Energy Efficiency

Part of the Charter Street Heating and Cooling Plant on the UW-Madison campus. A new model for control systems could help large central plants like these save hundreds of thousands of dollars. Courtesy: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Sustainability November 18, 2020

How LEED certification and power plants can coexist

With the use of renewables, green energy will become the norm, powered by LEED and PEER standards

By Shannon Bergstrom
Courtesy: Southland Industries
Electrical November 9, 2020

Modular electric rooms are the new normal

Modular electric rooms (MERs) are built out with electrical infrastructure that can be rapidly deployed at a data center facility and are becoming more common.

By Drew Thomas
High-rise commercial buildings in Chicago, along the Chicago River. Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Energy Efficiency November 4, 2020

Net zero building expo highlights

Net zero energy buildings require a lot of upkeep and maintenance, but the energy and health benefits are worth it.

By Ryan Haug
Courtesy: SmithGroup
Building Types October 29, 2020

Harnessing an interdisciplinary team for resilient design

By collaborating with an interdisciplinary team, engineers can offer high-value, holistic solutions that promote resilient design for buildings and sites of all types

By Nancy Kohout, John Rushing, Bill Wood and Valerie Berstene
Figure 3: The Kansas City University College of Dental Medicine incorporates a shelter in the event of high-wind storms and coordinates the design with building systems to maintain continuity. SmithGroup is serving as a design architect and programming consultant, providing mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection and structural engineering services for Helix Architecture + Design, the architect of record. Courtesy: SmithGroup
Building Types October 29, 2020

Case study: Designing for tornadoes in the Midwest

The Kansas City University College of Dental Medicine created a dual-use space to meet resilient design needs

By Nancy Kohout, John Rushing, Bill Wood and Valerie Berstene
Courtesy: Albert Vecerka/ESTO Photographics
Sustainability October 27, 2020

Students, tech, COVID drive higher ed efficiency design

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

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Courtesy: Jasper Sanidad, Glumac
Sustainability October 15, 2020

Focus on future occupants is a design challenge

Today’s big picture thinking doesn't always result in considering future individual occupant satisfaction, but there are ways design teams make it a priority.

By Nicole Isle
Top row: Doug Sullivan, Peter Garvey; Bottom row: Joe Estrada, David Taylor. Courtesy: Dewberry
Energy, Power October 7, 2020

Energy roundtable on the industry’s future

Four industry experts discuss what they’re seeing in terms of trends, technology, challenges, and the future of the energy industry.

By Dewberry
Courtesy: Glumac
Business of Engineering October 1, 2020

The role MEP design plays in designing equitable spaces

Staci Atwater from Glumac explains how MEP engineers and architects can work together to create more equitable spaces for occupants.

By Glumac
Courtesy: LEO A DALY
Energy Efficiency September 28, 2020

Basics of energy efficiency for industrial, manufacturing facility design

Industrial and manufacturing facilities have specialty energy efficiency and sustainability needs engineers must include in new or retrofit projects

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer