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Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency January 25, 2001

Top Ten Energy Web Sites

To help professionals keep up with new and upgraded energy web sites, a listing of the top ten sites has been released by Galaxy.com, a large multi-topic Internet directory.

By Staff
Energy Efficiency January 11, 2001

Chinese Company Supplies Cranes for Long Beach, Calif., Port

Press-Telegram, Long Beach, CA via NewsEdge Corporation : Jan. 10--In a somber and traditional ceremony in China, officials of the Shanghai Zhenhua Port Machinery Co. formally signed a $143 million contract to supply 20 large dockside cranes for the Port of Long Beach's Pier T terminal. The port's Boa...

By Staff
Energy Efficiency January 1, 2001

M/E Roundtable: Cooling Data and Dot-Coms

As data centers, clean manufacturing and telecommunications come to dominate many an engineer's design work, unique issues are impacting heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems. From air purity and cable management to thermal decay and fire suppression, mechanical designers must...

By C.C. Sullivan
Energy Efficiency January 1, 2001

ICC Energy Code Adopts ASHRAE Standard

Increasing its prospects for adoption into local building codes, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers' (ASHRAE) energy-conservation standard has been accepted for inclusion in the 2001 version of the International Energy Conservation Code.Standard 90.

By Staff
Energy Efficiency January 1, 2001

Watching the Lights: A Reliable PQ Indicator

The flicker chart below shows one measure of how power disturbances can affect power users. At any point above the orange line, light flicker will be noticeable, while above the purple line people will begin to become irritated by the intensity and frequency of the flicker.Flickering of the lights is a definite indication that there are voltage variations in the distribution system.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Energy Efficiency January 1, 2001

Where There’s Fire There’s Smoke

Patients in hospitals, outpatient facilities and nursing homes require special protection from the elements of a fire, of which smoke is one of the most dangerous. In fact, smoke control is especially critical in these facilities.

By J. PATRICK BANSE, P.E., Senior Mechanical Engineer Smith Seckman Reid, Inc., Houston
Energy Efficiency January 1, 2001

Commissioning: A Quality Assurance Process

Commissioning is not primarily a process of error identification. It is a quality-assurance program-undertaken while the workforce is still on the site and before the damage is done. When the commissioning process begins in the planning and design phase, it can be the ounce of prevention that eliminates the pound of cure required in the final project stages.

By RONALD J. WILKINSON , P.E. Staff Engineer, State of Montana, Architecture and Engineering Division, Helena, Mont.
Energy Efficiency January 1, 2001

May the Best Bid Win

When executing the design of a security system, the bid award and contractor selection may be the most important part of the project. While it sounds like an easy task, choosing the wrong contractor for the desired security systems can be a nightmare.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Energy Efficiency January 1, 2001

Commissioning Smoke-Control Systems

Commissioning and acceptance testing demonstrate that the final integrated system complies with the design and that any modifications were correctly and successfully incorporated, so that the result is a properly functioning system. The design engineer must be involved with the test-and-balance contractor, the mechanical contractor, electrical contractor, controls vendor and fire-alarm vendor.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Energy Efficiency January 1, 2001

The Evolving Engineer

How important is the consulting engineer to the building team? In the 1970s, a typical reply probably would have been somewhat important. However, if one were to ask this question in the year 2001, a more likely response is very important.Yes, it's true.

By BARBARA HORWITZ, Associate Editor