Codes & Standards: HVAC

Codes & Standards: HVAC May 28, 2013

Designing labs, research buildings: Codes and standards

Labs and research facilities house sensitive equipment and must maintain very rigid standards. Codes and standards must be adhered to, with special attention to codes unique to these buildings.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes & Standards: HVAC May 13, 2013

Key nonstructural changes to 2012 IBC

Learn about the significant nonstructural changes to the 2012 International Building Code that typically impact consulting and specifying engineers.

By William E. Koffel, PE, FSFPE, Koffel Associates Inc., Columbia, Md.
Codes & Standards: HVAC March 27, 2013

Educational experience: Codes, standards in K-12 schools

Engineering work on K-12 schools is complex—and not just because of dwindling school budgets. The facilities must meet a broad range of exacting standards coming from officials and state regulatory bodies, in addition to meeting energy efficiency standards. An overview of codes and standards follows.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes & Standards: HVAC March 22, 2013

Boilers: Types, applications, and efficiencies

Engineers should understand which boiler is appropriate for the application, and then know how to maximize its use.

By Michael E. Myers, PE, LEED AP, WD Partners, Dublin, Ohio
Plumbing, Pumping February 1, 2013

Specifying pipe and piping materials

Piping is used within many building systems, including HVAC, plumbing, specialty chemicals and fluids, and fire protection. Knowing what type of piping to use in a specific application can help preserve the life of a system or avoid a catastrophic failure.

By Matt Dolan, PE, LEED AP BD+C, JBA Consulting Engineers, Las Vegas
Fire, Life Safety November 15, 2012

NFPA 20: Changes to the standard on fire pumps

Regardless of whether the 2013 edition of NFPA 20 will be applicable to your next project, fire protection engineers need to be aware of the changes to the standard.

By Milosh Puchovsky, PE, FSFPE, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Mass
Codes & Standards: HVAC November 12, 2012

Sizing, selecting pumps and circulators

By making correct pump and piping selections, a hydronic system can operate at or near peak efficiency, avoiding cavitation and vibration.

By Tim Chadwick, PE, LEED AP, Alfa Tech, San Jose, Calif.
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Codes & Standards: HVAC October 12, 2012

Commissioning HVAC systems thoroughly

By examining all aspects of the HVAC system and its components—from design through commissioning—the system will run more efficiently and effectively.

By Edward Hurtz, PE, LEED AP, CxA, GRAEF, Milwaukee
Codes & Standards: HVAC July 18, 2012

Saving energy in water heating systems

Increased domestic water heating equipment efficiencies and numerous system configurations offer design professionals more tools to save energy and meet the building and client requirements.

By Matt Dolan, PE, LEED AP BD+C, JBA Consulting Engineers, Las Vegas
Codes & Standards: HVAC July 16, 2012

Tapping into the gray water well

Gray water system codes are still a gray area. Here are some tips for engineering a nonpotable water system.

By Mike Nishida, LEED AP, Syska Hennessy Group, Culver City, Calif.