Codes and Standards - Fire, Life Safety

Facing the challenges of mixed-use buildings: codes and standards

Fulfilling the demands of a mixed-use facility can be challenging, considering the structure’s... » more

Determining risk tolerance of building clients

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

Balancing passive, active fire protection

Fire protection engineers should consider the building's construction, fire suppression systems,... » more

Testing burn characteristics via ASTM E84

ASTM E84 is used to assess the surface burning characteristics of building products. The results... » more

Define NFPA 72-2016 changes

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

NFPA 110: Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems

Consulting engineers who specify emergency power equipment understand that installations for... » more

NFPA 99: A fire and life safety perspective

NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code (2015 edition) covers a broad range of criteria for health... » more

High-performance medical and educational building design: Codes and standards

The design of high-performance medical and educational projects are challenging and need to meet... » more

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Critical power webcast: Hospital electrical systems

Register for this webcast on Thursday, Sept. 15, to learn more about specifying electrical distribution systems in hospitals. For example, engineers must account for the facility’s size, flexibility needs, medical equipment and...

Webcast: Next-generation lighting: the emergence of PoE for lighting and controls

Using Power over Ethernet (PoE) not only cuts installation and commissioning costs, but—more importantly—opens the door to endless building integration options that build upon the idea of intelligent or high-performance...

Your questions answered: LED lighting specifications

Additional information from the July 28 Lighting: LED specifications webcast includes details about color shift, American Medical Association recommendations, and lighting controls. Presenters Haley Darst and Richard Vedvik... » more

Webcast: Keep your cool while keeping your facilities cool

The conditions within a plant have an impact on productivity, work quality and safety, and ensuring those working conditions are every bit as important as other factors on the plant floor. Register for this July 26 event to learn...

Lighting webcast: LED specifications

Building owners are becoming more aware of and interested in selecting LEDs because of their energy efficiency and long lifespan. Register for this education session on July 28 to learn more about specifying LEDs.

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Understanding Specifications, Codes and Standards

Have you ever thought about how federal legislation...

Engineers generally don't get very involved in politics, but that... » more

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Video: Commissioning in the Real World: A Case Study

A recent commissioning project at the HP... » more

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