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HVAC April 10, 2019

Three tips for designing VRF and ACB systems

When designing variable refrigerant flow or active chilled beam systems, consulting engineers must focus on three core areas.

By Cory Duggin, PE, LEED AP BD+C, BEMP; TLC Engineering for Architecture, Brentwood, Tenn.
HVAC 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
HVAC March 18, 2019

Designing data center air handling and conditioning systems

Strategies for implementing new air handling systems, including specific performance criteria, energy use targets, climate and heat recovery are among the many topics to be addressed during the conceptual engineering and design process.

By Bill Kosik, PE, CEM, BEMP; DNV GL, Oak Brook, Ill.
HVAC March 15, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, March 8-14

AHU component makeup, combined heat and power systems, female engineers as leaders, the 2019 HVAC & Building Automation Systems Study, and developing hyperscale data centers were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, March 8-14. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
HVAC March 8, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, March 1-7

AHU component makeup, chiller selection, changes to NFPA 101-2018, merger and acquisition updates, and strategies to deal with turbulent times in the engineering industry were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, March 1-7. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By McKenzie Burns
HVAC March 7, 2019

Case study: Chiller plant gets an update

A corporate campus reviewed its chiller’s performance data to determine what updates were needed. Metering and instrumentation helped achieve the engineer’s goals.

By Stacey Ayuthia, PE, LEED AP, NV5, Verona, Wis.
HVAC March 4, 2019

Chiller selection: Much more than capacity

Selecting and specifying the right chiller is generally dictated by capacity. There are many ways to specify chillers and chilled-water systems, depending on the application.

By Stacey Ayuthia, PE, LEED AP, NV5, Verona, Wis.
HVAC February 22, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, February 15-21

AHU component makeup, changes to NFPA 70-2017, why AHUs are important, complex fire alarm system design and commissioning, and LED lighting and control system design considerations were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, Feb. 15-21. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By McKenzie Burns
HVAC February 22, 2019

Optimized heating with low-grade waste-heat recovery

Hydronic heating systems remain an energy-efficient and effective means to distribute low-grade waste heat throughout a high-performance building.

By Robert Thompson, PE, SmithGroup, Phoenix
HVAC February 15, 2019

Specifying high-temperature hot-water boilers and systems

Mechanical engineers must understand and meet various national and local codes when specifying high-temperature hot-water boilers and associated systems.

By Matthew Jantz, PE, SmithGroup, Washington, D.C.