED AP BD+C, BEMP, BEAP, Mortenson, Minneapolis
Codes and Standards August 1, 2018

Video: Forthcoming Standard 211P Updates

A presentation on the upcoming changes to standard 211.

By CxEnergy and the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG)
Codes and Standards July 18, 2018

Examining government, state, municipal, federal, and military facilities: Codes and standards

Government and military projects are among the toughest challenges an engineer can face. Demanding facility owners, tight budget limitations, safety concerns, and other factors all come into play. Here, engineers with experience in the field offer advice on how to succeed in regards to codes and standards.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards June 18, 2018

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, Jun. 11-17

VRF challenges, lighting controls issues, complex hotels, resorts, and casinos, BIM coordination, and the 2018 Lighting and Lighting Controls Study were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, Jun. 11-17. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Codes and Standards November 16, 2017

How energy codes affect lighting design

Engineers have many resources when designing energy-efficient lighting in nonresidential buildings. Lighting designers do not have to sacrifice quality or reduce lighting levels just to meet energy codes.

By Michael Brinkman & Owen Dalton, CannonDesign
Codes and Standards November 7, 2017

Your questions answered: An NFPA 70B and 70E Overview: Eliminate the Risk of Electrical Hazards and Avoid Expensive Shutdowns

The Oct. 25, 2017, “An NFPA 70B and 70E Overview: Eliminate the Risk of Electrical Hazards and Avoid Expensive Shutdowns” webcast presenter addressed questions not covered during the live event.

By Bhanu Srilla, Grace Engineered Products Inc.
Codes and Standards September 11, 2017

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, September 4-10: ASHRAE, developing a circuit schedule, MEP Giants, and more

ASHRAE, developing a circuit schedule, MEP Giants, LEDs, and HVAC codes and standards were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, September 4-10. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Sierra Grayson, Production Coordinator, CFE Media
Codes and Standards September 1, 2017

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, August 28- September 3: ASHRAE, HVAC Systems, MEP Giants, and more

ASHRAE, HVAC systems, MEP Giants, LEDs, and designing specialty buildings were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, August 28- September 3. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Sierra Grayson, Production Coordinator, CFE Media, sgrayson@cfemedia.com
Codes and Standards August 16, 2017

Are you ready for LEED v4?

Revisions to LEED required engineers to learn the new v4 rating system.

By John Yoon, PE, LEED AP ID+C; McGuire Engineers, Chicago
Codes and Standards August 14, 2017

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, August 7-13: waste heat in buildings, wireless fire alarm systems, system integration, and more

Waste heat in buildings, wireless fire alarm systems, system integration, ASHRAE, and project management were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, August 7-13. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Sierra Grayson, Production Coordinator, CFE Media
Codes and Standards August 14, 2017

ASHRAE 62.1: uncommon calculations, approaches

ASHRAE Standard 62.1 is best known for its regulation of the amount of ventilation air delivered to each space by HVAC systems through its ventilation-rate procedure approach to system design. ASHRAE 62.1 offers many calculations and performance approaches.

By Peter Alspach, PE, LEED AP
Codes and Standards May 15, 2017

2017 40 Under 40: Brian Thompson, PE; 40

Senior Fire Protection Engineer, Principal, AEGIS Engineering

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Codes and Standards April 24, 2017

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, April 17-23: Standby power, Prooduct of the Year, building controls, more

Articles about standby generator systems, 2017 Product of the Year, building controls, thermal comfort, and re-commissioning were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, April 17 to 23. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Joy Chang, CFE Media
Codes and Standards March 29, 2017

CxA credential achieves DOE recognition, ANSI accreditation

CxA is the preeminent commissioning credential for new and existing buildings.

By AABC Commissioning Group
Codes and Standards March 20, 2017

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, March 13 to 19: NFPA 101, ASHRAE 90.1, commissioning risk management, smart utility meters, and storage battery requirements

Articles about NFPA 101, ASHRAE 90.1, commissioning risk management, smart utility meters, and storage battery requirements were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, March 13 to 19. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Joy Chang, CFE Media
Codes and Standards February 27, 2017

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, February 20-26: HVAC system design, unitary pumping solutions, ASHRAE 90.1 success, MEP/FP design for MRI suites, more

Articles about HVAC system design, unitary pumping solutions, ASHRAE 90.1 success, MEP/FP design for MRI suites, and NFPA 101 for mission critical facilities were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, February 20-26. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Joy Chang, CFE Media
Codes and Standards February 20, 2017

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, February 13-19: ASHRAE 90.1 success tips, understanding NFPA 101, efficiency standards for HVAC system design, more

Articles about ASHRAE 90.1 success tips, understanding NFPA 101, efficiency standards for HVAC system design, choosing modular data center, and IECC updates were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, February 13-19. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Joy Chang, CFE Media
Codes and Standards February 13, 2017

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, February 6-12: ASHRAE 90.1 success tips, NEC 2017 changes, paralleling generator systems, more

Articles about ASHRAE 90.1 success tips, NEC 2017 changes, paralleling generator systems, HVAC codes and standards, and understanding NFPA 101 were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, February 6-12. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Joy Chang
Codes and Standards November 16, 2016

Specifying drop-out ceilings beneath fire sprinklers

Fire protection engineers can specify ceilings beneath fire sprinklers, as identified in NFPA 13.

By Ed Davis, Ceilume, Graton, Calif.; and Michael Chusid, RA FCSI, Encino, Calif.
Codes and Standards November 16, 2016

Safety, code issues of drop-out ceilings

Drop-out ceilings should have an evaluation report, and designers should discuss their use with the authority having jurisdiction during design and specification.

By Ed Davis, Ceilume, Graton, Calif.; and Michael Chusid, RA FCSI, Encino, Calif.
Codes and Standards November 11, 2016

Understanding the fan-efficiency rules

Fan efficiency is critical in HVAC and process air systems. The new proposed Department of Energy standard will drive changes in how engineers design air systems to minimize fan energy.

By Wade W. Smith, PE, Wade W. Smith Consulting LLC, Chetek, Wis.
Codes and Standards November 4, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: November 4

This week Morrissey Goodale reported six deals in the United States involving companies from Kansas, Virginia, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, California, Wisconsin, South Carolina, and Ohio.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards October 31, 2016

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, October 24-30: Preventing arc flash, IT room protection requirements, 2016 Commissioning Giants, more

Articles about preventing arc flash, IT room protection requirements, 2016 Commissioning Giants, fire notification systems, and 2016 Product of the Year winners were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, October 24-30. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Brana Webb
Codes and Standards October 28, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: October 28

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States and one international deal involving companies from France and the Czech Republic.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards October 25, 2016

Utilizing mechanical and cultural training sessions to provide facility optimization

Tips on providing the maintenance and operations personnel and facility operators with the training and knowledge to help them become experts of the building automation system.

By Southland Industries
Codes and Standards October 20, 2016

Your questions answered: Fire/life safety: Notification systems

NFPA 72 defines how fire notification systems should be designed and installed. Here is additional information from the Oct. 13, 2016, webcast on Fire/life safety: Notification systems.

By Ray Grill, PE, FSFPE, Principal, Arup, Washington, D.C.
Codes and Standards October 14, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: October 14

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States and five international deals involving companies from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Belgium.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards October 10, 2016

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, October 3-9: 2016 MEP Giants, 40 Under 40 program, designing with liquid-immersion cooling systems, more

Articles about the 2016 MEP Giants, 40 Under 40 program, designing with liquid-immersion cooling systems, applying NFPA 75 in data centers, and a case study about roof-mounted PV systems were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, October 3-9. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Emily Guenther
Codes and Standards October 7, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: October 7

This week Morrissey Goodale reported eight deals in the United States and six international deals involving companies from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Sweden, and Norway.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards October 3, 2016

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, September 26 to October 2: Biomass case study, NFPA 75, 2016 MEP Giants, more

Articles about a biomass case study, applying NFPA 75 in data centers, 2016 MEP Giants, the 2016 Product of the Year, and next-generation lighting using PoE were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, September 26 to October 2. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Codes and Standards September 30, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: September 30

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the United States and one international deal involving companies from France.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards September 23, 2016

Demystifying IT room protection requirements

Information technology (IT) equipment area/room designs must balance the needs for security, cooling, and fire protection.

By Merton Bunker, PE, EYP Architecture & Engineering, Washington, D.C.
Codes and Standards September 21, 2016

Your questions answered: Critical power: hospital electrical systems

The Sept. 15, 2016, “Critical Power: Backup power systems” webcast presenters addressed questions not covered during the live event.

By Danna Jensen, PE, LEED AP BD+C, and Robert R. Jones Jr., PE, LEED AP
Codes and Standards September 19, 2016

Preventing arc flash in mission critical facilities

To address arc flash problems, we turn to codes and standards. NEC 240.87 is an important leap in arc flash safety for the electrical industry, along with NFPA 70E and IEEE 1584: IEEE Guide for Performing Arc Flash Hazard Calculations.

By Kenneth Kutsmeda, PE, LEED AP, Jacobs, Philadelphia
Codes and Standards September 17, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: September 16

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States involving companies from New York, North Carolina, Florida, Louisiana, and Texas.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards September 16, 2016

Applying NFPA 75 in data centers

NFPA 75: Standard for the Fire Protection of Information Technology (IT) Equipment covers the requirements for the protection of IT equipment from fire damage. The current edition (2013) has not been adopted by all jurisdictions; however, fire protection engineers should be well aware of its requirements because of the large number of IT facilities and data centers.

By Mark Jason Aaby, PE, Koffel Associates Inc., Columbia, Md.
Codes and Standards September 9, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: September 9

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the United States and one international deal involving companies from the U.S. and Sweden.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards September 6, 2016

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, Aug. 29 – Sept. 5: MEP Giants revenue shifts, HVAC, transformer inrush current, more

Articles about MEP Giants revenue shifts, HVAC, transformer inrush current, LED for retrofit project, and challenges of mixed-use buildings are Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, Aug. 29 - Sept. 5. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Ksenia Avrakhova
Codes and Standards September 2, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: September 2

This week Morrissey Goodale reported one deal in the United States and three international deals involving companies from the U.S., Sweden, U.K., and India.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards August 29, 2016

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, August 22-28: transformer inrush current, LED for retrofit projects, top MEP considerations, more

Articles about transformer inrush current, LED for retrofit projects, top MEP considerations, NFPA 72, and MEP Giants revenue shifts are Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, August 22-28. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Ksenia Avrakhova
Codes and Standards August 26, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: August 26

This week Morrissey Goodale reported one deal in the United States and one international deal involving companies from the U.S., Sweden, and Denmark.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards August 22, 2016

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, August 15-21: HVAC, MEP Giants revenue shifts, LED lighting specifications, more

Articles about HVAC, MEP Giants revenue shifts, LED lighting specifications, efficient data centers, and LED for retrofit project are Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, August 15-21. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Ksenia Avrakhova
Codes and Standards August 19, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: August 19

This week Morrissey Goodale reported six deals in the United States and seven international deals involving companies from the U.S., Canada, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, U.K., Ireland, Australia, Netherlands, and Belgium.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards August 16, 2016

Determining risk tolerance of building clients

The Fire Safety Concepts Tree can help fire protection engineers quantify the level of fire risk in a building.

By William E. Koffel, PE, FSFPE, Koffel Associates, Columbia, Md.
Codes and Standards August 16, 2016

Balancing passive, active fire protection

Fire protection engineers should consider the building's construction, fire suppression systems, and smoke control when designing active and passive fire protection systems.

By William E. Koffel, PE, FSFPE, Koffel Associates, Columbia, Md.
Codes and Standards August 15, 2016

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, August 8-14: NFPA 72, MEP Giants, industry M&A, more

Articles about NFPA 72, MEP Giants, industry M&A, LED for retrofit project, and LED lighting specifications are Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, August 8-14. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Ksenia Avrakhova
Codes and Standards August 12, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: August 12

This week Morrissey Goodale reported five deals in the United States and four international deals involving companies from the U.S., Canada, Ireland, Australia, and U.K.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards August 5, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: August 5

This week Morrissey Goodale reported five deals in the United States and three international deals involving companies from the U.S., Australia, and U.K.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards July 29, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: July 29

This week Morrissey Goodale reported five deals in the United States and two international deals involving companies from the U.S., France, and U.K.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards July 29, 2016

Arup Thoughts: Designing for better indoor air quality

Even with well-designed ventilation systems, poor understanding by occupants of how they work can often lead to them being ineffective.

By Emily Walport, Arup
Codes and Standards July 26, 2016

Energy code advancements for power systems

Over the last 10 years, dedicated energy codes have been supplementing standard building codes, with lighting systems and controls dominating code sections related to building electrical systems. Energy losses and occupant consumption of power system components in commercial buildings pale in comparison to that of lighting systems. However, every recently published version of energy codes has included an increase in requirements for power system components.

By Michael A. Starego, PE, LEED AP, Southland Industries, Washington, D.C.
Codes and Standards July 22, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: July 22

This week Morrissey Goodale reported four deals in the United States involving companies from Michigan, Texas, Missouri, Illinois, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards July 20, 2016

Define NFPA 72-2016 changes

NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code has undergone a lot of updates. Here’s a look at the 2016 edition.

By Raymond Grill, PE, FSFPE; and Richard J. Petrey, EIT, Arup
Codes and Standards July 15, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: July 15

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States and one international deal involving companies from the U.S. and U.K.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards July 13, 2016

NFPA 110: Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems

Consulting engineers who specify emergency power equipment understand that installations for mission critical facilities, such as hospitals and data centers, are required to comply with NFPA 110: Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems, in conjunction with NFPA 70: National Electrical Code.

By CFE Media
Codes and Standards July 11, 2016

Your questions answered: Critical power: Backup power systems

Design engineers have many factors to consider when designing a backup system for a facility. Additional insights from the June 30, 2016, webcast are provided.

By Tom Divine, PE, Smith Seckman Reid Inc., and Douglas Lacy, PE, LEED AP, WSP + cc
Codes and Standards July 8, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: July 8

This week Morrissey Goodale reported four deals in the United States and three international deals involving companies from the U.S., U.K. and Netherlands.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards July 1, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: July 1

This week Morrissey Goodale reported one deal in the United States and four international deals involving companies from Canada, Australia, the United Arab Emirates, Greece, Germany, and Denmark.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards June 30, 2016

NFPA 99: Electrical changes to the 2015 edition

NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code (2015 edition) covers a broad range of criteria for health care facilities. Electrical engineers need details about the changes to the electrical portion of the code.

By Danna Jensen, PE, LEED AP BD+C, WSP + ccrd, Dallas
Codes and Standards June 24, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: June 24

This week Morrissey Goodale reported one deal in the United States and three international deals involving companies from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, France, Australia, and Singapore.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards June 23, 2016

NFPA 99: A fire and life safety perspective

NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code (2015 edition) covers a broad range of criteria for health care facilities. This portion focuses on fire, explosion prevention, and life safety.

By Eric Babcock, PE, Jensen Hughes, Armonk, N.Y.
Codes and Standards June 10, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: June 10

This week Morrissey Goodale reported six deals in the United States and three international deals involving companies from the U.S., U.K., Finland, and Malaysia.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards June 10, 2016

Putting COPS into context

NFPA 70: National Electrical Code Article 708: Critical Operations Power Systems (COPS) introduced electrical standards for facilities that support critical functions in response to vulnerabilities from natural and human-initiated disasters. However, these standards are less than straightforward and seemingly contradictory with other codes. It’s time to put COPS into context.

By Tom Divine, PE, LEED AP, Smith Seckman Reid Inc., Houston
Codes and Standards June 6, 2016

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, May 30 – June 5: 2016 40 Under 40 winners, smoke control design, inverter duty, more

Articles about 2016 40 Under 40 winners, 2016 Product of the Year finalists, smoke control design, inverter duty, and stand-alone health care buildings are Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, May 30 - June 5. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Emily Guenther
Codes and Standards June 3, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: June 3

This week Morrissey Goodale reported seven deals in the United States and one international deal involving companies in the United States and France.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards May 31, 2016

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, May 23-29: Smoke control design, 40 Under 40 winners, protecting data from fire, more

Articles about smoke control design, the 2016 40 Under 40 winners, protecting data from fire, 2016 Product of the Year finalists, and simplifying the building code are Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, May 23-29. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Emily Guenther
Codes and Standards May 27, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: May 27

This week Morrissey Goodale reported five deals in the United States and two international deals involving companies in the United States, France, Italy, and Turkey.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards May 26, 2016

Can you make a new building as cool as a warehouse?

The American pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness is a glittering glare of polish and gloss, all sparkling and new.

By Robert Benson, CannonDesign
Codes and Standards May 26, 2016

Stand-alone health care buildings: Fire and life safety

Stand-alone medical buildings and specialized treatment facilities are engineering challenges, and more are being designed and built due to changes in health care requirements. Here’s a look at fire and life safety systems.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards May 24, 2016

Lighting: LED codes and standards

Good lighting enhances building design, conserves energy, and increases productivity, safety, security, personal comfort, sales, attendance, and profit.

By CFE Media
Codes and Standards May 24, 2016

Stand-alone health care buildings

Stand-alone medical buildings and specialized treatment facilities are engineering challenges, and more are being designed and built due to changes in health care requirements.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards May 23, 2016

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, May 16-22: Designing generator systems, Product of the Year finalists, 40 Under 40 winners, more

Articles about designing generator systems, 2016 Product of the Year finalists, 40 Under 40 winners, generator demand-response programs, and intelligent buildings were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, May 16-22. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Emily Guenther
Codes and Standards May 20, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: May 20

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the United States and two international deals involving companies in the United States, France, Sweden, and China.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards May 20, 2016

Smoke control design considerations

Learn from this overview of NFPA 92: Standard for Smoke Control Systems, and how fire protection engineers should apply it in design.

By Erik Anderson, PE; Shaun Wrightson, PE; Nicholas Sealover, PE; Koffel Associates
Codes and Standards May 19, 2016

Simplifying the building code

Fire protection engineering codes are better—or are they?

By Carl Baldassarra, PE, FSFPE, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc, Northbrook Il
Codes and Standards May 18, 2016

Protecting data from fire

The current edition of NFPA 2001 outlines the use of clean agent fire suppression systems, which typically are used in buildings such as data centers and mission critical facilities. There are many types of specialty suppression systems including chemicals, gases, oxygen displacement, and others.

By Nicholas A. Moriarty, PE, JBA Consulting Engineers, Las Vegas
Codes and Standards May 17, 2016

Applying 90.1 in lighting design

ASHRAE Standard 90.1 requires lighting designers and engineers to include power allowances, daylighting controls, functional testing, and submittals in their lighting designs.

By Matthew Fetters, CLEP, Metro CD Engineering, Columbus, Ohio
Codes and Standards May 16, 2016

2016 40 Under 40: Shamim Rashid-Sumar, PE, LEED AP, 37

Director of Business Development—Middle East, Jensen Hughes, Dubai, United Arab Emirates BS Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Codes and Standards May 13, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: May 13

This week Morrissey Goodale reported eight deals in the United States and two international deals involving companies in the United States, France, Australia, and Singapore.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards May 6, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: May 6

This week Morrissey Goodale reported five deals in the United States and four international deals involving companies in the U.S. and the U.K.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards April 28, 2016

Generator demand-response programs may disappear

The EPA is changing the rules for demand-response programs; electrical engineers should be aware of these changes to emergency stationary generators.

By Tom Divine, PE, Smith Seckman Reid, Houston
Codes and Standards April 25, 2016

Safe installation of electrically powered fire pumps

Electrically powered fire pumps must meet many strict codes, such as those set by FM, IRI, NEC, and NFPA. Understanding the most current requirements of each code is critical for correct installation and operation.

By RTM Engineering
Codes and Standards April 22, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: April 22

This week Morrissey Goodale reported four deals in the United States and one international deal involving companies from the U.S. and Australia.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards April 19, 2016

LED codes and standards

Clients are asking lighting designers to help them save on energy costs, and replacing fluorescent, HID, or other lights with LEDs is in high demand. This article looks at the codes and guidelines that define LED use.

By Tom Divine, PE, LEED AP, Smith Seckman Reid Inc., Houston
Codes and Standards April 14, 2016

Web-enabled lighting controls

The LynTec RPC lighting control panel family with onboard Web servers allows easy setup with a simple Internet browser.

By LynTec
Codes and Standards April 14, 2016

Low-voltage outdoor sensor

WattStopper FSP-201 low-voltage outdoor occupancy and daylight sensors maximize safety and security for areas such as parking facilities, gas stations, pedestrian pathways, and warehouses.

By WattStopper; Legrand, North America
Codes and Standards April 14, 2016

Arc-resistant medium-voltage drive

SC9000 encapsulated powerpole (EP) arc-resistant drive is a fully integrated arc-resistant medium-voltage drive certified to CSA C22.2 No.22-11 and witness-tested to IEEE C37.20.7 through extensive assessment at a third-party laboratory.

By Eaton
Codes and Standards April 14, 2016

Selective coordination designer tool

The Selective Coordination Designer v1.0 for consultants and application engineers helps simplify the design process of selecting overcurrent protective devices (OCPDs) in keeping with NEC requirements for selective coordination of systems that supply life safety loads and public safety, as well as for applications where uptime is important.

By Eaton
Codes and Standards April 14, 2016

Connector with grounding ring

The patent-pending ground ring in Ocal Liquidtight Connector with Grounding Ring provides a perfectly secure connection for a sustainable ground path to ensure personnel and equipment safety.

By Thomas & Betts, ABB
Codes and Standards April 14, 2016

4- to 6-kVA industrial UPSs

The SSG UPSs are specifically built to provide industrial-grade power to equipment deployed in harsh environmental conditions.

By Falcon Electric Inc.
Codes and Standards April 14, 2016

Load center, electronic breakers

The Type BR Quick Connect Neutral load center features improved wire-management solutions while its counterpart circuit breakers provide diagnostic trip codes as a standard offering.

By Eaton
Codes and Standards April 14, 2016

Parking garage luminaire

The Orbeon is an LED parking garage/canopy luminaire designed with an integrated mesh wireless control system and wireless occupancy sensors.

By Beacon Products, Hubbell Lighting
Codes and Standards April 11, 2016

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, April 4-10: Commissioning and technology, water management in commercial buildings, thermal management, more

Articles about commissioning and technology, water management in commercial buildings, thermal management in 2016, finding passion in your work, and fire pump power service were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, April 4-10. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Codes and Standards April 8, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: April 8

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States and three international deals involving companies from the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards April 1, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: April 1

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the U.S. and three international deals involving companies from Canada, the U.S., France, and Australia.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards March 28, 2016

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, March 21-27: Emergency egress and illumination, selective coordination best practices, fire and life safety trends, more

Articles about emergency egress and illumination, selective coordination best practices, trends in fire, life safety, designing generator systems, and class A office building were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, March 21-27. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Ksenia Avrakhova
Codes and Standards March 25, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: March 25

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three international deals involving companies from Sweden, Germany, France, Netherlands, and Vietnam.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards March 24, 2016

How to design safe, reliable fire pump power service

The codes that govern the power supply to the fire pump, as well as conversations with the local authority having jurisdiction, determine the best solution for a building’s fire pump power system design.

By Sarah Kuchera, PE, LEED AP, ccrd + WSP, Dallas
Codes and Standards March 21, 2016

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, March 14-20: ASHRAE 90.1 updates, designing generator systems, office building design, more

Articles about updates to ASHRAE 90.1, designing generator systems, class A office building systems design, designing with NFPA 101-2015, and fire/life safety were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, March 14-20. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Codes and Standards March 18, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: March 18

This week Morrissey Goodale reported seven deals in the United States and one international deal involving companies from Singapore.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards March 18, 2016

Emergency egress and illumination systems

Understanding the basic characteristics of emergency egress and illumination systems provides engineers with the knowledge to optimize lifecycle and emergency evacuation performance.

By Mark Budzinski, PE, AIA, CBO, Arup, Los Angeles
Codes and Standards March 14, 2016

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, March 7-13: Connecting renewable energy systems, ASHRAE 90.1 updates, specifying office buildings, more

Articles about connecting renewable energy systems, updates to ASHRAE 90.1, specifying electrical and power systems for office buildings, designing with NFPA 101-2015, and fire/life safety were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, March 7-13. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Ksenia Avrakhova
Codes and Standards March 11, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: March 11

This week Morrissey Goodale reported four deals in the United States and two international deals involving companies from the U.S., U.K., France, Sweden, and Japan.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards March 7, 2016

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, February 29 to March 6: warm water for data center cooling, benefits and considerations of humidification, updates to ASHRAE 90.1, more

Articles about warm water for data center cooling, benefits and considerations of humidification, updates to ASHRAE 90.1, electrical systems and data center efficiency, and class A office building system design were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, February 29 to March 6. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Ksenia Avrakhova
Codes and Standards February 29, 2016

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, February 22-28: designing with NFPA 101-2015, lighting system design, updates to ASHRAE 90.1, more

Articles about designing with NFPA 101-2015, lighting system design, updates to ASHRAE 90.1, motors, drives, and HVAC efficiency, and designs for pumping technologies were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, February 22-28. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Ksenia Avrakhova
Codes and Standards February 26, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: February 26

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States and one international deal involving companies from the U.S., and Canada.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards February 22, 2016

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, February 15-21: updates to ASHRAE 90.1, designing with NFPA 101-2015, motors, drives, and HVAC efficiency, more

Articles about updates to ASHRAE 90.1, designing with NFPA 101-2015, motors, drives, and HVAC efficiency, how federal legislation affects your job, and defining NFPA 37 were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, February 15-21. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Ksenia Avrakhova
Codes and Standards February 22, 2016

Record 2015 for M&A activity in U.S. architecture, engineering industry

According to Morrissey Goodale, merger and acquisition (M&A) activity hit record levels in 2015.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards February 19, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: February 19

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States and four international deals involving companies from the U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada and France.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards February 15, 2016

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, February 8-14: Defining NFPA 37, motors, drives, and HVAC efficiency, NFPA 101-2015, more

Articles about defining NFPA 37, motors, drives, and HVAC efficiency, designing with NFPA 101-2015, connecting renewable energy systems, and specifying electrical, power systems for office buildings were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, February 8-14. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Ksenia Avrakhova
Codes and Standards February 12, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: February 12

This week Morrissey Goodale reported five deals in the United States and two international deal involving companies from the U.S., U.K., Germany and China.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards February 8, 2016

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, February 1-7: Motors, drives, and HVAC efficiency, updates to ASHRAE 90.1, designs for pumping technologies, more

Articles about motors, drives, and HVAC efficiency, updates to ASHRAE 90.1, designs for pumping technologies, understanding transfer switch operation, and designing with NFPA 101-2015 were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, February 1-7. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Ksenia Avrakhova
Codes and Standards February 5, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: February 5

This week Morrissey Goodale reported five deals in the United States and one international deal involving companies from the U.S., and U.K.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards February 1, 2016

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, January 25-31: Transfer switch operation, what engineering firms can expect in 2016, selecting and sizing transformers for commercial buildings, more

Articles about transfer switch operation, what engineering firms can expect in 2016, selecting and sizing transformers for commercial buildings, coordinating protective devices in mission critical facilities, and motors, drives, and HVAC efficiency were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, January 25-31. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Ksenia Avrakhova
Codes and Standards February 1, 2016

Designing with NFPA 101-2015

NFPA 101: Life Safety Code dictates a great deal for all building types, including egress, features of fire protection, sprinkler systems, alarms, emergency lighting, smoke barriers, and special hazard protection.

By William E. Koffel, PE, FSFPE, Koffel Associates Inc., Columbia, Md.
Codes and Standards January 29, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: January 29

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two international deals involving companies from the U.K., Singapore, and Australia.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards January 25, 2016

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, January 18-24: defining NFPA 37, what engineering firms can expect in 2016, reviewing and analyzing NEC 2014 changes, more

Articles about defining NFPA 37, what engineering firms can expect in 2016, reviewing and analyzing NEC 2014 changes, integrating renewable power systems, and using warm water for data center cooling were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, January 18-24. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Ksenia Avrakhova
Codes and Standards January 22, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: January 22

This week Morrissey Goodale reported six deals in the United States and one international deal involving companies from the U.S., and Canada.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards January 18, 2016

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, January 11-17: Analyzing NEC 2014 changes, renewable power systems, Engineering expectations in 2016, more

Articles about analyzing NEC 2014 changes, integrating renewable power systems, what engineering firms can expect in 2016, redundancy ensures continuous power, and three critical engineering aspects were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, January 11-17. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Ksenia Avrakhova
Codes and Standards January 15, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: January 15

This week Morrissey Goodale reported seven deals in the United States and three international deals involving companies from the U.S., India, U.K., Sweden and Canada.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards January 11, 2016

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, January 4-10: Engineering expectations in 2016, smart college construction advice, leading your engineering firm, more

Articles about what engineering firms can expect in 2016, constructing buildings wisely, lead your firm into the future, HVAC fans and smoke control, and modular data center were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, January 4-10. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Ksenia Avrakhova
Codes and Standards January 8, 2016

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: January 8

This week Morrissey Goodale reported eight deals in the United States and four international deals involving companies from the U.S., France, Brazil, U.K., and Canada.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards January 4, 2016

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, December 28 to January 3: Engineering expectations in 2016, Smart college construction advice, more

Articles about engineering expectations in 2016; college building electrical, power, and lighting construction; college building sustainability and energy efficiency construction; NEC 2014 changes; and lighting system design were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, December 28 to January 3. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Ksenia Avrakhova
Codes and Standards December 28, 2015

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, December 21-27: Lighting system design, NEC 2014 changes, leading your engineering firm, more

Articles about lighting system design, NEC 2014 changes, lead your engineering firm into the future, integrating renewable power systems, and defining NFPA 37 were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, December 21-27. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Ksenia Avrakhova
Codes and Standards December 23, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: December 23

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two international deals involving companies from Sweden and Norway.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards December 21, 2015

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, December 14-20: NEC 2014 changes, how much are you worth, dedicated outdoor air systems, more

Articles about NEC 2014 changes, how much are you worth, dedicated outdoor air systems, HVAC fans and smoke control, and understanding transfer switch operation were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, December 14-20. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Ksenia Avrakhova
Codes and Standards December 18, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: December 18

This week Morrissey Goodale reported six deals in the U.S. and two international deals involving companies from France, the United Kingdom, and Canada.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards December 11, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: December 11

This week Morrissey Goodale reported eight deals in the United States and four international deals involving companies from the U.S., U.K., Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Netherlands.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards December 11, 2015

Reviewing, analyzing NEC 2014 changes

Changes in and additions to the NFPA 70: National Electrical Code (NEC) have a significant impact on commercial and industrial facilities.

By Robert C. Corson, PE; and Philip M. Grenci, PE; Triad Consulting Engineers Inc.,
Codes and Standards December 4, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: December 4

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States and five international deals involving companies from the U.S., Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Mexico, UK, Australia, and Singapore.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards November 30, 2015

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, November 23-29: HVAC and smoke control, modeling lighting systems, building information modeling, more

Articles about HVAC fans and smoke control, modeling building lighting systems, taking BIM to the next level, circuit protection in health care facilities, and lighting and the energy codes were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, November 23-29. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Ksenia Avrakhova
Codes and Standards November 25, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: November 25

This week Morrissey Goodale reported five deals in the United States involving companies from Virginia, Texas, New York, California, Illinois, Maryland, and Idaho.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards November 23, 2015

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, November 16-22: Lighting and energy codes, automation and controls for HVAC systems, dedicated outdoor air systems, more

Articles about lighting and the energy codes, automation and controls for HVAC systems, dedicated outdoor air systems and code compliance, taking BIM to the next level, and HVAC fans and smoke control were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, November 16-22. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Ksenia Avrakhova
Codes and Standards November 20, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: November 20

This week Morrissey Goodale reported four deals in the United States and two international deals involving companies from the U.S., Australia, and the United Kingdom.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards November 16, 2015

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, November 9-15: emergency and standby power, arc flash and electrical safety, Getting equipment SCCR code requirements right, more

Articles about emergency and standby power, arc flash and electrical safety, Getting equipment SCCR code requirements right, HVAC fans and smoke control, and fire and life safety in data centers were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, November 9-15. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Ksenia Avrakhova
Codes and Standards November 13, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: November 13

This week Morrissey Goodale reported one deal in the United States and two international deals involving companies from the U.S., Australia, and the United Kingdom.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards November 9, 2015

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, November 2-8: Displacement ventilation best practices, HVAC fans and smoke control, fire protection changes in schools, more

Articles about displacement ventilation best practices, HVAC fans and smoke control, fire protection changes in schools, retrofitting HVAC systems, and emergency and standby power were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, November 2-8. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Ksenia Avrakhova
Codes and Standards November 6, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: November 6

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the United States and four international deals involving companies from the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards November 2, 2015

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, October 26 to November 1: 2015 Commissioning Giants, Emergency and standby power, Protecting our schools, more

Articles about 2015 Commissioning Giants, emergency and standby power, protecting our schools, lighting and the energy codes, and enhancing office buildings were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, October 26 to November 1. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Ksenia Avrakhova
Codes and Standards October 30, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: October 30

This week Morrissey Goodale reported five deals in the United States and one international deal involving companies from the U.S. and the United Kingdom.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards October 26, 2015

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, October 19-25: emergency and standby power, 2015 Commissioning Giants, smart building automation systems, more

Articles about emergency and standby power, 2015 Commissioning Giants, smart building automation systems, getting equipment SCCR code requirements right, and economics of lighting systems were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, October 19-25. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Ksenia Avrakhova
Codes and Standards October 26, 2015

Lighting and the energy codes

Engineers have many resources when designing energy-efficient lighting in nonresidential buildings. Lighting designers do not have to sacrifice quality or reduce lighting levels just to meet energy codes.

By Kenneth L. Lovorn, PE, Lovorn Engineering Associates, Pittsburgh
Codes and Standards October 23, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: October 23

This week Morrissey Goodale reported five deals in the United States and one international deal involving companies from Canada.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards October 21, 2015

What’s all the fuss about arc flash and electrical safety?

Everyone is aware of the shock hazard that is present with electrical equipment, but how aware are you of the arc flash hazard that may be present?

By Justin Garner, TBE, Associated Air Balance Council
Codes and Standards October 19, 2015

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, October 12-18: Complying with NFPA 110, minimizing arc flash hazards, ensuring power quality, more

Articles about complying with NFPA 110, minimizing arc flash hazards, ensuring power quality, selective coordination in health care buildings, and building systems integration best practices were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, October 12-18. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Ksenia Avrakhova
Codes and Standards October 16, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: October 16

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States and four international deals involving companies from the U.S., Australia, UK, and Canada.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards October 12, 2015

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, October 5-11: Building systems integration best practices, NFPA 13 changes, Product of the Year, more

Articles about building systems integration best practices, updates/changes to NFPA 13, the 2015 Product of the Year winners, building automation and integration efficiency, and wireless controls in building systems were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, October 5-11. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Ksenia Avrakhova
Codes and Standards October 9, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: October 9

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the United States and one international deal involving companies from the U.S. and Canada.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards October 5, 2015

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, September 28 to October 4: Product of the Year, wireless controls, lighting system economics, more

Articles about Product of the Year, wireless controls in building systems, economics of lighting systems, minimizing arc flash hazards, and ensuring power quality in mission critical facilities were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, September 28 to October 4. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Ksenia Avrakhova
Codes and Standards October 2, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: October 2

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the United States and two international deals involving companies from the U.S., Denmark, Finland, Japan, and Australia.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards September 29, 2015

Getting it right in mixed-use buildings

Mixed-use buildings—often a combination of retail and residential—are unique structures with varying needs. Tenants, sustainability, HVAC, and a host of other factors must be considered.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards September 28, 2015

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, September 21-27: NFPA 13 changes, minimizing arc flash hazards, Product of the Year, more

Articles about NFPA 13 changes, minimizing arc flash hazards, the 2015 Product of the Year winners, complying with NFPA 110, and ensuring power quality in mission critical facilities were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, September 21-27. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Codes and Standards September 28, 2015

Wireless controls in building systems

There is quite a bit of flux in the wireless building instrumentation and controls protocol market with numerous players jockeying for dominance. Though wireless systems are becoming the norm for product manufacturers in many cases, not all engineers fully understand the best way to specify these systems.

By Don Horkey, PE, LEED AP, DLR Group
Codes and Standards September 25, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: September 25

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the United States involving companies from California, Louisiana, and Arkansas.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards September 24, 2015

Economics of lighting systems

Codes and standards, energy efficiency, lighting controls, and plug loads all play into specifying lighting and lighting controls in nonresidential buildings.

By Brian Fiander, Harley Ellis Devereaux
Codes and Standards September 23, 2015

Building automation + integration = efficiency

The building automation system (BAS) has become key to ensuring all systems within a building are working effectively and efficiently. Integration of lighting, HVAC, fire/life safety, and all other engineered systems requires the designer to specify an appropriate system.

By Anil Ahuja, CCJM Engineers, Chicago, and Rocky Moore, American Auto-Matrix
Codes and Standards September 21, 2015

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, September 14-20: Minimizing arc flash hazards, NFPA 110 compliance, PV system fundamentals, more

Articles about minimizing arc flash hazards, NFPA 110 and mission critical facilities, PV system fundamentals, HVAC system noise and vibration issues, and the 2015 Product of the Year winners were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, September 14-20. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Codes and Standards September 21, 2015

Updates, changes to NFPA 13

Nonresidential buildings have automatic fire sprinkler systems to mitigate fires, minimizing the potential for death and property loss. This looks at the current edition of NFPA 13 (2013) and reviews major changes to the 2016 edition.

By Mark Jason Aaby, PE, Koffel Associates Inc.
Codes and Standards September 18, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: September 18

This week Morrissey Goodale reported four deals in the United States involving companies from Maryland, South Carolina, Indiana, Illinois, Washington, California, and Florida.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards September 14, 2015

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, September 7-13: Fire detection and notification, fiber optics, waste heat recovery, more

Articles about fire detection and notification, fiber optics and building design, waste heat recovery, commissioning commercial buildings, and minimizing arc flash hazards were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, September 7-13. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Codes and Standards September 11, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: September 11

This week Morrissey Goodale reported four deals in the United States and two international deals involving companies from the U.S., Spain, and France.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards September 9, 2015

Complying with NFPA 110 in mission critical facilities

Design engineers must consider the implications of combining emergency, legally required, and optional standby systems to ensure code compliance, maintainability, and economics.

By Brian Martin, PE, and Jeremy Taylor, PE, CH2M
Codes and Standards September 7, 2015

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, August 31 to September 6: Waste heat recovery, PV system fundamentals, 2015 MEP Giants revenue, more

Articles about waste heat recovery, PV system fundamentals, MEP Giants revenue and M&A, commissioning commercial buildings, and fire detection and notification were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, August 31 to September 6. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Codes and Standards September 4, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: September 4

This week Morrissey Goodale reported four deals in the United States and two international deals involving companies from the U.S. and Canada.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards September 1, 2015

Your questions answered: Fire detection and notification

Fire detection and notification systems are complex for fire protection engineers to design. The presenters from the Aug. 27 webcast offer additional guidance.

By Raymond Grill, Arup; David Lowrey, Boulder, Colo., Fire Rescue
Codes and Standards August 31, 2015

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, August 24-30: LED specifications, PV system fundamentals, 2015 MEP Giants revenue, more

Articles about LED specifications, PV system fundamentals, MEP Giants revenue and M&A, specifying a clean agent system, and the impacts of NFPA 72-2016 were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, August 24-30. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Codes and Standards August 28, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: August 28

This week Morrissey Goodale reported one domestic deal and three international deals involving companies from the U.S., Canada, and Belgium.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards August 24, 2015

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, August 17-23: LED specifications, 2015 MEP Giants revenue, specifying a clean agent system, more

Articles about LED specifications, MEP Giants revenue and M&A, specifying a clean agent system, saving energy on heating and cooling loads, and 2014 mergers and acquisitions were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, August 17-23. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Codes and Standards August 21, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: August 21

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States and two international deals involving companies from the United Kingdom.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards August 20, 2015

PV system fundamentals

Photovoltaic (PV) systems are one of the best options for on-site power generation. Commercial buildings must generate power as we move forward with the AIA 2030 challenge, net zero energy, and other energy efficiency programs

By Mike Nowicki, PE, REP, LEED AP BD+C, SmithGroupJJR, Detroit
Codes and Standards August 17, 2015

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, August 10-16: Microgrid case study, international engineering, zero-net energy case study, more

Articles about a microgrid case study at Princeton, engineering on an international scale, a zero-net energy case study, waste heat recovery, and NFPA 72 amendments were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, August 10-16. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Codes and Standards August 14, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: August 14

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States and two international deals involving companies from the United Kingdom, France, and Brazil.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards August 12, 2015

Know when, where to specify a clean agent system

Fire protection engineers should use NPFA 2001 to direct the specification of clean agent fire extinguishing systems, which are typically used in mission critical facilities.

By Allyn J. Vaughn, PE, FSFPE, JBA Consulting Engineers, Las Vegas
Codes and Standards August 7, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: August 7

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States and one international deal involving companies from France and Bahrain.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards August 3, 2015

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, July 27 to August 2: NFPA 72-2016, Fire and Life Safety Study, IAQ in hospitals, more

Articles about NFPA 72-2016's impacts, the 2015 Fire and Life Safety Study, IAQ in hospitals, the 2015 Electrical and Power Study, and the IoT and consulting-specifying engineers were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, July 27 to August 2. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Codes and Standards July 31, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: July 31

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the United States and three international deals involving companies from Canada, Australia, Singapore, France, and India.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards July 29, 2015

Engineering on an international scale

Working on projects clear across the globe may introduce more obstacles to overcome than mere distance and language barriers—each locale comes with its own codes, climate conditions, and unique characteristics.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards July 28, 2015

Your questions answered: LED codes and standards

In lighting, one size/type does not fit all. LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, have gained prominence in lighting design for their energy and operational savings. More information is provided by the presenters of the July 23 webcast.

By Michael Chow, Metro CD Engineering, and Robert J. Garra Jr., CannonDesign
Codes and Standards July 27, 2015

What are the impacts of NFPA 72-2016?

Although the revision process is not yet complete for NFPA 72-2016, this highlights some of the more significant changes that may be included in the 2016 edition.

By William E. Koffel, PE, FSFPE, Koffel Associates Inc., Columbia, Md.
Codes and Standards July 27, 2015

Certified amending motions on NFPA 72

Several motions on NFPA 72 were discussed at the NFPA meeting in June.

By William E. Koffel, PE, FSFPE, Koffel Associates Inc., Columbia, Md.
Codes and Standards July 24, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: July 24

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the United States involving companies from Washington, D.C., Kansas, and California.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards July 20, 2015

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, July 13-19: NFPA 99, integrated project delivery, fire protection, more

Articles about adopting NFPA 99, integrated project delivery, fire protection and critical facilities, evaluating UPS system efficiency, and implementing microgrids were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, July 13-19. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Codes and Standards July 17, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: July 17

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States and five international deals involving companies from the U.S., Canada, France, China, and the United Kingdom.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards July 13, 2015

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, July 6-12: Generator rooms, codes or standards, UPS system efficiency, more

Articles about designing generator rooms, codes or standards, evaluating UPS system efficiency, integrated project delivery, and information about motors and drives were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, July 6-12. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Codes and Standards July 2, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: July 2

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the United States and four international deals involving companies from Canada, Norway, the United Kingdom, and Sweden.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards June 29, 2015

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, June 22-28: Integrated project delivery, fire detection and protection, adopting NFPA 99, more

Articles about integrated project delivery, fire detection and protection in critical facilities, adopting NFPA 99, data center PUE and efficiency, and implementing microgrids were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, June 22-28. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Codes and Standards June 26, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: June 26

This week Morrissey Goodale reported four deals in the United States and three international deals involving companies from Singapore, China, and the United Kingdom.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards June 22, 2015

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, June 15-21: LED renovations and retrofits, data center PUE and efficiency, cogeneration systems, more

Articles about LED renovations and retrofits, data center PUE and efficiency, understanding cogeneration systems, efficient hot water systems, and adopting NFPA 99 were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, June 15-21. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Codes and Standards June 19, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: June 19

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States and four international deals involving companies from Canada, the United Kingdom, the UAE, Austria, and Poland.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards June 18, 2015

Fire detection, protection in critical facilities

Critical facilities, such as health care buildings and hospitals, require fire alarm and detection specifications at a higher level than in other buildings.

By William E. Koffel, PE, FSFPE; M. Steven Welsh, PE; and Kristin Steranka
Codes and Standards June 15, 2015

Adopting NFPA 99

NFPA 99-2015 establishes criteria for levels of health care services or systems based on risk to patients, staff, or visitors in health care facilities to minimize the hazards of fire, explosion, and electricity. Here’s what’s in the current code and what engineers need to know once their authorities having jurisdiction enforce this version.

By Michael A. Crowley, PE, FSFPE, Jensen Hughes, Houston
Codes and Standards June 12, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: June 12

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the United States and three deals involving companies from the United Kingdom.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards June 11, 2015

Webcast: Variable frequency drives (VFDs), variable speed drives (VSDs), and motors

Engineers must understand how the components in the systems they design use power and how they can be optimized without compromising traditional design values. Standard induction motors use (and waste) electricity.

By CFE Media
Codes and Standards June 5, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: June 5

This week Morrissey Goodale reported four deals in the United States and seven international deals involving companies from Spain, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Australia, The Netherlands and France.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards June 1, 2015

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, May 25-31: 40 Under 40 winners, BIM evolution, electrical systems webcast Q&A, more

Articles about the 2015 40 Under 40 winners, the evolution of BIM, webcast questions and answers on arc flash reduction, an energy efficiency case study, and lighting and HVAC integration were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, May 25-31. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Codes and Standards May 29, 2015

Industrial IoT and new sources of energy set to transform the power equipment industry in 2015

The power equipment industry is going through significant changes as equipment manufacturers explore various energy sources and enhanced data capabilities in 2015.

By MSI Data
Codes and Standards May 29, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: May 29

This week Morrissey Goodale reported four deals in the United States involving companies from Colorado, New York, Florida, Alabama, Texas and Maryland, and one international deal involving two companies from the United Kingdom.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards May 22, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: May 22

This week Morrissey Goodale reported one deal in the United States involving companies from Pennsylvania and Georgia.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards May 18, 2015

LED renovations and retrofits: Evaluating codes and costs

Clients are asking lighting designers to help them save on energy costs, and replacing fluorescent, HID, or other lights with LEDs is in high demand. Here’s a look at the codes and guidelines that define LED use, including ASHRAE Standard 90.1, California Title 24, Dept. of Energy, and IECC.

By Michael J. Mar, PE, LEED AP; and Robbie Chung, PE, LEED AP; ESD
Codes and Standards May 15, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: May 15

This week Morrissey Goodale reported seven deals in the United States involving companies from Illinois, Nevada, Ohio, Connecticut, Tennessee, Delaware, Maryland, California, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina and one international deal involving companies from the United States and Canada.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards May 13, 2015

Your questions answered: Electrical Systems: Arc Flash Reduction and NEC 240.87 Requirements

James A. Smith, senior offer specialist at Schneider Electric, and Antony Parsons, PhD, PE, senior staff engineer at Schneider Electric, tackled unanswered questions from the May 6, 2015, webcast on arc flash reduction and NEC 240.87 requirements.

By Schneider Electric
Codes and Standards May 8, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: May 8

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States involving companies from Michigan, Colorado, Massachusetts, Georgia and Texas and two international deals involving companies from the United Kingdom and Norway.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards May 8, 2015

Arup Thoughts: Let BIM unite standardisers and innovators

Some in the industry argue that building information modelling (BIM) should be used to enable radical innovation, while others feel its main goal should be standardization.

By Alvise Simondetti, Arup
Codes and Standards May 4, 2015

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, April 27 to May 3: Interpreting NFPA 72, 40 Under 40, energy performance in mission critical facilities, more

Articles about interpreting NFPA 72, the 40 Under 40 program, energy performance in mission critical facilities, the evolution of BIM, and the Product of the Year finalists were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, April 27 to May 3. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Codes and Standards May 1, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: May 1

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the United States involving companies from California, New York, Maryland, and Pennsylvania and one international deal involving a company from Canada.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards April 24, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: April 24

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States involving companies from California, New York, South Carolina, Florida, Texas and Massachusetts and one international deal involving two companies from China.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards April 20, 2015

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, April 13-19: BIM design integration, increasing transformer efficiency, Product of the Year finalists, more

Articles about BIM design integration, increasing transformer efficiency, the 2015 Product of the Year finalists, optimizing genset sizing, and energy performance in mission critical facilities were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, April 13-19. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Codes and Standards April 20, 2015

Interpreting NFPA 72

Engineers must understand how NFPA 72-2013 can be specified into commercial buildings. While the 2010 edition is just being put into practice in many jurisdictions, the changes to the 2013 code should be noted.

By William E. Koffel, PE, FSFPE, Koffel Associates Inc., Columbia, Md.
Codes and Standards April 17, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: April 17

This week Morrissey Goodale reported one deal in the United States involving companies from Illinois and California and three international deals involving companies from the United States, Turkey, Australia, Indonesia, and Canada.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards April 10, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: April 10

This week Morrissey Goodale reported six deals in the United States involving companies from Kansas, Washington State, Missouri, Iowa, Montana, Michigan, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards April 3, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: April 3

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States and two international deal involving companies from Canada and the United Kingdom.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards March 27, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: March 27

This week Morrissey Goodale reported six deals in the United States and one international deal involving companies from the United Arab Emirates and the UK.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards March 25, 2015

Additional information about standby power for mission critical facilities

When utility power is interrupted, standby power system failure is not an option for mission critical facilities. Presenters from the March 19, 2015, webcast respond to questions left unanswered during the live event.

By Dwayne G. Miller, JBA Consulting Engineers, and Kenneth Kutsmeda, Jacobs
Codes and Standards March 20, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: March 20

This week Morrissey Goodale reported four deals in the United States and one international deal involving companies from the Netherlands and France.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards March 13, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: March 13

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the United States and one international deal involving two companies from Australia.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards March 6, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: March 6

This week Morrissey Goodale reported six deals in the United States and one international deal involving two companies from the United Kingdom.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards March 6, 2015

The 12-month correction period

Another way engineers can keep the client happy.

By Michael Heinsdorf, PE, LEED AP, CDT, ARCOM
Codes and Standards March 2, 2015

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, February 23 to March 1: Fire suppression piping systems, VFD and motor strategies, NFPA 72 and 720 code changes, more

Articles about fire suppression piping systems, VFD and motor strategies for energy efficiency, NFPA 72 and 720 code changes, ASHRAE 90.1 and integrated design, and results from the 2014 electrical, power study were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, February 23 to March 1. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Codes and Standards February 27, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: February 27

This week Morrissey Goodale reported five deals in the United States and two international deals involving companies from the United States, Vietnam, and Canada.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards February 23, 2015

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, February 16-22: ASHRAE 90.1 and integrated design, VFD and motor strategies, lighting control strategies, more

Articles about ASHRAE 90.1 and integrated design, VFD and motor strategies for energy efficiency, lighting control strategies, driving data center design, and NFPA 72 and 720 code changes were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, February 16-22. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Codes and Standards February 20, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: February 20

This week Morrissey Goodale reported five deals in the United States and three international deals involving companies from the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards February 13, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: February 13

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the United States and two international deals involving companies from Sweden and the United Kingdom.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards February 12, 2015

NFPA 72 and 720 code changes

Here’s what fire protection engineers need to know about the NFPA 72 and 720 code requirements for sleeping rooms

By Ted Milburn, Eaton
Codes and Standards February 6, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: February 6

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the United States and three international deals involving companies from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, and Hong Kong.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards February 2, 2015

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, January 26 to February 1: VFD and motor strategies, 2014 NEC review, energy efficiency economics, more

Articles about VFD and motor strategies for energy efficiency, the 2014 NEC, economics for energy-efficient electrical systems, pitfalls in specifying motors and VFDs, and data center design were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, January 26 to February 1. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Codes and Standards January 30, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: January 30

This week Morrissey Goodale reported four deals in the United States and one international deal involving companies from the United Kingdom and China.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards January 29, 2015

Driving data center design

In the information age, data centers can be the beating heart of not just a building, but an entire global corporation. Engineers with experience working on data centers offer advice on their complex design and getting all the various aspects to compute.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards January 26, 2015

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, January 19-25: 2015 business trends, designing higher education facilities, VFD and motor strategies, more

Articles about top business trends in 2015; designing higher education facilities; VFD, motor strategies for energy efficiency; designing a CHP plant; and condensing boilers and emissions regulations were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, January 19-25. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Codes and Standards January 23, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: January 23

This week Morrissey Goodale reported seven deals in the United States and two international deals involving companies from The Netherlands.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards January 19, 2015

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, January 12-18: Designing modular data centers, the 2014 NEC, 2015 business trends, more

Articles about designing modular data centers; the 2014 NEC; top business trends in 2015; Implementing energy storage for peak-load shifting; and designing higher education facilities were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, January 12-18. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Codes and Standards January 16, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: January 16

This week Morrissey Goodale reported four deals in the United States and two international deals involving companies from France, China, and Canada.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards January 9, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: January 9

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States and one deal involving two companies from Canada.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards January 5, 2015

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, December 29 to January 4: LED secrets, BIM and lawyers, 2015 business trends, more

Articles about dirty LED secrets, lawyers and BIM, top business trends in 2015, a central heating plant (CHP) achieving efficiency, and ASHRAE 90.1’s effects on plumbing engineers were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, December 29 to January 4. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Codes and Standards January 2, 2015

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: January 2

This week Morrissey Goodale reported six deals in the United States and one international deal involving companies from Saudi Arabia.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards December 29, 2014

The IBC’s modification to exit access travel distance

Understanding the International Building Code’s increase for Group F-1 and S-1 occupancy.

By Sonja Antunovic-Curcic, LEED AP BD+C, Stellar
Codes and Standards December 19, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: December 19

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the United States and three international deals involving companies from the U.S., Denmark, England, Canada, and Colombia.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards December 17, 2014

Use NFPA 3 for new, existing buildings

NFPA 3 defines commissioning and integrated testing of new fire protection and life safety systems in both new and existing buildings.

By David J. LeBlanc, PE, FSFPE, Rolf Jensen & Associates Inc., Framingham, Mass.
Codes and Standards December 15, 2014

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, December 8-14: 3- and 4-pole transfer switches, sustainable electrical systems, data center harmonics, more

Articles about covered 3-and 4-pole transfer switches, flexible and sustainable electrical systems, data center harmonics, young architects challenging engineers, and energy storage for peak-load shifting were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, December 8-14. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Codes and Standards December 12, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: December 12

This week Morrissey Goodale reported five deals in the United States and four international deals involving companies from the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards December 11, 2014

Reviewing the 2014 NEC

It’s time for electrical and power engineers to start reviewing the 2014 edition of the NEC to be prepared for when jurisdictions adopt it as local code.

By Andy Chavez, PE, CH2M HILL, Phoenix
Codes and Standards December 10, 2014

Designing a CHP plant

Consulting engineers should understand the criteria for determining the feasibility of using combined heat and power in their design projects.

By Mark Wagner, PE, Stanley Consultants, Muscatine, Iowa
Codes and Standards December 5, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: December 5

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States and two international deals involving companies from The Netherlands, Australia, France, and Brazil.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards November 26, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: November 26

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two international deals involving companies from Australia, the United Arab Emirates, and Romania.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards November 24, 2014

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, November 17-23: Building envelope testing, evaluating energy codes, passive firestop systems, more

Articles about building envelope testing in existing buildings, evaluating energy codes, specifying passive firestop systems, applying building energy modeling, and effective health care facilities were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, November 17-23. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Codes and Standards November 24, 2014

Proper installation ensures performance standards are met: Part 2

This final installment of a two-part series explains why electrical specifiers should take a cue from the 1980s rock band Van Halen and why defending a specification is the only way to ensure that you get what you have specified.

By Steve Voelzke, President, Robroy Industries Conduit Division/Corrosion College
Codes and Standards November 18, 2014

Building safe, effective health care facilities: Fire and life safety

It’s hard to think of an engineering project with higher standards than a hospital or health care facility—successfully designed and installed systems can literally be a matter of life and death. Here, engineers with experience in the field offer advice on how to deliver such projects with a clean bill of health.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards November 17, 2014

Building safe, effective health care facilities

It’s hard to think of an engineering project with higher standards than a hospital or health care facility—successfully designed and installed systems can literally be a matter of life and death. Here, engineers with experience in the field offer advice on how to deliver such projects with a clean bill of health.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards November 17, 2014

Building safe, effective health care facilities: Building automation and controls

It’s hard to think of an engineering project with higher standards than a hospital or health care facility—successfully designed and installed systems can literally be a matter of life and death. Building automation systems (BAS) and controls play a key role in mission critical facilities.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards November 14, 2014

Critical Power: Selective Coordination

Selective coordination is a means of localizing an overcurrent condition to restrict electrical outages to the affected equipment, circuit, or feeder. In a properly coordinated system, a fault induces operation of the nearest device on the line side of the fault and limits the outage to only the faulted portion of the system.

By CFE Media
Codes and Standards November 14, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: November 14

This week Morrissey Goodale reported four deals in the United States and two international deals involving companies from Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards November 12, 2014

Hard and soft metric: It’s actually ‘conversion’ and ‘substitution’

After discussing "hard" and "soft" metric conversions in a previous blog post, I found that there is a better way to address this topic, thanks to a comment from reader Howard Ressel about ASTM/IEEE SI10-2010: The American National Standard for Metric Practice.

By Michael Heinsdorf, PE, LEED AP, CDT, ARCOM
Codes and Standards November 10, 2014

Specify materials carefully for project success: Part 1

Electrical specifiers hold the key to a project’s long-term success by sharing their knowledge and defending their specifications. Part 1 of this two-part series focuses on the reasons specifications exist and why defending them makes good sense.

By Steve Voelzke, President, Robroy Industries Conduit Division/Corrosion College
Codes and Standards November 7, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: November 7

This week Morrissey Goodale reported seven deals in the United States and four international deals involving companies from the United States, the United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards November 7, 2014

Keeping tabs on emerging trends, Part II: Interconnections, revised standards and communication networks

In part I of this two-part blog, I discussed the introduction of bidirectional power flows on the distribution network and the utility’s resulting need for situational awareness that may extend into the client’s substation. In this installment, I’d like to discuss interconnections and relevant standards.

By Sam Sciacca, Director, IEEE Standards Association, Smart Grid expert
Codes and Standards November 3, 2014

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, October 27 to November 2: Selecting pumps and circulators, arc flash hazards, active and passive fire protection, more

Articles about selecting pumps and circulators, mitigating arc flash hazards, active and passive fire protection, specifying passive firestop systems, and building energy modeling were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, October 27 to November 2. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Codes and Standards October 31, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: October 31

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States from companies in Maryland, Ohio, New York, California, and Idaho.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards October 27, 2014

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, October 20-26: Selecting pumps and circulators, building energy modeling, commissioning and energy efficiency, more

Articles about covered selecting pumps and circulators, building energy modeling, ongoing commissioning and energy efficiency, commissioning giants, and lighting controls increasing energy performance were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, October 20-26. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Codes and Standards October 24, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: October 24

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States and one international deal involving two companies from France.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards October 21, 2014

Specifying lighting controls: Part 2

When specifying a lighting control system, reviewing the four types of lighting control discussed in part 1 of this series is a good place to start. Part 2 tells you how to determine what kind of lighting control system meets the client's requirements.

By Michael Heinsdorf, PE, LEED AP, CDT, ARCOM
Codes and Standards October 17, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: October 17

This week Morrissey Goodale reported one deal in Texas and one deal involving companies from the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards October 13, 2014

Balancing active and passive fire protection

Fire protection engineers can and should consider the building's construction, fire suppression systems, and smoke control when designing fire protection systems.

By Gregory K. Shino, PE, JBA Consulting Engineers, Las Vegas
Codes and Standards October 10, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: October 10

This week Morrissey Goodale reported four deals in the United States and five international deal involving companies from the United Kingdom, Canada, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Singapore.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards October 6, 2014

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, September 29 to October 5: Data center distribution systems, mixed-use buildings best practices, managing power through networked electrical systems, more

Articles about designing data center electrical distribution systems, mixed-use building codes and standards, managing power through networked electrical systems, circuit protection in facilities, and the 2014 Product of the Year winners were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, September 29 to October 5. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Codes and Standards October 3, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: October 3

This week Morrissey Goodale reported five deals in the United States and one international deal involving companies from the United Kingdom and Ireland.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards September 29, 2014

Best practices for mixed-use buildings

Taking on a mixed-use structure—such as one that includes retail and residential portions—can be an engineering challenge. With all the different engineered systems involved, it can be like working on and integrating several different projects at once. A group of engineers share their experiences and offer practical advice on mixed-use projects.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards September 26, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: September 26

This week Morrissey Goodale reported five deals in the United States and four international deals involving companies from Canada and the United Kingdom.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards September 25, 2014

Circuit protection in facilities

Circuit protection, as defined by NFPA 70, can be interpreted in many ways. Understand the codes and standards to create a circuit protection protocol that can be followed in all buildings.

By Brian P. Martin, PE, CH2M Hill, Portland, Ore.
Codes and Standards September 19, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: September 19

This week Morrissey Goodale reported one deal in the United States and three international deals involving companies from Canada, the United Kingdom, Belgium, and Germany.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards September 15, 2014

Updates, changes to NFPA 75 affect data centers

The 2016 edition of NFPA 75: Standard for the Fire Protection of Information Technology (IT) Equipment may include changes to the risk assessment approach users of the document must take.

By Mark Aaby, PE, Koffel Associates Inc., Columbia, Md.
Codes and Standards September 12, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: September 12

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the United States and seven international deals involving companies from the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, India, and Canada.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards September 5, 2014

Weighing in on the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC)

We are currently at the start of an eight-month window for open commentary on the change proposals in the preprint of proposed changes for the 2017 edition of the NESC.

By Mike Hyland
Codes and Standards September 5, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: September 5

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the United States and four international deals involving companies from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and Canada.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards September 2, 2014

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, August 25-31: NFPA 101 considerations, building performance, MEP Giants, more

Articles about NFPA 101 engineering considerations, elevating building performance through lower energy use, MEP Giants and diversity, active and passive fire protection, and testing smoke management systems were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, August 25-31. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Codes and Standards August 29, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: August 29

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the United States and three international deals involving companies from The Netherlands, the U.S., the United Kingdom, and Australia.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards August 27, 2014

Specifying lighting controls: Part 1

Part 1 looks at four common types of lighting controls: panelboards, dimming controls, addressable controls, and relay-based systems.

By Michael Heinsdorf, PE, LEED AP, CDT, ARCOM
Codes and Standards August 27, 2014

Specifying LED luminaires

LEDs are in demand because of their energy efficiency and long lifecycle. This article reviews the key aspects of specifying LEDs, provides a lifecycle comparison to other types of lighting, and discusses the codes that dictate their specification.

By Brian Fiander, PE, LEED AP BD+C, MIES, Harley Ellis Devereaux, Southfield, Mich.
Codes and Standards August 25, 2014

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, August 18-24: MEP Giants, fire protection, NFPA 72-2016, more

Articles about MEP Giants and diversity, active and passive fire protection, NFPA 72-2016 changes, elevating building performance through lower energy use, and power for fire pumps were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, August 18-24. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Codes and Standards August 25, 2014

Engineering considerations of NFPA 101

NFPA 101: Life Safety Code defines a building’s egress, along with numerous fire and life safety systems.

By William E. Koffel, PE, FSFPE, Koffel Associates Inc., Columbia, Md.
Codes and Standards August 22, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: August 22

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States and five international deals involving companies from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and Norway.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards August 22, 2014

Testing smoke management systems

Follow these 10 steps for successful testing of smoke management systems.

By Nicholas A. Moriarty, PE, and Mark E. Mecham, PE
Codes and Standards August 18, 2014

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, August 11-17: Energy codes and lighting, energy use in buildings, LED lighting solutions, more

Articles about energy codes and lighting in smart buildings, elevating building performance through lower energy use, LED lighting solutions, the Neher-McGrath formula, and NFPA 72-2016 changes were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, August 11-17. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Codes and Standards August 15, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: August 15

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the United States and three international deals involving companies from the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Japan.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards August 8, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: August 8

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States and two international deals involving companies from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards August 7, 2014

Project profile: Installing a large clean agent system in a complex environment

A government data center opted for a clean agent suppression system to protect its mission critical facility.

By Corey Wallace
Codes and Standards August 4, 2014

IEEE to publish 2017 preprint of National Electric Safety Code for comment in its 100th year

IEEE announced that the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) will publish and open for commentary a preprint of proposed changes to the 2017 Edition of the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC).

By IEEE
Codes and Standards August 1, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: August 1

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States and one international deal involving companies from the United Kingdom and The Netherlands.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards July 25, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: July 25

This week Morrissey Goodale reported one deal in the United States and four international deals involving companies from Spain, Mexico, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil, France, and Australia.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards July 21, 2014

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, July 14-20: NFPA 72-2016, commissioning, LED lighting, more

Articles about NFPA 72-2016 proposed changes, commissioning electrical and power systems, LED lighting, engineering manufacturing and industrial buildings, and smoke control system testing were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, July 14-20. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Codes and Standards July 18, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: July 18

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States and six international deals involving companies from Canada, the United Kingdom, Norway, the United States, Germany, Spain, and South Africa.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards July 14, 2014

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, July 7-13: Commissioning, industrial buildings, electrical systems, more

Articles about commissioning electrical and power systems, engineering manufacturing and industrial buildings, electrical systems, NFPA 99-2012 changes, and power plant reliability were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, July 7-13. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Codes and Standards July 14, 2014

Active, passive protection and building codes

Several resources provide guidance on both active and passive fire protection.

By Kathleen Roach, CET, CFPS, Interface Engineering, Portland, Ore.
Codes and Standards July 11, 2014

The role of standards development in grid modernization

Standards development is playing a big part in the ongoing rollout of the Smart Grid.

By Dick DeBlasio
Codes and Standards July 10, 2014

NFPA 72-2016 proposed changes

NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code technical committees have been busy reviewing and preparing revisions to the 2013 edition of the code that will ultimately be published in the 2016 edition. Here's a look at changes that may have a significant impact on fire alarm design.

By Raymond A. Grill
Codes and Standards July 7, 2014

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, June 30 to July 6: Smoke control testing, glazing systems, resume building, more

Articles about smoke control system testing, glazing systems, 10 things to include on your resume, NFPA 99-2012 changes, and how to engineer manufacturing and industrial buildings were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, June 30 to July 6. Were you out last week? Miss something. You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Codes and Standards July 3, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: July 3

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the United States involving companies from Virginia, Florida and Ohio along with one international deals involving two companies from the United Kingdom.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards July 1, 2014

Listed, labeled, and defined in the National Electrical Code

What exactly does "listed and labeled as defined in NFPA 70" mean?

By Michael Heinsdorf, PE, LEED AP, CDT, ARCOM
Codes and Standards June 30, 2014

How to engineer manufacturing, industrial buildings: Electrical and power systems

Manufacturing and industrial facilities can be particularly complex projects, involving large facilities containing behemoth machinery, hazardous chemicals, and a range of other concerns. The draw on the local power system is a key factor for electrical engineers to consider.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards June 30, 2014

How to engineer manufacturing, industrial buildings: Fire and life safety

Manufacturing and industrial facilities can be particularly complex projects, involving large facilities containing behemoth machinery, hazardous chemicals, and a range of other concerns. Fire and life safety systems are at the forefront in these buildings.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards June 27, 2014

Fire market to embrace wireless and IP technologies?

The fire market is starting to see increased interest in wireless and IP-enabled products.

By Justin Siller, IHS Technology
Codes and Standards June 27, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: June 27

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States and three international deals involving companies from Canada, Ireland, Australia, and India.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards June 24, 2014

Multi-sensors gaining share of the detector market

IHS forecasts the global multi-sensor detector market to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.0% from 2013 to 2018.

By Justin Siller, IHS Technology
Codes and Standards June 23, 2014

Commissioning electrical and power systems

Essential/standby power equipment and system components are some of the most critical electrical systems to be commissioned in nonresidential buildings.

By Derek DeJesus, CxA, LEED AP, BD+C, KJWW Engineering Consultants, Chicago
Codes and Standards June 23, 2014

Common Cx roadblocks

There are several mistakes a commissioning agent can make that will create roadblocks in the commissioning process.

By Derek DeJesus, CxA, LEED AP, BD+C, KJWW Engineering Consultants, Chicago
Codes and Standards June 23, 2014

EPSS classifications

NFPA 99, NFPA 101, and NFPA 110 establish the minimum requirements for defining the level, type, and class of EPSS.

By Derek DeJesus, CxA, LEED AP, BD+C, KJWW Engineering Consultants, Chicago
Codes and Standards June 23, 2014

Commissioning lessons from the field

These are five lessons learned from commissioning projects. Anyone new to commissioning can learn from these tips.

By Derek DeJesus, CxA, LEED AP, BD+C, KJWW Engineering Consultants, Chicago
Codes and Standards June 20, 2014

ASHRAE’s BAS guideline published, open for public review

Guidance on performance monitoring is featured in a newly published guideline from ASHRAE.

By ASHRAE
Codes and Standards June 20, 2014

Electrical systems: Designing electrical rooms—your questions answered

In addition to the questions answered in the webcast event, the presenters answered several questions about designing electrical rooms.

By Brian Rener, Brian Martin
Codes and Standards June 20, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: June 20

This week Morrissey Goodale reported one deal in the United States and three international deals involving companies from the United Kingdom, Brazil, and Denmark.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards June 16, 2014

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, June 9-15

Articles about LED retrofit codes and standards, arc reduction code requirements, arc flash protection techniques, the 40 Under 40 winners, and applying smart building technologies at a college were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, June 9-15. Were you out last week? Miss something. You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Codes and Standards June 13, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: June 13

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the United States and one international deal involving companies from Sweden and Canada.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards June 6, 2014

Project Profile: Hospital complex cultivates healthy fire protection

Over the course of 10 years, St. Peter’s Hospital has updated its fire and life safety system.

By Beth Welch
Codes and Standards June 6, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: June 6

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the United States and four international deals involving companies from Canada, Australia, Germany, and France.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards May 30, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: May 30

This week Morrissey Goodale reported four deals in the United States involving companies from Maryland, Texas, Virginia, Massachusetts, West Virginia, and Arizona.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards May 23, 2014

What decreased R&D funding means for the Smart Grid

With industries focused on efficiency, and governments emphasizing austerity, where will the funding come from for research and development (R&D), which drives systems-level standards innovation?

By Dick DeBlasio
Codes and Standards May 23, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: May 23

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States involving companies from Virginia, Texas, Ohio, and Michigan as well as an international deal involving companies from the United Kingdom and Illinois.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards May 20, 2014

NFPA 110: Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems extended Q&A

Recent Consulting-Specifying Engineer webcast presenters Tom Divine, PE, Project Manager, Smith Seckman Reid Inc., and Kenneth Kutsmeda, PE, LEED AP, Jacobs Engineering, answer reader questions about what new code requirements will mean for consulting engineers.

By Tom Divine, Kenneth Kutsmeda
Codes and Standards May 19, 2014

2014 40 Under 40 winners

The seventh annual 40 Under 40 award winners are a dynamic bunch with the future of the industry in their sights.

By Silvia Chavez and Amara Rozgus
Codes and Standards May 16, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: May 16

This week Morrissey Goodale reported one deal in the U.S. involving companies from Idaho and New Jersey as well as the potential sale of Parsons Brinckerhoff.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards May 15, 2014

LED retrofit codes, standards

Clients are asking lighting designers to help them save on energy costs. Replacing fluorescent, HID, or other lights with LEDs is in high demand.

By Michael Chow, PE, CxA, LEED AP BD+C, Metro CD Engineering, Powell, Ohio
Codes and Standards May 12, 2014

Focus on electrical safety measures during National Electrical Safety Month

The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is taking things back to the basics to ensure a fundamental understanding of electrical safety during National Electrical Safety Month.

By Tom Grace
Codes and Standards May 12, 2014

Critical Power: NFPA 110: Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems

In the Consulting-Specifying Engineer's May 8 webcast, Tom Divine, PE, Smith Seckman Reid Inc., and Kenneth Kutsmeda, PE, LEED, AP, Jacobs Engineering, discussed how consulting engineers who specify emergency power equipment for mission critical facilities will be impacted by new code requirements.

By CFE Media
Codes and Standards May 9, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: May 9

This week Morrissey Goodale reported six deals in the United States and one international deal involving companies from the United Kingdom.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards May 6, 2014

Arup Thoughts: Resilience-based earthquake design saves cost, heartache

If San Francisco were to experience a repeat of its devastating 1906 earthquake, modern building codes should prevent extensive loss of life. Although buildings might not collapse, they could still be rendered useless for years, severely disrupting the life of the city. This is why we need to adopt resilience-based design.

By Ibrahim Almufti, Arup
Codes and Standards May 2, 2014

National electrical safety code to be opened for comment

A pre-print of the 2017 national electrical safety code (NESC) will open for comment 100 years after the NESC was first introduced. IEEE-SA will publish and open commentary on the preprint of proposed changes to the 2017 Edition of the NESC beginning Sept. 1, 2014.

By Mike Hyland
Codes and Standards May 2, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: May 2

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the Uniuted States involving companies from Ohio, Washington, and Hawaii; an international deal involving two companies from the UK was also reported.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards April 30, 2014

How will you meet new code requirements for arc reduction?: Q&A Session

Arc flash incidents occur all too often and impact many lives. To address the problem in the industry, NEC 240.87 was developed to ensure arc flash safety in the electrical industry. Three industry experts weigh in through an extensive Q & A.

By Thomas Domitrovich, Ken White, Jim Dollard
Codes and Standards April 28, 2014

Designing a winning sports venue

Sports and entertainment arenas are more than just seats and a playing field; they are highly complex structures bringing in thousands of fans—and millions of dollars—every year. Engineers with experience in the field share advice on putting together a strong game plan and ending up a champion.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards April 25, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: April 25

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States involving companies from Utah, California, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards April 24, 2014

Code requirements for arc flash reduction

NEC 240.87 is an important leap in arc flash safety for the electrical industry. This is a recap of an Eaton-sponsored webcast on April 24, which highlighted the 2014 standard.

By Jessica DuBois-Maahs, CFE Media
Codes and Standards April 18, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: April 18

This week Morrissey Goodale reported five deals in the United States and two international deals involving companies from Canada and the United Kingdom.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards April 18, 2014

Resources for boiler codes and standards

Know the codes, standards, and resources when working on boilers and boiler system design.

By Timothy M. Scruby, PE, Facility Dynamics Engineering, Afton, Va.
Codes and Standards April 14, 2014

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, April 6-12

Were you out last week? Miss something? Here are Consulting-Specifying Engineer ’s five most-clicked articles from last week, April 6-12, including articles about electric fire pumps, arc flash protection techniques, selecting energy-efficient transformers, soft and hard metric conversions, and integrating power monitoring systems.

By Jessica DuBois-Maahs
Codes and Standards April 14, 2014

Designing efficient, effective boilers

Several codes and standards regulate boiler specification, plus energy efficiency and efficacy of these boiler systems.

By Dylan M. McWhirter, PE, ccrd partners, Houston
Codes and Standards April 11, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: April 11

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States and two international deals involving companies from the United Kingdom, France, and Canada. One of the international deals involved a company from the United States. The deals in the United States involved companies from California, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards April 8, 2014

Soft and hard metric conversions

"Soft metric" is not a mix of imperial and metric measurements, and the Dept. of Defense does not recommend it for engineering drawings.

By Michael Heinsdorf, PE, LEED AP, CDT, ARCOM
Codes and Standards April 7, 2014

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, March 30 to April 5

Were you out last week? Miss something? Here are Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most-clicked articles from last week, March 30 to April 5, including articles about HVAC commissioning, arc flash protection techniques, integrating a high-performance building, NFPA 92, and supplying power for electric fire pumps.

By Jessica DuBois-Maahs
Codes and Standards April 4, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: April 4

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the United States and five international deals involving companies from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Two of the five international deals involved companies based in the United States.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards March 31, 2014

Generator ratings and the implications for data centers

Understanding how generator ratings are determined is quite simple, but there is a long list of variables to consider. This reviews the fundamentals of generator ratings and a recent industry discussion about specific ratings for generators in data centers.

By Todd Matte, Kohler Power Systems, Kohler, Wis.
Codes and Standards March 28, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: March 28

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the United States and two international deals involving companies based in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards March 24, 2014

Supplying power for electric fire pumps

Power is a key element in ensuring a fire pump works in an emergency situation. This article touches on relevant fire codes and offers best practices to illustrate proper design of power for fire pumps.

By Eduard Pacuku, PE, Jacobs, Philadelphia
Codes and Standards March 21, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: March 21

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the United States, one of which involved a company in Australia.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards March 21, 2014

NFPA 92 defines design, testing of smoke control systems

NFPA 92: Standard for Smoke Control Systems provides fire protection engineers with guidance for the design and testing of smoke control systems.

By William E. Koffel, PE, FSFPE, and Nicholas Sealover, Koffel Associates Inc.,
Codes and Standards March 19, 2014

Specifying for sustainability: Reference standards

Every engineer needs a benchmark. In specifying, that's a reference standard.

By Michael Heinsdorf, PE, LEED AP, CDT, ARCOM
Codes and Standards March 18, 2014

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, March 10-16, 2014

Were you out last week? Miss something? Here are the Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most-clicked pieces of content from last week, March 10-16, including articles about standby generators, HVAC systems, data center design, ASHRAE 90.1-2013, and Morrissey Goodale's merger and acquisition report.

By Jessica DuBois-Maahs
Codes and Standards March 14, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: March 14

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States and three international deals involving Canada, Australia, Switzerland, and South Africa.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards March 13, 2014

Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2014 Fire & Life Safety Study: Seven trends that matter to engineers

According to the data in this report, fire protection engineers are specifying systems into several key building types: office buildings, industrial/manufacturing facilities, and government/military buildings. View seven key findings and access the full 2014 Fire and Life Safety Study.

By Amanda McLeman
Codes and Standards March 7, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: March 7

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States and four international deals involving France, Canada, China, Hong Kong, and The Netherlands. Two of the international deals involved companies based in the United States.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards February 17, 2014

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, Feb. 10-16, 2014

Were you out last week? Miss something? Here are Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, Feb. 10-16, 2014, including articles about lighting control requirements, VFD and motor strategies, Schneider Electric and Invensys, dc power systems, and data centers.

By Jessica DuBois-Maahs, Jordan Schultz
Codes and Standards February 13, 2014

Critical power: Generators and generator system design

When designing generator systems, consulting engineers must ensure that the generators and the building electrical systems that they support are appropriate for the specific application.

By CFE Media
Codes and Standards February 3, 2014

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer stories, Jan. 26-Feb. 1, 2014

Were you out last week? Miss something? Here are Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, Jan. 26-Feb. 1, 2014, including articles about ASHRAE 90.1-2013, GFCI’s, laboratory ventilation systems, Schneider Electric and Invensys, and NFPA 20.

By Jessica DuBois-Maahs, Jordan Schultz
Codes and Standards January 27, 2014

Top five Consulting-Specifying Engineer stories, Jan. 20-26, 2014

Were you out last week? Miss something? Here are Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, Jan. 20-26, 2014, including articles about Lighting commissioning, selecting an air handling unit, transformers for commercial buildings, transfer switches, and arc flash hazards.

By Jessica DuBois-Maahs, Jordan Schultz
Codes and Standards January 27, 2014

Data center design: Fire and life safety

In the information age, data centers are one of the most critical components of a facility. If the data center isn’t reliable, business can’t be done. Fire and life safety issues are tackled here.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards January 27, 2014

Lighting control requirements: What’s current and what to expect

This article examines lighting control requirements in various codes and standards, commissioning these controls, and what engineers may expect in the future.

By Brian K. Baumgartle, PE, LC, LEED AP, CMTA Consulting Engineers, Louisville, Ky.
Codes and Standards January 3, 2014

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: January 3

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the United States and two international deals involving England, France, and Saudi Arabia.

By Morrissey Goodale
Codes and Standards December 27, 2013

Commissioning buildings, systems using ASHRAE Standard 202

ASHRAE Standard 202-2013 was recently released, which offers guidance on the building commissioning process.

By Terrence Malloy PE, CxA, exp US Services Inc., Chicago
Codes and Standards December 18, 2013

Smart Grid Standard 201P status check

ASHRAE and NEMA have jointly sponsored Standard 201P: Facility Smart Grid Information Model. Here’s a look at where the standard is today.

By Kevin Krause, PE, LEED AP, Principal, Affiliated Engineers Inc., Madison, Wis.
Codes and Standards November 26, 2013

Prescription for fire/life safety design in hospitals, health care facilities

Hospital and health care facility projects are especially important due to their sensitive nature. Fire and life safety are key in hospital design.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards November 26, 2013

Prescription for hospital, health care facility success

Hospital and health care facility projects are especially important due to their sensitive nature. Engineers charged with designing these buildings must take special care when working in these mission critical facilities.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards November 25, 2013

Comments sought for proposed data center energy standard

ASHRAE's Standard 90.4P: Energy Standard for Data Centers and Telecommunications Buildings is open for public review and comment until Dec. 30, 2013.

By ASHRAE
Codes and Standards November 13, 2013

Integration: Power and fire/life safety systems

Integrating power and life safety systems requires an understanding of the sources of power and the life safety system load requirements.

By Brian Rener, PE, and Josh McConnell, NICET, SET, M+W U.S. Inc.
Codes and Standards November 13, 2013

Commissioning, testing gensets using resistive/reactive load banks

Consulting engineers can help their clients by conveying to them the importance of including reactive load bank testing during commissioning and periodically during normal operations.

By HPS Loadbanks, San Diego
Codes and Standards October 14, 2013

Top 10 things to know about commissioning fire protection systems

Fire protection engineers should use NFPA 3 as guidance on commissioning for fire protection and life safety systems.

By David Joseph LeBlanc, PE, FSFPE, Rolf Jensen & Assocs. Inc., Framingham, Mass.
Codes and Standards October 11, 2013

ASHRAE 90.1-2013 addenda released

Major changes to ASHRAE Standard 90.1 include the sections on building envelope, lighting, mechanical, and energy cost budget.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards October 4, 2013

Integrating BAS, electrical systems

Integrating electrical systems with BAS can promote operational efficiencies, optimize maintenance staff effectiveness, and leverage fault diagnostics.

By Michael J. Mar and Robert G. Knight, Environmental Systems Design Inc., Chicago
Codes and Standards October 2, 2013

Choosing between grounded and ungrounded electrical system designs

Understanding both grounded and ungrounded electrical systems enables engineers to apply the appropriate grounding topology for the electrical system requirements.

By Elizabeth Sharpe, PE, Affiliated Engineers Inc., Seattle
Codes and Standards September 26, 2013

Medium-voltage fused switchgear example

This example illustrates the results from an MV fused switchgear feeding a pad-mounted or dry-type transformer.

By Leslie Fernandez, PE, LEED AP, JBA Consulting Engineers, Las Vegas
Codes and Standards September 26, 2013

Medium-voltage breaker switchgear example (oil-filled power transformer)

Below is an example of a MV breaker switchgear feeding a 12 MVA power transformer.

By Leslie Fernandez, PE, LEED AP, JBA Consulting Engineers, Las Vegas
Codes and Standards September 26, 2013

Medium-voltage breaker switchgear example (800 amp service)

Below is an example on an MV breaker switchgear feeding a loop distribution system.

By Leslie Fernandez, PE, LEED AP, JBA Consulting Engineers, Las Vegas
Codes and Standards September 26, 2013

Medium-voltage electrical system protection

Overcurrent protection is required for medium-voltage transformers, and connecting these transformers is common for medium-voltage distribution systems.

By Leslie Fernandez, PE, LEED AP, JBA Consulting Engineers, Las Vegas
Codes and Standards August 28, 2013

Tips and tricks for commissioning, balancing buildings: Electrical and power systems

Building commissioning is one of the most important (and complex) types of projects an engineer can be tasked with. Electrical engineering, power, and energy issues are discussed.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards August 22, 2013

Integration: Building automation and fire alarms

The building automation system can control all aspects of a building or campus, including its fire alarm system. This outlines best practices for integrating a fire alarm into a BAS.

By Jon Kapis; Rick Lewis; Craig Studer, PE; The RJA Group Inc.
Codes and Standards August 20, 2013

PECI, BCA release commissioning survey

The survey from PECI and the BCA reveal code changes and green certifications are driving new levels of demand for commissioning, training.

Codes and Standards August 14, 2013

NEC Chapter 2: Wiring and protection

NFPA 70: National Electrical Code Chapter 2 (Article 200) covers the use and identification of grounded conductors, providing requirements for identification of terminals, wiring systems, and grounded conductors. This is a quick overview of the code.

By John Schuring, PE, CH2M Hill, Portland, Ore.
Codes and Standards August 8, 2013

Webcast: Circuit protection in health care facilities

Designing electrical systems for health care facilities—especially hospitals—is more demanding than for conventional buildings because the stakes are so high.

By CFE Media
Codes and Standards July 24, 2013

Send in the engineering troops

Military facilities present an army of challenges—exacting codes and regulations, stepped-up security issues, and budgetary concerns. Here, engineers who’ve earned their stripes on such projects share advice on how to win the battle.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards July 22, 2013

Organizations should act now on Local Law 87

Local Law 87 is about to impact New York City's built environment in a big way as the law requires buildings to undertake energy audits and retro-commissioning—leading to energy efficiency retrofits and hopefully major cost savings and energy savings.

By Mike Eardley
Codes and Standards July 17, 2013

Clarifying NEC Articles 725 and 800

Electrical engineers should understand the differences between NEC Article 725 and Article 800, and how to apply them in low-voltage telecom projects.

By Timothy E. Kuhlman, PE, RCDD, CH2M HILL, Portland, Ore.
Codes and Standards July 3, 2013

NEBB standard open for review

NEBB's Procedural Standards for the Technical Retro-Commissioning of Existing Building Systems, 2013 – Second Edition is open for comment until July 12, 2013.

Codes and Standards June 25, 2013

NFPA 20: More key factors to consider

Other issues you should be aware of with the additions to the 2013 edition of NFPA 20.

By Gayle Pennel, PE, Aon Fire Protection Engineering, Glenview, Ill.
Codes and Standards June 24, 2013

Engineering systems in manufacturing, industrial buildings: Energy efficiency

Manufacturing and industrial facilities have some unusual engineering requirements, and focus significant time on enhancing energy efficiency.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards June 24, 2013

Engineering systems in manufacturing, industrial buildings

Manufacturing and industrial facilities have some unusual engineering requirements, especially air handling, power needs, and fire/life safety systems.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards June 20, 2013

Things to keep in mind when analyzing daylighting in AGi32

Accurate daylight analysis requires using the correct surface designation for exterior, but not interior, surfaces.

By Siva K. Haran, PE, LC, LEED AP, CxA, exp US Services Inc., Chicago
Codes and Standards June 17, 2013

How to use NFPA 99

There are many changes to NFPA 99-2012. Engineers should review the code carefully to better understand how it affects electrical systems, risk assessments, and other pertinent topics.

By Gerald Versluys, PE, LEED AP, TLC Engineering for Architecture, Jacksonville, FL
Codes and Standards May 14, 2013

2013 40 Under 40: Joseph Watson, 35

Senior Fire Protection Engineer, 
Hughes Associates Inc., Warwick, R.I.

By Jessia DuBois-Maahs, Contributing Writer
Codes and Standards May 7, 2013

ASHRAE Guideline 1.4P open for public review

A proposed guideline that will establish a uniform procedure for transmitting design, construction, testing, and operational information to building owners and operators is open for public comment.

Codes and Standards April 24, 2013

Resolving the LOD dilemma

In late 2011, Cannon Design issued a series of process documents related to the effective employment of Revit as a BIM tool.

By Elizabeth Chodosh
Codes and Standards April 24, 2013

Sports, entertainment venues: Codes and standards

Sports arenas and entertainment facilities involve complex engineering solutions. Five consulting engineers offer codes and standards advice.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards April 17, 2013

Mahoney set to contribute to new TDMM edition

Thanks to Pat Mahoney the next edition of the No. 1 reference standard in the world for the proper design of structured cabling systems will have been influenced by Cannon Design.

By Cannon Design
Codes and Standards April 9, 2013

ICU sink and faucet system

The integrated ICU handwashing sink and faucet system from American Standard is designed to minimize splashing and create a more hygienic environment.

By Chris Vavra, Content Specialist
Codes and Standards April 8, 2013

Lighting and lighting controls

Read about the 21 finalists in the Lighting and Lighting Controls category for the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2013 Product of the Year competition.

By Chris Vavra, Content Specialist
Codes and Standards March 28, 2013

Addenda to ASHRAE 90.1 open for comment

ASHRAE 90.1-2013, scheduled for publication later this year, has changes being proposed to strengthen its requirements.

Codes and Standards March 21, 2013

New features of NFPA 72-2013

NFPA has released updates to NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. This codes and standards article identifies some of the significant changes in NFPA 72-2013 that you will want to be aware of.

By Raymond A. Grill, PE, FSFPE, LEED AP, Arup, Washington, D.C.
Codes and Standards March 18, 2013

Spec’ing hospital electrical distribution systems

When specifying electrical distribution systems in hospitals, the engineer must account for the facility’s size, flexibility needs, emergency power needs, and safety requirements.

By Neal Boothe, exp US Services Inc., Maitland, Fla.
Codes and Standards March 15, 2013

BACnet standard improves alarm handling

Changes to the newly published BACnet standard from ASHRAE will encourage smart lighting controls and other building automation control systems.

Codes and Standards March 13, 2013

Optimum performance standards/processes

Successful projects follow performance standards from project start to end.

By Paul Levy, CCxP, Kirlin Mechanical Services, Rockville, Md.
Codes and Standards March 13, 2013

The balance of power

Successful projects adopt best practices from project requirements through deliverables.

By Paul Levy, CCxP, Kirlin Mechanical Services, Rockville, Md.
Codes and Standards February 22, 2013

Lighting efficiency improvements proposed for ASHRAE 90.1

Proposed changes to ASHRAE 90.1 will require automatic lighting controls in more space types and shorten the times before lighting is automatically reduced or shut off.

Codes and Standards February 13, 2013

Six Organizations that Influence Grid Modernization

Take a look at influential organizations that are shaping the landscape of grid modernization, each in their own way.

By Sam Sciacca
Codes and Standards February 7, 2013

ASHRAE protocols for measuring building performance published

ASHRAE has published the "Performance Measurement Procedures for Commercial Buildings: Best Practices Guide," providing steps and advice to manage and improve a facility's performance.

Codes and Standards February 5, 2013

The Value of Participating in Standards Setting: For Your Company

By participating in the standards-setting process, you represent your company and establish it as a leader in seeking global solutions that promote industry growth.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards January 31, 2013

ASHRAE 188P open for public comment

ASHRAE 188P is open for a public review. Standard 188P, Prevention of Legionellosis Associated with Building Water Systems, specifies what must be done to control the spread of legionellosis.

Codes and Standards January 29, 2013

Setting Standards: The Benefits to Getting Involved

This week let's step back and ensure that CSEs understand the benefits of being involved in the standards setting process.

By Sam Sciacca
Codes and Standards January 23, 2013

ASHRAE 90.1-2010 sets the energy standard

The widely used energy standard reaches an inflection point that demands both efficient design and accountability from building inhabitants.

By David P. Callan, PE, CEM, HBDP, LEED AP, Environmental Systems Design
Codes and Standards January 9, 2013

Geothermal piping standard published

Geothermal piping systems standard NSF/ANSI 358-1, written by NSF International, evaluates safety and performance of polyethylene piping.

Codes and Standards December 20, 2012

Meeting the challenges of globalization

This firm’s globalization process has come with many “lessons learned.”

By Martin (Mickey) Reiss, PE, FSFPE
Codes and Standards December 13, 2012

ASHRAE chiller efficiency improvements proposed

ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010 addendum ch is open for public review.

Codes and Standards December 10, 2012

Public review open for Standard 189.3P

ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 189.3P for sustainable, green health care facilities is open for public review until Jan. 21, 2013.

Codes and Standards November 27, 2012

Additional compliance path proposed for ASHRAE/IES energy standard

The proposed addendum would add a compliance path to Standard 90.1 to allow modeling in accordance with Appendix G (Performance Rating Method), provided the percentage improvement of at least 45% over a baseline design.

Codes and Standards November 13, 2012

New handbook address smoke control challenges

Handbook of Smoke Control Engineering discusses myths about stack effect and the challenges of elevator pressurization

By John H. Klote, PE, DSc; and Douglas H. Evans, PE, FSFPE,
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
Codes and Standards October 25, 2012

Updates to Standard 189.1 proposed

Several updates are proposed for ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2011, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings.

By ccrd
Codes and Standards October 9, 2012

Assessing vendor claims on time resolution in IEDs

Here are some tips for assessing vendors' devices that accept time inputs.

By Sam Sciacca
Codes and Standards September 26, 2012

Cosentini names Harrod as VP

Peter Harrod, an expert in code compliance solutions, joins Cosentini as a VP in the company's Massachusetts office.

Codes and Standards September 25, 2012

Understanding diesel emissions regulation changes

Engineers and designers should understand how continually evolving diesel emissions regulations affect them and their clients.

By Danna Jensen, PE, and Jessica Navarro, PE, ccrd partners, Dallas
Codes and Standards September 18, 2012

Decoding the green construction codes

Engineers should understand the difference between IgCC and ASHRAE 189.1 energy compliance code provisions.

By Bridgette Baugher, PE, CEM, LEED AP, Southland Industries, Dulles, Va.
Codes and Standards September 5, 2012

Solar energy, hydronics code in the works

The RPA Codes and Standards Committee is partnering with the International Assn. of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials to create an ANSI-accredited Solar Energy and Hydronics Code.

Codes and Standards August 27, 2012

Standard 90.1 open for public review

Proposed changes to ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010 would improve lighting and equipment efficiencies.

Codes and Standards August 21, 2012

ASHRAE proposes standard on commissioning process

ASHRAE’s standard focused on the commissioning process is open for public comment until Oct. 1, 2012.

Codes and Standards August 20, 2012

Unraveling mysteries of BAS wireless controls

There is quite a bit of flux in the wireless building instrumentation and controls protocol market with numerous players jockeying for dominance. Here’s a look at several of them.

By Sunondo Roy, PE, LEED BD+C, CCJM Engineers Ltd., Chicago
Codes and Standards August 13, 2012

Use the right resources to specify LEDs

The Illuminating Engineering Society, through its publications, has helped engineers make informed decisions on which LED light sources they should specify.

By Michael Chow, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Metro CD Engineering LLC, Dublin, Ohio
Codes and Standards July 30, 2012

Smart Grid standard proposed, open for comment

A proposed standard by ASHRAE and NEMA to create smart facilities supporting a national Smart Grid effort is open for public comment.

Codes and Standards July 23, 2012

Clean commissioning requirements

This seminar provides an example cleanroom, explains the different standards that can have an impact on cleanroom commissioning, and presents an outline for commissioning the example cleanroom.

By Presenter: Vincent Sakraida, PE, LEED AP, Engineered Air
Codes and Standards June 27, 2012

Innovating our way through the recession

One of the best things about being in the engineering field is that we get to witness new technologies and processes as soon as they're on the market--new products, groundbreaking projects, and unique engineering solutions.

By Amara Rozgus, Editor in Chief
Codes and Standards June 21, 2012

Sorting out the changes in NFPA 70E-2012

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) revises NFPA 70E: Standards for Electrical Safety in the Workplace every three years. The latest version, the 2012 edition, was released in September 2011. Here, a group of experts explain how the current version of NFPA 70E affects how engineers specify and design electrical systems.

By Jack Smith, Managing Editor; and Amara Rozgus, Editor in Chief
Codes and Standards June 20, 2012

Smoke control handbook published

ASHRAE's "Handbook of Smoke Control Engineering" provides information on the analysis of smoke control systems.

Codes and Standards June 18, 2012

Economic analysis in individual project selection

Using net present value analysis instead of the rate of return will treat investment scale as one of the key value drivers, and will help engineers select money-making projects.

By Steve Kihm, CFA, and Scott Hackel, PE, Energy Center of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Codes and Standards June 15, 2012

Documenting ASHRAE 90.1 compliance

There are three paths to ASHRAE 90.1 compliance, and documenting compliance with Standard 90.1 is not as difficult or confusing as engineers believe it to be.

By Jim Huber, NEBB CP, CEM, Complete Commissioning Inc., Annapolis, MD
Codes and Standards June 13, 2012

MEP Roundtable: Industrial strength

Manufacturing and industrial structures can have wide-ranging engineering needs, depending on the processes conducted inside.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards June 5, 2012

National Electrical Code changes open for public comment

The NFPA will be voting on changes to the National Electrical Code in 2013 in Chicago. Public comment on potential changes is open until October 2012.

Codes and Standards June 5, 2012

ASHRAE Handbook offers guidance on variable refrigerant flow

The 2012 ASHRAE Handbook features a chapter on new guidance for variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems.

Codes and Standards June 4, 2012

California makes changes to building energy efficiency standards

The California Energy Commission is making rule changes for the Building Energy Efficiency Standards.

Codes and Standards June 1, 2012

Fan efficiency standard approved

ANSI and AMCA approved Standard 205, which defines fan efficiency grades (FEG), an energy efficiency classification for fans.

Codes and Standards May 16, 2012

Systems integration benefits

Building operations are challenged by insufficient financial and human resources and ever-expanding scopes of responsibility. Systems integration and analytics are a means of doing more with less.

By Mike Walters, PE, Confluenc; and Paul Oswald, Environmental Systems Inc.
Codes and Standards May 15, 2012

NFPA 99: New healthcare facility code requirements

The National Fire Protection Assn. sets forth the criteria to minimize the hazards of fire, explosion, and electricity in healthcare facilities providing services to human beings.

By Brian McLaughlin, PE, Arup, Los Angeles
Codes and Standards May 9, 2012

Commissioning clean agent fire extinguishing systems

Commissioning of clean agent fire extinguishing systems goes beyond acceptance testing to verify that connected systems accomplish fire protection goals.

By Daniel Kobb, PE, CCRD Partners, Richmond, Virginia
Codes and Standards May 8, 2012

ASHRAE launches wiki site

Common definitions for terms found in ASHRAE standards and other publications can now be found.

Codes and Standards May 8, 2012

Electrical systems from the AHJ’s viewpoint

Electrical inspectors see a lot of mistakes that can be easily avoided. This inspector points out a few quirks of the code.

By Valarie Loper, City of North Las Vegas, Nev.
Codes and Standards April 23, 2012

Balance, quality level standard for fans approved

The ANSI/AMCA document "Balance Quality and Vibration Levels for Fans" has been reaffirmed as standard.

Codes and Standards April 20, 2012

Lab testing standards for dampers approved

ANSI and AMCA have approved "ANSI/AMCA Standard 500-D-2012, “Laboratory Methods of Testing Dampers for Rating."

Codes and Standards April 20, 2012

Air curtain test standards approved

ANSI and AMCA have approved the document, "Laboratory Methods of Testing Air Curtain Units for Aerodynamic Performance Rating," for use.

Codes and Standards April 19, 2012

World of difference

Conducting business overseas can be a challenge of global proportions. Figure in language barriers, culture clashes, lack of adequate infrastructure, and climate differences, and a project that would be difficult even in your home country becomes downright daunting. Here, engineers with experience on international projects offer worldly advice.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
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
Codes and Standards April 17, 2012

Classifying generator power sources

The NEC has several categories that apply to generator power sources. It is important to review the code requirements when deciding on the classification of an alternate power source.

By Brian A. Rener, PE, LEED AP, M+W Group, Chicago
Codes and Standards April 16, 2012

HVAC: documenting ASHRAE 62.1 compliance

Standard 62.1 specifies minimum ventilation rates and other measures intended to provide IAQ to building occupants.

By J. Patrick Banse, PE, Smith Seckman Reid Inc., Houston
Codes and Standards April 13, 2012

Specifying LEDs for commercial use

Good lighting enhances design, conserves energy, and increases productivity, safety, security, personal comfort, sales, attendance, and profit.

By Gersil N. Kay, IESNA, Conservation Lighting International Ltd., Philadelphia
Codes and Standards April 10, 2012

Code strategies for mixed occupancy buildings: tables

The code application options for mixed occupancy buildings, when applied strategically, can minimize the amount of fire-resistance-rated construction required by code.

By John Mahoney, PE, LEED AP, Arup, Washington, D.C.
Codes and Standards April 10, 2012

Code strategies for mixed occupancy buildings

The code application options for mixed occupancy buildings, when applied strategically, can minimize the amount of fire-resistance-rated construction required by code.

By John Mahoney, PE, LEED AP, Arup, Washington, D.C.
Codes and Standards April 3, 2012

Top Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, March 2012

The most visited articles at www.csemag.com during March 2012 include changes in the NEC, how to save water in commercial buildings, LEED changes, analyzing the lifecycle of HVAC systems, and active high-speed switching mitigating arc flash.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards March 13, 2012

LEED 2012 anticipated changes

Performance accountability and design integration are key to the anticipated changes to the energy and atmosphere credits, with green hospitals and data centers on the horizon.

By Edna Lorenz, LEED AP O+M; and James K. Vallort, CEM, LEED AP,
Codes and Standards March 8, 2012

Key changes in the 2011 NEC

The most recent National Electrical Code (NEC) edition has some important changes.

By Kenneth L. Lovorn, PE, Lovorn Engineering Assocs., Pittsburgh
Codes and Standards January 24, 2012

NEBB releases guidelines for refrigeration, building envelope testing

The National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB) has released two separate publications, providing guidelines for commissioning refrigeration systems and for building envelope testing.

Codes and Standards January 13, 2012

How Standard 90.1-2010 will affect HVAC designs

ASHRAE 90.1-2010 is a substantial step forward in reducing building energy consumption. Designers should become familiar with the requirements of this energy standard.

By Jeff Boldt, PE, LEED AP, KJWW Engineering, Madison, Wis.
Codes and Standards January 4, 2012

RPA membership ratifies move to IAPMO

The Radiant Professionals Alliance (RPA) membership ratified a move to join the International Assn. of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO).

Codes and Standards December 30, 2011

Public review for latest ASPE standard

ASPE Plumbing Engineering and Design Standard 15: Hot Water Temperature and Control is open for public review and comment until Dec. 30, 2011.

Codes and Standards December 27, 2011

Confirm UL approval on gensets

Generator sets should be Underwriters Laboratories (UL) 2200 listed. Confirmation of this approval before installation and commissioning is crucial.

By Roddy Yates, Baldor Electric Co., Fort Smith, Ark.
Codes and Standards December 21, 2011

Achieving optimal fan performance

Improper fan design can waste energy, produce excessive noise, and lead to increased system downtime. Design correctly–the first time around.

By Mark Stevens, Air Movement and Control Assn. International, Arlington Heights, I
Codes and Standards December 19, 2011

Interconnection standards for the Smart Grid

The codes and standards defining the Smart Grid and renewable energy sources are maturing.

By Dick DeBlasio, Chair, IEEE 2030 Working Group
Codes and Standards December 12, 2011

Diagnosing, resolving ATS timing issues

Generator load transfer timing is critical during power disruptions.

By Doug Calhoun, PE, LEED AP BD+C, and Mark Montgomery, PE, LEED AP, ccrd partners
Codes and Standards November 30, 2011

Implementing variable refrigerant flow systems

Several challenges and opportunities face HVAC engineers when implementing variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems.

By Rodney V. Oathout, PE, CEM, LEED AP, Durrant, Phoenix and Dubuque, Iowa
Codes and Standards November 22, 2011

Commissioning hospital electrical systems

Electrical systems in today’s hospitals should be commissioned as an integral part of every healthcare engineering project.

By Mark Gelfo, PE, LEED AP BD+C, O+M, CxA, TLC Engineering for Architecture
Codes and Standards November 21, 2011

Updating HVAC standards

Staying informed on codes and standards is imperative to keep your knowledge current—from ASHRAE to USGBC.

By Kevin Gallen, PE, LEED AP, Dewberry, New York City
Codes and Standards November 15, 2011

Performing enhanced commissioning design review

Commissioning agents should inspect and test building systems early in the design process.

By Carl C. Schultz, PE, CEM, CxA, LEED AP, URS Corp., Columbus, Ohio
Codes and Standards November 8, 2011

Stainless piping system certified

Viega's ProPress system received certification by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority for its fittings.

Codes and Standards October 24, 2011

Commercial wireless BAS

The protocol, applications, and design approach for wireless sensor expansion in commercial BAS are in a state of flux, and are moving forward quickly.

By John Huston, PE, exp Global Inc., Chicago
Codes and Standards October 20, 2011

AIA introduces five new documents

New documents based on concepts and model language included in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Guide for Sustainable Projects.

Codes and Standards October 18, 2011

Vince Rea appointed to NFPA Codes and Standards committee

TLC Engineering for Architecture's Vince Rea, a senior electrical engineer, was named to the NFPA's Codes and Standards Electrical Section.

Codes and Standards October 18, 2011

Focus on: Lighting controls and codes

Engineers and lighting designers should know the new lighting and lighting control requirements for ASHRAE 90.1-2010.

By Brian Baumgartle, PE, LC, LEED AP, CMTA Inc., Louisville, Ky.
Codes and Standards October 17, 2011

ISO 50001: The new energy management paradigm

ISO 50001 defines how facility executives can establish an energy management plan.

By Michael Ivanovich, The Ivanovich Group LLC, Oak Park, Ill.
Codes and Standards October 3, 2011

ZigBee Alliance ratifies automation standard

ZigBee's Building Automation standard is designed to be a global standard for interoperable products for monitoring and control of commercial building systems.

Codes and Standards September 28, 2011

Rainwater catchment systems standard created

ASPE and ARCSA have reached an agreement for a standard on rainwater catchment systems.

Codes and Standards September 28, 2011

Revised RP/DC backflow standards available

ASSE's revised RP/DC Backflow Standards have been recognized by ANSI and were worked on in conjunction with FM, IAPMO, and the USC Foundation for Cross-Connection Control and Hydraulic Research.

Codes and Standards September 26, 2011

AHRI launches VRF certification program

AHRI's certification program is for variable refrigerant flow (VRF) multi-split air conditioners and heat pumps.

Codes and Standards September 26, 2011

Proactively preparing for the Smart Grid

The ability to measure and benchmark building performance is an integral component of Smart Grid technologies; building owners that implement data collection systems now will be better positioned for Smart Grid adoption down the road.

By H. Jay Enck, CxAP, HBDP, Commissioning and Green Building Solutions Inc., Duluth
Codes and Standards September 23, 2011

Understanding Tier 4 requirements: Ensuring cost-effective compliance

One of the main issues currently affecting the power generation industry is the applicability of Tier 4 certification versus Tier 4 compliance.

By Scott McBryde, MIRATECH Corp., Tulsa, Okla.
Codes and Standards September 22, 2011

AHR Expo in Chicago in 2012

The AHR Expo, scheduled for Jan. 23 to 25, 2012, at McCormick Place in Chicago, will feature more than 90 programs and more than 300 speakers

Codes and Standards September 22, 2011

Standards committee on building automation created

The International Society of Automation has announced the creation of ISA111, Unified Automation for Buildings, to develop standards and guidelines for a cohesive BAS.

Codes and Standards August 16, 2011

Know the newest lighting code

ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1-2010 has a variety of lighting and lighting controls changes. The goal of the newest version was to create a standard that could be used to produce buildings that are 30% more efficient than those designed with the 2004 standards.

By Justin Schultz, PE, and Michael Chow, PE, Metro CD Engineering LLC, Dublin, Ohio
Codes and Standards August 16, 2011

Going beyond the code

The New York Times Building is a 52-story tower with 1.5 million gross sq ft and is a mix of both office and retail uses with open spaces and floor-to-ceiling glass walls.

By Justin Schultz, PE, and Michael Chow, PE, Metro CD Engineering LLC, Dublin, Ohio
Codes and Standards August 16, 2011

Smart Grid research revelations

Building owners are looking forward to data-driven energy management opportunities, but need utilities to communicate a Smart Grid value proposition.

By Michael Ivanovich, The Ivanovich Group LLC, Oak Park, Ill.
Codes and Standards August 15, 2011

Achieving net zero with geothermal systems

A net zero building has a neutral carbon footprint, uses only renewable energy, and is net zero in terms of energy, water, and waste. Geothermal systems are one option to achieving this net zero goal.

By William Jarema, PE, EwingCole, Philadelphia
Codes and Standards August 15, 2011

Using chiller plants in humid zones

Dual chiller plants achieved energy efficiency for a federal office building in Washington, D.C.—a humid climate.

By Scott Winkler, PE, CIPE, Southland Industries, Dulles, Va.
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 July 7, 2011

Top Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, June 2011

Most visited articles at www.csemag.com during June 2011 included technical articles about selecting the right transformer, Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s 40 Under 40 Program, choosing a chilled water cooling system, designing smart restrooms, and testing mission critical power systems.

Codes and Standards July 6, 2011

Lighting for comprehensive energy management

Schneider Electric introduces LPS Standalone relay panel

Codes and Standards June 30, 2011

Developing a detailed test, balance plan

A detailed test and balance plan can help avoid timing issues and conflicts in the construction of a nonresidential building.

By Mike Wozniak, TBE, Air Systems Engineering Inc., Minnetonka, Minn.
Codes and Standards June 29, 2011

Chiller earns California seismic preapproval

California OSHPD announces chiller by Johnson Controls

By Johnson Controls
Codes and Standards June 20, 2011

ASHRAE, NEBB consolidation

Collaboration between the two organizations could lead to higher performance standards; ASHRAE seeks input from members.

By BY: ASHRAE
Codes and Standards June 15, 2011

AMCA names director of strategic energy initiatives

The Air Movement and Control Association International has named Michael Ivanovich to a newly created director position.

Codes and Standards June 10, 2011

PV system installation and maintenance

Engineers should know the basics of photovoltaic system selection, specification, and testing to provide clients with the safest product.

By Jack Smith, Contributing Editor
Codes and Standards June 9, 2011

Designing smart restrooms

Plumbing engineers should know the code when designing ADA-compliant and green restrooms.

By Vivian V. Enriquez, CPD, Arup, Los Angeles
Codes and Standards June 9, 2011

Selecting, sizing transformers for commercial buildings

While commercial building designs change, their electrical loads remain fundamentally unchanged. Properly sizing and selecting transformers ensures that these loads are accommodated.

By Ralph Baeza, PE, LEED AP, TLC Engineering for Architecture, Miami
Codes and Standards June 6, 2011

ASHRAE 32P open for public comment

ASHRAE Guideline 32P aims to improve the performance of all buildings by providing guidance on optimizing operation and maintenance of buildings to achieve low costs without sacrificing safety or functionality.

By Source: ASHRAE
Codes and Standards May 13, 2011

2011 40 Under 40: Michelle Farrell, LEED AP, 29

EU Business Development/Sustainability Project Consultant, Integrated Environmental Solutions, Boston

By Bettina Chang, Content Specialist, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Codes and Standards May 13, 2011

2011 40 Under 40: Craig Fredeen, PE, LEED AP, 37

Senior Associate and Manager of Mechanical Engineering Department, PDC Inc. Engineers, Anchorage, Alaska

By Bettina Chang, Content Specialist, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Codes and Standards May 13, 2011

2011 40 Under 40: Xianxu “Sherri” Hu, PE, 34

Fire Protection Engineer, Insurance Services Office, Jersey City, N.J.

By Bettina Chang, Content Specialist, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Codes and Standards May 13, 2011

2011 40 Under 40: Jessica “Jessie” Jones, EIT, LEED AP, 27

Director of Sustainable Services, The RMH Group, Lakewood, Colo.

By Bettina Chang, Content Specialist, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Codes and Standards May 13, 2011

2011 40 Under 40: Marcus Keay, LEED AP, 39

Vice President, WSP Flack+Kurtz, San Francisco

By Bettina Chang, Content Specialist, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Codes and Standards May 13, 2011

2011 40 Under 40: Ryan Stoianowski, LEED AP, 29

Senior Program Manager, ComEd, Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

By Bettina Chang, Content Specialist, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Codes and Standards May 13, 2011

2011 40 Under 40: Christian Taber, LEED AP, CEM, 35

Senior Applications Engineer, Big Ass Fan Co., Lexington, Ky.

By Bettina Chang, Content Specialist, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Codes and Standards May 13, 2011

Magnetic centrifugal chiller

Finalist in HVAC/R in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Gust Gianos, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards May 13, 2011

Air conditioning unit

Finalist in HVAC/R in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Gust Gianos, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards May 13, 2011

Solar impact sensor

Finalist in Networked Building Automation Systems/Controls, Energy Management Systems in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Amanda McLeman, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards May 13, 2011

2011 POY Finalists: Test Instruments, Meters, Data-loggers

Finalists in Test Instruments, Meters, and Data-loggers in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Gust Gianos, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards May 13, 2011

Power system software

Finalist in Software: Design, Modeling, Analysis in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Gust Gianos, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards May 13, 2011

Labeling system

Finalist in Test Instruments, Meters, and Data-loggers in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Gust Gianos, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards May 13, 2011

2011 POY Finalists: Software – Design, Modeling, Analysis

Finalists in Software: Design, Modeling, Analysis in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Gust Gianos, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards May 13, 2011

2011 POY Finalists: Networked BAS, EMS

Finalists in Networked Building Automation Systems/Controls, Energy Management Systems in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Amanda McLeman, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards May 13, 2011

2011 POY Finalists: HVAC/R

Finalists in HVAC/R in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Gust Gianos, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards May 13, 2011

2011 POY Finalists: Electrical Distribution

Finalists in Electrical Distribution in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Bettina Chang, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards May 13, 2011

Energy monitor

Finalist in Electrical Distribution in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Bettina Chang, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes and Standards May 11, 2011

Balancing a domestic hot water system

Testing and balancing a domestic hot water (DHW) system can diagnose and fix pressure and temperature control problems.

By Gary Miller, PE, TBE, CxA, Engineered Air Balance Co. Inc., San Antonio, TX
Codes and Standards May 9, 2011

Renovating electrical distribution systems

How to decide what to keep and what to discard in an electrical distribution system.

By Syed M. Peeran, PhD, PE; Mario Vecchiarello, PE; and Jeff Romeo, PE
Codes and Standards May 2, 2011

Green building materials demand to expand 13%

Demand for certified lumber, recycled content concrete, green floor coverings, and other efficient fixtures will see double-digit growth through 2015.

By Source: The Freedonia Group Inc.
Codes and Standards April 19, 2011

H&A’s Smith attains BEMP certification

Stephen Smith, building science manager at H&A Architects & Engineers, has attained ASHRAE’s BEMP certification.

By Source: H&A Architects & Engineers
Codes and Standards April 19, 2011

California legislates for new renewable energy targets

California is once again turning to wind energy and other renewables to power its future energy needs.

By Chris Rose, REVE; Source: Regulación Eólica con Vehículos Eléctricos (REVE)
Codes and Standards April 15, 2011

Daylighting sensors and controls

Daylight harvesting is an energy-saving tactic that relies on sensors and lighting controls to optimize natural light through a building’s windows and skylights.

By Joshua Slobin, Daintree Networks, Mountain View, Calif.
Codes and Standards April 15, 2011

Lighting controls: LEED Platinum in 15 days

In 2008, Boston-based developer Leggat McCall Properties decided to outfit its new 10,000-sq-ft office with energy-harvesting products from lighting control company ILLUMRA, a member of the EnOcean Alliance.

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
Codes and Standards April 14, 2011

AIA’s guide for sustainable projects due out in May 2011

AIA Document D503-2011 has been developmed to assist users of AIA Contract Documents in understanding contractual considerations unique to sustainable design and construction projects.

By Source: The American Institute of Architects
Codes and Standards April 12, 2011

Lighting controls study results

Study finds high lifetime value for advanced lighting controls, and greatest financial return for wireless technology

By SOURCE: Business Wire
Codes and Standards April 12, 2011

Trends in Renewable Energy Consumption and Electricity

Total Energy consumption declined for a second year in a row to its lowest level since 1996, dropping 10.1% in industrial areas.

By SOURCE: EIA
Codes and Standards April 12, 2011

6 steps to better data centers

Review existing data centers for improvement opportunities like power consumption and effective heating and cooling.

By Daniel Hallett, Arup, Los Angeles
Codes and Standards April 8, 2011

Improving lab design

Laboratory facilities have specific environmental integrity and safety requirements. Four experienced engineers share their thoughts on how well-designed systems impact the success of such structures.

By Jenni Spinner, Contributing Editor
Codes and Standards April 7, 2011

Top Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, March 2011

Most visited articles at www.csemag.com during March 2011 included content about seismic codes, electrical room design, the ASHRAE Ventilation Standard, and diesel generator noise.

Codes and Standards April 6, 2011

Scroll chillers

McQuay International’s AGZ-D air-cooled scroll chillers can be used for small- to mid-sized building retrofits and new construction.

Codes and Standards April 4, 2011

New developments in BACnet

The BACnet standard has been updated and refined recently, allowing for greater flexibility and interoperability.

By David Fisher, PolarSoft Inc., Pittsburgh
Codes and Standards April 4, 2011

Designing laboratory controls

Labs have unique building automation and HVAC control requirements. Here’s a look at two examples of university research labs.

By Raj Vora, PE; Peter Pobjoy, PE; Mark Crawford, PE; and Michael Phillips
Codes and Standards April 1, 2011

Primera Engineers expands eastern U.S. office

Affan Abdullah, PE, has joined Primera as a Senior Project Manager in Power Delivery, based out of the firm's new King of Prussia, Pa., office.

By Source: Primera Engineers, Ltd.
Codes and Standards March 30, 2011

ASHRAE publishes new guideline for indoor environments

The new guideline considers interactions of air quality, thermal conditions, lighting, and acoustics especially for low-energy buildings.

By Source: Buildings.com
Codes and Standards March 30, 2011

Who will be America’s Next Top Energy Innovator?

The Dept. of Energy will reduce the cost of licensing federal laboratory patents to boost startup energy companies in the latest national energy challenge.

By Source: International Business Times
Codes and Standards March 29, 2011

As more commercial buildings go green, a few go ‘net-zero’

Florida's first commercial net-zero-energy building is generating more energy than it consumes.

By Source: The New York Times
Codes and Standards March 29, 2011

High-accuracy sensors improve response, reduce costs for smart grid applications

S+C's IntelliRupter PulseCloser sensors respond to self-healing and protection applications for the smart grid with accuracy

By Source: PR Newswire
Codes and Standards March 28, 2011

Kenya plans Africa’s first utility-scale wind turbines

The Lake Turkana Wind Power consortium will provide 300 MW of wind power to Kenya’s national electricity grid by July 2012.

By Source: Evwind.es
Codes and Standards March 22, 2011

Too little, too late?

My late grandmother—a World War II U.S. Marine Corps veteran—always had a Plan B. When things didn’t go quite the way she wanted them to, she’d move onto Plan B, equally as detailed as Plan A, but not necessarily her first-choice option.

Codes and Standards March 17, 2011

Power system test reports

Emerson Network Power debuts its ASCO PowerQuest test reports that help facilities comply with NFPA, NEC, and JCAHO reporting requirements.

Codes and Standards March 17, 2011

Tips for data center efficiency

In a data center, the efficiencies of the cooling, power, and IT systems should be analyzed as a complete system so the true efficiency potential becomes apparent.

By Bill Kosik, PE, LEED AP, HP Technology Services Strategy, Chicago
Codes and Standards March 16, 2011

Treat yourself to training

This year, build a career habit to invest in sharpening your skills.

By Michael Ivanovich, The Ivanovich Group LLC, Oak Park, Ill.
Codes and Standards March 14, 2011

How to select the right motor starter

Engineers should consider various factors and different types of units when selecting a motor starter in a commercial building project.

By By: Andre Perra, Cerus Industrial, Hillsboro, Ore.
Codes and Standards March 10, 2011

USGBC sued for false advertising about LEED

A New York building energy consultant and three other plaintiffs charged that the USGBC exaggerates its claims of LEED’s energy efficiency.

By Source: Pepper Hamilton LLP
Codes and Standards March 10, 2011

Guidance on ASHRAE Ventilation Standard

Spreadsheet, examples guide engineers through implementing ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2010.

By SOURCE: ASHRAE
Codes and Standards March 9, 2011

Las Vegas hotel wins American Architecture Award

The award was presented to the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, which saves 30% more energy than similar buildings.

By Source: WSP Flack + Kurtz
Codes and Standards March 8, 2011

Engineering a sustainable school

A Virginia school includes a geo-solar system in its HVAC upgrade. Engineers designed a system that was architecturally integrated, offering students a unique learning tool.

By Bruce Beddow, PE, b2E Consulting Engineers P.C., Leesburg, Va.
Codes and Standards March 8, 2011

UL acquires photometric testing service company

Product safety certification company Underwriters Laboratories has expanded its photometric testing capability for solid state lighting.

By Source: UL
Codes and Standards March 7, 2011

System integration improves corporate campus

Johnson Controls' LEED-certified global headquarters in Glendale, Wis. features innovative lighting design and an HVAC system that integrates renewable energy sources among other sustainable technologies and systems.

Codes and Standards March 4, 2011

China’s Smart Grid pilot underway

Honeywell was selected to provide demand-side management to help reduce strain on China’s utility infrastructure.

By Source: SustainableBusiness.com
Codes and Standards March 4, 2011

Gaseous-fueled generator sets

MTU’s line of gensets expands with the addition of seven gaseous-fueled generator sets, available in power nodes from 130 kW to 400 kW.

Codes and Standards March 1, 2011

Shedding light on photovoltaic projects

The use of photovoltaic (PV) technology as a renewable energy source grew in 2010. Will this trend continue? PV projects can be challenging unless you know the ropes. Here a group of experts shed light on PV trends and how to approach these engineering projects.

By Jack Smith, Contributing Editor, and Amara Rozgus, Editor in Chief
Codes and Standards February 25, 2011

Smart Grid panel agrees on standards

New Smart Grid standards allow consumers and utilities to communicate effectively.

By Frank Andorka, Source: Industry Week
Codes and Standards February 24, 2011

Data center temperature specs change

Walking into an ice-cold data center is slowly becoming a thing of the past, with the days of 68 F computing facilities receding further into history.

By SOURCE: Greener Computing
Codes and Standards February 22, 2011

BACnet web-based remote features added to existing line of automation systems

Siemens’ line of Apogee and Talon Building Automation Systems has been enhanced to include BACnet web-based remote system monitoring, commanding, alarm management, scheduling and trending functions – improving operator efficiency and convenience.

By Source: Steven Kuehn, Siemens Industry, Inc.
Codes and Standards February 17, 2011

Colorado’s renewable energy rules survive

Three proposals to lower consumer rates and utility bills in Colorado, attacking the state’s recent clean-energy policies, have been rejected.

By Source: Bloomberg.com
Codes and Standards February 14, 2011

ASHRAE releases policy recommendations for new Congress

ASHRAE releases its potential roadmap for the federal government, highlights include energy policy and climate change, research funding, implementing energy efficient measures

By SOURCE: ASHRAE
Codes and Standards February 14, 2011

Bent Tree Wind Farm up and running

The 122 turbine facility, located near Albert Lea, MN will produce enough electricity to power about 50,000 homes.

By Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Codes and Standards February 10, 2011

High-efficiency commercial air conditioners

The U.S. Department of Energy is joining with the private sector to develop and deploy high-efficiency air conditioners for commercial buildings. The new rooftop units are expected to reduce energy use by as much as 60 percent, according to the DOE.

By Source: Energy.gov
Codes and Standards February 10, 2011

NEMA pushes for standards-based product testing

The Smart Grid Interoperable and Conformant testing scheme, initiated by NEMA, is meant to ensure that interoperability of individual grid components can be confirmed on a consistent, industry-wide basis.

By Source: SmartGridNews.com
Codes and Standards February 8, 2011

Top January articles tout energy efficiency

Most visited articles at www.csemag.com during January 2011 included details on the EPA’s Energy Star program, ASHRAE’s Standard 90.1, the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, and California’s Green Building codes.

Codes and Standards February 2, 2011

Rethinking the ‘smokeproof’ enclosure

Stair pressurization systems in high-rise buildings must be properly designed to avoid creating adverse conditions for egress. Alternate methods to pressurizing the stair bear further evaluation.

By Michael J. Ferreira, PE, and John H. Klote, PE, D.Sc.
Codes and Standards February 1, 2011

Commissioning for sound and vibration

Adding sound and vibration as an additional service brings added value to customers, the end user, and the building or facility.

By Kevin Gaghan, Stuart McGregor, and Jim Huber, CEM, LEED AP, NCP
Codes and Standards January 31, 2011

ASHRAE 90.1 reduces energy consumption

ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1 – 2010, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, provides guidance for reducing energy consumption by more than 20% over savings realized in the 2004 version.

By Jeff McClain, CEM, LEED AP, Gregory Sifferlen, and Wayne H. Stoppelmoor Jr., CEM
Codes and Standards January 28, 2011

Modular data centers

Using a modular design approach in data centers will help lower capital spending while at the same time increase efficiency, reliability, and expandability.

By Bill Kosik, PE, LEED AP, HP Enterprise Business, Technology Services, Chicago
Codes and Standards January 28, 2011

Modular electrical systems get standardized

Modular electrical systems can achieve product variety through combinations of standardized components.

By Rudy Bergthold, PE, Cupertino Electric Inc., San Jose, Calif.
Codes and Standards January 24, 2011

The flexible professor

The "Professor," Timothy M. Scruby, answers a few questions about himself, the Engineering Profession, Engineering Education.

Codes and Standards January 20, 2011

Specifying LEDs in lighting design

Specifying engineers and lighting designers need to understand more about LEDs and the ways information is presented so we can provide clients with the best lighting options.

By Joseph M. “Jody” Good III, LC, IALD, Spectrum Engineers, Salt Lake City
Codes and Standards January 20, 2011

Energy Star frequently asked questions

Six frequently asked questions concerning the EPA's Energy Star Program and Portfolio Manger are addressed.

Codes and Standards January 18, 2011

Keeping up with Standard 90.1

ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010 includes some big changes, including its title, purpose, and scope.

By Carol Marriott, PE, LEED AP, Carol Marriott Consulting, Maple Grove, Minn.
Codes and Standards January 14, 2011

SGCC signs joint agreement to develop smart grid

The State Grid Corp. of China has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with General Electric Co. and the Chinese Academy of Science to jointly develop smart grid standards. State Grid intends to build a nationwide smart grid to increase electricity transmission capacity.

By Source: The Wall Street Journal
Codes and Standards January 12, 2011

Commercial Real Estate GDP Contribution Significant Despite Economic Decline

Study shows Commercial Real Estate Development and Construction annually contribute $288 billion to GDP; down from 2007 contribution of $549 billion. Commercial real estate development and construction is a perpetual and valuable economic engine, with spending and directly related outlays generating a significant financial impact and helping to counter the recessionary forces that have undermined the economy’s performance since December 2007.

By Source: NAIOP
Codes and Standards January 7, 2011

Top Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, December 2010

Most visited articles at www.csemag.com during December 2010 included the world’s largest wind project, what keeps engineers up at night, tailoring HVAC systems, arc hazard protection, and preparing for Smart Grid among other articles.

Codes and Standards January 5, 2011

FAQs: New light bulb standards for California

These frequently asked questions address the new efficiency standards in California required to be met by light bulb manufacturers.

By Source: California Energy Commission
Codes and Standards January 5, 2011

Two policies may change nature of sustainability in the US

Two important green regulations that have a long term influence on green building and renewable energy recently went into effect, and if successful, they could change the industry.

By Shari Shapiro - Source: GreenBiz Group, Inc.
Codes and Standards January 1, 2011

Illinois Expands Use of Renewable Energy

Governor Pat Quinn has announced that long-term agreements have been executed to advance the state’s ongoing efforts to expand renewable energy use, create green jobs and increase sustainability.

Codes and Standards December 30, 2010

Green building’s top 10 trends for 2011

Green building and sustainability consultant Jerry Yudelson says that the green building industry will rebound in 2011 in spite of the continuing economic difficulties in most developed countries, citing 10 major trends.

By Jerry Yudelson
Codes and Standards December 29, 2010

Biggest Headlines from 2010 for the U.S. wind industry

The biggest headlines for the U.S. wind industry in 2010 held promise and foreboding for 2011. Slowed growth in the 2010 U.S. wind industry, advances in transmission, increases in offshore wind starts, continued growth in the international wind industry, and integration of renewable energy into the U.S. transmission system are just some of the headlines from 2010.

By Herman K. Trabish, Greentech Media,
Codes and Standards December 28, 2010

Conducting an arc flash study

Consulting engineers have an opportunity to provide real-time arc flash diagnostics remotely to their customers.

By Brian Radibratovic, PhD, EDSA Micro Inc., San Diego
Codes and Standards December 28, 2010

Preparing for air quality initiatives

Changing air quality regulations are affecting everyone from large industrial and power plants to small manufacturers, universities, and colleges. Uncertainty has always been a component of air quality regulations, but the number of changes underway and the magnitude of these changes is overwhelming.

By Russ Price, PE, Chad Daniel, and Angela Phipps, Stanley Consultants, Iowa
Codes and Standards December 23, 2010

US Army Adopts ASHRAE Standard 189.1

The United States Army has adopted ASHRAE Standard 189.1, which will include all new buildings and structures in both U.S. territories and abroad. The footprint of the existing Army buildings and structures covers more than 954 million square feet.

Codes and Standards December 22, 2010

Primera hires group manager

Primera, a Chicago-based full-service engineering and design firm, has hired Craig Anderson, PE as a group manager. Anderson will lead the firm’s growing electrical engineering division.

By Source: Primera Engineers, Chicago, IL
Codes and Standards December 22, 2010

D.C. to reveal energy performance data for 200 facilities

The District of Columbia on Wednesday posted energy performance data for nearly 200 of its municipal facilities to a public web site, a measure of energy transparency that only a few governments in the nation have taken.

By Source: IMT
Codes and Standards December 21, 2010

U.S. House Approves Diesel Emissions Reduction Act

Congressional Passage of Bipartisan Environmental Legislation Reauthorizes Successful Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) for Five More Years.

By Source: The Diesel Technology Forum
Codes and Standards December 10, 2010

Kendzel joins ASPE as executive director

Jim Kendzel has been named executive director/chief executive officer of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers.

By Source: The American Society for Plumbing Engineers
Codes and Standards December 10, 2010

Most Visited Articles on the Website during November

The most visited articles on the Consulting-Specifying Engineer website during November included articles on selecting VFDs, choosing LEDs, sustainable data center power, and firestopping exposed wires and cables.

Codes and Standards December 8, 2010

12 New Year’s resolutions for engineers

Here’s a road map for career and company refinement and growth heading into 2011.

By Michael Ivanovich, The Ivanovich Group LLC, Oak Park, Ill.
Codes and Standards December 6, 2010

Right-sizing HVAC

Improperly designed HVAC systems can be a source of headaches. Too big for a project and they can lead to huge bills, both at the outset and over years of operation; too small, and they don’t provide adequate heating and cooling for the facility. Here, industry experts offer advice on tailoring HVAC systems just right, every time.

By Jenni Spinner, Contributing Editor
Codes and Standards December 6, 2010

Mechanical and electrical engineering: Things that keep me up at night

There are several emerging mechanical and electrical engineering technical trends that are worrisome to this author.

By Paul Lutkevich, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Boston
Codes and Standards December 6, 2010

DOE rules impact transformer efficiencies

Building designers must keep the Dept. of Energy’s new standards when selecting and evaluating distribution transformers.

By Michael Kampa, Cooper Power Systems, Waukesha, Wis.
Codes and Standards December 3, 2010

Why choose medium-voltage drives?

Energy savings and other benefits of more common, low-voltage AC drives are becoming well known. Medium-voltage drives, operating from higher electric supply, bring ‘heavy lifting’ capability and further economies of scale to rugged applications.

By Frank J. Bartos, PE, Control Engineering Magazine
Codes and Standards December 2, 2010

Three stages for implementing arc hazard protection: Part 3

This third part in our series on arc hazard protection focuses on choosing management systems that are both effective and sustainable in the long term.

By Daniel R. Doan, H. Landis Floyd II, PE, and Jennifer Slivka, PE, DuPont, Del.
Codes and Standards December 1, 2010

Smart Grid standards for buildings

The development of standards for the Smart Grid provides an early look at what's in store for facilities.

By William Mudge, Danfoss Power Electronics Division, Milwaukee
Codes and Standards December 1, 2010

Energy profile: Where have we been, and where are we headed?

Looking at energy consumption patterns of the past can help us promote responsible energy use in the future.

By Ron Jarnagin
Codes and Standards December 1, 2010

Energy future: Insights into the U.S. energy portfolio and consumption patterns

Measuring commercial buildings’ energy use is the key to curbing energy waste.

By Jean Lupinacci, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.
Codes and Standards November 30, 2010

Moore admitted to ASPE College of Fellows

Ray W. Moore, P.E., CPD, CGD, LEED AP, FASPE, principal mechanical and plumbing engineer, was inducted into the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) Kenneth G. Wentink College of Fellows.

Codes and Standards November 22, 2010

Cloud-Ready Web Application simplifies display of live building data

QA Graphics announced the release of version 2.0 of their Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard (EEED), an interactive solution used by organizations to display real-time building data and educate occupants on sustainable building practices. Version 2.0 is a fully standalone web-based application that can be integrated into any IT framework, eliminating many security roadblocks.

Codes and Standards November 22, 2010

USGBC Announces “LEED Automation” to Streamline and Create Capacity for LEED Green Building Projects

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced LEED Automation, a new program in collaboration with leading technology companies that is designed to streamline and create capacity for the LEED building certification process.

Codes and Standards November 16, 2010

Prepare for the Smart Grid surge

Get your brain around the Smart Grid with three key documents.

By Michael Ivanovich, The Ivanovich Group LLC, Oak Park, Ill.
Codes and Standards November 12, 2010

Data center offers sustainable power, wins award

The Seattle area’s new, high-capacity next generation South Hill North Data Center in Puyallup, Wash., has received the Technology Development of the Year Award from NAIOP.

Codes and Standards November 12, 2010

Firestopping exposed wires and cables

An “almost perfect” firestopping system isn’t good enough when a fire starts in a building. There are several reasons for providing firestopping for wires and cables. It may be a requirement of the building code, or of an insurance carrier or a building owner that wants to minimize the risk associated with fire spreading from one part of the building to another.

By Tim Kuhlman, PE, RCDD, CH2M HILL, Portland, Ore.
Codes and Standards November 11, 2010

Choosing LEDs for indoor use

Here are practical evaluation criteria for selecting LED lighting for indoor, ambient applications.

By Dave Ranieri, Lithonia Lighting Commercial Indoor Business Unit, Atlanta
Codes and Standards November 4, 2010

Reports for power testing

Emerson Network Power has debuted its ASCO PowerQuest Test Reports, which help facilities comply with NFPA, NEC, and JCAHO reporting requirements for on-site power system testing, operation, load profiling, and peak load shaving. ASCO PowerQuest Reports automate the manual, time-consuming data logging required to comply with NFPA 99 and 110 for exercising emergency power systems, NEC 220.87 for documenting actual on-site power demand load, and JCAHO requirements for helping ensure reliable power for life safety loads. The reports’ data format parallels the requirements of reporting codes and standards.

Codes and Standards November 2, 2010

Enabling smart service with remote data

Suppose you are a generator service organization, maintaining customers’ equipment scattered across your state. Let’s further suppose you have extensive knowledge of the historical performance of every machine and know the battery voltage, fuel level, and controls condition of each generator, and that information is always current. Armed with that information, a well-trained technician could readily identify the machines that are at risk of operational failures, and prioritize the replacement of weak batteries or call in fuel where needed, to avoid the failure that is certain to happen without his proactive intervention. Smart service implies the intelligent use of information to achieve a better service process, including: Detecting problems early Scheduling service trips efficiently Preventing predictable failures Minimizing customer downtime Historically in the on-site power industry, technicians have gone from site to site to test machines, record conditions, and collect performance data.

By Harold M. Jarrett, OmniMetrix LLC, Buford, Ga.
Codes and Standards November 2, 2010

Robust power to the rescue

Lewis & Clark Regional Water System (LCRWS) of Sioux Falls, S.D., is a consortium of 20 members: 15 cities and 5 rural water districts in southeastern South Dakota, northwestern Iowa, and southwestern Minnesota. Members will receive treated water from a network of well fields located near the Missouri River. The ambitious, $550-million program has been in the making for 20 years, and construction is well underway. LCRWS is scheduled to begin operations in March 2012.

Codes and Standards November 2, 2010

Historic Gains in Energy Efficiency for New Homes and Commercial Buildings

Building officials from across the nation voted to support historic gains in the energy efficiency of building energy codes at the Final Action Hearings for the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). As a result, the energy efficiency of America’s 2012 model energy code for new homes and commercial buildings will likely achieve the 30% boost sought by the U.S. Dept.

Codes and Standards October 28, 2010

GSA raises its own energy efficiency standards

The General Services Administration is raising the bar to increase the energy efficiency of all of its new federal building construction projects. Projects must achieve LEED Gold certification, the second-highest rating from the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED program. Previously, federal building projects needed to be certified at the LEED Silver level, the third-highest rating, or higher. Robert Peck, commissioner of GSA's Public Buildings Service, said that better-performing government buildings can have a substantial environmental impact. "This new requirement is just one of the many ways we're greening the federal real estate inventory to help deliver on President Obama's commitment to increase sustainability and energy efficiency across government," Peck said in a news release. For projects funded before fiscal 2010, LEED Gold standards will be incorporated wherever possible. New leased GSA spaces still require only LEED Silver certification.

By Source: Federal Times.com
Codes and Standards October 28, 2010

HMI monitoring and control: Building blocks of a SCADA system

When it comes to equipment operation, user interface is the most visible system component. The user interface can include anything from the steering wheel and instrument cluster on a vehicle’s dashboard to the operating system on your computer. Regardless of the scale of the application, the purpose is ...

By Jim Martz, Governor Control Systems Inc. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Codes and Standards October 26, 2010

Advanced Sound-Testing Facility to be Built by Cummins Power Generation

Cummins Power Generation has approved Project Sonitus, the construction of a state-of-the-art hemi-anechoic test chamber at the company’s headquarters in Fridley, Minn. The new testing facility will help reduce sound levels of Cummins generators and other products. When completed, this facility will be the largest engine-test-facility of its kind in the world.  In preparing the site for construction, the company discovered a buried layer of soil contaminated with creosote, which had been used as a preservative coating for railroad ties and utility poles.

Codes and Standards October 19, 2010

VAV System for Small to Medium Sized Buildings

System Offers Consistent Comfort, Lower Operating Costs, Fast and Easy Installation, and Reliable Control.

Codes and Standards October 18, 2010

MEP Giants 2010

In 2010, engineering firms focus on energy-efficiency initiatives this year, while investing heavily in the continued development of their in-house engineers.

By Patrick Lynch, Project Manager
Codes and Standards October 17, 2010

Integrating lighting and HVAC retrofits

The renovation of lighting and the HVAC system in an existing building can greatly reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

By Benjamin J. Biada, PE, LEED AP, & Scott Gray, LC, LEED AP, AE Consultants
Codes and Standards October 15, 2010

Complex Office Building Retrofit

Integrating Lighting and HVAC Retrofits: Case Study

By Benjamin J. Biada, PE, LEED AP, & Scott Gray, LC, LEED AP, AE Consultants
Codes and Standards October 14, 2010

HVAC boiler standards

Heating and power boilers used in HVAC are governed by several codes, including ASME, NBBPVI, NFPA, local and state standards, and a host of others.

By Timothy M. Scruby, PE, Facility Dynamics Engineering, Afton, Va.
Codes and Standards October 11, 2010

Ready, aim, fire

With more than 40 years in fire protection, Martin Reiss’s knowledge and experience in the engineering field takes him around the world working with clients and fire officials.

Codes and Standards October 5, 2010

Diesel Gensets Certified to Meet IBC Seismic Provisions

Caterpillar diesel gensets for North America ranging from 650 kW to 3100 kW have been certified to meet all published editions of the International Building Code’s (IBC) seismic provisions.

Codes and Standards October 3, 2010

Bring on the bean counters

By involving a tax specialist in a project early in the process, the owner can benefit from tax incentives that reduce the higher first costs of better, more efficient systems.

By Michael Ivanovich, The Ivanovich Group LLC, Oak Park, Ill.
Codes and Standards September 22, 2010

Video: What do the new motor efficiency requirements mean to the end user?

At the 2010 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago, Baldor Electric talks with Group Publisher Jim Langhenry about the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and what the new motor efficiency requirements mean to the end user.

Codes and Standards September 19, 2010

2010 Product of the Year Winners

At the close of the Sixth Annual Product of the Year Awards, one thing stands out above the rest—this year was definitely different from years past.

By Patrick Lynch, Project Manager
Codes and Standards September 17, 2010

Report helps build the case for energy code compliance

IMT Report shows that every dollar spent yields $6 in energy savings and an additional $810 Million Funding is Needed to Achieve 90% Compliance with Building Energy Codes.

By Source: Institute for Market Transformation
Codes and Standards September 14, 2010

Trip Unit

All the electrical industry buzzwords—system coordination, selectivity, reliability, arc flash protection—are addressed with GE’s trip unit.

Codes and Standards September 14, 2010

Bright light, brighter students

Good school lighting provides myriad benefits—including lower power bills and boosted test scores—but effective design requires smart planning.

By Jenni Spinner
Codes and Standards September 13, 2010

Spa treatment for hotel HVAC system

In January 2009, construction began on a new, upscale Renaissance Boston Hotel & Spa at Patriot Place in Boston. The building’s owner wanted a top performing, energy efficient HVAC system that had the capability to adjust airflow based on demand and would operate more quietly than traditional systems. Typical bathroom exhaust systems use oversized rooftop fans running 24 hours a day to assist in exhausting air from a common riser that multiple bathroom fans exhaust into.

Codes and Standards September 13, 2010

Generator Ratings

This question-and-answer article outlines how to use manufacturer ratings for generators to choose the proper equipment for the job. Also covered: How to consider conditions that could "de-rate" the generator.

By Amara Rozgus, Editor in Chief
Codes and Standards September 3, 2010

Unlocking the Code: Requirements for A/V System Cabling

Audio/visual systems must be installed to meet the cabling requirements of the NEC. The audio/visual (A/V) system in an office or school is often installed long after the base-build phase of construction of a new building is completed. The A/V system may not even be included in the tenant improvement phase of a project.

By Timothy Kuhlman, PE, RCDD, CH2M HILL, Portland, Ore.
Codes and Standards September 3, 2010

Designing Efficient Schools

Working to design a LEED-certified school? This article highlights some MEP trends, including the latest HVAC trends.

By Sunondo Roy, PE, LEED AP, CCJM Engineers, Chicago
Codes and Standards September 3, 2010

Designing Efficient Schools: Design Strategies

MEP and HVAC trends for designing a LEED-certified school.

By Sunondo Roy, PE, LEED AP, CCJM Engineers, Chicago
Codes and Standards September 3, 2010

Designing Efficient Schools: LEED MEP Related Credits

A Project Checklist and the Impact of MEP Related LEED Credits

Codes and Standards September 3, 2010

Designing Efficient Schools: Case Study

Chicago Public School Mariano Azuela Elementary School

By Sunondo Roy, PE, LEED AP, CCJM Engineers, Chicago
Codes and Standards September 2, 2010

Acoustical Performance Standards for Schools

Updated standards provide recommendations for acoustic criteria for background noise, reverberation, and sound isolation for schools.

By By: Jerry G. Lilly, JGL Acoustics Inc., and Roman Wowk, Papadimos Group
Codes and Standards September 2, 2010

University Gets Smart With Emergency Power Systems

With thousands of students living on campus, and working in classrooms and labs, plus the 24/7 need for data centers and security systems, Michigan Tech University could not operate during power outages without a backup emergency power system.

By Enercon Engineering
Codes and Standards September 1, 2010

Climbing to new heights

Meet Allyn Vaughn, PE, FSPE, LEED AP. Allyn Vaughn is a registered fire protection engineer with more than 30 years of experience in the industry. He has been in Las Vegas for more than 13 years providing fire protection system design and code consulting services.

Codes and Standards September 1, 2010

Get Smart Fast on LEDs

LEDs are gaining credibility in the lighting market, and engineers need to learn to use LED technology quickly

By Michael Ivanovich, The Ivanovich Group LLC, Oak Park, Ill.
Codes and Standards August 31, 2010

Lighting Systems Index Stalls, Slumps, National Lighting Bureau Reports

Second-quarter 2010 Lighting Systems Index performance was 0.3% below first-quarter 2010 results.

Codes and Standards August 10, 2010

The value of full disclosure

This article discusses the benefits of mandatory disclosure of a building’s energy performance and how its future could impact the buying and selling of commercial properties.

By Carolyn Sarno, Northeast Energy EfficiencyPartnerships (NEEP), Lexington, Mass.
Codes and Standards August 9, 2010

Speaking of certification

Many engineers believe certification educates and bolsters careers; others think that there are too many available certifications, diluting any potential benefit.

By Jenni Spinner, Contributing Editor
Codes and Standards August 9, 2010

The 2010 National Engineering Survey

The roles of engineers are changing; but some things never change.

By Amara Rozgus, Editor in Chief, and Rhonda McGee, Affinity Research Solutions
Codes and Standards August 9, 2010

Apportioning loads on paralleled generator sets

Selection of the right load-sharing control system depends on the sizes of the generators, their governors and voltage regulators, the sensitivity of the loads to voltage and frequency, and desired system reliability.

By Kenneth L. Lovorn, PE, Lovorn Engineering Assocs.; and Tom Divine, PE, SSR
Codes and Standards August 5, 2010

CONSOL Energy Center Is First NHL Arena To Achieve LEED Gold Certification

CONSOL Energy Center has achieved LEED Gold certification, becoming the first NHL arena to reach that standard of sustainability.

Codes and Standards August 5, 2010

Sustainability standards open for comment

UL Environment is seeking public comment on a new corporate sustainability standard for manufacturers.

Codes and Standards August 4, 2010

An update on ASHRAE 62.1

Our expert MEP Roundtable panel discusses the major changes to the 2010 edition of ASHRAE 62.1 and how these modifications will alter mechanical system design, building performance, and energy codes compliance.

By Patrick Lynch, Project Manager
Codes and Standards August 4, 2010

BACnet: Setting the new standard

BACnet has to be specified correctly to be fully interoperable. The BACnet Protocol Implementation Conformance Statement is designed to aid in this process.

By Terry Hoffmann, Johnson Controls Inc., Milwaukee
Codes and Standards August 3, 2010

VRF foundation laid for growth

Codes, standards, and modeling software developments for variable refrigerant flow technology makes life easier for engineers.

By Michael Ivanovich, The Ivanovich Group LLC, Oak Park, Ill.
Codes and Standards August 3, 2010

A close look at wet stacking

Wet stacking: How it happens, what it does, and how to avoid it.

By Tom Divine, PE, Smith Seckman Reid Inc., Houston
Codes and Standards August 3, 2010

Avoid failure with smoke control commissioning

How to adjust when the installed system does not meet the performance criteria of the approved design or there are inconsistencies with the design concepts in the approved design documents.

By Allyn J. Vaughn, PE, FSFPE, JBA Consulting Engineers Inc., Las Vegas
Codes and Standards August 1, 2010

Electric Vehicle (EV) Infrastructure

GE’s new Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station will provide user protection by meeting industry standards such as NEC 625 and SAE J1772, will work seamlessly with large- and small-scale EV systems and will begin shipping 3Q 2010, in time for the mass-market arrival of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). Initially launched for residential, commercial, and local government applications, GE’s basic until will provide plug-in charging and optional commerce capabilities. The unit will also offer an optional Smart Grid interface by utilizing intelligent meters to interact with the local utility company. This product will undergo extensive acceptance research with users and installers to make sure that it is easy to use, install, and maintain. Along with the charging functionality, the product will be a modular design to allow for easy upgrades as owner’s needs change and more options become available.

Codes and Standards July 26, 2010

Empire State Building Unveils Innovative, Multi-Media Sustainability Exhibit At Visitor’s Center

Iconic Landmark Transforms Energy Retrofit Story Into a Permanent, Interactive and Compelling Consumer Experience

Codes and Standards July 21, 2010

Eight Firms to Spearhead Global Building Efficiency Project

Eight large companies and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will participate in a pilot program launched this week by the U.S. and nearly two dozen other countries that promotes energy efficiency in commercial buildings.

By Source: GreenerBuildings Staff, GreenBiz.com
Codes and Standards July 20, 2010

Office Depot Opens First LEED for Commercial Interiors Registered Retail Store

Austin, Texas, Location One of 14 "Greener" Stores Planned For 2010.

Codes and Standards July 20, 2010

Using spec writers properly

Specification writers can play a key role in a project’s success, but the design team must use their skills effectively.

By Derek B. McCowan, PE, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc., Waltham, Mass.
Codes and Standards July 16, 2010

Flexible, Sustainable Data Centers

Sustainable data center design can be a tricky business because of the inherent need for an organized yet flexible approach. However, in recent years, design firms have come up with solutions that provide sustainable and highly flexible designs while also steering clear of confusion related to rapid changes in computer hardware technologies. The key to ensuring flexible yet organized electrical and mechanical systems for sustainable design centers involves preparation, becoming informed, and planning ahead. In order to be fully prepared and achieve maximum success, design firms must balance all of the business needs involved in the project and then develop and implement a sound basis of design (BOD) and project plan.

By Alan Abramson, PE; Oliver Varban, PENG; and Wayne Howell, PE
Codes and Standards July 16, 2010

Apply engineered solutions to deliver arc flash safety part 2

This is the second in a three-part series that describes planning and implementation for an effective, sustainable program. Part 1 discussed hazard awareness, safe work practices, and reducing potential for ignition of workers’ clothing from arc incidents. Part 2 will focus on applying engineered solutions, which includes electrical system analysis.

By Daniel R. Doan, H. Landis Floyd II, and Jennifer Slivka DuPont
Codes and Standards July 13, 2010

The cost of cutting corners

With the increasing economic pressure on design engineers in the electrical construction industry today, there is a greater demand for more work in less time and a requirement to make increased profits on the time that is worked. Phrases that one hears all too often are: I will have the contractor responsible for the coordination study because I do not know how to do it. The project is due out this week so I am going to skip calculating fault current for this distribution system. These arc fault breakers are being required by the Code just so the breaker manufacturers can make more money. I don’t have the time to design this pole base, so I will just copy a detail from the last project. I will just calculate the current carrying capacity of this duct bank feeder the same way that I calculate a feeder in conduit. Everyone else sizes feeders using the basic table 310-16, so I am going to do it the same way. These are just a few examples of the many design tasks that are dropping by the wayside, taking the “Engineering” out of the practice of engineering. These conflicting issues create a working environment that is the ideal breeding ground for ethical conflicts for the engineer.

By Ken Lovorn
Codes and Standards July 9, 2010

Energy Forum seeks solar boost for Florida

While BP's oil gusher is an unmitigated disaster for the Gulf of Mexico, a Clean Energy Summit in Orlando warned Thursday that Florida has a power crisis in the making. According to Kenric Ward's article in The Sunshine News, the Sunshine State, the nation's fourth-largest electric consumer, isn’t even among the top 10 states in solar production. Though Florida has 92 million tons of biomass available for energy production, biomass plants provide just a paltry 2% of the state's power needs. Meantime, Florida utilities spend $30 billion a year to import fossil fuels to run their coal-, gas-, and oil-fired power plants. Lagging in the renewable power race is costing Floridians economically and environmentally, clean-energy experts warned at Thursday's summit. Hosted by Citizens for Clean Energy, a nonprofit consortium of green-leaning businesses, the Orlando forum turned up the heat on the Florida Legislature to incentivize renewable energy projects. The consensus and the challenge: There's a need. Is there the political will? Senate President-designate Mike Haridopolos, who delivered the keynote address and participated in the day's panel discussions, declared, "The Legislature is open for business and new ideas." "We need an aggressive energy policy -- an all-energy solution that works for Floridians first.

By Kenric Ward, Sunshine Times
Codes and Standards July 9, 2010

EMCOR Subsidiary CEO Receives Exceptional Service Award From ASHRAE

William M. Dillard, CEO of Mechanical Services Inc. (MSI) has been honored by ASHRAE with an Exceptional Service Award for 2010.

Codes and Standards July 8, 2010

NYC building projects affected by new energy code

On July 6th, New York Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri announced the start of the New York City Energy Conservation Code on July 1, giving notice that lighting, power, and HVAC systems in new projects and renovations in America’s largest city must comply with it. The code amends the New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code and is tougher than the state energy code, from which alterations or renovations affecting less than 50% of a building system are exempt, according to the department. The new city code is part of the city’s pledge to cut carbon emissions by 30% by 2030. "The creation of the New York City Energy Code is a landmark achievement for this department and a major step forward in making this city more environmentally friendly," LiMandri said.

Codes and Standards July 7, 2010

Largest zero-energy office building opens in Colorado

According to an article by Jim Witkin with the New York Times, the federal government recently finished construction on a zero-energy office building. The 222,000-sq-ft Research Support Facility is located on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory campus in Golden, Colo. The building will officially open to its 800 employees in late August.

Codes and Standards July 2, 2010

Optional Desiccant Wheel Increases Dehumidification Capacity on LASER Packaged Units

A new desiccant wheel option provides additional dehumidification capacity on the Innovent LASER (Latent and Sensible Energy Reduction) packaged fresh air conditioning unit. Primarily for use in dedicated outdoor air applications, the LASER unit includes single or dual air-to-air heat exchangers to dehumidify and reheat outside air before delivery to occupants. No new energy is required for reheat which allows dehumidification of hot, humid air; while meeting the requirements of ASHRAE Standard 90.1. Innovent is a business of Unison Comfort Technologies. For more information, visit www.innoventair.com or contact us at (612) 877-4850.

Codes and Standards June 30, 2010

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Codes and Standards May 15, 2010

2017 40 Under 40: Edward LaPine, PE, CFEI; 36

Director, Manhattan Office, JENSEN HUGHES

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Codes and Standards May 15, 2010

2017 40 Under 40: Jignesh Maun, FPE; 37

Fire Protection Engineer, San Jose Fire Department

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Codes and Standards April 1, 2010

Product Rating Manual for Acoustical Duct Silencers

AMCA International reaffirmed AMCA publication 1011-03, a Certified Ratings Program Product Rating Manual for Acoustical Duct Silencers, and provides a program for certifying a product's sound dynamic insertion loss, airflow generated noise, and pressure drop performance ratings. Products that can be licensed by AMCA to bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Seal are prefabricated acoustical duct sile...

Codes and Standards April 1, 2010

Energy Efficiency Classification for Fans

The Air Movement and Control Association International, Inc. (AMCA International) announced that AMCA STANDARD 205-10, Energy Efficiency Classification for Fans, was approved by the AMCA International membership on February 19, 2010. This standard defines the classification for all fan types designed to be driven by motors of nominal rating 125 W (1/6 hp) and above.

Codes and Standards April 1, 2010

Shedding light on energy codes

As energy codes become more stringent, it becomes more of a challenge for architects and designers to meet the requirements of the current system of prescriptive energy codes. Because of these challenges, advocates of performance-based energy code systems point to them as possible solutions to the problem of meeting the various 30%, 50%, and near-zero-energy building goals supported by propose...

By Eric Richman, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Wash.
Codes and Standards April 1, 2010

Laboratory Methods for Testing Actuators

AMCA International announced that the Board of Standards Review of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved the following document on December 2, 2009: ANSI/AMCA STANDARD 520-09, Laboratory Methods for Testing Actuators. This standard establishes an industry standard for minimum rating and testing of actuators used on fire/smoke dampers.

Codes and Standards April 1, 2010

Unlisted cables and the NEC

Data and communications cabling installed in a building is required to be listed per the National Electrical Code (NEC). Unlisted cables need to transition to a listed cable through the use of a splice or termination after entering a building. How soon does this transition have to take place? Can the transition from an unlisted to listed cable be extended into a building? This article provides ...

By Tim Kuhlman, PE, RCDD, CH2M HILL, Portland, Ore.
Codes and Standards April 1, 2010

Finding the right LED

Consulting engineers often are tasked with lighting design as part of their overall electrical design or as a subcontract to the electrical engineering team or contractor. Because of the big push for energy efficiency, many clients are now asking about LEDs. LEDs are have been available for lighting systems for a number of years, but first costs, color rendering, appropriate fixtures for commer...

By Amara Rozgus, Senior Editor
Codes and Standards March 26, 2010

HVAC design for indoor pools, spas

This manual provides design tips for those designing HVAC for swimming pools and spas.

By Source: Air Conditioning Contractors of America
Codes and Standards March 24, 2010

NFPA releases new edition of NFPA 1600

The National Fire Protection Assn. has released its new Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs.

By Source: National Fire Protection Assn.
Codes and Standards March 17, 2010

New AMCA standard for fan efficiency

AMCA Standard 205-10 defines a new energy efficiency classification schema for fans driven by motors at 1/6 HP (125 W) and above.

By Michael Ivanovich; Source: Air Movement and Control Association (AMCA) Internati
Codes and Standards March 16, 2010

Chipping away at heating costs

View the full story, including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition Hartford Central School District in Hartford, N.Y., paired with CSArch Architecture | Construction Management in 2006 to develop the district's new Alternative Energy Plant, making it the first public school district in New York state to implement wood chip gasification technology to heat its facilities. The Albany, N.Y.-based CSArch designed the new 2,000-sq-ft Alternative Energy Plant. The plant is located adjacent to the 84,330-sq-ft K-12 school and a 7,000-sq-ft technology building, both of which will be heated by the Alternative Energy Plant.

Codes and Standards March 16, 2010

ASHRAE 90.1— 2007 and beyond

Engineers talk about the present and future standard for energy efficiency.

By Patrick Lynch, Associate Editor, and Michael Ivanovich, Editor-in-Chief
Codes and Standards March 16, 2010

Bonding conduit sleeves

This article discusses where and how the NEC requires bonding and grounding for conduit sleeves.

By Tim Kuhlman, PE, RCDD, CH2M Hill, Portland, Ore.
Codes and Standards March 8, 2010

Members sought for ASHRAE committee

Members are being sought and changes proposed for the new standard for the design of high-performance green buildings published in January.

By Source: ASHRAE
Codes and Standards February 15, 2010

The nitty-gritty on gensets

Our panel discusses paralleling and proper sizing for generators, considerations for subtransient reactance in critical environments, and accurately matching automatic transfer switches and generators.

By Patrick Lynch, Associate Editor
Codes and Standards February 15, 2010

Engineers: Restart your motor specifications

Federal minimum standards for nominal full-load motor efficiencies take effect for motors manufactured after Dec. 19, 2010.

By Michael Ivanovich, Editor-in-Chief, and John Malinowski, Baldor Electric Co.,
Codes and Standards February 8, 2010

IAPMO standardizes plumbing, mechanical systems

IAPMO releases the Green Plumbing and Mechanical Code Supplement.

By Source: WaterTechOnline.com
Codes and Standards February 1, 2010

High-performance green building standard released

The nation's first standard for the design of high-performance green buildings has been published by ASHRAE, in conjunction with the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, is the first code-intended commercial green bui...

Codes and Standards January 27, 2010

California adopts first statewide green building standard

Governor Schwarzenegger has announced the first-in-the-nation statewide green building standards code.

By Source: California Building Standards Commission
Codes and Standards January 19, 2010

More states adopt new standards for energy efficiency

Additional states have adopted the 2009 I-Codes for energy efficiency from the International Code Council.

By Source: International Code Council
Codes and Standards January 13, 2010

DOE proposes test procedures for walk-ins

The Dept. of Energy is proposing to adopt test procedures for measuring the energy consumption of walk-in coolers and freezers.

By Source: Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute
Codes and Standards December 18, 2009

2009 Green Space Collection

Collection of 2009 Green Space Columns. January 2009Making workplaces 'greenspaces' By David Callan, PE, CEM, LEED AP, Syska Hennessy Group, (Now with Environmental Systems Design), ChicagoFebruary 2009California's power play on energy policy By Michael Ivanovich, Editor-in-Chief, Consulting-Specifying EngineerMarch 2009Sustainable air conditioning leads to sustainability By Grahame E. Maisey, PE, and Beverly Milestone, LEED APApril 2009 Can you envision an Energy Corps? By John Suzukida, PE, Lanex Consulting LLC, Shoreview, Minn.May 2009The bleeding edge of green By John Jennings, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Portland, Ore.June 2009We need disruptive innovation By Keith W. Cooley, NextEnergy, DetroitJuly 2009When buildings bite, owners suffer By Michael K.

By Patrick Lynch
Codes and Standards December 16, 2009

Using the sun to power data centers

Adding a large photovoltaic array to the roof of a data center raises its profile, and adds a reliable source of clean power.

By Jack Pouchet Emerson Network Power, St. Louis
Codes and Standards December 16, 2009

The synergy of lighting codes and controls

Lighting controls play a key role in meeting energy codes for buildings.

By Michael Jouaneh, LEED AP, Lutron, Coopersburg, Pa.
Codes and Standards December 16, 2009

Designing for safety: Simple steps for reducing electrical hazards

Incorporating simple steps into the design process is a cost-effective way to stay ahead of the curve.

By Rick Schlobohm, PE GE Consumer & Industrial, Houston
Codes and Standards December 16, 2009

Make a splash about water

Too many water efficiency guidelines are drowning designers with options and diluting progress on this vital issue.

By John Koeller, PE, Koeller & Co., Yorba Linda, Calif.
Codes and Standards December 11, 2009

New York City enacts legislation designed to increase energy efficiency of buildings

New York City passed the "Greener, Greater Buildings Plan" designed to save consumers millions of dollars in building energy costs and create thousands of jobs for the people of New York.

By Source: Institute for Market Transformation
Codes and Standards December 3, 2009

AMCA inmotion

AMCA inmotion

Codes and Standards December 2, 2009

ANSI/AMCA standards approved

Standards for dampers and louvers receive approval from American National Standards Institute.

By Source: AMCA
Codes and Standards December 1, 2009

Standard for dc power distribution released

EMerge Alliance released the EMerge Alliance Standard, which the association claims is the first to provide a roadmap for the use of low-voltage dc power in commercial building interiors. The standard is said to establish a more efficient means of powering the rapidly increasing number of digital, dc-powered devices found in today's workplaces, such as sensors, lighting, and IT equipment.

Codes and Standards December 1, 2009

Voltage regulator

The Series 700F Power Processor from Controlled Power Co. is a front-access power conditioning voltage regulator that guards against both high- and low-voltage conditions. Available in 10 kVA to 150 kVA three-phase sizes, the regulator corrects wide input voltage deviations to well within safe operating limits, and meets the IEEE and ANSI standards that define power anomalies, occurrences, and ...

Codes and Standards December 1, 2009

What to consider when selecting ac drives

Several considerations, industry guidelines, and third-party certifications can help ensure safe variable-speed drive operation.

By Edward Wilke, Eaton Corp., Milwaukee
Codes and Standards November 11, 2009

California has most energy efficiency policies

An ACEEE report shows that California leads the country in energy efficiency policies.

By Source: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Codes and Standards November 6, 2009

The Green Building Market and Impact Report 2009 is released

An annual green buildings report  highlights the impact of LEED-certified buildings.   

By Source: Greener World Media
Codes and Standards November 6, 2009

Pipe hangers and supports standards updated

The Manufactures Standardization Society has published a comprehensive standard practice for pipe hangers and supports.

By Source: Manufactures Standardization Society
Codes and Standards November 1, 2009

Fire-resistant wrap

The Fire Barrier Duct Wrap 615+ from 3M Co. meets ASTM E 2336 fire test requirements. Made from a ceramic fiber wrapped in scrim-enforced foil, the wrap provides up to two hours of fire protection for grease and air ventilation ducts. The wrap supports maximum temperatures up to 2,192 F and is tested to ISO 6944 air duct standard.

Codes and Standards October 30, 2009

Department of Homeland Security to adopt NFPA Standard on emergency preparedness

Dept. of Homeland Security will adopt NFPA 1600 Standard on emergency management, business continuity, and crisis communications.

By Source: NFPA.org
Codes and Standards October 1, 2009

Kitchen ventilation systems: Saving energy without sacrificing performance

New options for owners looking for ways to reduce operating costs.

By Brian Rivet, Greenheck Fan Corp., Schofield, WIS.
Codes and Standards October 1, 2009

Life safety damper inspections

Regular inspections and testing are vital to protecting property and saving lives.

By Vickie Lovell and Andy Frame, Intercode Inc., Delray Beach, FLA.
Codes and Standards October 1, 2009

Ask Hans

In an effort to help stabilize the economy, the federal government has extended tax incentives that encourage energy efficiency. These incentives have a dual purpose: to protect the environment through more efficient use of energy, and to increase capital investment to counter the economic recession.

Codes and Standards October 1, 2009

Korean lab accredited to perform AMCA testing

The Korea Machinery-Meter and Petrochemical Testing and Research Institute (MPI) laboratory in Pyeongtaek-City, South Korea, has been accredited by AMCA International to perform both air and sound tests in accordance with AMCA International's test standards 210 and 300 and other international standards. The agreement is part of AMCA International's continued efforts to expand its Certified Ratings Program (CRP) in Korea. MPI will act as AMCA International's authorized CRP agent for the Korean regions and in other areas of the Pacific Rim.

Codes and Standards October 1, 2009

LaPointe named AMCA president

Art LaPointe, vice president and general manager of Construction Specialties Inc. , Cranford, N.J., was elected president of AMCA International at the association's annual meeting held this past September. LaPointe has been an enthusiastic supporter of AMCA and has helped develop and improve many product performance guidelines and standards; he also has helped further efforts to have AMCA standards written into architectural specifications.

Codes and Standards October 1, 2009

Belling the code-and-standard cat

Why and when did regulations solidify to a point where unbending, homogenized codes and standards keep engineers from exercising their expertise and good judgment? This situation is particularly true for lighting. Lighting has become the stepchild of construction. It is often the last to be considered in planning, the first to be jettisoned in the budget crunch, mostly assumed to be present but often created without adequate thought, and many times beset by unfathomable limitations.

By Gersil N. Kay, IESNA, Conservation Lighting International Ltd.
Codes and Standards October 1, 2009

Neitzel receives distinguished service award

Emery (Pete) Neitzel received AMCA International's Distinguished Service Award at the association's annual meeting held this past September. Neitzel is a former AMCA president and retired vice president of engineering and manufacturing for Greenheck Fan Corp., Schofield, Wis. The award recognizes service to AMCA and the entire HVACR industry as a whole.

Codes and Standards September 8, 2009

MEP Insider – 2009-09-08

Recent promotions and hires

Codes and Standards September 2, 2009

ASHRAE publishes paper on HVAC and airborne diseases

Paper addresses concerns of H1N1 (swine flu) virus transmission through ventilation systems and suggests control strategies.

By Source: ASHRAE
Codes and Standards September 1, 2009

HVAC design for a performing arts center

Figure 1: A view from the north shows the wood-encased main concert hall with atrium. The atrium’s mullions are heated with 120-F water to prevent condensation and help heat the atrium. Photo: Paúl Rivera/archphoto View the full story, including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, N.Y., is the world's largest multi-use space that combines scientific research, technology, and the performing arts.

By Denzil Gallagher, Buro Happold, New York City
Codes and Standards September 1, 2009

Split system

Exceeding ASHRAE 90.1 efficiency standards and featuring a non-ozone depleting refrigerant, the 25- to 100-ton Gemini Select commercial split systems from Carrier Corp. is a new line of HVAC systems that benefits the environment. Offering a 5% improvement over previous models on full load efficiency and 10% on partial loads, the Gemini Select provides improved condenser coil structural integrit...

Codes and Standards September 1, 2009

Improving school systems

View the full story, including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition CSE: Typically in school districts there is a mix of various building types, ages, and MEP systems. Across this diversity, which MEP systems are being kept during retrofit projects? Which systems are being discarded and replaced most frequently? Dennis Landsberg: Classroom lighting systems are being replaced with super T-8 lighting with occupancy sensors. Metal halide gymnasium lighting is being replaced with T-5 technology.

By Bettina Chang, Editorial Intern, and Patrick Lynch, Associate Editor
Codes and Standards September 1, 2009

Getting more out of kitchen ventilation systems

View the full story, including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition Like many other things around us, school cooking operations seem to be continuously changing. Complete model shifts from independent full-cooking kitchens to centralized cooking facilities and satellite (reheat and ladle) operations are happening everywhere. Also, the evolution in menus to accommodate society's focus on health-conscious eating, food allergies, and general concerns for proper nutrition has made it necessary for school cooking facilities to change in unison. As we engineer these systems, we can't help but wonder how these changes affect the lifecycle of the kitchen ventilation system—or, rather, how we can design to ensure more flexibility and sustained equipment life. Many products and design choices can be made to create more flexibility now and in the future.

By Brian Rivet, Greenheck Fan Corp., Schofield, Wis.
Codes and Standards September 1, 2009

Top five NEC 708 guidelines

Article 708, new to the 2008 National Electrical Code and the most stringent of the 700 Section Articles, provides an additional level of protection for electrical equipment and wiring so that in the event of a natural or human-created disaster, the facility will still function while other facilities may fail. Article 708 has enhanced the local authority having jurisdiction's (AHJ) ability to ensure uniform enforcement for critical facilities. These facilities can consider either a designated area or the entire building as part of the critical operations power systems (COPS). This article requires that the alternate power source have a minimum of 72 hr of full-load capacity.

By Tommy Bufford, PE,General Electric, Charlotte, N.C.
Codes and Standards September 1, 2009

Raising expectations for school buildings

Imagine sending a child to a school without indoor plumbing, textbooks, or computers. As strange as that sounds, within the past 150 years we have done just that, and in some parts of the world, people still do. Those advocating for a revitalized interest in improving the quality of schools have imagined a future in which no child attends a school that has inadequate lighting, poor ventilation, acoustical issues, or other environmental stressors that negatively impact the learning environment. Many argue that although the vision of “ every child in a green school within a generation” sounds wonderful, the reality remains that we cannot afford it.

By Joseph Clair, PE, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago
Codes and Standards August 28, 2009

Las Vegas announces Green Building Rebate Program

In order to stimulate new green building construction and provide energy efficiency retrofits, the city of Las Vegas announced its Green Building Rebate Program.

By Source: The City of Las Vegas website
Codes and Standards August 26, 2009

Uptime Institute retools data-center availability tiers

Data center end-users will make recommendations for updated tier standards.

By Source: Mark Fontecchio, SearchDataCenter.com
Codes and Standards August 22, 2009

Why the world needs another green building standard

A recent ICC blog discusses how, unlike other green standards, the new green building code will integrate green thinking into international codes.

By Source: Shari Shapiro, ICC
Codes and Standards August 19, 2009

Addenda to ASHRAE 90.1 open for public review

ASHRAE is accepting comments on several additions to its building energy standard.

By Source: ASHRAE
Codes and Standards August 14, 2009

Greening toolkit now available for commercial real estate owners

The California Sustainability Alliance released the second version of its greening toolkit, which is designed to help commercial real estate owners achieve higher levels of energy efficiency within their buildings.

By Source: GreenBiz.com and California Sustainable Alliance
Codes and Standards August 6, 2009

AMCA approves revision to fan sound ratings

AMCA International adds requirements for sound performance licensing and details test setups for air curtain units.

By Source: AMCA International
Codes and Standards August 6, 2009

ASTM issues standard for arc protective blanket testing

The new standard test method provides a repeatable evaluation of the effectiveness of arc protective blankets.

By Source: ASTM International
Codes and Standards August 1, 2009

Upgrading LONworks

VIew the full story, including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition As building automation becomes more important for energy efficiency, convenience, and the bottom line, engineers and building owners demand systems that can incorporate products of varying brands in an open-bid market. LONmark has developed and advanced the LONworks protocol to manage these changing technologies, allowing engineers, owners, and contractors to choose the products that work best, cost less, and communicate with the network. With constant updates to the existing protocol and development of new "smart" technologies, the standards appear to be advancing as quickly as the technology they integrate. Smart grid Plans for an American smart grid have included lofty numbers and goals for some of the nation's biggest companies, and LONmark is one of them. The National Institute of Standards and Technology brought together LONmark and other private companies to help create the Smart Grid Standards Roadmap and recommend a list of standards that should be included in the development of the nation's smart grid.

By Eli Kaberon and Bettina Chang, Editorial Interns
Codes and Standards August 1, 2009

Lighting less to achieve net zero

View the full story, including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition The energy was high, the crowds were large, and the product was innovative and fresh at the 2009 Lightfair International (LFI) conference held in New York. LFI is the world's largest architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference, and the 20th annual show was held in May 2009 with a record-breaking attendee registration of more than 23,000 industry professionals and conference participants. Energy efficiency was a major theme at the event. Many manufacturers presented sustainable designs made possible with innovative luminaires.

By Siva Haran, PE, LEED AP, Chicago
Codes and Standards August 1, 2009

Cooper Bussmann joins IEEE and NFPA to research arc flash

Cooper Bussmann has contributed $500,000 to the Arc Flash Collaborative Research Project organized by IEEE and NFPA. The company's platinum level sponsorship will help expand the knowledge of the electric arc flash phenomena and enhance worker safety through advances in the codes and standards relating to safe employee work practices.

By Edited by Eli Kaberon, Editorial Intern
Codes and Standards August 1, 2009

Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s 2009 Products of the Year

Consulting-Specifying Engineer ( CSE ) is proud to announce the winners of its 2009 Product of the Year competition. These products, which were introduced or refined in 2008, were first submitted for the competition by their manufacturers. A panel of judges (all professional engineers who regular design and specify HVAC, electrical, fire protection, and plumbing systems) selected up to five finalists in each of 10 categories.

By Patrick Lynch, Associate Editor
Codes and Standards August 1, 2009

News At A Glance – 2009-08-01 – 2009-08-01

EVENTS

By Edited by Eli Kaberon, Editorial Intern
Codes and Standards July 24, 2009

LEED becomes law in Baltimore

A Baltimore law that requires all new construction to adhere to LEED silver is creating difficulties for building owners and renovators.

By Source: Robbie Whelan, Maryland Daily Record
Codes and Standards July 22, 2009

Code change could increase high-performance window systems

‘Stretch' energy code in Massachusetts could mean more high-performance glazing installations.

By Source: USGlass News Network
Codes and Standards July 20, 2009

Smart grid: Unnecessary, or necessary evil?

Regulations, privacy and security concerns, and other issues could hold back developments.

By Source: MIT Technology Review, SolveClimate, Gerson Lehrman Group
Codes and Standards July 17, 2009

NEBB Educational Conference to feature technical sessions

The three-day conference will address testing and balancing, sound and vibration, and zero energy buildings.

By Source: National Environmental Balancing Bureau
Codes and Standards July 16, 2009

NFPA releases iPhone application

A new iPhone application allows users to read NFPA 1600, an emergency management guide.

By Source: NFPA
Codes and Standards July 14, 2009

Stricter building standards delayed

An update to California's energy efficient building standards has been postponed to 2010.

By Source: K. Kaufmann, The Desert Sun
Codes and Standards July 8, 2009

Smart grid may have safety blind spot

While companies are itching to jump on the smart grid bandwagon, rushing the process might leave holes open for hackers.

By Source: American Public Media
Codes and Standards July 8, 2009

New LEED update for schools

A new LEED rating system for schools changes the way education buildings are evaluated for their environmental friendliness.

By Source: U.S. Green Building Council
Codes and Standards July 8, 2009

New York receives $123 million in DOE funding

DOE approved New York's state energy plan for energy efficient buildings and stricter building codes.

By Source: New York State Governor’s Office
Codes and Standards July 7, 2009

ANSI/ASHRAE standard to increase air speed

In an attempt to lower building costs, ANSI and ASHRAE have agreed to a standard that would allow buildings to increase fan speed.

By Source: Building Design + Construction
Codes and Standards July 6, 2009

Incandescent bulbs return to the cutting edge

New incandescent light bulbs aren't equal to CFLs, but they beat the old-style bulb's efficiency by a mile.

By Source: The New York Times
Codes and Standards July 1, 2009

ICC to complete green construction code in 2010

A new option will add sustainable initiatives to existing construction codes and provide guidelines for creating and renovating green buildings.

By Source: Courtney Costello, Talk Radio News Service
Codes and Standards July 1, 2009

NIST steps toward smart grid standards

In the first phase of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) plan to develop key standards for smart grid implementation, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) submitted its report on priorities in standardizing the technology. The report is about 100 pages (with an almost 200-page appendix) and is available on the NIST website at www.

By Edited By Bettina Chang, Editorial Intern
Codes and Standards July 1, 2009

Businesses benefit from green building

Sustainable buildings may cost more to build, but tenants are willing to stay longer and pay more.

By Source: Margot Roosevelt, Los Angeles Times
Codes and Standards June 30, 2009

ICC unveils new commercial energy code

The International Code Council has introduced an initiative to reduce energy inside of commercial buildings.

By Source: International Code Council
Codes and Standards June 29, 2009

Climate change bill passes House

The House passed the landmark climate change bill, which now heads to the Senate.

By Source: Reuters, Forbes, BNet
Codes and Standards June 24, 2009

Smart grid standards open for public review

NIST has released the report on smart grid issues and will accept public comments before issuing its Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Roadmap this fall.

By Source: National Institute of Standards and Technology
Codes and Standards June 23, 2009

ASHRAE to implement building energy label prototype in the fall

The full labeling program will include asset and operational ratings and will be launched in 2010.

By Source: ASHRAE
Codes and Standards June 19, 2009

New power grid may be on the way

A group organized by the IEEE has begun to examine the power grid in an effort to improve the system that has been practically unchanged for 100 years. 

By Source: EDN
Codes and Standards June 18, 2009

Potential changes to commercial building code 

A proposal has been made to the International Energy Conservation Code that would change the ways commercial buildings are constructed, potentially cutting energy costs by 25%.

By Source: USGlass News Network
Codes and Standards June 17, 2009

Video: The road to energy-efficient electronics

Symposium calls for changes from circuits to networks.

By Source: Rick Merritt, EE Times
Codes and Standards June 12, 2009

Energy-efficient electric grid faces challenges

The new plan by the U.S. Dept. of Energy and the National Institute of Standards and Technology faces questions on reliability and cost.

By Source: Government Computer News
Codes and Standards June 10, 2009

Industry roundup – 2009-06-10

Contracts awarded, and other industry news.

Codes and Standards June 2, 2009

State and federal energy bills considered

A bill in Illinois would force all new structures in the state to follow the IECC, while a federal committee looks at renewable energy and new building codes. 

By Eli Kaberon
Codes and Standards June 2, 2009

NFPA seeks comments

The NFPA is seeking comments on proposed tentative interim amendments.

By Source: NFPA
Codes and Standards June 1, 2009

Electrical switch

Meet NEC safety standards with the Tamper-Resistant Receptacle/Switch Combination device from Pass & Seymour/Legrand. The electrical switch features a built-in shutter system to prevent metal objects from touching live electrical components, but plugs can still be inserted. The switch is available in 15A and 20A options.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards June 1, 2009

Testing BACnet

View the full story, including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition The testing of BACnet products has advanced tremendously over the past year. After many months, BACnet Testing Laboratories (BTL) is in the final stages of developing the operator workstation portions of its test package, and the BACnet Interest Group for the European Union (BIG-EU) has successfully implemented automated testing of BACnet products. With the ability to test operator workstation products, the BTL can now test all product types, allowing specifiers to require all BACnet products be BTL tested and listed. Testing operator workstations The BTL Working Group (BTL-WG) Test Package is based on tests from the BACnet test standard, in addition to new and corrected tests, product description documentation, and test policies and procedures. The BTL lab and product vendors use it to test their products to ensure they conform to the standard. The BTL-WG has been developing the test package in stages, slowly increasing the number and complexity of devices that can be tested by the package.

By Carl Neilson, Delta Controls, Surrey, British Columbia
Codes and Standards June 1, 2009

The Battle for Comfort

View the full story, including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition Rows and rows of high-performance equipment fill a dense trading environment to the rim. Heat generated from the exhaust of multiple computers in a single station roasts the trader, while the cool air flooding the space leaves other spots chilly in its attempt to meet the demands of the large load. None of the occupants is comfortable, and the equipment isn't getting the relief it needs either. The shift to 24/7/365 electronic trading has moved more of today's financial services firms from open outcry exchange floors to private office suites, stoking a battle for comfort between the equipment and the occupants.

By Larry Dykstra, PE, LEED AP; and Raj Gupta, PE, LEED AP Environmental Systems Design Inc., Chicago
Codes and Standards May 29, 2009

Standards for fume hood performance testing released

A set of procedural standards has been released by the National Environmental Balancing Bureau, outlining complete testing requirements for workers conducting field tests.

By Source: NEBB
Codes and Standards May 27, 2009

Boilers: Renovate or replace

This article explores the issues associated with leveraging a necessary O&M expenditure in order to improve efficiency, sustainability, and performance.

By David Sellers, PE, Facility Dynamics, Portland, Ore.
Codes and Standards May 18, 2009

Energy-efficiency building code changes pass Delaware Senate

New buildings in Delaware would have to be more energy-efficient under legislation that cleared the Senate.

By Source: The Delaware Business Ledger
Codes and Standards May 15, 2009

ASHRAE releases guidebook on moisture control

ASHRAE releases guidance book on best practices for adequate moisture control.

By Patrick Lynch
Codes and Standards May 13, 2009

Industry Roundup – 2009-05-13

Details about contracts awarded, and other industry news.

Codes and Standards May 6, 2009

NFPA Conference & Expo comes to Chicago

The 2009 NFPA Conference & Expo comes to Chicago's McCormick Place June 6 to 10.

Codes and Standards May 1, 2009

Panelboard mysteries revealed

View the full story, including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition Switchboards and panelboards have been the backbone of our industry and haven't really changed for years. We've become accustomed to NEC Article 408 , which gave us the definitions for lighting and appliance branch panelboards and power panelboards. We use these terms freely in our conversations and, more importantly, in our specifications.

By Gerald Versluys, PE, LEED AP, TLC Engineering for Architecture, Jacksonville, Fla.
Codes and Standards May 1, 2009

2009 Product of the Year

It's time again to ask you to review the finalists for Consulting-Specifying Engineer's annual Product of the Year competition, and cast your votes in these 10 categories online: Electrical distribution Emergency, on-site, standby power Fire detection, alarm, notification equipment HVAC/R Lighting controls Motors, starters, drives Networked BAS, energy management systems Plumbing and water management Software: Design, modeling, analysis Test instruments, meters, data loggers   This year marks the Fifth Annual Product of the Year Awards. As in the past, Consulting-Specifying Engineer convened a panel of consulting engineers as judges to determine the finalists. Our judges determined up to five finalists in each category. In addition to voting in any of the 10 categories, readers also are asked to cast a separate vote for Most Valuable Product among all of this year's Product of the Year finalists. We now ask you, our readers, to evaluate the contestants in the pages that follow.

By Patrick Lynch
Codes and Standards May 1, 2009

Letters – 2009-05-01

Transformer energy efficiency The article “Calculating the 'real' cost of ownership for transformers” in the Spring 2009 issue of Pure Power should be paid advertising, not editorial. It is little more than a blatant promotion for selling more expensive transformers. Just because Congress now mandates the use of National Electric Manufacturers Assn.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards May 1, 2009

Industrial fan – 2009-05-01

Designed for use in office and warehouse applications, the Alpha One fan from Air-Row Fan Co. fits in standard 2 x 2 ft or 2 x 4 ft ceiling grid systems. The fan can de-stratify, cool, and help dry wet floors in office or retail locations with low ceilings. The fan features a solid state, full-range rheostat for total cubic feet per minute control and thermal cutoff for automatic shutdown durin...

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards April 29, 2009

New York readies tighter building code for green push

Mayor's office unveils tough new green building rules that will force many property owners to invest in energy efficiency.

By Source: BusinessGreen.com
Codes and Standards April 22, 2009

DOE to invest nearly $4 billion in smart grid technologies

DOE to support smart grid projects with $4 billion in American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funds.

By Source: Dept. of Energy
Codes and Standards April 20, 2009

Updated codes could net more cash

Maryland regulators want to revamp building codes to go after energy dollars

By Source: Baltimore Business Journal
Codes and Standards April 17, 2009

NEBB releases procedural standards

The Procedural Standards for Whole Building Systems Commissioning of New Construction was recently released.

By Source: NEBB
Codes and Standards April 17, 2009

Biden unveils grants for smart grid

More than $3.3 billion in stimulus funding for grants may drive the rollout of a nationwide electrical smart grid.

By Source: LA Times, Reuters, Associated Press
Codes and Standards April 1, 2009

The cost of building green

How much additional will a green project cost?

By Source: RSMeans Engineering Staff
Codes and Standards April 1, 2009

Accredited CRP Testing Lab Opens in Singapore

AFMA Technologies Pte Ltd in July 2008 opened a new testing laboratory in Singapore, becoming the Air Movement and Control Association (AMCA) International's first independent authorized Certified Ratings Program (CRP) agent to serve the regions of Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and India. AFMA Technologies' testing laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and is accredited to perform both air and sound tests in accordance with AMCA International's test standards. Testing capacities will range from air volume of 650 cmh to 140,000 cmh. Damper leakage and pressure drop testing capabilities will be added later this year. Through its administration of the CRP program, AFMA Technologies will be able to assure buyers, specifiers, and users of air movement and control equipment that published ratings are reliable and accurate.

Codes and Standards April 1, 2009

NCCER announces the release of electrical hazards training module

The National Center for Construction Education and Researc h (NCCER) announced the release of the Contren Learning Series Managing Electrical Hazards module. Developed to help organizations respond to the 2009 edition of the national consensus standard— NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace —the new NCCER module introduces trainees and their supervisors to electrical hazards in the workplace and how to avoid these hazards. Topics also include how to select specialized personal protective equipment for electrical work, how to analyze and document shock and arc flash hazards, and how to plan and conduct work around them. NCCER worked with subject matter experts representing the electrical industry and academia across the country to incorporate relevant industry material into the curriculum.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards April 1, 2009

Water heater specifications

View the full story, including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition   Just a few years ago, specifying engineers routinely were challenged by an inability to easily place and locate commercial water heaters. The limitations of atmospherically vented systems, facility design, aesthetics, and close proximity to other buildings all factored in to the equation. Today it's not uncommon for building owners or managers to express late in the game an aversion to visible venting, based purely on aesthetic reasons. This is especially true in historic districts. Fortunately, many of the obstacles to easy placement of water heaters—at least those tied to building design and construction—are overcome with the emergence of new water heater systems, making it much easier to achieve manufacturer-specified combustion air or venting runs. The arsenal of commercial water heater products and associated technology has grown considerably, availing a wide range of fuel, venting, and combustion air options.

By John Vastyan, Common Ground, Manheim, Pa.
Codes and Standards April 1, 2009

Integrating smoke control dampers and fans

View the full story, including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition   Coordination between fans and dampers in smoke control systems requires consideration of the installation geometry, control sequence of operation, and sensor locations. There are both mechanical and electrical concerns. Among the basics are fan volume and pressures, damper tolerance to the pressures, and straight duct entrances to the equipment. Smoke control system design and installation is multi-disciplined and complicated.

By Mark A. Belke, Greenheck Fan Corp., Schofield, Wis., and Larry Felker, Belimo Americas, Danbury, Conn.
Codes and Standards April 1, 2009

New ANSI/AMCA Standard and Publications Released

The Board of Standards Review of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) on December 22, 2008 approved ANSI/AMCA Standard 540-08, Test Method for Louvers Impacted by Wind Borne Debris . This standard establishes uniform methods for laboratory testing of louvers that are impact tested with the large missile described in ASTM E 1996-04 and E 1886-05. The scope of this standard is for impact testing of louvers used on the outside of buildings as required by the International Code Council's (ICC) International Building Code (IBC), and the ICC International Residential Code. ANSI/AMCA Standard 540-08 is available for purchase at www.amca.org . A related publication, AMCA Publication 512-09, AMCA Listing Label Program, provides follow-up service for louvers tested in accordance with the new ANSI/AMCA Standard 540. The publication also covers louvers tested in accordance with AMCA Standard 550, Test Method for High Velocity Wind Driven Rain Resistant Louvers. The products within the scope of this publication are louvers used for high wind and/or high intensity rain areas, as required by the ICC. This program applies only to complete cataloged series of sizes, and is not applied to individual sizes in a series, or parts of a series, or special units where catalog ratings are not published. AMCA International publications are available at www.amca.org/store/default.aspx .

Codes and Standards April 1, 2009

Fan Industry Meeting Energy Challenges

View the full story, including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition More than 50 years ago, the industry formed the Air Movement and Control Association (AMCA), now AMCA International. Right from the start, AMCA implemented a Certified Ratings Program (CRP) for fan performance. The HVAC industry in the United States and Canada accepted certified fan performance instantly.

By Joe Brooks, PE, AMCA International, Inc., Arlington Heights, Ill.; John Cermak, PhD, PE, Acme Engineering & Manufacturing Corp., Muskogee, Okla.; and John Murphy, PhD, JOGRAM, New Bethlehem, Ohio
Codes and Standards March 30, 2009

Electrical training module

NCCER announces the 2009 release of the Contren Learning Series Managing Electrical Hazards module.

By Source: NCCER
Codes and Standards March 20, 2009

Bentley Systems releases software for energy design and simulation

Bentley Systems introduced its Energy Performance Series; software for building energy design, analysis, and simulation.

By Source: Webwire
Codes and Standards March 20, 2009

LEED certification may not guarantee good IAQ

A report indicates that LEED-certified buildings remain susceptible to poor IAQ.

By Source: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Codes and Standards March 19, 2009

STI offers new technical bulletin

The Steel Tube Institute of North America’s Conduit Committee has published two new technical bulletins.

By Source: Steel Tube Institute of North America
Codes and Standards March 18, 2009

Recommended Resources

Sidebar: Consulting-Specifying Engineer HVAC Special Report

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards March 18, 2009

Bentley releases U.S. and Canadian versions of Energy Performance Series for green building design

Hevacomp and Tas software products enable engineers, architects, and energy assessors to predict energy consumption, carbon dioxide emissions, operating costs, and occupant comfort.

By Source: Bentley Systems Inc.
Codes and Standards March 17, 2009

Indiana eyes tougher fire codes

In the aftermath of a fire that destroyed a luxury apartment building, state officials could bolster their fire codes.

By Source: Indianapolis Star
Codes and Standards March 11, 2009

ASHRAE commits to natural refrigerants

A position document from ASHRAE outlines the organization's intention to foster use of environmentally friendly natural refrigerants.

By Source: ASHRAE
Codes and Standards March 10, 2009

Updated protective devices guide

Cooper Bussmann has expanded and updated its SPD (selecting protective devices) guide to reflect changes to codes and standards, including NEC 2008 and NFPA 70E 2009 requirements. Additions include detailed explanations of selective coordination, industrial control panel short-circuit current rating and marking requirements, and safety considerations. The SPD is available online.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards March 1, 2009

Increasing the value of lighting panelboards

View the full story , including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition A lighting panelboard is one of the most important, and yet invisible, pieces of equipment in a commercial, industrial, or institutional facility. While a lighting panelboard does the crucial job of protecting branch circuits from overcurrents, it typically is mounted on the wall of an electrical room and forgotten, unless an electrical-related event occurs. Conversely, an intelligent lighting control panelboard combines branch circuit protection and control into a one-panel solution, creating both space savings and the opportunity for substantial cost savings by turning lights off when they aren't needed. This is made possible by a controller inside the panelboard that operates motorized circuit breakers, turning off lights and other loads when the building or sections of the building are not occupied. In the past, consulting engineers achieved this functionality by designing a separate control panel typically located adjacent to the lighting panelboard.

By Eddie Hickerson, Schneider Electric, LaVergne, Tenn.
Codes and Standards February 27, 2009

Nationwide, colleges and universities open up to green technologies

At institutions of higher learning, a greener approach has begun. Universities and colleges across the country have begun incorporating energy efficienct, eco-friendly techniques in their facilities.

By Source: New York Times
Codes and Standards February 27, 2009

Study shows ASHRAE energy standard almost unreachable in commercial buildings

The National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) released a report outlining the levels of energy efficiency that buildings can reach while remaining economically and logistically feasible.

By Source: Building Design and Construction magazine
Codes and Standards February 20, 2009

Drainline transport PERC’s first project

Plumbing Efficiency Research Coalition (PERC) identifies drainline transport as first joint project.

By Source: International Code Council
Codes and Standards February 18, 2009

Obama orders fast action on efficiency standards

The President has ordered the Dept. of Energy to finalize new appliance energy efficiency standards as soon as possible.

By Source: Dept. of Energy
Codes and Standards February 13, 2009

Report: Reduce growth of electricity consumption

Improvements in energy efficiency can slow the growth of electricity demand over the next two decades by at least 22%, states an EPRI report.

By Source: EPRI
Codes and Standards February 12, 2009

TABB attains ANSI accreditation

The Testing, Adjusting, and Balancing Bureau has been given accreditation from the American National Standards Institute.

By Source: TABB
Codes and Standards February 11, 2009

Industry Roundup – 2009-02-11

Details about contracts awarded and other industry news

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards February 11, 2009

New energy code offers boosted efficiency

The 2009 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code reportedly offers 15% greater energy efficiency than the 2006 version.

By Source: International Code Council
Codes and Standards February 11, 2009

New efficiency standard could cut costs

The Energy Efficiency Resource Standard--introduced by a Massachusetts Congressman--could cut energy costs, energy use, and the effects of climate change.

By Source: The Alliance to Save Energy
Codes and Standards February 9, 2009

Open protocol on digital lighting controls

By standardizing the protocol, the National Electrical Manufacturers Assn. is looking to make installation and operation of digital lighting flow more smoothly.

By Source: Lighting Controls Assn.
Codes and Standards February 6, 2009

MCA engineers metal roof research

The Metal Construction Assn. is partnering with the Dept. of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory for a multi-year research project on advanced metal roof and wall assemblies.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards February 6, 2009

Green building standard approved

The nation's first standard providing guidance on sustainable, safe building practices for residential construction--aka ICC-700--attains approval.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards February 1, 2009

High efficiency ballasts

The ULTim8 high-efficiency ballasts from Universal Lighting Technologies are designed to increase fluorescent lamp life by properly heating the lamp filaments during the starting process. The units meet NEMA and CEE high-efficiency T8 ballast specifications, and are compatible with ASHRAE 90.1 standards. Ballasts are available with universal voltage operation ranging from 120- to 277-V. www.unvlt.com #9.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards February 1, 2009

California’s power play on energy policy

California has long been a rogue state in terms of leading the nation on energy and environmental policy. From tailpipe emisissions to HVAC equipment energy standards, California has given bellyaches and migranes to national trade associations and federal agencies for years, some of which have gone to the Supreme Court for resolution. Through elections, appointments, and good old-fashioned power grabbing, California has recently established itself as a powerhouse for shaping national energy and environmental policy under President Obama's administration.

By Michael Ivanovich, Editor-in-Chief
Codes and Standards January 30, 2009

ASHRAE Standard 189 committee convenes in Chicago

The group met during ASHRAE's Winter Conference in Chicago on Jan. 27 to hammer out the country's first standard on high-performing green buildings.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards January 30, 2009

President Obama’s Stimulus Bill will provide energy assistance to states

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that will include more than $3 billion in energy assistance grant money for states. In order to receive assistance, the states must adopt and administer the ICC's 2009 International Energy Conservation Code.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards January 23, 2009

Wal-Mart going globally green

Wal-Mart Mexico installs the largest photovoltaic solar power system in Latin America. Wal-Mart Canada opens Canada’s first prototype, high-performance, green building.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards January 21, 2009

ASHRAE 2008 BACnet published

Guidance to reduce a building’s energy consumption on demand is contained in ASHRAE’s newly published BACnet standard.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards January 16, 2009

Managing the divide

Anticipating and understanding cultural differences is the key to successfully managing expectations of overseas clients.

By David M. Simon, PE, LEED AP, R.G. Vanderweil Engineers LLP, Boston
Codes and Standards January 16, 2009

Sustainability resources and information sources

The following information sources are recommended for further information:

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards January 16, 2009

Louvers test standard updated

ANSI/AMCA Standard 540-08 regarding test methods for louvers has been tweaked.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards January 7, 2009

DOE adopts 90.1-2004

Standard 90.1-2004 established as national reference standard by DOE

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards January 5, 2009

Green building sets the code

The early adopters of green building standards are starting to build green building measures into code for all commercial buildings. 

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards January 5, 2009

Canadians tackle ASHRAE 90.1

Tougher Canadian energy-code standards on the way.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards January 1, 2009

Making workplaces ‘greenspaces’

Practicing what we preach is more than just a mantra for Syska Hennessy Group —it's our essence. Joining the ranks of the office buildings we design, Syska recently has adopted a series of significant sustainable initiatives that promise to impact our firm's internal culture and the world we live in on a daily basis. From recycling and producing less waste to cutting energy expenditures and greenhouse gas emissions, Syska has rolled out a two-phase plan to color our 19 domestic offices green by 2010. Phase I: Visible impact Phase I initiatives are cost-neutral and will visibly impact the firm on a daily basis. Beginning with an overhaul and reduction of office, kitchen, desk, and janitorial supplies, Syska will produce less waste overall.

By David Callan, PE, CEM, LEED AP, Syska Hennessy Group, Chicago
Codes and Standards January 1, 2009

Variable-refrigerant systems

Our participants discuss the applications, benefits, and challenges of variable-refrigerant air conditioning systems in commercial buildings.

By Michael Ivanovich, Editor-in-Chief, Patrick Lynch, Associate Editor
Codes and Standards December 30, 2008

ITER standardizes on ETAP for fusion power project

International organization will use ETAP for power system design and analysis.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards December 29, 2008

Utah’s greenest office building

The Daybreak center is the first in Utah to earn the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Platinum ranking.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards December 15, 2008

ASHRAE 90.1-2007 open for review

An addendum to ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007 modifies the title, purpose, and scope.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards December 8, 2008

Control networking technology becomes ISO/IEC standard

LonWorks networking technology—from LonMark International, an non-profit industry association—has been approved as a standard.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards December 8, 2008

New ISO 9001 standard released

The American Society for Quality releases ISO 9001: 2008, the latest version of the widely used quality management systems standard.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards December 1, 2008

New Construction Gold: Platinum dreams

View the full story, including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition When it comes to saving energy, Great River Energy wanted its headquarters to be at the forefront of conservation. Located in Maple Grove, Minn., Great River Energy is the second largest electric utility in the state, based on generating capacity, and the fifth largest generation and transmission cooperative in the United States in terms of assets. It is a not-for-profit cooperative that provides wholesale electricity to more than 1.7 million people through 28 member distribution cooperatives in Minnesota and Wisconsin with more than $2 billion in assets. When Great River Energy approached Minneapolis-based Dunham Assocs ., it wanted a fully electric building that was as efficient and as environmentally friendly as possible. “We were charged right out of the gate with something that has never been done before,” said Dunham's Randy Olson, PE, LEED AP, who served as project manager.

By Dawn Reiss, Contributing Editor
Codes and Standards December 1, 2008

How green is your motor?

View the full story, including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition. With today's rising gasoline prices, people are looking more closely at fuel efficiency (measured in miles/gallon) than in the past. Great deals are available for full-size trucks. In Arkansas, for example, Dodge Ram Hemi four-doors are available for $18,995, a price lower than for a much smaller Honda Civic Hybrid ($22,600).

By John Malinowski, Product Manager AC & DC Motors, Baldor Electric Co., Fort Smith, Ark.
Codes and Standards December 1, 2008

Turning down the lights

View the full story, including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition Parking structures are significant users of electrical energy for lighting and can be a political hot-potato because they typically are illuminated 24 hours a day and, due to their open nature, are quite visible to the public. Due to the visibility and long operational hours, conservation of energy for lighting systems can contribute to both a savings in operating costs and a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from the power plants that generate the power to operate these lighting systems. Another perk: tax deductions and rebates from local utilities for lighting retrofits. Conservation of energy for parking garage lighting systems involves the use of energy-efficient light sources and automated controls to turn off lights when they are not needed.

By Donald R. Monahan, PE, Walker Parking Consultants, Denver
Codes and Standards December 1, 2008

A green approach to air conditioning systems

View the full story, including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition. There's never been a better time for HVAC products, systems, and services that are environmentally responsible to businesses and their stakeholders. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has always encouraged HVAC technologies that maximize efficiency with low emissions.

By Eugene, "Smitty", L. Smithart, PE, Trane, LaCrosse, Wis.
Codes and Standards December 1, 2008

Specifying Products for Highly Corrosive Environments

The stakes are high when specifying products for highly corrosive environments. Beyond costly product failures, catastrophes can ensue, some even resulting in human harm. The total cost of corrosion in the United States has been estimated at approximately $276 billion/yr,1 a staggering figure that underscores the inherent economic dangers caused by improper product specification and resulting product failure. The corrosion costs for drinking water and sewer systems alone amounts to approximately $36 billion/yr (see Figure 1). Those who study corrosion and the dramatic implications of the damage it causes concur that: There is a misconception that nothing can be done about corrosion; to the contrary, the specification of optimum anticorrosive products provides opportunities for tremendous cost savings. Sound corrosion management, built upon proper product specification, depends on a comprehensive understanding of regulations and standards. Product life predictions and performance assessment methods are essential for determining what products will perform well over time. ALL PRODUCTS ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL For years, all available brands of PVC-coated galvanized conduit met exactly the same UL 6 standards and carried an identical UL Mark relating to safety conformance.

By J. Henry Martin, PE, Henry Martin Consulting LLC, Metairie, La.
Codes and Standards December 1, 2008

The NESC: Making the Power Industry Safer

In 1913, the U.S. Congress charged the Bureau of Standards with studying the hazards of electrical practice. Since then, the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) has evolved steadily to reflect changes in the technologies that have become available to the utility industry. A broad examination of utility statistics indicates that the NESC has been a key factor in rendering the electrical community a safer place for workers and consumers alike.

By Michael Hyland and Jim Tomaseski, IEEE National Electrical Safety Code
Codes and Standards December 1, 2008

Renovation Gold: Data crunch

View the full story, including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition In the heart of Silicon Valley is a high-demand data center owned by Equinix. Equinix needed to rapidly expand and convert its existing data center (SV2 facility) in Santa Clara, Calif., to meet the growing number of customers who rent computer room space. That meant the two-story, 160,000-sq-ft data center building needed a $50 million renovation. Less than a third of the 80,000-sq-ft second floor was already occupied by rentable space.

By Dawn Reiss, Contributing Editor
Codes and Standards November 25, 2008

DOE and EPA release an Energy Efficiency Action Plan for states

The DOE and the EPA released an updated version of the National Action Plan Vision for 2025: A Framework for Change. The plan lays out a proposed energy efficiency action plan for state policy makers.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards November 4, 2008

Florida engineer named ASHRAE/USGBC fellow

Michael Erbesfield will serve a one-year fellowship on Capitol Hill, advising a U.S. Senator on issues relevant to ASHRAE and USGBC.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards November 4, 2008

SDNY garage brings home gold

The design of a Brooklyn sanitation department garage and office wins a regional award, thanks in part to an effective, energy-efficient ventilation system.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards November 1, 2008

Prevent plugholing: Smoke control done right

Many engineers do not know that plugholing can result in occupants being exposed to smoke, but there is a method to prevent this. Plugholing is the pulling of “fresh” air into a smoke exhaust, which can happen when the smoke exhaust flow rate is relatively high, as shown in Figure 1. When fresh air is pulled into the smoke exhaust, the amount of smoke exhausted is reduced, the smoke...

By John H. Klote, D.Sc., PE, John H. Klote Inc., Leesburg, Va.
Codes and Standards October 30, 2008

Johnson Controls links Cook County’s first responders to emergency communications network

Johnson Controls, Milwaukee, will begin the next phase of work on Cook County’s Project Shield, a communications system for first responders in municipalities across the greater Chicagoland metropolitan area.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards October 30, 2008

Alabama seeks school commissioning standards

State officials are looking for proposals for developing commissioning standards for its educational facilities.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards October 1, 2008

Letters – 2008-10-01

Letters to the editor

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards October 1, 2008

Eight design tips for integration

In the past five years, several facilities located in North America have come to realize many of the technological benefits of system integration and interoperability. System integration has proven to help facility managers meet the overarching demand to heighten efficiency as facilities watched their cost of energy rise steadily.

By Carlos Petty, Syska Hennessy Group, New York
Codes and Standards October 1, 2008

Power system circuit breakers

To explain the difference between typical and series amp-interrupting capacity (AIC) ratings, let’s review the typical method.

By Steven L. Pay, PE, LEED AP, FEA Consulting Engineers, Henderson, Nev.
Codes and Standards October 1, 2008

Energy-saving lighting system makes headlines

In June 2000, The New York Times Co. announced its plan to construct a new building to house its headquarters in midtown Manhattan.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards October 1, 2008

Is ‘green’ really new?

Green … It's the color of a well-manicured lawn, the trees during summer, and money. Now we use green to define energy-efficient and environmentally sensitive buildings. Why not orange, purple, or even white (although technically it is the absence of all color) to signify purity?

By Peter D. Zak, PE, Graef Anhalt Schloemer and Assocs. Inc., Milwaukee
Codes and Standards October 1, 2008

Specifying pumps the smart way

Engineers in charge of very large projects routinely have used a lifecycle cost analysis (LCA) to help decide among the alternatives available to them.

By Stan Kutin, Commercial HVAC Pumps, ITT, Morton Grove, Ill.
Codes and Standards September 30, 2008

Sound off on proposed ASHRAE changes

The association is soliciting public input on more than 35 suggested additions to current standards, and a proposal to withdraw one standard.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards September 29, 2008

NFPA establishes $6 million research endowment

Through this multi-million-dollar program, the NFPA seeks to foster research into improvements in fire and life safety.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards September 23, 2008

ABA posts meeting proceedings

Documents record key discussion on controversial contract standards.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
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
Codes and Standards September 8, 2008

Inspection, maintenance requirements outlined in new ASHRAE/ACCA standard

Maintain to sustain is the name of the game when it comes to saving energy and money in today’s building stock.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards September 1, 2008

Sustainable projects and partnerships

No longer a fringe concept, engineering green is now a critical business and economic issue.

By Jerry Whitaker, Eaton Corp., Cleveland
Codes and Standards September 1, 2008

Settling the commissioning frontier

The commissioning (Cx) market is very strong these days. With so much work in play, firms that provide commissioning services are scrambling to hire staff to put into the field.

By Michael Ivanovich, Editor-in-Chief
Codes and Standards September 1, 2008

Enhancing emergency lighting

Many engineering companies and their clients are taking a second look at emergency lighting systems because of concerns about code combined with energy efficiency, and U.S. Green Building Council LEED demands.

By James W. Hines, PE, LEED AP, Rex Moore Electrical Contractors and Engineers, Sacramento, Calif.
Codes and Standards September 1, 2008

Make IT green

Engineers may be wondering how they can green their own firms, not just their clients' buildings.

By Steven Joe, D-Link Systems Inc., Fountain Valley, Calif.
Codes and Standards September 1, 2008

Commissioning CHP

Commissioning combined heat and power (CHP) systems in commercial and institutional buildings requires broad experience.

By Richard S. Sweetser, EXERGY Partners Group, Herndon, Va.
Codes and Standards September 1, 2008

Cooking up ventilation

This month's panel discusses ventilation best practices in commercial kitchens, including codes and standards, and different energy saving and techniques.

By Patrick Lynch, Contributing Editor
Codes and Standards September 1, 2008

Green campus living

Located 24 miles west of Portland, Ore., lies Pacific University's 55-acre Forest Grove, Ore., campus and its four U.S. Green Building Council LEED-accredited buildings.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards August 26, 2008

Smart-card hackers expose dumb flaws

College students crack a relatively simple code in frequently used access technology to expose major security weakness.

By Jenni Spinner
Codes and Standards August 26, 2008

Study: Fire caused WTC collapse

Following a three-year investigation, a government agency concludes that fire caused to the collapse of the 47-story Building 7 in the World Trade Center complex.

By Jenni Spinner
Codes and Standards August 1, 2008

Tougher codes kept California quake damage down

An expert with the U.S. Geological Survey said tough buildings codes enacted after the deadly Northridge, Calif., quake in 1994 is the reason Tuesday's earthquake caused only minor damage.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards August 1, 2008

First statewide green building code released

The state of California recently adopted the new Green Building Code, making California the first state in the nation to develop such a policy. The new building code, adopted by the California Building Standards Commission, will be amended for publication in the 2007 California Green Building Standards Code, CCR, Title 24, Part 11.

By Edited By Patrick Lynch, Contributing Editor
Codes and Standards August 1, 2008

Plug-in raceway

The Starline Plug-In Raceway designed by Universal Electric Corp. adds the ability to relocate electrical outlet plug-in modules anywhere on the raceway. Insulated copper bus bars are preinstalled on the raceway and the plug-in can be snapped into place without having to interrupt power. Units are available in 20-, 40-, and 60-amps busing.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards July 29, 2008

NFPA awards scholarships to fire safety students

Four students have been awarded scholarships based on their academic achievements, leadership abilities, contributions to fire safety activities, and pursuit of careers in fire safety.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards July 28, 2008

Are LEDs the way of the future?

Some believe the light-emitting diodes will replace incandescent and CFL bulbs.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards July 24, 2008

Washington, D.C., requires disclosure of Energy Star scores

Included in The Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008, the provision is the first in the nation to require annual disclosure of Energy Star scores by building owners.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards July 14, 2008

Have you lost your business ‘mojo’?

Your engineering firm’s culture has a direct impact on productivity and profitability. Ensure that the culture is correct, and your business “mojo” will be on track.

By Brad Dawson, Managing Director of LTV Dynamics, Catharpin, Va.
Codes and Standards July 9, 2008

ASTM offers dictionary for engineers

ASTM International’s online dictionary of engineering science and technology is available for purchase online.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards July 1, 2008

Sweeping changes in store for ADA

The Bush Administration approved sweeping changes to the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)—an initiative that will have a definite impact on the AEC industry.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards July 1, 2008

News At a Glance – 2008-07-01

The Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee has published a revised edition of its standard Payment Bond form. The new form, EJCDC C-615(A), is intended to be used on an interim basis as a substitute for EJCDC's standard payment bond form, EJCDC C-615, pending a full review and re-issuance of the standard form.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards June 16, 2008

EDSA and IEEE partner to offer new power systems engineering continuing education courses

Emphasis on energy management, mission-critical facility design, and diagnostics

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards June 6, 2008

NFPA wraps up World Safety Conference and Expo

Taking place June 2-5 at the Mandalay Bay Conference Center in Las Vegas, the NFPA WSC&E culminated its week with awards and voting on proposed code changes. Read on for more highlights.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards June 2, 2008

ANSI/AMCA STANDARD 320-08, Laboratory Methods of Sound Testing of Fans Using Sound Intensity

The Air Movement and Control Assn. International announced that the Board of Standards Review of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved the document on April 18, 2008.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards June 1, 2008

Important changes coming in NFPA 70E

The NFPA 70E, “Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace” (Figure 1), has been around since 1976. The standard was ignored until two events occurred. The first event took place in the 2000 edition of the NFPA 70E. The tables—130.7(C)(a), 130.7(C)(10), and 130.7(C)(11)—provided, for the first time, a real method for electrical workers to choose what OSHA termed &#...

By Jim White, Shermco Industries, Dallas
Codes and Standards June 1, 2008

Berkeley Lab examines state-renewables portfolio standards policies

A growing number of states is supporting renewable electricity through the creation of renewables portfolio standards (RPS). A report released by the U.S. Dept. of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory provides a comprehensive overview of the early experiences with these state-level RPS policies.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards June 1, 2008

Grounding requires more

We need to raise awareness about the realities of grounding and its environmental effects. With the preference going to some form of nonmetallic piping, the cold water pipe grounding electrode has almost disappeared from new buildings. This article will discuss: By raising the awareness of these sometimes overlooked factors, everyone involved will benefit from have a better grounded system.

By Ronnie L. Ostendorf, PE, LEED AP, ME Group, Omaha
Codes and Standards June 1, 2008

Power Systems to Protect Healthcare Data

In the age of the paperless—and near-paperless—hospital, it is essential that doctors, nurses, and healthcare technicians can access data 24/7/365. Whether located within the hospital, in stand-alone buildings on a hospital campus, or even sited remotely, these data facilities have special power requirements because they serve unique systems and services.

By Mark A. Gelfo, PE, LEED AP, CxA Principal and DirectorTLC Engineering for Ar
Codes and Standards June 1, 2008

Specify the optimal occupancy sensor

Occupancy sensors are proven energysavers that meet code requirements, facilitate sustainable construction, and provide convenient lighting control. But with the breadth of products now available, how does one select the right sensor for a given application? Because sensor selection is key to proper operation and occupant satisfaction, this is an important question.

By Eric Fournier, Product Manager, Watt Stopper/Legrand, Santa Clara, Calif.
Codes and Standards June 1, 2008

Risk Assessments for Critical Operations Power Systems

Engineers are asking many questions about the new Article 708, Critical Operations Power Systems (COPS), in the 2008 National Electrical Code (NEC). For example: How do we comply with the documented risk assessment required in Section 708.4? Unlike the other special systems of Chapter 7, there is subtext to the new article that may depend upon mandates from state or federal authorities.

By Michael A. Anthony, PE, Robert Arno, Robert Schuerger, PE, and Evangelos Stoy
Codes and Standards June 1, 2008

Uptime Institute seminar schedule published

The Uptime Institute (www.uptimeinstitute.org) hosts interactive seminars for data center professionals. The following is a schedule of key seminars offered by the institute during the remainder of 2008: “How to Plan, Justify, and Manage a Major Data Center Project” is scheduled for Oct. 30-31 in Dallas.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards June 1, 2008

Agencies & Associations

NECA joins Dept. of Labor to promote teen work safety When the U.S. Dept.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards June 1, 2008

School excels in lighting controls

When Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., upgraded its Middle School building, the administration decided that in order to live up to the school's Quaker ideal of environmental stewardship, the building would be transformed into a $21 million LEED Platinum certified facility. Sidwell was able to attain that rating due to a host of sustainable design features, including the EcoSystem lig...

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards May 30, 2008

IFMA and BOMA agree to common floor area measurement definitions

The International Facility Management Assn. and the Building Owners and Managers Assn. Intl. publish “A Unified Approach to Measuring Office Space,” a report outlining common definitions for floor area measurements as well as major revisions to IFMA and BOMA’s respective area measurement standards.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards May 20, 2008

The art of protecting electrical systems, part 18: protecting wires and cables

Part 18 of our continuing series on protecting electrical systems begins a series of articles on protection of electrical systems components, starting with conductors.

By GEORGE W. FARRELL and FRANK R. VALVODA, PE
Codes and Standards May 20, 2008

An arc flash primer

Historically, arc flash analysis was not a priority for the operation and maintenance of electrical systems—at least not until the 2002 edition of the National Electrical Code, which mandated arc flash analysis. Companies are beginning to allocate the capital necessary to perform this important work.

By NICHOLAS CHALHOUB, Senior Electrical Engineer, CH2M HILL
Codes and Standards May 14, 2008

An eye to the sky

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center can help you plan for power outages.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards May 9, 2008

Energy efficiency codes updated

Several states have updated their energy efficiency policies.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards May 9, 2008

Significant changes to Florida building codes

Starting Oct. 1, Florida will adopt the latest building codes.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards May 9, 2008

Green Technical Committee meets for the first time

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials recently convened the inaugural meeting of its Green Technical Committee.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards May 7, 2008

Nonresidential construction still expanding

According to Patrick Newport, a U.S. Economist with Global Insight, commercial construction numbers continue to look good.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards May 1, 2008

Silent Knight addressable FA control panel

The expanded Farenhyt IFP series, including the IFP-50, IFP-100, IFP-1000 and VIP models conform to the new standards mandated by UL, as well as offering enhanced features.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards May 1, 2008

Outdoor emergency lighting

Dual-Lite expands its outdoor, wet location emergency lighting products with the PG series.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards May 1, 2008

Lessons in boiler efficiency

An essential component of an energy-efficient building is a heating system that integrates high-efficiency boilers for comfort heating, reducing energy consumption, and lowering emissions.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards April 21, 2008

New York City Buildings Dept., Texas official honored by ICC

The New York City Buildings Department and a director of urban development from Texas are the first recipients of the International Code Council Raising the Profile Awards.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards April 16, 2008

E-Clipse bypass option for variable-frequency drive

ABB E-Clipse Bypass option for the manufacturer’s variable-frequency drive ACH550 is approved and listed by the BACnet Testing Laboratories.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards April 16, 2008

Augmented CAT 6A connector

Augmented CAT 6A connector is independently tested by Intertek/ETL to exceed component performance as defined in the recently finalized ANSI/TIA/EIA-568-B.2-10 standard.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards April 14, 2008

Energy stakeholders gather at Danfoss Symposium

More than 30 representatives from the federal government, energy utilities, foreign embassies and the HVAC&R industry gathered in Washington, DC, April 4, to answer a recurring question, “Is the tide turning with regard to the future of energy and energy efficiency strategy?”

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards April 8, 2008

AHRI awarded ANSI accreditation

The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute announced that it has been awarded accreditation by the American National Standards Institute as a standards developing organization.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards April 2, 2008

ANSI/AMCA Standard 210-07 – ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 51-07 now available

The American National Standards Institute approved the standard in August 2007; ASHRAE approved it in March. Standard 210-07, "Laboratory Methods of Testing Fans for Certified Aerodynamic Performance Rating," is now available.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards April 1, 2008

News at a Glance – 2008-04-01

Nationwide emergency alert system; NIST's National Construction Safety Team Act

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards March 27, 2008

ASCE calls independent panel amid claims of WTC, Katrina cover-up

The American Society of Civil Engineers has convened an independent panel to investigate the most recent allegations that it covered up catastrophic design flaws while investigating national disasters for the federal government. Critics accuse the organization of covering up engineering mistakes, downplaying the need to alter building standards, and using the investigations to protect engineers and government agencies from lawsuits.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards March 19, 2008

Lighting Controls Assn. adds “Hi-Bay Lighting Upgrades” to its education program

The Lighting Controls Assn. has announced the availability of EE204: Hi-Bay Lighting Upgrades, a new course added to its Education Express program.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards March 14, 2008

Code Council Developing Green Building Professional Certification

The International Code Council announced that it is developing a green building professional certification exam to demonstrate code officials' ability to understand the application of green building technology and assess adherence with green building programs.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards March 10, 2008

Wisconsin adopts latest edition of NFPA 1, Uniform Fire Code

The state of Wisconsin adopted the most recent edition of NFPA 1, Uniform Fire Code. The adoption became effective on March 1, 2008.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards March 7, 2008

ASHRAE and BOMA Intl. sign memorandum of understanding

ASHRAE and the Building Owners and Managers Assn. Intl. signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in recognition of shared technical interests to foster superior building performance.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards March 5, 2008

Helical rotary chiller

The 70- to150-ton screw chiller is said by its manufacturer not only to meet today’s ASHRAE 90.1 efficiency standards, but also forecasted future updates.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards March 5, 2008

Design Master HVAC 6.0

Design Master HVAC 6.0 was released by Design Master Software, Shoreline, Wash., an update to its integrated HVAC design and drafting program.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards March 5, 2008

High-performing buildings standard open for second public review

A proposed standard that will define high-performing buildings in code-intended language is one step closer to completion. Proposed ASHRAE Standard 189.1, “Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings,” is now open for its second public review.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards March 1, 2008

Heating calculations for electrical duct bank

When electrical duct banks with significant amounts of conduits and conductors are routed belowgrade, heating calculations are performed to determine if any conductor derating is required.

By Keith Lane, PE, LEED AP, Partner/Principal, Lane Coburn & Assocs., Seattle
Codes and Standards March 1, 2008

National BIM standard version 1, part 1 released

The National Institute of Building Sciences' (NIBS) Facility Information Council (FIC) announced the release of the “National BIM Standard Version 1, Part 1: Overview, Principles, and Methodologies” for public use.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards March 1, 2008

VFDs, harmonics drive power quality debate

This month's panel of experts discusses how to mitigate harmonic effects, passive and active filters, and technological advances with these systems and VFDs.

By Patrick Lynch, Editorial Intern
Codes and Standards February 12, 2008

State and local building codes at your fingertips

Reed Construction Data offers an exclusive national code resource with detailed information on building codes for all 50 states, major cities, and some counties.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards February 8, 2008

CEU exam on selective coordination Web cast available

All registered attendees may earn CEU credits. Click here to take the  exam.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards February 6, 2008

AMCA’s spring meeting scheduled

The Air Movement and Control Association International Inc. is hosting its annual spring meetings in Las Vegas, March 2-7, 2008.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards February 1, 2008

Architecture, engineering, and construction still going strong in the United States

After reaching near-record levels in the first three quarters of 2007, and averting most of the negative sentiment that plagued the broader economy, market values of architecture, engineering, construction, and environmental consulting firms (AEC/E) finally slowed to a 5% pace at year-end, according to analysts at Natick, Mass.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards February 1, 2008

Lighting the way

As part of the Energy Policy Act of 1992, the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) established ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1-1989 as the federally mandated minimum design and construction standard for commercial buildings throughout the United States. And with lighting efficiency—a major component of overall building system efficiency—as energy-efficient lighting technologies evolve, the code also e...

By Eddie Hickerson, Lighting Control Specialist, Square D/Schneider Electric, Lavergne, Tenn.
Codes and Standards February 1, 2008

Engineering leadership

Uniquely trained to integrate individual building components into holistic systems, engineers are now being invited to transform the roots of yesterday's green designs into today's sophisticated and cost-effective, sustainable facilities. In the early stages of the sustainability movement, many green projects contained more hype than substance.

By Raj P. Gupta, PE, LEED AP, President, Environmental Systems Design (ESD), Chicago
Codes and Standards February 1, 2008

Flush meter

Combine hands-free operating with state-of-the-art, water-saving dual-flush features. The ECOS Dual-Flush Flushometer from Sloan Valve offers users two water-efficient flush options: a green button for a reduced flush of 1.1 gallon per flush for liquids or a chrome button to initiate a standard 1.6 gallon per flush for solids.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards January 30, 2008

BHMA releases new standards document

The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association announces the publication of ANSI/BHMA A156.29 - 2007.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards January 30, 2008

Design K-12 schools smartly

To encourage energy-efficient design in K-12 schools, ASHRAE and its partnering organizations are making available for free the Advanced Energy Design Guide series.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards January 1, 2008

Outdoor air in data centers

Buildings leak air. Sometimes this leakage actually can produce unintended favorable results such as providing additional ventilation air for occupants. However, this uncontrolled leakage typically will have a negative impact on indoor temperature and humidity, and must be accounted for in the design process.

By Bill Kosik, PE, CEM
Codes and Standards January 1, 2008

News At A Glance

ASHRAE has published Standard 62.1-2007 User’s Manual that provides a better understanding of the design, installation, and operation requirements in ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2007, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality. The U.S. Dept. of Energy has established regulations that require new federal buildings to achieve at least 30% greater energy efficiency over prevailing build...

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards December 20, 2007

Air-Conditioning Institute merges with Gas Appliance Manufacturers’ Assn.

New organization will become the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute on Jan. 1.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards December 1, 2007

Distributed Generation: The Global Outlook

Rising fuel prices have dealt a setback to the distributed generation movement and its advocacy of on-site power. But there are still a number geographic regions and types of facilities where the technology makes sense. “While the basic idea is still good, the cost of natural gas has increased to the point that, on a Btu basis, natural gas and electricity are very close in cost,” sa...

By Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, Contributing Editor
Codes and Standards December 1, 2007

MEP engineers step up

MEP engineers are no longer an afterthought in building design. The push for green buildings has thrust MEP engineers into the limelight, and getting involved early in the design process is a must.

By Erin McConahey, PE, Associate Principal, Arup, Los Angeles
Codes and Standards December 1, 2007

Adobe Systems’ big payback

Driven to have a responsibility to its local community and the global environment, Adobe Systems Inc. consistently has taken a strong, pro-active approach to resource conservation, waste reduction, environmental protection, and sustainability with its use of state-of-the-art technology.

By George Denise, CFM, CPM, General Manager, Client Solutions Group, Cushman & Wakefield of California, San Jose
Codes and Standards December 1, 2007

An ISO for sustainability

A new International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard, ISO 21930:2007, Sustainability in Building Construction—environmental declaration of building products, intends to promote sustainable construction. ISO officials describe the standard as a tool for the designers of buildings, manufacturers of building products, users of buildings, owners of buildings, and others active ...

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards December 1, 2007

Global energy issue takes center stage

While it's impossible to summarize the global energy challenge, the HVAC-R industry, and ourselves (as engineers, parents, and consumers) into a few succinct paragraphs, here's a summary of the findings from the EnVisioneering Symposium Series, launched in August 2006 by Danfoss Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning, Baltimore.

By John Galyen, President, Danfoss Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning, Baltimore
Codes and Standards December 1, 2007

High Headroom or How to Prevent Premature SPD Death

Low headroom can be uncomfortable in a vehicle, but in a surge protection device (SPD), it can result in the destruction of the protector. Knowing where to set headroom in terms of a protector's turn-on point is the first step in protecting one's investment. The specified clamping voltage of SPDs should be as close to the value of the AC input power as possible.

By Roger Edelson, MSEE, Power Partners Inc., Berkeley, Calif. and DION NERI, EE, MCG Surge Protection, Deer Park, N.Y.
Codes and Standards December 1, 2007

Greening the Caribbean

Standard Refrigeration Co. Inc.'s Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, facility was getting old. Real estate costs were skyrocketing. The shared office and manufacturing space just wasn't cutting it any more. The mechanical/electrical contracting firm, founded 60 years ago, had to move. But firm officials didn't want just to build a new facility—they wanted a unique, sustainable building.

By Scott Siddens, Senior Editor
Codes and Standards December 1, 2007

2008 Editorial Preview 

January Features: Fire Safety for Tall Buildings Discussion of recent research findings and guidance for high-rise buildings on alarming, sprinklers, smoke control, evacuation, and emergency lighting. Electrical Systems for Hospitals When are isolated power systems required for hospitals, what are the design issues involving grounding and selective coordination of fuses and breakers? This article discusses the codes and realities of hospital isolated power systems and provides detailed guidance to designers. Energy Efficient Data Centers With data centers consuming 1.5% of total U.S. electricity, and growing, novel approaches are needed to resolve heat-density and energy efficiency issues. This article provides novel methods of cooling and powering data centers. AMCA's Lab Ventilation Fan Test Standard The new lab ventilation-fan test standard from the Air Movement and Control Association’s (AMCA) was released in 2007 to settle the uncertainties of induced-flow lab fans.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards November 20, 2007

Final OSHA PPE Rule Holds Contractors Responsible for Providing Workers’ Safety Gear

OSHA recently published a new final rule requiring employers to provide personal protective equipment used to comply with OSHA's standards for all employees. Employees are responsible only for the costs of everyday clothing, footwear, and safety eyewear.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards November 20, 2007

The Art of Protecting Electrical Systems, Part 14 – Single-Phase Short Circuit Calculations: A Step-By-Step Guide

Part 14 of this continuing series provides detailed information on how to calculate four types of single-phase faults.

By George W. Farrell and Frank R. Valvoda
Codes and Standards November 16, 2007

Dubiotech raises the standard for green building construction

The world’s largest LEED certified green building title now resides in Dubai at Dubiotech.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards November 16, 2007

Selecting radiant ceiling cooling and heating systems (part 2)

This three-part series provides an overview of the most commonly available and applied commercial building radiant cooling systems. Part 2 covers the most common commercial radiant cooling systems.

By Geoff McDonell, PEng, Senior mechanical engineer, OMICRON, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Codes and Standards November 13, 2007

The Big Apple to host 2008 ASHRAE Winter Meeting

ASHRAE’s 2008 Winter Meeting will take place Jan. 19-23, 2008, in New York City.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards November 9, 2007

Terminator takes on the government

California has sued the U.S. government to force the decision on whether the state can impose the nation’s first greenhouse gas emission standards for cars and light trucks.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards November 8, 2007

CSI and USGBC sign memorandum of understanding at Greenbuild

The Construction Specifications Institute and the U.S. Green Building Council signed an MOU on Wednesday Nov. 7 at Greenbuild in Chicago.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards November 6, 2007

California readies for remapped fire hazard zones

The new codes become effective in January, and include provisions for ignition-resistant construction standards in the wildland urban interface. Building officials will use the updated fire hazard severity zones to determine appropriate construction materials for new buildings in wildland urban zones.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards November 1, 2007

ANSI/AMCA standard for testing air circulating fans approved

The Air Movement and Control Assn. International announced that the Board of Standards Review of the American National Standards Institute approved the ANSI/AMCA STANDARD 230-07, “Laboratory Methods of Testing Air Circulating Fans for Rating and Certification.”

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards November 1, 2007

2007 Product of the Year

2007 MVP — Received most reader votes online: Dual flush toilet Ultra Flush technology uses the standard water supply to pressurize air inside a toilet tank and drive water into the bowl with accelerated force, thereby conserving the amount of water required. The dual-flush model incorporates two flush buttons: the long flush uses 1.

By Scott Siddens, Senior Editor
Codes and Standards October 25, 2007

SFPE honors two for fire protection contributions

Dr. John Hall and Kathleen Almand, both serving the NFPA, have been honored for their contributions toward fire protection.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards October 23, 2007

The scoop on electronic ballasts

Higher light output and energy savings push electronic ballasts to the forefront.

By Athanasios Papademos, PE, technical director of electrical engineering, Albert Kahn Associates, Detroit
Codes and Standards October 23, 2007

State office building achieves LEED Platinum

Commissioned in 2004, the Lewis and Clark Building provides 120,000 square feet of office space for Missouri’s Department of Natural Resources on a site overlooking the Missouri River.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards October 16, 2007

Water-cooled chiller proposal represents energy savings for ASHRAE 90.1

An estimated annual energy savings of 13% relative to ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004 should result from a proposed addendum regarding air- and water-cooled chillers.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards October 3, 2007

Johnson Controls’ Metasys meets revised standard for smoke control

Johnson Controls said its components of the Metasys building management system meet Underwriters Laboratories (UL) revised standard for Smoke Control Systems and Equipment, UL 864 UUKL 9th edition.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards October 1, 2007

Getting it straight: interruption rating vs. short-circuit current rating

Specifiers often use the terms short-circuit current rating (SCCR) and interrupting rating (IR) interchangeably. But a system’s or component’s SCCR may depend on the fuse or circuit breaker used in the circuit. Not understanding this difference between SCCR and IR may lead to under-protection, fire, and possibly death.

By Kenneth Cybart, Senior Technical Sales Engineer, Littelfuse, Des Plaines, Ill.
Codes and Standards October 1, 2007

Maintaining a comfortable environment in places of assembly

Designing comfort systems for places of assembly—such as auditoriums, gymnasiums, arenas or houses of worship—presents some vexing challenges. Such facilities often have acoustical requirements that place limits on equipment location and air distribution design. Many places of assembly experience diverse loads and occupancy schedules, complicating part-load system control.

By Don Eppelheimer, PE, Applications Engineer, Trane, Piscataway, N.J.
Codes and Standards October 1, 2007

Letters: Reader Feedback – 2007-10-01

Engineers are superheroes I really enjoyed your “Editor's Viewpoint” in the last edition (CSE, 09/07, p. 5) as well as the related cover for the magazine. Engineers, like superheroes, find satisfaction in identifying and solving problems. It's the way many of us were made. We need talented writers to continue to remind everyone of the contributions we make to the world so more peo...

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards October 1, 2007

Overcurrent Protection: Fuses or Breakers?

When designing non-residential electrical systems, engineers must consider electrical protection from many perspectives. Although the entire electrical distribution system of a facility is important—from switchyard to light bulbs—“the overcurrent protective system is the very heart of the electrical distribution system,” wrote George Farrell and Frank Valvoda, PE, in a 1...

By Jack Smith, Managing Editor, Plant Engineering magazine
Codes and Standards October 1, 2007

New Products – 2007-10-01

Building management system supports an range of security and access devices for access control; user and card administration; and event and alarm management. The system offers Ethernet-level access control, software-powered security workstation, web/client software that acts as the Web server and a digital video management system.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards October 1, 2007

Taking control of BAS

This month's panel discusses building automation systems (BAS) and how engineers can meet expectations for these systems, in areas such as installations and retrofits. CSE: How can BAS designers meet an owner's requirements on time and on budget? HYDEMAN: A successful controls project rests on the following pillars: a clearly defined scope of work; a competent and reputable controls contractor;...

By Melissa Hillebrand, Associate Editor
Codes and Standards September 26, 2007

Industry Roundup: News from the Manufacturers

Alerton, Redmond, Wash., was selected to provide the building automation system for the Bahrain City Center in Manama, capital of the Kingdom of Bahrain. Cooper Lighting, Peachtree City, Ga., has acquired Illinois-based io Lighting, a light-emitting diode (LED) commercial lighting fixture company. Corning Cable Systems LLC, Hickory, N.C., announced a 10G Connectivity Resource Center, an online Web site created to provide factual information about 10G connectivity for enterprise networks. The Resource Center is at www.corning.com/10GFacts . Halsey Taylor, Oak Brook, Ill., a manufacturer of water coolers and drinking fountains, is celebrating its 95th anniversary this year. Johnson Controls, Milwaukee, announced that components of the Metasys building management system—along with intelligent fire controller (IFC) models IFC-320, IFC2-640, and IFC2-3030—are compliant with UL revised standard for Smoke Control Systems and Equipment, UL 864 UUKL 9th edition. Meter-Treater, Lake Park, Fla., announced the completion of its UL 1449 3rd Edition testing on its line of AC Power Surge Protection Devices. Office Depot, Delray Beach, will both build and open its first USGBC Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified retail store in Austin, Texas in mid-2008. Leviton, Little Neck, N.Y., has announced the passing of its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Harold Leviton, at the age of 90. Schneider Electric’s North American Operating Division celebrates the 50th anniversary of its Square D plant in Lexington, Ky., on Sept.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards September 21, 2007

The Art of Protecting Electrical Systems, Part 12: Approximating Short-Circuit Calculations for Conductors

Short-cut methods provide a quick alternative to ohmic and per-unit methods for determining fault currents in many simple radial systems

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards September 18, 2007

NEMA Publishes ANSI/NEMA GR 1-2007 Grounding Rod Electrodes and Grounding Rod Electrode Couplings

The National Electrical Manufacturers Assn.'s ANSI/NEMA GR 1-2007 provides practical information concerning materials, construction, testing, performance and manufacture of copper-bonded ground rod electrodes, zinc-coated ground rod electrodes, and stainless steel-clad ground rod electrodes.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards September 13, 2007

International Facility Management Assn. supports industry-wide open standards initiative

The Open Standards Consortium for Real Estate announced that the International Facility Management Assn.  has joined OSCRE as an Executive Member—the highest level of partnership with the organization. IFMA will support OSCRE’s efforts to develop workplace standards and improve the efficiency, consistency and transparency of date used in the corporate supply chain.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards September 1, 2007

New Products – 2007-09-01

Emergency power system supply testing and reporting system is designed to meet Joint Commission requirements. System provides secure, certified record of all EPSS activities through a single web-based application, and is compatible with other manufacturers' equipment, including legacy switches and generators and existing IT infrastructure.

By Staff
Codes and Standards August 28, 2007

Prime power for critical manufacturing through CHP

Mercedes-Benz required 8 MW of prime power for a galvanization line at a manufacturing plant in Turkey. To ensure clean, continuous power and unconditional uptime for the process line, the company selected four generator sets and a CHP trigeneration system.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards August 28, 2007

2006 International Building Code meets FHA accessibility requirements

The U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development recently recognized the 2006 International Building Code (IBC) and the 2003 ICC/ANSI A117.1, Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities, as safe harbors in compliance with the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) accessibility requirements.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards August 24, 2007

ASHRAE to expand member services globally

ASHRAE has approved 14 strategies to strengthen its role as a global resource for HVAC/R practices through expanded membership services and cooperation with associations.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards August 21, 2007

Coolest kid on the block

Ground source heating pump systems now rival standard electric centrifugal chiller and boiler machines in energy efficiency and occupancy comfort, making them today’s “coolest” power generation solution.

By Julio Alvear, LEED AP, Associate, Syska Hennessy Group, New York
Codes and Standards August 14, 2007

NECA revised standard on switchboards published

The National Electrical Contractors Assn., Bethesda, Md., has published its revised "NECA 400-2007, Standard for Installing and Maintaining Switchboards," an ANSI-approved standard that describes the installation and maintenance procedures for deadfront distribution switchboards rated 600 volts or less.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards August 9, 2007

NSF announces certification program for geothermal piping

NSF International, Ann Arbor, Mich., introduced a geothermal listing for piping products that will produce cost-effective and environmentally friendly methods to heat and cool buildings.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards August 6, 2007

Alerton Simplifies Building Automation Systems for Multi-Site Enterprise Clients

Building automation system developer Alerton announced that its Global and National Accounts program will meet rigorous needs of customers deploying building control solutions across multiple sites around the country or around the globe.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards August 6, 2007

Consensus Agreement Reached on Walk-in Coolers, Freezers Efficiency Standards

Commercial refrigeration manufacturers and energy efficiency advocacy groups recently announced that they reached a consensus agreement on the first-ever federal energy-efficiency standards for commercial walk-in freezers and coolers that, if enacted by Congress, will begin affecting the design of new equipment in 2009.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards August 1, 2007

Letters: Reader Feedback – 2007-08-01

Engineering shortage On the subject article (05/07), it is similar to an engineering survey I read recently. In that article, it stated that mechanical engineers with 10 years of experience had an average annual salary of $58,000 and the lowest average professional engineering salary in the United States (electrical engineers salary was about $68,000).

By Staff
Codes and Standards July 17, 2007

NECA Revised NEIS on Motor Control Centers Published

The National Electrical Contractors Assn., Bethesda, Md.,has published NECA 402-2007, Standard for Installing and Maintaining Motor Control Centers.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards July 16, 2007

AMCA Receives ASHRAE Test Fan Project

The Air Movement and Control Assn. International’s (AMCA) testing laboratory is underway with an ASHRAE Research Project RP1272, called “Inlet Installation Effects on Forward Curved Centrifugal Fans, Air and Sound.” The goal of this project is to obtain a body of measured inlet system effects for a typical forward curved centrifugal fan using ANSI/AMCA 210/ASHRAE 51 and AMCA 300 standards.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards July 1, 2007

Briefly… – 2007-07-01

• Four post-secondary HVAC/R programs have earned national accreditation through the Partnership for Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Accreditation program. These programs include: Mount San Antonio College, Walnut, Calif.; Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, Ill.; Community College of Southern Nevada, Henderson, Nev.

By Staff
Codes and Standards July 1, 2007

Opportunities Abound in Clinton Foundation’s Energy Retrofit Program

On May 16, something remarkable happened in the buildings industry. With the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the William J. Clinton Foundation announced a $5-billion financing package for energy-efficiency projects for 16 cities around the world. The Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit Program is a project by the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), which President Clinton launched in A...

By Michael G. Ivanovich, Editor-in-Chief
Codes and Standards June 27, 2007

UC Davis Extension Announces Fall Engineering Courses

UC Davis Extension announced that this fall the university's Engineering and Science department is offering courses in fire protection and building design.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards June 5, 2007

ASHRAE’s Advocacy Program Continues to Build Momentum

Since its launch in July 2005, ASHRAE’s government affairs team has greatly expanded its presence in Washington, D.C., through such activities as World Standards Day, organizing a roundtable for related organizations, sponsoring a Washington Fellow, and taking part in Congressional Visits.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards June 1, 2007

Global Experts Convene in Beijing to Lay Roadmaps for Ultra High Voltage Technology

In places where electric demand is growing but room for transmission lines is limited, a new technology known as ultra high voltage (UHV) offers an important viable solution. Delivering voltages of 1,000 kV AC or higher and a minimum of 800 kV DC, UHV technology can carry large quantities of electricity long distances over a single power line corridor and with minimal loss of power.

By Staff
Codes and Standards June 1, 2007

Celebration of Lighting

Despite stiff competition from the American Institute of Architects' annual convention in San Antonio, Texas, hundreds of architects, engineers, professors and lighting professionals attended the 18th Annual Lightfair, held in New York from May 6 through May 10. This year Lightfair exceeded expectations with attendees and exhibitors from all over the world.

By Siva K. Haran, P.E., LC, LEED AP, Senior Electrical Engineer, A. Epstein and Sons International Inc., Chicago
Codes and Standards May 15, 2007

NEMA CEO Endorses Expedited Energy-Efficiency Rulemaking Authority In House Testimony

NEMA President and CEO Evan Gaddis makes recommendations to the U. S. House of Representatives on the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA).

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards May 9, 2007

  Seattle’s New Federal Courthouse Garners Best Engineering Award

A gleaming 23-story U.S. Courthouse complex in downtown Seattle was named the year’s most impressive engineering achievement at the 40th Annual Engineering Excellence Awards, sponsored by the American Council of Engineering Companies, Washington, D.C.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards May 9, 2007

Revised NSPE Documents Reduce Contract Risks

For the first time since 1996, the Engineers Joint Contract Document Committee of the National Society of Professional Engineers has updated many of its engineer/subconsultant and owner/engineer documents.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards May 1, 2007

Debate Heats Up on Class C Extinguishants

Dupont, Wilmington, Del., is asking that Comment ROC 2001-61a, which proposes changes to the minimum Class C design concentration requirements, not be adopted. Comment ROC 2001-61a is up for floor vote at the National Fire Protection Assn. (NFPA) meeting during the NFPA World Safety Conference and Expo, scheduled for June 3 to June 7, in Boston.

By Staff
Codes and Standards May 1, 2007

A Mechanical Engineer’s Perspective on Electrical System Commissioning

An unexpected power failure and the ensuing recovery can wreak havoc on a building and its systems, generating complaints, loss of environmental control, quality control problems, and occasionally, debris. But one often overlooked aspect of power systems failure is the effect on HVAC and building automation systems, and the problems that can ensue from loss of power.

By David Sellers, P.E., Senior Engineer, Facility Dynamics Engineering, Portland, Ore.
Codes and Standards May 1, 2007

ARI Achievement Awards

The Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI), Arlington, Va., has announced the winners of its inaugural Standards Achievement Awardd: Larry Howington, director of engineering at Hill PHOENIX, Conyers, Ga., serves as chairman of the CRMD Engineering Committee and was recognized for guiding ARI's Commercial Refrigeration Manufacturers Division (CRMD) Engineering Committee through impo...

By Staff
Codes and Standards April 30, 2007

ASHRAE’s Advocacy Program Gains Ground since July 2005 Launch

ASHRAE’s advocacy program, designed to provide technical input to government in developing programs related to the built environment, has expanded its presence in Washington, D.C., through activities such as World Standards Day, organizing a roundtable for related organizations and sponsoring a Washington Fellow.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards April 25, 2007

ARI Launches Certification Program for Commercial Refrigeration Equipment

The new program joins 25 other ARI-administered certification programs in displaying the ARI Performance Certified mark that provides consumer assurance HVAC/R product performance.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards April 16, 2007

NEMA AND ACEEE Reach Agreement on Industrial Motor Efficiency Standards

The National Electrical Manufacturers Assn. the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) have announced that they have reached consensus on federal standards for energy-efficient motors. They have jointly recommended important changes and additions to the current national energy-efficiency standards for industrial electric motors to Congressional energy committees for their consideration in legislation now under development. The organizations recommend that changes affecting three different types of electric motors take effect 36 months from enactment.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards April 5, 2007

NFPA World Safety Conference & Expo to be held June 3 to June 7

The National Fire Protection Assoc.’s (NFPA) World Safety Conference & Exposition is scheduled for June 3 to June 7 at the Boston Convention and Exposition Center. More than 5,000 attendees are expected to attend the opening session to hear keynote speaker and Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough. The conference and expo will feature more than 150 educational sessions and a three-day trade show. Some sessions include: * Presentation on the Station Nightclub fire that killed 100 people in 2003 in West Warwick, R.I.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards April 5, 2007

SFPE Repositions Fire Protection Engineers’ Roles

The Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) updated its position statement on “The Role of the Fire Protection Engineers in the Construction Design Process.” The new statement stresses how the guidance of a qualified fire protection engineer on the construction team saves time and expenses by interpreting fire and building codes with applied knowledge of how the building and its components function as an integrated fire and life safety system. “In addition to protecting lives and property, good fire protection design will preserve business continuity,” said Chris Jelenewicz, engineering program manager with SFPE. “For example, the One Meridian Plaza fire in Philadelphia that occurred in 1991 resulted in the building never being re-opened and the Interstate Bank Building fire in Los Angeles that occurred in 1988 resulted in the building being out of service for six months.” After 9/11, the roles fire protection engineers play in improving life safety was reinforced. The National Institute of Standards and Technology released 30 recommendations aimed at improving safety in tall buildings for occupants and first responders in 2005.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards April 2, 2007

ASHRAE Names Nine New Distinguished Lecturers

The Atlanta-based American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers has named nine new distinguished lecturers. These individuals provide ASHRAE chapters with noted authorities who speak on relevant topics that impact the HVAC/R industry. This marks the 11th year of the Distinguished Lecturer Program. The new lecturers and their areas of expertise are: • Robert Bean, registered engineering technologist, Calgary, Canada — The Human Factor in HVAC, Radiant Based HVAC Systems, and Snow and Ice Melting. • Barry Benator, P.E., BENATECH Inc., Atlanta, Ga.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards April 2, 2007

ASHRAE Standards, Addenda Open for Review

Nearly 40 addenda and 16 American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standards and guidelines are open for public review, which allows interested parties to comment on the technical guidance contained in the documents. “Through the public review process, it is possible for anyone to provide input,” said Hugh McMillan, chair of ASHRAE Technology Council, which oversees standard development. “By opening the process to all interested parties during the public review period, it is hoped that through consensus, a final standard is published that has been rigorously examined, questioned and defended.ASHRAE standards are strengthened by virtue of having been through this process.” Proposed ASHRAE standards, guidelines and addenda to standards are available only during public review periods. To comment, visit www.ashrae.org/publicreviews . Addenda to the following standards are open for comment: • ASHRAE Guideline 13-2000, Specifying Direct Digital Control Systems • ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 15-2007, Safety Standard for Refrigeration Systems • ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 34-2007, Designation and Safety Classification of Refrigerants • ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 52.2-2007, Method of Test (MOT) General Ventilation Air-Cleaning Devices for Removal Efficiency by Particle Size • ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2007, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality • ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings • ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 90.2-2007, Energy Efficient Design of Low-Rise Residential Buildings • ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135-2004, BACnet — A Data Communication Protocol for Building Automation and Control Networks • ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135.1-2003, MOT for Conformance to BACnet Standards and guidelines that are open for review are: • ASHRAE Guideline 8-1994, Energy Cost Allocation for Multi-Occupancy Residential Buildings •ASHRAE Standard 17-1998R, MOT Capacity of Thermostatic Refrigerant Expansion Valves •ASHRAE Standard 22-2003R, MOT for Rating Water-Cooled Refrigerant Condensers • ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 63.1-1995, MOT Liquid Line Refrigerant Driers • ASHRAE 78-1985R, MOT Flow Capacity of Suction Line Filters and Filter-Driers • ASHRAE Standard 87.1-1992, MOT Fan Vibration, Blade Vibration and Critical Speeds • ANSI/ASHRAE 87.2-2002, In-Situ MOT Propeller Fans for Reliability • ASHRAE Standard 97-1999R, Sealed Glass Tube MOT the Chemical Stability of Materials for Use Within Refrigerant Systems • ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 117-2002, MOT Closed Refrigerators • ASHRAE Standard 118.1-2003R, MOT for Rating Commercial Gas, Electric and Oil Service Water Heating Equipment • ASHRAE Standard 127-2001R, MOT for Rating Computer and Data Processing Room Unitary Air Conditioners • ASHRAE Standard 129-1997R, Measuring Air-Change Effectiveness • ASHRAE Standard 130-1996R, MOT Air Terminal Units • ASHRAE Standard 143-2000R, MOT for Rating Indirect Evaporative Coolers • ASHRAE Standard 164P, MOT for Central System Humidifiers for Residential Applications • ASHRAE/ACCA 180P, Standard Practice for Inspection and Maintenance of Commercial Building HVAC Systems.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards April 1, 2007

Briefly… – 2007-04-01

• Lawrence Berkeley National Lab researchers are working with industry experts to develop technologies to make electronic networks—for the Internet, consumer electronics or both—more energy-efficient. They also are developing specifications and information programs to speed the adoption of energy-efficient technologies in the marketplace.

By Staff
Codes and Standards April 1, 2007

Energy Experts

When President Bush, in September 2005, signed a presidential directive instructing government agencies to conserve natural gas, electricity, gasoline and diesel fuel to the maximum extent possible, the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Energy Center of Expertise, originally established in 1997, became even more important for federal agencies and non-profit organizations.

By Robert L. Buckley, Public Buildings Service & Karen Curran, CEM, Senior Mechanical Engineer General Services Administration, Washington, D.C.
Codes and Standards April 1, 2007

The Design, Operate, Maintain Approach

Design, operate, maintain (DOM) is a key new concept in asset management and industrial maintenance, repair and operation. It comes from those who design facilities and those who operate and maintain them working closely together for efficiency and profitability. Interestingly, many industries were in a better position to implement DOM years ago than they are today.

By Christian Klingspoor, Senior Asset Lifecycle Management Advisor, IFS, Brookfield, Wis.
Codes and Standards March 22, 2007

OHSU Center First Medical Facility in Nation to Win LEED Platinum Award

The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded Oregon Health & Science University’s Center for Health & Healing a LEED platinum certification for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability, the first medical and research facility anywhere to have achieved this distinction. CSE twice has published feature articles about the facility—“ Platinum on a Budget ” ( CSE 10/05) and “ Health Code ” (CSE 12/06), not only because the platinum certification is a first for this type of facility, but also because the building team managed to achieve this goal using integrated design features never before used together on a project of this kind—and at no extra cost to the project. In fact, the Center for Health & Healing won CSE’ s 2006 ARC Project of the Year Award. The building garnered 55 points out of a possible 69 on the USBGC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) scorecard, three more points than required for platinum. “We set out to meet the highest standards of sustainability and energy efficiency when this project was started. This award recognizes the melding of the OHSU Medical Group’s vision and the innovative team that designed and built this remarkable building,” said Joseph Robertson, M.D., MBA, president of OHSU.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards March 19, 2007

Electrical Industry Groups Join to Push for Transformer Efficiency

The nation’s investor—and municipally owned electric utilities—have joined with environmental and energy-efficiency organizations to recommend significantly higher efficiency standards for the estimated 41 million distribution transformers now serving the electricity system, according to a February release from the Edison Electric Institute . Once in place following a gradual phase-in, the transformers are expected to save 26 billion kilowatt-hours annually, or roughly equivalent to the electricity used by 2.3 million U.S. households in 2005. That will in turn reduce annual emissions from electric power plants by 15 million metric tons, about equal to the average annual emissions of 2.7 million automobiles. The proposal for higher efficiency standards marks the first-ever agreement on appliance standards from America’s investor-owned and public-power electric utilities and major energy efficiency and environmental groups.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards March 16, 2007

National BIM Standard Released for Industry Review

The first version of the National Building Information Modeling Standard™ (NBIMS) has been released for a two month industry review period.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards March 15, 2007

Searchable Databases for Indoor Air Quality Analysis

The Building and Fire Research Laboratory (BFRL), part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has developed a series of searchable databases of indoor air quality (IAQ) model input data that may be used to estimate building contaminant concentration levels and associated occupant exposures. Database structures have been designed for compiling volatile organic compound (VOC) emission rates from building materials, particle and inorganic gas emission rates from indoor combustion sources, particle deposition rates, VOC sorption rates and particle filtration efficiencies. Although many of these input data are available in the literature, they have not previously been compiled in a readily accessible format. As a result of BFRL’s efforts, the IAQ community now has a standard format to organize model input data for assessments of data quality, trends and gaps, as well as for convenient use in IAQ models. In addition, BFRL developed ContamLink, a software tool to search the databases and create data libraries for use in the indoor air quality and ventilation model CONTAM. These databases and the software tool have been documented in NISTIR 7364 and are available at the CONTAM website , https://www.bfrl.nist.gov/IAQanalysis/software/CONTAMLINKdesc.htm . The mission of BFRL is to study building materials; computer-integrated construction practices; fire science and fire safety engineering; and structural, mechanical, and environmental engineering.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards March 15, 2007

USGBC Accepting Comments on Energy Performance Points Until March 23

The United States Green Building Council encourages the public to comment on the first draft of its language requiring all Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) projects to obtain a minimum of two points in the Optimize Energy Performance credit. This proposal is part of USGBC’s Climate Action commitment , which was announced at the 2006 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Denver last November. The commitment is to focus on and increase the role of green buildings in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The changes would apply to the four currently available rating systems: LEED for New Construction, LEED for Existing Buildings, LEED for Commercial Interiors, and LEED for Core and Shell Developments. Any member of the public can comment on the draft requirement (after registering a site user profile on the USGBC website). Friday, March 23, midnight Pacific Standard Time.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards March 8, 2007

International Code Council Hires Local Government Expert

As part of an organizational restructuring to provide enhanced services to members, the International Code Council , Washington, D.C., has named Michael Armstrong as senior vice president of its member services division. The division includes membership, training and education, certification, and meeting and travel services. "The new member services division, by incorporating training, certification, member support and meetings, will have customer service as its primary mission," said Armstrong. "Our division plans to leverage our skills and relationships across the ICC family to provide support that is responsive and relevant to the needs of our customers." Armstrong comes to the Code Council from ICF International, a management consulting firm, where he managed projects for local government clients.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards March 5, 2007

AMCA International Approves New Test Standard for Flow Fans

The Air Movement and Control Assn. Intl. , Arlington Heights, Ill., announced last week that the AMCA board of directors approved a new method of test standard for induced flow fans and a new certified ratings program for the unique performance requirements of these types of fans.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards March 1, 2007

Airport Cities

Domestic airline travel is on the rise, but that doesn't always translate into airport renovations and expansion. “The demand for air travel is fairly strong, but the problem is financing,” explains Dave Kipp, P.E., chief operating officer and senior vice president of technology and aviation, Ross & Baruzzini, St.

By Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, Contributing Editor
Codes and Standards March 1, 2007

Mixing Valves – What Are They and How Do They Work?

The American Society of Sanitary Engineering (ASSE) publishes a comprehensive set of industry standards that address various types of mixing valves intended for blending hot and cold water in domestic water systems. Each standard clearly defines the purpose, scope and application of a device that is manufactured and tested to perform for its application.

By Ronald George, CIPE, CPD, President, Ron George Design & Consulting Services, Monroe, Mich.
Codes and Standards March 1, 2007

New Products – 2007-03-01

Valve actuator provides users with reliable and safe operation in extreme applications. It includes a patented absolute encoder that does not require battery backup, patented circuit protection technology and menus in six languages. The enhanced model offers actuators for torques as large as 1,700 ft.

By Staff
Codes and Standards March 1, 2007

International Code Council Supports Green

The International Code Council (ICC) board of directors recently issued a policy position on green building/sustainable communities to emphasize its commitment to social responsibility and expand the boundaries of public safety. “Building safety professionals and others in the construction industry have long had a positive impact on the environment,” said ICC Board President Wally B...

By Staff
Codes and Standards February 22, 2007

Industry Roundup: Patents, Awards and Acquisitions

AES Corporation, Peabody, Mass., makers of AES IntelliNet wireless communications systems for alarm monitoring, announced that it received UL 864 Edition 9 listing for its 7705i Wireless-to-Internet system. (AES Corporation is a CSIA member as of 2/26/2015) Alerton, Redmond, Wash., has announced that the Muninn Group is its newest dealer, Schneider Electric, Paris, announced the completion of the acquisition of American Power Conversion, West Kingston, R.I., following satisfaction of the closing conditions of the merger agreement. APC is being combined with Schneider’s MGE UPS Systems to creates a worldwide leader in critical power and cooling services. Sloan Valve, Franklin Park, Ill., announced that its AC-11 Series Act-O-Matic showerheads, which have a flow rate of 2.0 gpm, conserve 20% more water than standard showerheads using 2.5 gpm, the maximum flow rate allowable under the U.S.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards February 6, 2007

Comprehensive Report Identifies Key Concerns for HVAC/R Industry

Baltimore-based Danfoss, a maker of components, controls, compressors and systems for air-conditioning and refrigeration, has issued a 16-page report that summarizes the key findings from its 2006 EnVisioneering Symposium Series. “Danfoss 2007 EnVisioneering Insights: An In-Depth Look at Advanced Energy Strategy and Technology” is a comprehensive report of the lively discussions and major findings from the three symposia held in 2006—in Kansas City, Chicago and Washington, DC. “The purpose of the report is two-fold,” said John Galyen, president of Danfoss Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning, North America.“First, we wanted to identify the key environmental, energy and engineering issues related to policy, market forces and technology.Second, it provides a summary of the major energy and environmental codes, standards and legislation affecting the HVAC/R industry.” In addition to the findings and reference guide, EnVisioneering Insights features opinion columns written by several thought leaders and a sneak preview of the 2007 EnVisioneering Symposium Series, which will focus on solutions and outcomes to meet short- and long-term energy needs. For a free copy of EnVisioneering Insights, click here . Danfoss launched the EnVisioneering Symposium Series in August 2006 to create an ongoing dialogue among industry, the policy community and thought leaders in research and development. The symposia brought together experts from a variety of professional backgrounds—all with a vested interest in energy issues. Topics, locations and dates for the 2006 EnVisioneering Symposium Series included: Innovation and the Emerging Energy Challenge The Future of Energy Efficiency Policy: The Role of States Energy Futures: America Responds to 21st Century Energy Challenges.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards February 1, 2007

Practical Considerations for Telecommunications Spaces

Information processing equipment has become a ubiquitous feature in almost every building. The widespread reliance of workgroups on local networks and the Internet has placed demands on buildings to house servers and network switches, and to efficiently distribute cables to work areas. The central themes in planning for IT spaces accommodates the inevitable future advances in IT equipment.

By Garrett M. Nariman, P.E., RCDD, LEED AP Senior Electrical Engineer. The RMH Group, Lakewood, Colo.
Codes and Standards February 1, 2007

Welcome to a New Era for CSE

Consulting-Specifying Engineer is celebrating 20 years of excellence this year and as your new Chief Editor, I will work hard to build upon the history of excellence, relevance and timeliness. CSE already has in place a dynamic team of editors and publishing professionals, with the powerful and extensive resources of its parent company, Reed Elsevier and its divisions, Reed Business Information...

By Michael Ivanovich, Editor-in-Chief
Codes and Standards January 25, 2007

NSPE Appoints Lawrence A. Jacobson Executive Director

Lawrence A. Jacobson joined the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) , Alexandria, Va., as executive director. Jacobson most recently served as the executive director of the MATHCOUNTS Foundation, which aims to increase enthusiasm and enhance achievement in middle school mathematics in the United States. “The engineering profession is one of the cornerstones of our global society, with professional engineers constantly looking for innovative and cost-effective ways to maintain and secure the public’s health, safety and welfare,” Jacobson said.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards January 22, 2007

Lighting Controls for an Ever-Changing College Environment

Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario, recently proved that a state-of-the-art lighting system is not only good for the students and the environment, but also for bottom lines. The college serves a diverse student community throughout three campuses. Its lighting system was nearly a quarter century old and represented technology and deployment that was characteristic of its time. Lighting was neither energy-efficient nor locally addressable, and the static implementation meant few options in re-configuring classrooms, offices and other spaces.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards January 4, 2007

Product Showcase | December

Visit www.csemag.com for industry news and featuresDecember 2006 Special Advertising Section Dear Reader,Here is the next edition of Consulting-Specifying Engineer's product and system solutions showcase. Featured Products NEW FROM E-MON D-MON!Load Control Option for Energy Management! Managing energy has never been easier! Many industrial facilities wantenergy monitoring and control capabilities but do not have thefinancial or personnel resources to manage a full-scale load managementsystem. The E-Mon D-Mon Class 3000 meter with load control option isdesigned to operate at user selectable high and low set pointsproviding users with the capability to reduce electrical demand byshedding loads or activating a local generator.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards January 1, 2007

Green on the Inside

In the past, office buildings that touted a green engineering design were only built in places like California and Oregon. In those days, building green was something hippies did—not cost-conscious building owners. But that's all changed. “Green building is emerging as the standard,” says Scott Frank, partner with New York-based Jaros, Baum & Bolles.

By Maggie Koerth-Baker, Contributing Editor
Codes and Standards January 1, 2007

AHR Expo 2007 Returns to Dallas

The AHR Expo comes to the Dallas Convention Center from Jan. 29 to Jan. 31 for the first time since 2000. The event is expected to bring more than 1,600 exhibitors from 35 countries, and 45,000 HVAC/R professionals from more than 100 countries. This year's show promises the latest technologies and products from the world's leading manufacturers.

By Melissa Hillebrand, Associate Editor
Codes and Standards January 1, 2007

Direct Current Do’s and Don’ts

Electrical engineers and researchers debate the pros and cons of direct current (DC) vs. alternating current (AC) for mission-critical data centers. CSE: Why even consider DC power for a data center? SULLIVAN: Efficiency is the driving force. Performing the power conversion from AC to DC once for the entire data center, as opposed to at each server, enables a more efficient power conversion.

By Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, Contributing Editor
Codes and Standards December 13, 2006

Autodesk and USGBC Partner on Technology

Autodesk, Inc., San Rafael, Calif, has entered into a strategic relationship with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) aimed at expanding the use of technology and to facilitate further adoption of sustainable design and green building. Autodesk and the USGBC plan to work on several initiatives to make sustainable design easier and more efficient through the use of technology such as the Autodesk Revit platform for building information modeling (BIM), ultimately reducing the causes of climate change by increasing the number of green buildings that emit less carbon dioxide. As the first step, Autodesk and the USGBC plan to develop an educational curriculum for architecture and engineering students. "We hope the relationship between Autodesk and USGBC will help democratize sustainable design by creating an industry standard technology platform for green building," said USGBC CEO Rick Fedrizzi.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards December 1, 2006

Areviderci, Aloha and Auld Lang Syne

Be it stricter energy and environmental codes, spikes in material and labor prices, alternative methods for designing and constructing buildings, industry consolidation or simply rapid advances in computer- and microprocessor-aided technology, change is inevitable. Over the near decade I've spent on this magazine, these are but a few of the forces that have altered the horizon of M/E/P engineer...

By Jim Crockett, Editor-in-Chief
Codes and Standards December 1, 2006

Taking Stock of Backup Power

You've heard a hot tip that your favorite stock is about to tank, so you call up your broker and tell him to sell, sell, sell. But, almost as soon as you hang up the phone, he calls you back with worse news. He can't process your order. In fact, nobody can, because a massive power outage in New York City has completely shut down the New York Stock Exchange.

By Maggie Koerth-Baker, Contributing writer
Codes and Standards November 21, 2006

New Products for Electrical Systems – 2006-11-21

Customer training course catalog has a comprehensive view of current courses in the areas of power distribution, automation and control, and power management, and contains curriculum maps and matrices that make it easier for customers to determine the course selection best suited to their particular job, position and skill set. For more information about courses from Schneider Electric, click here . Arc flash research paper is available online, documenting findings regarding low-voltage arc flash testing using the standard IEEE 1584 test procedure, but with the electrode tips terminated in an insulating barrier instead of in the open air. This configuration is believed to be more representative of equipment in low-voltage industrial control panels and MCCs.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards November 20, 2006

ASHRAE Looks to Develop Water Conservation Standard

Requirements regarding the amount of water used to operate HVAC, plumbing and irrigation systems would be established under a proposed standard from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. “Water is the most important renewable resource on this planet,” said Terry Townsend, P.E., ASHRAE president. “To protect this source of life, we must reduce the demand and consumption that the built environment is placing on available water sources. It is our intention to develop a standard that can be used globally to conserve this valuable resource.” The proposed standard, Conservation of Water Use in Building, Site and Mechanical Systems, would provide baseline requirements for the design of buildings, landscapes and mechanical systems that minimize the volume of water required to operate HVAC systems, plumbing systems and irrigation systems. The standard would address water use efficiency through water conservation measures implemented during design and construction of residential, commercial, institutional and industrial projects.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards November 7, 2006

Another School Goes Geothermal

Nicknamed “The Big Green” years ago for the color of their uniforms, Ottoville Local School District, Ohio, can boast of another big green achievement. The new K-12 building features an energy-efficient geoexchange system for HVAC. This system, which relies on the earth’s stable temperature for its energy-efficiency, is not only saving the school district significant energy costs; it has also influenced the standards of the Ohio School Facilities Commission and has convinced other schools to use similar HVAC systems that are efficient and cost-effective. From the very first plans, school officials required one major upgrade over the old building. The new school had to be fully air-conditioned.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards November 1, 2006

A Show of Power

With enactment of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 last year, the power industry was dealt a new hand in the power generation game in coming years. This year's PowerGen International, which convenes Nov. 28 through 30 at Orlando's Orange County Convention Center, will provide some answers to attendees' questions about the new power picture.

By Scott Siddens, Senior Editor
Codes and Standards November 1, 2006

Data Centers Still Hot

Without question many of the top players in the computer world realize something has to be done about better cooling for data centers and computer rooms. “We have a non-commercial data center users group to advance the state of the art of the DC [data center] community,” said Scott Dysert, president of Columbus, Ohio-based Liebert North America.

By Staff
Codes and Standards November 1, 2006

New Products – 2006-11-01

Single-lever lavatory faucet features ceramic control components, aerator and single-hole mount. Available in polished chrome, satin nickel or polished brass, the faucet operates at a flow rate of 2.2 gpm and complies with all applicable U.S. and Canadian codes and standards, including ANSI A112.18.

By Staff
Codes and Standards November 1, 2006

What’s in Store for the 2008 NEC?

In the coming months the code-making panels of the National Fire Protection Assn. will review approximately 3,700 proposals to revise the current (2005) edition of NFPA 70, The National Electrical Code. Their recommendations will be presented to the NFPA membership at the annual meeting in Boston next June.

By Jim Pauley, P.E., Vice President, Industry and Government Relations, Schneider Electric, Lexington, K.
Codes and Standards November 1, 2006

IT Experts Expound on Data Centers

Top IT experts from the likes of IBM, Sun and Intel, addressing a packed room of professionals involved in the design, operation and construction of data centers, talked about growing heat densities associated with computer equipment in these facilities. “The question is not whether we can put 50 kW in a rack but whether we should,” said John Pfluegler, a technology strategist with ...

By Staff
Codes and Standards October 26, 2006

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Visit www.csemag.com for industry news and featuresOctober 2006 Special Advertising Section Dear Stephanie,Here is the next edition of Consulting-Specifying Engineer's product and system solutions showcase. If you would like any additional information sent to you from any of the companies below regarding their products fill out this form . Featured Products COMPLETE YOUR SECURITY/ACCESS CONTROL INSTALLATION WITH BELDEN BANANA PEEL Composite constructions decrease labor costs, but these Banana Peel composites go a step further since the cable’s overall jacket has been eliminated. This makes them especially easy-to-pull and easy-to-terminate.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards October 25, 2006

M/E Insider: Big LEED Elections

• Yudelson Associates announced recently that its founder and principal, Jerry Yudelson, P.E., LEED AP , has been elected to the national core committee for the LEED for New Construction rating system. Yudelson is a former Board Member of the U.S. Green Building Council and also serves on the national core committee for a companion standard, LEED for Core and Shell development; he is the only person in the country elected to serve on both bodies.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards October 17, 2006

NEMA Issues Guidelines for EPAct 2005 Commercial Building Tax Deduction

The National Electrical Manufacturers Assn. (NEMA) issued its Guidance on Energy Policy Act Commercial Building's Tax Deduction Certification Letters on Oct. 4 to answer the many questions received from project contractors and designers on how to satisfy the project certification requirements of the EPAct 2005.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards October 12, 2006

ASHRAE’s HVAC Inspection and Maintenance Standard Open for Review

A proposed standard currently open for public review will be the first to deal exclusively with inspection and maintenance of HVAC systems in buildings where the public is exposed to the indoor environment. ASHRAE/ACCA Standard 180P, Standard Practice for Inspection and Maintenance of Commercial Building HVAC Systems, would establish minimum HVAC inspection and maintenance requirements that aid a system’s ability to achieve acceptable thermal comfort, energy efficiency and indoor air quality in commercial buildings. “Inconsistent practices in inspection and maintenance of HVAC systems is common in the building industry,” explains Bob Baker, chair of the committee writing the standard. “As a result, systems frequently operate outside optimum performance, without providing the energy efficiency, thermal comfort and indoor air quality they were designed to provide.” Baker notes that a standard practice would benefit occupants and also ensure that indoor environmental conditions are maintained as energy efficiently and cost effectively as possible. Highlights of the proposed standard include: • Responsibility for compliance with the standard is clearly on the building owner; a common reason given for lack of maintenance is lack of sufficient resources available to maintenance personnel. • Each building must have a written plan that addresses 57 inspection/maintenance items required if those components are present in the building (for example, if a building has cooling towers, items dealing with cooling towers are mandated as part of the plan). • An additional list of 563 optional inspection and maintenance items that building owners/operators may wish to consider when preparing their individual plans is included. “This listing, assembled by 24 of the most knowledgeable persons about HVAC system maintenance in the industry, is an incredible resource that has never before been available to those planning and managing maintenance activities,” Baker said. • The standard concentrates especially on those factors that impact thermal comfort, energy efficiency and indoor air quality so as to promote sustainability. The proposed standard is open for public comment until Nov.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards October 4, 2006

Fire Protection Engineers Boost Building Safety Since 9/11

Better building methods and codes cannot stop determined terrorists, but they can dramatically increase the number of lives saved in the event of an attack. One group of professionals in particular has worked hard to advance building occupants’ safety through better construction methods and codes: fire-protection engineers. Since 9/11, fire protection-engineers have increased their scrutiny of extreme events, seeking to improve the science and technology that is needed to make tall buildings safer, say officials from the Bethesda, Md.-based Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) Last year, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), as part of the investigation into collapse of the World Trade Center, recommended including fire-protection engineers in building design teams in order to prevent future devastation, especially on high-rise buildings. “We have seen our work sought more frequently among the general building community,” says Dr. Jim Milke, fire-protection engineering professor at the University of Maryland. NIST also recommended that engineers in other disciplines receive continuing education in fire-protection engineering, so they too can know how buildings react under extreme conditions. But even before NIST released its report, SFPE had already undertaken initiatives to advance similar goals. “We believe that we have a very important mission to serve our communities," says Chris Jelenewicz, engineering program manager for SFPE.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards October 1, 2006

BACnet Eyes Security

An addendum to extend BACnet to support access control systems is being proposed by ASHRAE. The proposed addendum f to Standard 135 establishes a standard BACnet object, which represents a door operated as part of an access control system. According to Bill Swan, chair of ASHRAE's BACnet committee, it presents information and alarms about the door, such as its status—open or closed, door open too long, door forced open—and provides means for controlling the door—lock, unlock, etc. This object is the first access control work item to come out of the BACnet committee's Life-Safety and Security Working Group. The group is working to develop full support for access control in BACnet, with more extensions to BACnet to follow.

By Staff
Codes and Standards October 1, 2006

Full of Hot Air?

The University of Pittsburgh, in the educational and cultural enclave of Oakland, just outside the Steel City, is surrounded by forested hills—a much different vista from the acres of farm fields that typically surround many colleges and universities in more rural and open locations. At the same time, existing in a well-developed urban environment presents a number of challenges to the school, particularly when it comes to expanding the campus. Thus, it's not a surprise that the university's main chemistry building—the Chevron Science Center—is a 14-floor high-rise. That said, when it came time to re-evaluate the fume hood venting scheme of the '70s-era building, a number of challenges other than energy efficiency—the main impetus of the upgrade—arose.

By Jim Crockett, Editor-in-Chief
Codes and Standards October 1, 2006

Don’t be Stymied by Chiller Specs

When specifying chiller efficiency, some HVAC designers actually work against themselves by producing specifications that prevent them from getting what they need from the bidding process: chillers with equal annual energy consumption at the best capital cost. The problem usually occurs when two measures of chiller efficiency—the design-efficiency rating and the non-standard part-load value (NPLV) rating—are both used in the specification. So, let's dispel the confusion about these ratings once and for all. First, let's clear up some misconceptions about the NPLV rating. NPLV can be measured in kilowatt per ton refrigeration (kW/TR), coefficient of performance (COP) or energy-efficiency rating (EER).

By Roy S. Hubbard, Jr., Manager, Market Development, York Chiller Products, Johnson Controls
Codes and Standards October 1, 2006

Geothermal Gets the Go-ahead

Despite higher first cost, continuing technology advances and increasing system efficiencies are making geothermal a serious contender in the HVAC market. CSE: What's the latest with geothermal technology? Do recent advances promise to make geothermal systems even more efficient and cost-effective? TOWNSEND : Increased geothermal unit efficiencies coupled with variable-speed pumps for the loops are helping to minimize energy consumption. Also, the new SEER 13 requirements should help make geothermal systems more attractive in terms of overall operational efficiencies and costs. SCHMIDT : The latest geothermal advance seems to be with the refrigerant conversion from R-22 to R-410a.

By Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, Contributing Editor
Codes and Standards September 25, 2006

New Products for Power Quality and Reliability – 2006-09-25

Power-quality analyzer features 0.1% voltage accuracy and GPS time-synch option, making unit fully compliant with the IEC 61000-4-30 Class A standard. Memory allows up to 400 parameters at user-defined intervals, and power-log software enables users to view logged data and generate reports. Main signaling capability allows interference measurement from ripple control signals at specific frequencies.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards September 14, 2006

ICC, IAPMO End Discussions on Proposed Joint Codes

The International Code Council (ICC) announced that negotiations have ended with the International Assn. of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) on a joint venture to develop a single plumbing code and single mechanical code. "Both organizations worked cooperatively in good faith to try and put this joint venture together," said ICC Board President Henry Green. "We made it clear to IAPMO from the beginning that the code development process had the potential to be a real stumbling block, and that we would seek input from our members and stakeholders before finalizing any agreement.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards September 1, 2006

Letters: Reader Feedback – 2006-09-01

Washer worries Referencing the article “Washing Away Electrical Costs” (CSE 7/06, p.31), and specifically the sidebar “Saving Dollars by Giving Back Heat,” this short story mentioned that conventional dryers exhaust about 175 to 225 cu. ft. per minute of air, and ventless systems do not.

By Staff
Codes and Standards September 1, 2006

High-Wire Act

Electrical and communications systems design for today's high-rise buildings calls for a flexible approach to accommodate the inevitable future adds, moves and changes. CSE: What are some of the best ways to build flexibility into electrical wiring and communications cabling in high-rise facilities, especially to accommodate MACs (moves, adds and changes)? VOLTAGGIO : There are a number of important considerations, all of which minimize the time, expense and disruption associated with MACs. They include the following: The provision of adequate capacity in the initial installation to accommodate anticipated levels of growth. Strategic placement of equipment and infrastructure to readily facilitate MACs. Efficient access to equipment and cabling. Establishment of repetitive, modular installations, which simplify the management of the final installation for maximum efficiency. MAKWINSKI : Building flexibility into a system requires close attention to wire and cable pathways. The conventional method of running wires and cables through the walls and using fixed-position outlets makes it difficult to accommodate changes in the physical layout, the popularity and efficiency of open space environments and advances in technology.

By Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, Contributing Editor
Codes and Standards August 24, 2006

ICC and NFPA Settle Several Disputes

The National Fire Protection Assn. (NFPA) and the NFPA 5000, Building Construction and Safety Code and resolves issues related to NFPA’s and ICC’s trademarks. In 2002, the ICC sued NFPA in Chicago federal court charging that NFPA infringed the copyright in ICC’s International Building Code . Under the terms of the recent settlement, ICC has withdrawn the lawsuit “with prejudice,” meaning the ICC’s copyright infringement charges against NFPA have been given up and can never be brought again.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards August 22, 2006

New Products for Power Quality

Modular power distribution terminal blocks consist of single or multiple busbars that feature easy-to-wire screw connections. They range in current handling capacity from 63 amps to 100, 125 and 160 amps. Each busbar can accept from 7 to 15 wires depending on the model.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards August 10, 2006

ICC and ASHRAE to Collaborate on Code Development

The International Code Council ( ICC ), based in Falls Church, Va., and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers ( ASHRAE ), Atlanta, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will seek ways to optimize development of codes and standards to improve public safety. The organizations will work together on industry advocacy and public policy and explore joint business opportunities. "The integration of leading edge technology via ASHRAE standards and guidelines into the building codes ensures the general public that the built environment will be efficient, healthy, comfortable and safe,” said ASHRAE President Terry Townsend. “This MOU will enhance both ASHRAE's and ICC's capabilities to have a positive impact on new construction and renovation activities in not only North American but also the international markets." A central element of the ICC code-making process is the use of consensus-based referenced standards like those produced by ASHRAE.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards August 1, 2006

U.S. Supreme Court Denies ARI Petition on California Title 20 Regulation

The U.S. Supreme Court last month denied a request by the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) to hear its appeal of a lower court’s decision that the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) Title 20 regulations were not preempted by the federal Energy Policy Conservation Act (EPCA). In denying review of the case, a lower court’s injunction against the CEC’s enforcement of its energy-efficiency regulations, which regulate information reporting and product labeling for appliances, will be lifted. At issue in the case is whether states have the right to require U.S. manufacturers to meet state-specific rules in addition to federal requirements.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards August 1, 2006

May the Force Be with You—You Need It!

The apex of summer means different things to different people: blockbuster movies, all-star baseball, HEAT, vacation, more heat. But in the thankfully cool offices of CSE, it means something entirely different: time to crunch numbers! It's not the budget cycle, it's GIANTS time, and with our abacuses mightily worn, we have once again tabulated our annual Top 100 M/E/P engineering firms (p 37).

By Jim Crockett, Editor-in-Chief
Codes and Standards August 1, 2006

Standing Out

The Federal Reserve, after 17 straight interest rate hikes since June 2004, decided not to raise rates for this cycle, citing increases in energy prices and a cooling of economic growth. Just as the Fed has made the decision to take a stand and “stop the bleeding,” engineering firms have similarly been pushed to take a stand against an unfortunate trend in their industry: engineering expertise becoming a commodity, resulting in lower fees. Multiple firms in this year's CSE Giants survey lamented this phenomenon. But they aren't taking it lying down.

By Geoff Weisenberger, Associate Editor and Lindsay Saran, Editorial Intern
Codes and Standards July 19, 2006

NECA Releases Switchgear, Cable Installation Guidelines

The National Electrical Contractors Assn. (NECA) has released two new National Electrical Installation Standards. NECA 430-2006, Standard for Installing Medium-Voltage Metal-Clad Switchgear , describes installation and commissioning procedures for metal-clad switchgear rated between 5 kV and 15 kV, installed either indoors or outdoors. NECA/NACMA 120-2006, Standard for Installing Armored Cable (Type AC) and Metal-Clad Cable (Type MC) , covers installation of types AC and MC cables, used for electrical wiring for residential, commercial and industrial occupancies. The standard also includes information on fittings and other accessories necessary for quality cable installation. For more information about these new guidelines, click here .

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards July 19, 2006

International Codes Council Records First Adoptions of 2006 I-Code

International Code Council officials say that, so far this year, they have recorded more than 650 new code adoptions in more than 100 jurisdictions. The International Building Code is used by nearly 20,000 jurisdictions, they say, with the International Residential Code used by more than 16,000 jurisdictions and the International Fire Code by more than 12,000 jurisdictions across the country. For a complete list of jurisdictions using the International Codes, click here . Since they were published last spring, at least 11 jurisdictions have adopted the 2006 International Codes to guide construction and renovations in their communities.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards July 13, 2006

Government Report Cites ASHRAE Position on Environmental Tobacco Smoke

A newly released report from the U.S. Surgeon General echoes ASHRAE’s position that adverse health effects related to tobacco smoke cannot be eliminated through filtration or ventilation. In its position document published last year, ASHRAE determined that although complete separation and isolation of smoking rooms can control environmental tobacco smoke exposure in nonsmoking spaces in the same building, adverse health effects for the occupants of smoking areas cannot be controlled by ventilation. “ASHRAE’s position is that the only way to effectively eliminate health risk associated with indoor exposure is to ban smoking activity,” Terry Townsend, P.E., ASHRAE president, said. “ASHRAE is pleased that our position was recognized by the U.S.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards July 5, 2006

ASHRAE Signs MOU with Chinese Association of Refrigeration

In recognition of shared technical interests, ASHRAE and the Chinese Association of Refrigeration have agreed to work together to promote the interests of HVAC/R professionals, and have signed a memorandum of understanding. “The best way to solve the problems facing the building industry today is by working together,” ASHRAE President Lee Burgett said. “Carrying out these objectives will allow ASHRAE and CAR to find solutions to those problems, such as energy conservation, improving the quality of life for people around the world.” “In signing this agreement, ASHRAE and CAR will make all efforts to develop the refrigeration of our two countries and the world and create a bright future,” Jin Jiawei, vice-president and Secretary General of CAR, said. “I believe we will have a successful cooperation.” The agreement can be viewed under the “about ASHRAE” section of ASHRAE.org .

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Codes and Standards July 1, 2006

Generator Testing Ideas

The heart of reliability for most data centers lies in its generators. But according to some industry experts, current maintenance practices may be more harmful than helpful. Speaking at the recent 7×24 conference in Orlando, Stephen Fairfax from MTechnology and Michael Golay, Ph.D., Professor of Nuclear Energy, MIT, presented a session questioning standard testing strategies for standby diesel generators. Testing typically involves running a generator for an hour once per month.

By Keith Lane
Codes and Standards June 21, 2006

Changes to New Plumbing, Building, Fire Protection Codes

From Building Design and Construction The 2006 editions of the International Code Council (ICC) plumbing (IPC) and building (IBC) codes, and the National Fire Protection Assn. (NFPA) NFPA 101 Life Safety Code, are now available. As model codes, ICC and NFPA codes are not enforceable until an authority having jurisdiction (state, county, city, school district) adopts one of them into law or as a building code. 1.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff