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.
Learn about the significant nonstructural changes to the 2012 International Building Code that typically impact consulting and specifying engineers.
Fire protection engineers must know what factors come into play when deciding on and recommending a fire protection system.
Fire alarm and suppression system upgrade greatly simplifies fire alarm monitoring and control while enhancing life safety.
Sports arenas and entertainment facilities involve complex engineering solutions. Fire and life safety topics are discussed by five consulting engineers.
By including all life safety systems in the BIM rendering, engineers improve the building’s model as a whole.
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.
NFPA 3 takes a contemporary approach to construction and focuses on commissioning the fire and life safety systems throughout a project, rather than at the end.
Engineers should understand which boiler is appropriate for the application, and then know how to maximize its use.
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.