HVAC June 3, 2019

Stack Effect: Why it was so difficult to stay warm this winter

Many street-level tenants of high-rise buildings found it nearly impossible to keep occupants warm despite having thermostats set to maintain comfortable temperatures. In many cases the problem, while fairly common, is not widely understood — it’s known as stack effect.

By Phil Miller
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
HVAC May 3, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, April 26 to May 2

Integrating modeling into building design, resilience in HVAC design, Product of the Year finalists, designing resilient buildings, and cybersecurity in automation were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, April 26 to May 2. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By McKenzie Burns
Commissioning May 3, 2019

What you need to know about building commissioning

The unprecedented technology advancements of the last three decades have only made the built environment more sophisticated, but at the same time the perceived relevance of commissioning has suffered.

By John Wixson
Commissioning April 10, 2019

PBA Chairman, Peter J. Basso, PE, FASHRAE, and Principal Randy M. Wisniewski share Experience/Thoughts on Peer Review – A Commissioning Fringe Benefit or More

Basso and Wisniewski of PBA, Suggest Input from 'Knowledgeable, Experienced Peer Reviewers'

By Peter J. Basso, PE, FASHRAE, Chairman and Randy M. Wisniewski, Director of CA/CX Services, PBA
Commissioning April 9, 2019

Designing resilient buildings

Existing building commissioning (EBCx) is a vital factor in designing resilient buildings.

By Woody Thompson, PE, CxA, CEM, REP, CBCP, CPMP, LEED AP; RS&H, San Antonio
Business of Engineering April 5, 2019

Using Target Value Design: A Short Introduction

Project structures and processes, such as Target Value Design (TVD), are becoming popular with owners.

By Terry Werth, PE
Electrical Systems April 1, 2019

Electrical systems, from design to commissioning

Learn how to define the procedures of electrical schematic design, design development, construction documents, bidding, and construction administration including electrical commissioning.

By Daniel Mendez and Rick H. Reyburn, PE, NV5, Las Vegas
Commissioning March 28, 2019

Case study: State-of-the-art health care system

A multidisciplinary commissioning project allowed a health care facility’s electrical equipment to operate as designed and established a platform for all critical information and statuses to be displayed.

By Vahik Davoudi, PE, LEED AP; Ander Sahonero, PE; Gaurav Thatte, EIT; and Rahul Mittal, EIT; Arup, Los Angeles
Commissioning March 25, 2019

Commissioning of electrical systems

Commissioning of electrical systems has become an integral and well-established part of the building design and construction process. However, as cities and states increasingly pass more stringent energy legislation while new technologies continue to present countless possibilities, building systems will get smarter and more interconnected—and the role commissioning plays in the built environment will continue to expand.

By Vahik Davoudi, PE, LEED AP; Ander Sahonero, PE; Gaurav Thatte, EIT; and Rahul Mittal, EIT; Arup, Los Angeles