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How to standardize and replicate P&ID data using software tools
Autodesk AutoCAD Plant3D has seen many advancements over the past decade, especially in the ability to copy components and duplicate drawings
The medical gas code updates within NFPA 99
With the continuing evolution of patient care and the support systems of those spaces, medical gas has evolved to supply a safer and more effective patient experience.
Project Profile: 1771 N Street
The 1771 N Street project focused on the ceiling height being right up against the bottom of the beams while planning for ductwork and piping.
How to use the International Plumbing Code
Learn about design criteria for the design of plumbing systems
How to mitigate reverse flow
Reverse flow in piping systems manifest into the form of sporadic pipeline vibrations, media contamination or physical damage
Sustainable water piloting potable reuse
Some are implementing resilient approaches to expand sources of potable water supply and meet growing demand through the implementation of recycled water as a source of water.
Princeton University’s geo-exchange/heating hot water system
Designing a Highly Customized Hybrid Geo-Exchange/Heating Hot Water System to Support Princeton’s Goal for Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2046
Defining system integrity applying resilience to MEP systems
The resilience of mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems is key to providing these solutions to overcome extreme circumstances, such as a natural disaster or a health pandemic.
Data-Driven Design Series: Analyzing water use and reuse
Glumac’s Lone Star Region Plumbing Manager discusses strategies for reaching net zero water and how to improve the water efficiency of projects
Changes in HVAC systems of the manufacturing, industrial building market
Several changes to the design of HVAC and plumbing systems of manufacturing and industrial buildings are covered here by the experts
Air Force base water supply piping system challenge met
Designing an efficient, long-lasting piping system
Project Profile: Arcade Sunshine
Adaptive reuse project that is comprised of three residential buildings with differing levels of commissioning required for each.
Designing hydraulic systems on high-rise, large buildings
Know how making correct decisions in the initial hydraulic plan helps the facility operate more efficiently and effectively.
How to select a commercial water heater
As mechanical and plumbing engineers specify a water heater in education buildings, several considerations must be studied
Clean water availability and future system design
Don Rosen answers questions about clean water availability and future system design and the future of engineering in these fields.
Pipe systems and materials: Design considerations
Choosing the right pipe system and design is essential to ensure excellence in mechanical, plumbing, fire protection and beyond
Understand the various types of pipe and their applications
Video: Trends in Water Treatment Planning for Legionellosis Mitigation and Prevention
This presentation educates design engineers, building O&M staff, and building owners about health concerns related to Legionellosis, a form of pneumonia caused by the Legionnella bacteria which lives in inadequately maintained building water systems.
How can we build more water-resilient cities?
With over 2 billion new urban citizens anticipated by 2050, cities increasingly recognise the need for better understanding of the water-related risks, and for tools that help prioritise action and investments to become more resilient.
Designing industrial, manufacturing, and warehouse facilities: HVAC and plumbing
More than just places to make and store products, industrial, manufacturing, and warehouse facilities are becoming more complex. Heating, cooling, ventilation, and plumbing must be carefully designed.
Selecting pipe and piping materials
Selecting pipe and piping materials involves many factors. Designers should approach these decisions and identify strengths and weaknesses of various pipe materials and connection methods.
Designing sports arenas, theaters, and other specialty structures
Specialty facilities like sports stadiums and theaters have to do more than host the entertainment these days—they’re full of technological bells and whistles and high client expectations.
EEA Consulting Engineers: Waterfront Development Phase 1
Automation, controls; electrical, power; energy, sustainability; HVAC, mechanical; lighting; plumbing, piping; office building; and new construction
HDR: Alexandria Center for Life Sciences West Tower Laboratory and Vivarium Fit-Out
Automation, controls; electrical, power; energy, sustainability; fire, life safety; HVAC, mechanical; lighting; plumbing, piping; laboratory; and building addition
RTM Engineering Consultants LLC: Wilton Brands LLC
Electrical, power; fire, life safety; HVAC; mechanical; plumbing, piping; office building; and building retrofit
Exploring retail, restaurant, and mixed-use facilities: HVAC and sustainable buildings/energy efficiency
Consumers increasingly want a great experience and a good value when they’re dining out or shopping—and that desire is reflected in the demands of engineers assigned to design sustainable buildings, HVAC systems, and for energy efficiency in retail, restaurant, and mixed-use projects.
Women in engineering profile: Catsy Lam
International Women in Engineering Day, celebrated on June 23, 2018, celebrates the achievements of females in various engineering industries. Here’s a Q&A with Catsy Lam.
Women in engineering profile: Michelle Zboray
International Women in Engineering Day, celebrated on June 23, 2018, celebrates the achievements of females in various engineering industries. Here’s a Q&A with Michelle Zboray.
Women in engineering profile: Melissa Gannon
International Women in Engineering Day, celebrated on June 23, 2018, celebrates the achievements of females in various engineering industries. Here’s a Q&A with Melissa Gannon.
Future-proofing a chilled-water system
Chilled-water system design often focuses on the proper initial operation of the system. However, understanding—and planning for—changes that occur as the system ages is critical to designing a chilled-water system that will operate properly for years to come.
Case study: Design-assist approach allows for expedited project delivery
A health network used a design process that allowed for a faster time-to-market without compromising on innovation.
Project Showcase: University of Chicago Ophthalmology Clinic
The University of Chicago Ophthalmology Clinic is being expanded while remaining operational. The current mechanical, electrical, and fan systems are all being upgraded during the project.
2018 Product of the Year Finalists: Vote for this year’s best products
Who will win gold in 2018? Consulting-Specifying Engineer announces the finalists for this year's 14th annual Product of the Year competition, and readers will have the final word. Cast your votes online at www.csemag.com/NP4E.
MEP engineers lead the way
Architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) firms are responding to the new climate that's been created within the healthcare market and the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineer plays a key role.
Project in Progress: Apex Friendship Middle School March 2018 update
The project is on track for its grand opening in August.
2018 HVAC, plumbing system updates
Education and collaboration will facilitate smarter building design for HVAC and plumbing systems. Technology and regulation, along with health and safety issues, will shape the design of commercial building systems in 2018 and beyond.
Sizing domestic water pipes
When sizing pipes in nonresidential buildings, engineers should pay close attention to local code, available water pressure, fixtures, and a host of other factors.
Proposed changes to NFPA 20-2019
The potential changes to the 2019 edition of NFPA 20 could have a great impact on fire protection systems for high-rise buildings.
Designing gravity feed fire protection systems
Gravity-fed standpipe and sprinkler systems are viable alternatives to traditional pumped, bottom-fed standpipe/sprinkler systems in very tall buildings.
NFPA 20: Changes to the fire pump standard
Regardless of whether the 2016 edition of NFPA 20 will be applicable to the next nonresidential building project, fire protection engineers need to be aware of recent changes to the standard.
Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, October 23-29: 2017 Commissioning Giants, best practices for building integration, MEP Giants, and more.
2017 Commissioning Giants, best practices for building integration, MEP Giants, using IPD for design-bid-build success, and steps to determine plumbing requirements were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, October 23-29. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.
Integrating plumbing into the overall design
Having a qualified, knowledgeable plumbing engineer involved in early planning will help select the right system and equipment for the project before construction begins.
How to perform a pipe stress analysis
Understanding the various types of pipe stresses, the process, and best practices are necessary to perform effective pipe stress analyses.
Dewberry: High Point Regional Health Facilities building expansion
Electrical, power; energy, sustainability; fire, life safety; HVAC, mechanical; lighting; plumbing, piping
exp: Northside Hospital Forsyth vertical expansion and central plant addition
Electrical, power; HVAC, mechanical; plumbing, piping.
HDR: Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center
Automation, controls; commissioning, retro-commissioning; electrical, power; energy, sustainability; fire, life safety; HVAC, mechanical; lighting; plumbing, piping.
HGA Architects and Engineers: Minnesota State Capitol
Automation, controls; electrical, power; energy, sustainability; fire, life safety; HVAC, mechanical; lighting; plumbing, piping.
Jaros, Baum & Bolles: Jerome L. Green Science Center at Columbia University Manhattanville
Automation, controls; electrical, power; energy, sustainability; fire, life safety; HVAC, mechanical; lighting; plumbing, piping.
LEO A DALY: Fort Riley Irwin Army Community Hospital
Automation, controls; electrical, power; energy, sustainability; HVAC, mechanical; lighting; and plumbing, piping.
ME Engineers: T-Mobile Arena
Automation, controls; commissioning, retro-commissioning; electrical, power; energy, sustainability; fire, life safety; HVAC, mechanical; lighting; plumbing, piping.
Case study: Robinson-Falconio Residence Hall
University dorm rehab uses clash prevention to coordinate fire sprinklers.
It’s time to plan for water safety in all buildings
The complexity of water systems in today’s buildings warrant a need for a comprehensive water safety plan.
2017 Product of the Year Finalists: Vote for this year’s best products
Who will win gold in 2017? Consulting-Specifying Engineer announces the finalists for this year's 13th annual Product of the Year competition, and readers will have the final word. Cast your vote online!
Tankless rack system
The commercial Tankless Rack System can deliver up to 1,592,000 Btus and link as many as 20 high-efficiency 199,000-Btu condensing tankless heaters, providing wall-mount, free-standing, and back-to-back installation options.
Integrated commercial faucet
The NextGen Selectronic integrated commercial faucet features exclusive SmarTherm technology that incorporates an ASSE 1070-certified thermostatic hot-water temperature limiter directly into the faucet, keeping all controls above deck for easy installation and maintenance.
Water heater system
The pre-engineered and prefabricated Commercial Water Heater System combines commercial-grade tankless units with system controllers, manifolds, and other necessary components and accessories into fully assembled metal rack systems.
The LPD Y-Strainer has the same face-to-face size as a standard Y-strainer design and can be retrofitted into existing piping systems.
Horizontal heat pump
The WH Series horizontal-configuration, small-packaged water-source heat pump is available from ½ to 15 tons in replacement-ready sizes to match with conventional water-source heat pump products.
End suction pump
The Design Envelope 4200 H split-coupled horizontal end suction pump is designed to adjust output to match the exact needs of an HVAC system in response to changes in system flow.
Vertical pump retrofit
The Design Envelope Vertical In-Line Retrofit pump is designed to allow building owners to replace the moving parts of an installed constant-speed pump while retaining the existing pump casing, insulation, and piping.
Pump controller, VFD
The Technologic intelligent pump controller/variable frequency drive (VFD) is designed to provide users with two advanced controller functions to reduce onsite setup and configuration time by more than 50%.
Armstrong Fluid Technology's pumping solutions for enhanced lifetime building performance across its entire design envelope pump range from 1 to 1250 hp.
Pump controls for active chilled beams
Semco's Neuton pump module is capable of controlling active chilled beams in up to five small rooms in office buildings, hospitals, schools, or other commercial buildings.
Web-based pump manager
Armstrong's Pump Manager is a Web-based service that provides real-time alerts and warnings.
Applying NFPA 101 in mission critical facilities
Mission critical facilities—including health care, industrial facilities, and other buildings—rely on NFPA 101: Life Safety Code to define fire and life safety strategies.
Optimizing unitary pumping solutions
Unitary pumping solutions integrate variable speed drives (VSDs) to allow for pumps to self-optimize.
Engineering flexible office buildings
Office buildings need to have the ability to accommodate myriad types of businesses and activities to meet the needs of tenants. Here, engineers with experience on such buildings share their knowledge, lessons learned over the years, and emerging trends.
Press connections for hot water heater installations
The LFLM490-10 Series consists of thermostatic tempering valves for hot water heater installations.
MEP/FP design for MRI suites, part two: design considerations
In a two-part series, the importance of effective mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems design for magnetic resonance imaging suites is examined. Part two focuses on the electrical, fire protection, and plumbing considerations when designing MRI suites.
Know efficiency standards for HVAC system design
Education and diligent analysis will help engineers navigate new U.S. Department of Energy pump-efficiency rules.
Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, January 30 to February 5: ASHRAE 90.1 success, understanding NFPA 101, read a pump curve, more
Articles about ASHRAE 90.1 success tips, NFPA 101 for mission critical facilities, how to read a pump curve, applying NFPA 110-2016, and NEC 2017 changes were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, January 30 to February 5. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.
Hydraulic control valve family
The Series 800Y Hydraulic Control Valve Family is designed for fire protection applications in high-rise and high-demand buildings.
CxEnergy 2017 attendee registration is now open
The preliminary event program for CxEnergy 2017 has been released. CxEnergy is being held April 24-27 at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate in Orlando, FL.
Self-powered rotary pipe cleaning nozzle
The Jetstream RotoMag X22 2D is a self-powered rotary pipe cleaning nozzle designed for vessel and pipe cleaning applications.
Arup Thoughts: Innovation in the water sector
New ways of thinking, processes, and innovative technologies are needed to deliver the outcomes required from infrastructure systems.
What do engineers in the South Atlantic earn?
The Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2016 Salary Survey indicated that 25% of professionally licensed engineers in the South Atlantic region earned between $100,000 to $124,999.
Commercial water heater system
The commercial-grade tankless units are designed with system controllers, manifolds, and other necessary components and accessories into assembled metal rack systems for shipment.
Hydraulic wastewater pump
Hydraulic wastewater pumps are designed to handle raw sewage and large volumes of surface and process water.
Apex Friendship Middle School October Update
The site is being cleared and prepped for the building pad.
Evaluating low-temperature water-heating options
To take advantage of HVAC energy savings, engineers must change their thinking on heating-water temperatures, as the trend drives toward greater sustainability.
Case study: hospital boiler systems
A hospital project in the Dallas-Fort Worth area lowered the heating-water temperatures to allow for innovative ways to recover heat.
Coupling braided hose
Victaulic's Series AH2-CC Braided Hose allows for an easier bend, simpler installation, and better shape retention.
How to design high-efficiency hot-water systems for hospitals
Boilers for heating and domestic hot-water systems are used in many hospitals and health care facilities. This looks at the codes and standards that regulate boiler specification, plus energy efficiency and efficacy of hot-water heating systems.
Wireless integrated sensors
SignalFire introduces wireless pressure scout for remote pressure monitoring and alarm applications.
Formula for smarter hydronic pump selection
Bell & Gossett's Part Load Efficiency Value (PLEV) calculation gauges pump performance to maximize efficiency.
Valves with wedge gate design
Swivldisc Gate Valves features wedge gate design that employs a flexible disc and are designed for demanding high-pressure and high-temperature applications.
Pump controller for hydronic HVAC system applications
Technologic pump controller variable frequency drive (VFD) combines the start-up Genie and an electronically controlled bypass for hydronic HVAC system applications.
Commercial boiler with heat exchanger
Power-Fin commercial boiler offers an input capacity from 2.5 to 5 million BTU/Hr that comes from a heat exchanger with a double row of swept fins.
Five major water-waste culprits and the importance of commissioning
Water usage and costs can escalate when systems and equipment are broken or not controlled properly.
The 007e ECM circulator offers ECM technology that requires no programming.
Dewberry Project in Progress Overview
Over the next 12 months, Consulting-Specifying Engineer will work with Dewberry to provide latest updates on the Apex Friendship Middle School project.
Westlake Reed Leskosky: Smithsonian Institution Renwick Gallery
Westlake Reed Leskosky: Smithsonian Institution Renwick Gallery
TLC Engineering for Architecture Inc.: Florida Hospital for Women
Automation, controls; electrical, power; HVAC, mechanical; lighting; energy, sustainability; plumbing, piping; audio/visual
Thorson • Baker + Associates Inc.: University Hospitals—Broadview Heights Health Center
Automation, controls; commissioning, retro-commissioning; electrical, power; fire, life safety; HVAC, mechanical; lighting; energy, sustainability; plumbing, piping; technology.
Professional Engineering Consultants PA: Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport
Automation, controls; electrical, power; HVAC, mechanical; lighting; energy, sustainability; plumbing, piping.
P2S Engineering Inc.: San Diego State University—Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union
Automation, controls; commissioning, retro-commissioning; electrical, power; fire, life safety; HVAC, mechanical; lighting; energy, sustainability; plumbing, piping.
RTM Engineering Consultants LLC: JCFS Abe and Ida Cooper Center
Electrical, power; fire, life safety; HVAC, mechanical; energy, sustainability; plumbing, piping.
Leo A Daly: Sidney Regional Medical Center
Automation, controls; electrical, power; fire, life safety; HVAC, mechanical; plumbing, piping.
IMEG/KJWW/TTG: University of Florida Reitz Union
Electrical, power; fire, life safety; HVAC, mechanical; energy, sustainability; plumbing, piping; technology; energy modeling; construction administration.
HDR: University of Maryland, Physical Sciences Complex
Automation, controls; electrical, power; HVAC, mechanical; lighting; plumbing, piping.
Harley Ellis Devereaux: Integrative Biosciences Center
Automation, controls; electrical, power; HVAC, mechanical; lighting; energy, sustainability; plumbing, piping.
Gannett Fleming: Shippensburg University central utility plant design
Electrical, power; HVAC, mechanical; lighting; energy, sustainability; plumbing, piping.
EwingCole: Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History
Automation, controls; electrical, power; fire, life safety; HVAC, mechanical; lighting; energy, sustainability; plumbing, piping.
Dewberry: High Point Regional Health infrastructure improvements
Automation, controls; electrical, power; HVAC, mechanical; plumbing, piping; facility assessments.
Pumps for hot oil and hot water
CombiTherm Plus pump provides transfer of hot fluids without external cooling systems.
Mixing valve for domestic or commercial water
The 5121 mixing valve is a compact, lead-free domestic water thermostatic valve designed to deliver mixed-water temperatures for faucets or any point-of-use installation where an ASSE 1070 safety valve is required.
Arup Thoughts: It’s time to plan for water safety in all buildings
Taken together, water-related hazards—such as chemical and bacterial contamination, scalding and over-pressure—lead to risks to building occupants. Designers need to understand and assess water hazards holistically to develop effective control measures.
Case study: RMIT Design Hub
University achieves water-sustainability goals.
Case study: Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)
Animal facility saves water via a variety of methods.
Tracking and conserving facility water use
Plumbing and mechanical engineers are frequently being tasked with doing everything they can to conserve water in commercial buildings.
Flexible dry sprinkler combines for residential and commercial buildings
VicFlex VS1 flexible dry sprinkler combines flexible fittings technology with traditional dry sprinkler technology that provides freeze protection.
Capitalizing on steam infrastructure improvement projects
Hospitals and healthcare institutions strive to offer the best care possible while trying to remain financially sound. Many are faced with complex strategic and financial decisions when trying to modernize or upgrade their aging facilities.
Multifunction control valves
CF multifunction control valves serve as a replacement for conventional mechanical, electro-mechanical, and electronically operated valves.
Condensate water pump
Sanicondens Best condensate water pump incorporates a pH neutralizing granule tray that increases the pH of the acid water before discharging it to the drain line.
Your questions answered: Designing for Minimum Flow With VFD Operation
Jim Swetye, senior technical trainer at Grundfos Pumps Corp. in Ohio tackled unanswered questions from the June 14, 2016, webcast on minimum flow considerations when using variable frequency drives (VFDs).
Tackling the clear and present danger of Legionella
It’s a legal requirement to manage Legionella risks and apply the right water treatment strategies to water systems.
Pipe support system for commercial and municipal applications
Expanded PEX offerings for commercial and municipal applications include PEX Press test plugs, PEX Press 45-degree elbows, PEX Press 90-degree flare elbows, PEX Press reducing tees, and PEX pipe supports.
Low pressure drop Y-strainer
Low pressure drop LPD Y-strainer has a large screen, a great number of holes, and a large surface area.
Your questions answered: What is inverter duty anyway?
Questions not addressed during the May 24 webcast “What is Inverter Duty Anyway?” are answered here.
First LEED Platinum-certified Montessori School in Illinois
In partnership with Chiaravalle Montessori School and Bulley & Andrews, CannonDesign is pleased to announce that Chiaravalle’s North Wing Addition has achieved LEED Platinum certification.
Geothermal water source heat pump
SM Series include a two-stage geothermal water source heat pump with front water connections and an all-aluminum air coil to resist formicary corrosion.
Mixing valve for hot water tank
LFMMV-HTK is a mixing valve that installs on a hot water tank to increase hot water capacity by providing control over water temperature and flow.
Three ways to use grooved couplings to accommodate thermal movement in riser piping
Grooved couplings serve double-duty by offering a safe, efficient means for joining riser piping while also permitting thermal expansion and contraction.
A practical approach to BIM/VDC workflow
BIM and VDC have become industry buzzwords that have many different meanings, depending upon who you ask.
Important updates to water efficiency standards for plumbing fixtures
In an effort to promote conservation of water in residences and businesses, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created the WaterSense Program in 2006.
Soft starting solution for water pumps
RSWT Series is a self-optimizing soft starting solution for water pumps.
Your questions answered: How to Size a Centrifugal Pump Driver
Kevin Anderson, senior technical training specialist at Grundfos Pumps Corp. in Olathe, Kan., tackled unanswered questions from the April 12, 2016, webcast on sizing centrifugal pump drivers.
Stand-alone A-coils for use with a matching split ground source heat pump systems is AHRI Certified and can be matched with furnaces by other manufacturers for dual-fuel installations.
Directional cleanout tool for clearing clogged debris
SS1 directional cleanout tool uses Safe-T-Switch SS1 inline overflow/shutoff switch body or any condensate drain ¾ in PVC inline tee as an access cleanout fitting.
2016 Product of the Year Finalists: Vote for this year’s best products
Who will win gold in 2016? Consulting-Specifying Engineer announces the finalists for the 12th annual Product of the Year competition, and readers will have the final word. Cast your votes online here.
Available in one complete, compact, and portable package, Keltech Design on Demand Skid Systems are exclusively designed to be used for any high-flow, safety, industrial, or custom application.
Commercial lavatory faucets
The M•Bition faucets appeal to a number of facilities, specifically those in the health care and convalescence segment, where residential-influenced styling adds a personal touch.
Uponor's 2½- and 3-in. ProPEX fittings provide an ideal solution for engineers and contractors who have been designing with and installing other piping materials such as steel, copper, polypropylene, or CPVC for commercial plumbing and hydronic piping projects.
Double-drop elbow fittings
The Viega ProPress double drop elbow fittings maintain water quality by reducing stagnation.
The Viega ProPress Venturi press inserts help maintain water quality by reducing stagnation to seldom-used fixtures. Viega Venturi press inserts are used with Viega ProPress tees.
Quiet, portable fan
Designed with versatility in mind, Black Jack's 6.5-ft frame fits through standard interior doorways and plugs into any 110 V power supply, drawing only 7 amps of power at top speed.
Low-maintenance humidification system
The DriSteem low-maintenance humidification system combines two DriSteem products-the Vapormist electric humidifier and the 200 series reverse-osmosis water treatment system-in a single package.
The DL Series is a hybrid humidifier that intelligently combines two adiabatic methods.
Insulation thickness calculator
ArmWin is a professional technical calculation program that helps mechanical engineers calculate the proper thickness to be specified for Armaflex elastomeric foam insulation.
Chiller, outdoor mechanical room series
AAON LZ Series chillers and outdoor mechanical rooms are engineered to maximize the efficiency of a complete hydronic system.
Water-cooled centrifugal chiller
The YORK YK-EP "Efficiency Plus" water-cooled centrifugal chiller achieves 5% capacity and efficiency improvements over its previous model.
Suction Diffuser Plus minimizes pressure drop and reduces wasted pumping energy.
Controlled chilled-beam pump module
Neuton eliminates the expense of a separate chiller, boiler, and secondary water distribution system associated with conventional chilled-beam HVAC designs.
Saturated steam system
The steam system is a grooved mechanical piping system for saturated steam and condensate lines.
Heavy duty pressure transducers
PX3 Series are compatible with common hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants and allow system pressure monitoring and performance.
Water management in commercial buildings—thinking differently
Throughout the world, there is increased pressure to track and conserve water in nonresidential buildings. This article reviews the current water management options, such as using greywater and rainwater, and looks at less traditional management options, such as wastewater and condensate reuse.
Stormwater system feeds cooling towers
A university campus in Bundoora, Australia, used a stormwater drainage system to save more than 4 million gallons of water per year.
Health care facility uses water wisely
Sustainable water management allows the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity to save water and maintain lavish gardens.
Fittings for grooved copper tube
Installation-Ready fittings are designed for grooved copper tube and integrate couplings into the cast fitting housings at each connection point.
Ultraviolet water disinfection
SmartStream UV is a solution for ultraviolet water disinfection that provides automatic lamp dimming, touchscreen display, energy savings, and other features.
TechnoForce e-HV offers variable speed and hydraulic performance when additional potable water pressure and flow is required.
Ultrasonic flow meter
F-4400 portable clamp-on ultrasonic flow meter is designed with no moving parts for testing and validating flow.
Brett Kelley to head new MEP practice for WSP | Parsons Brickerhoff in Chicago
Brett Kelley will lead a new mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) practice in Chicago as a senior vice president at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff.
Bitzer's two-stage reciprocating compressors can be run with thermostatic expansion valves as well as environmentally friendly alternatives R448A and R449A.
Your questions answered: Vertical turbine NPSH
Net positive suction head (NPSH) is a key factor for plumbing engineers when specifying vertical turbine pumps. Learn more about the challenges of and solutions to NPSH issues.
Your questions answered: Optimizing Variable Flow Pumping Control Modes for Energy Savings
Kevin Anderson, senior technical training specialist at Grundfos Pumps Corp. in Olathe, Kan. tackled unanswered questions from the Jan. 19, 2016 webcast on optimizing variable flow pumping control modes for energy savings.
Vertical stacked water-source heat pumps
Johnson Controls' Premium Efficiency Vertical-Stacked Water-Source Heat Pumps deliver energy-efficient performance and flexible design.
Horizontal DE pumps
Horizontal end-suction design envelope (DE) pumps feature sensorless integrated controls for energy savings.
Updates to ASHRAE 90.1
An update of ASHRAE Standard 90.1 looks at building envelope, HVAC, plumbing, lighting, and elevators and escalators. The bulk of the article will focus on the 2013 edition, with a look at 2016 addenda that are already approved.
Chillers for commercial and industrial-duty applications
Series 35 Evaporative Cooled Chillers feature an integrated unit controller, to communicate to building management systems and ensure safe operation, as well as high-efficiency, industrial-grade screw compressors.
Designs for pumping technologies
By making correct pump and piping selections, systems can operate at or near peak efficiency, avoid cavitation, and maintain a long service life. With each system type a multitude of options are available to a designer or engineer; but within these, the best option must be selected for a given application.
Tankless water-heater pump
H2Air Kit uses the NPE-A tankless water heater pump to circulate hot water for the hydronic air handler in both retrofit and new-construction residential applications.
Three critical engineering aspects of the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in Fort Hood
Consulting-Specifying Engineer has been tracking Southland Industries’ progress in performing design-build mechanical and plumbing services for the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center located in Fort Hood, Texas, since May 2013. This final installment of Southland’s Project in Progress series provides a deeper look into three key engineering aspects of the project and a few challenges the team successfully overcame throughout construction.
Vertical water-source heat pump
SmartSource Compact vertical water-source heat pump provides a selection of voltages, sizes as well as hydronic heat and waterside economizer allowing flexibility in construction or retrofit applications.
MicroBlue can serve as an alternative to the mini-piston pump and offers a flow rate of up to 1.3 gpm, 16-ft head, and 6-ft suction lift.
Arup Thoughts: Codes, standards and sustainability
Design engineers often get very excited about systems that reduce the environmental impact of our buildings, like solar hot water systems and rainwater harvesting.
The 382B Series of inline pumps extends the 380 flow range to more than 11,000 gpm while maintaining space-saving pump options for the commercial HVAC market.
Piping expansion for commercial applications
Uponor PEX pipe and ProPEX expansion fittings have been expanded to include 2½- and 3-in. sizes and are designed for specifying, designing, and installing commercial plumbing and hydronic piping systems.
AERCO's AM Rapid Recovery (AMR) water-heating system is available in two configurations that meet water heating needs for education, lodging, medical, and commercial facilities.
Evaporative condensing tube bundles
RAE Corp.’s OEM evaporative condensing tube bundles are constructed from copper and designed for use in commercial applications.
Water-source heat pump
The Envision 30-ton water-source heat pump complies to ASHRAE 90.1 standards and features a modular, take-apart design as well as variable frequency drive (VFD) with an LCD display and other features.
PVC and CPVC FLV Series Bag Filters are made from PVC or CPVC materials and can be used in wastewater treatment, chemical processing, metal plating, and other applications.
Your questions answered: Pathogen Control by Design
Pathogen control problems in plumbing systems should be carefully guarded against. Here is additional information to supplement the webcast on “Pathogen Control by Design.”
Grooved piping system
Victaulic's grooved piping system complies with ASME standards and is designed for commercial and industrial steam applications with high temperatures and pressures.
Vanton's thermoplastic, metal-armored Chem-Gard CGA pumps meet ANSI B-73.1 standards.
Your questions answered: Vertical Turbine Sump Design
Jimmy Scroggins, technical training expert at Grundfos Pumps Corp. in Lubbock, Texas, tackled unanswered questions from the Oct. 21, 2015, webcast on vertical turbine sump design.
Vertical inline pumps
Pentair releases 382B series in-line pump offering.
Wireless instant hot water system
The ecocirc wireless instant hot water designed for plumbing systems without a recirculation line.
Adjustable thermostatic mixing valves
The 521 Series adjustable thermostatic mixing valves with Presscon fittings provide leak-proof seal and easy installation.
Wireless instant water heating system
The ecocirc wireless hot water system uses unique electronically commutated motor technology to achieve significant energy savings while operating on as little as 20 W of power.
Pre-adjustable fill valves
553 series pre-adjustable valves can be pre-set to the required pressure value prior to charging the system.
Pressure-boosting water supply system
Hydro MPC BoosterpaQ is a fully integrated and compact pressure-boosting system that offers multiple configurations.
Tankless water heater series
Navien’s tankless NPE-150S water heater series can be used to cascade where a bit more domestic hot water is required.
Your questions answered: The benefits and design strategies of custom packaged pump systems and mechanical rooms
Questions answered for the Aug. 19 webcast on custom packaged pump systems and mechanical rooms.
Wood Harbinger: Health Science and Student Resource (HSSR) Building, North Seattle College
Addition to an educational facility; research facility/laboratory
STV: Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot
Existing building retrofit of a transportation terminal
SmithGroupJJR: Oakland University Engineering Center
New construction of an educational facility
SmithGroupJJR: Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Brock Environmental Center
New construction of an educational facility; office building
Setty: Howard University Interdisciplinary Research Building (HUIRB)
New construction of an educational facility; research facility/laboratory
RTM Engineering Consultants, LLC: Canadian National Training Center
New construction of an educational facility; office building
Robert Derector Associates: Condé Nast Publications
New construction of an office building
M/E Engineering, P.C.: Rochester Regional Health System at Unity Hospital Renovation and Expansion
Retrofit to a hospital/health care facility
KCI Technologies Inc.: Prince George’s County Public Safety Complex
New construction of a government building
I. C. Thomasson Associates Inc.: Gaillard Center
Existing building retrofit and addition of a multipurpose complex
HDR: University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO) Community Hockey Facility
New construction of a sports/entertainment/convention center facility
Gannett Fleming: Gilboa Dam
System overhaul of a dam
exp: Health City Cayman Island
New construction of a hospital/health care facility
Bridgers & Paxton Consulting Engineers: Rust Medical Center Surgery, Cancer Center Patient Tower 2
Addition to an existing hospital/health care facility
AHA Consulting Engineers Inc.: Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Fan Pier Buildings A & B
New construction of an office building; parking garage/service station; research facility/laboratory
Your questions answered: Choose the right pump for the application
Questions that were not answered in the July 28 webcast are answered to help you understand which type of pump to specify for nonresidential HVAC applications.
Braided hose for sprinkler fitting system
AH2 braided hose series offers an improved hydraulic performance with a lower friction loss over corrugated systems.
Conserving, tracking commercial buildings’ water use
The immediate interest in a building’s energy efficiency typically focuses on heating and cooling systems, and with conserving nonrenewable resources like power and gas. Throughout the world, however, there is increased pressure to track and conserve water in nonresidential buildings.
Case study: College uses ultra-low-flow water systems
Ohlone Community College worked to conserve water in every way possible.
Plumbing manifold system
The Viega ManaBloc plumbing manifold system is a parallel water distribution system that provides hot-water delivery while decreasing energy costs and reducing water waste.
Your questions answered: Evaluating variable speed packaged pumping systems
Consulting engineers learned to evaluate and specify variable speed package pumping systems for various nonresidential building applications. Additional information is provided in this Q&A with the presenter.
Pump-less volute kits
The kits are suitable for both hydronic fluid and potable water applications.
Compact pressure-boosting system
The fully integrated and pressure-boosting system offers multiple configurations with up to 6 pumps in parallel to accommodate water-supply systems.
Your questions answered: HVAC: Air separation in hydronic heating systems
Jim Swetye, technical training expert at Grundfos Pumps Corp., tackled unanswered questions from the May 20, 2015, webcast on air separation in hydronic heating systems.
Case study: Net-zero energy building in NYC
This New York City (NYC) building design will meet the challenge of emission reductions of 90% to 100%.
Efficient hot water systems
Engineers should work to design the most efficient water heating system or boiler possible. Understanding the codes/standards is paramount, followed by knowledge of the key equipment functions of boilers and similar systems.
Your questions answered: Energy codes and standards for pumps and hydronic systems
Additional questions from the April 28 webcast are answered, including those about using VFDs to trim pumps, energy savings, and designing based on weather data.
CHW system design
Chilled water (CHW) systems are cooling systems that circulate CHW throughout a building for cooling and dehumidifying a building’s air. They come in all shapes, sizes, and configurations.
Your questions answered: Efficient pump selection and control
Several questions about variable speed pumps, paralleling pumps, and controls are covered in these responses.
Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2015 Product of the Year finalists: Apps for engineers
Read about the three finalists in the Apps for Engineers category for the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2015 Product of the Year program.
Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2015 Product of the Year finalists: Plumbing and water management
Read about the four finalists in the Plumbing and Water Management category for the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2015 Product of the Year program.
Klo-Shure Insulation Couplings for metric-sized polypropylene pipe systems.
Water quality, efficiency software system
Symphony water quality and efficiency software system uses an open protocol software platform for communication and a data analytics package for control.
Expanded boiler/water heater line
MagnaTherm boiler/volume water heater line includes 1.6, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, and 4 million Btuh sizes.
Pumps for use with single-phase power
Design Envelope pumps are available for use with single-phase power. Ideal for light commercial and industrial applications.
Water source heat pump
The Aura Qpump Inverter+ is designed to provide energy efficiency through improved energy recovery and can be incorporated into almost any dedicated outside air system.
Follow-up Q&A on distributive pumping
After the webcast on Distributive Pumping: Design Advantages and Lower Energy Consumption, the presenter answered additional questions from the audience.
Details on how ASHRAE 90.1 affects the plumbing engineer
Additional topics were covered by the webcast speaker on how plumbing engineers should interpret ASHRAE 90.1 when specifying pumps and drives.
Intelligent pump drive
The iQpump Micro intelligent pump drive has integrated pump specific software that allows for a wide range of pumping applications from constant pressure, flow, geothermal, multiple pump booster systems, and many others.
Project profile: Airport water filtration systems installation
New water filtration systems minimize manual cleaning and cooling tower downtime.
More on variable flow piping
Engineers are doing everything to save energy for their clients by selecting the most efficient pump with the most efficient motor. These are responses to several questions that were not addressed during the live webcast.
Sensor operated faucets
The Serin line of faucets have a range of power options, including a long-life battery pack and a sensor that can recalibrate itself.
Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, November 10-16: AEC professionals leaving jobs, commissioning giants, lighting controls and energy efficiency, more
Articles about AEC professionals leaving their jobs, commissioning giants, lighting controls and energy performance, evaluating energy codes, and engineering workable office space were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, November 10-16. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
Ball valves for plumbing, hydronic applications
The ProPEX Lead-free (LF) Brass Commercial Ball Valves are designed for plumbing and hydronic distribution applications and feature blow-out-proof stems and are available with stem extension kits.
Single phase pump motors
The Design Envelope pumps are now available with single phase motors and features sensorless variable speed control, and the pump and controller already integrated.
Project profile: High school MEP system installation
Newly installed MEP systems at the Waterbury Career Academy aim at generating significant energy savings as the energy model was designed to exceed ASHRAE 90.1-2007 by 63.4%.
Internal recirculation system
The SmartLoop internal recirculation system reduces stagnation and maintains water quality.
Project profile: Satellite chiller plant on campus
As part of Florida International University's Campus Master Planning, the new satellite chiller plant facility has an ultimate capacity of 7,500 tons of cooling capacity, supplements the university’s existing chilled water demand. It serves the existing and future needs of the Academic Health Center located on the northeast corner of the campus as well as other facilities.
Engineering workable, successful office space
Whether new or retrofit, office buildings can be a challenge for the mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP), or fire protection engineer. A team of experienced professionals offers advice on what to expect, and how to come out on top.
Specialty faucets for health care applications
The M•Dura faucet series have added faucets that are specifically designed for health care applications.
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. Here’s a look at relevant codes and best practices.
System controls for pumps and circulators
Correctly setting controls for pumps and circulators is key to achieving energy savings.
Multipump control solution
The 100 FLOW is an ac drive designed to improve flow control for multi-pump applications in which several pumps are used in place of a single one.
Hot water recirculation system
The HotLink system is for domestic hot water recirculation and is designed for retrofit applications and it includes an analog timer that can be set to operate during peak usage hours or for continuous operation.
Project profile: Energy-efficient K-12 school
The building’s MEP design follows a city-wide effort to reduce consumption of fuel and electrical power and is designed to be 50% more efficient than energy code requirements.
Hot water conversion valves
Single entry conversion valves are designed to enable the simple conversion of steam radiators to hot water while improving efficiency and control in a steam-based heating system.
Pipe support for commercial applications
PEX-a Pipe Support is available in sizes up to 3½ in. for suspended piping applications in commercial plumbing and hydronic distribution piping systems.
The Astro 2 Series now offers flange-to-flange and bolt-to-bolt compatibility.
Combination boiler, tankless water heater
The Mascot LX offers 95% efficiency, full modulation and a plentiful supply of domestic hot water on combi units.
Case study: Manufacturing firm decreases energy use
A gelatin manufacturing facility implemented an energy-reduction program to reduce energy consumption and increase profitability.
Case study: Sustainable cooling solution
A college’s decision to use reclaimed water lieu of a cooling tower saves millions of gallons of drinking water each year.
Sensor-operated faucet series
The M•Power line of hands-free sensor-operated faucets includes modern and transitional-styled models designed for high-traffic commercial spaces like especially health care and education buildings.
AHA Consulting Engineers Inc.: Primerica
New construction of a data center, office building.
Barton Assocs. Inc.: Messiah College, Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts
Update and renovations to an educational facility.
Bridgers and Paxton Consulting Engineers Inc.: Albuquerque Public Schools Community Stadium
New construction of a sports/entertainment/convention center facility.
Brinjac Engineering: Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex Substation Upgrades
System overhaul of a government building.
CMTA Consulting Engineers: Center for a Sustainable Future
New construction of an educational facility.
DLR Group: North Little Rock High School
New construction of an educational facility.
Dynamix Engineering Ltd.: Cincinnati Public Schools Walnut Hills High School Additon and Renovation
Addition to existing building at an educational facility.
EEA Consulting Engineers: Thermal Utility and Electrical Masterplan
Generation and distribution project as part of a master plan at an educational facility.
exp: Dart Neuroscience Research and Development Center
Retrofit/renovation of a research facility/laboratory.
Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr and Huber Inc.: Ferris State University Low Load Boiler
Addition to existing building at an educational facility.
Gannett Fleming: Shippensburg University Central Plant
New construction at an educational facility.
Ghafari Assocs. LLC: Ford Motor Sanand Vehicle + Engine Assembly Plant
New construction at an industrial/manufacturing facility/warehouse.
GHT Ltd.: WAMU – 88.5 – American University
System overhaul at a radio station.
GPI/Greenman-Pedersen Inc.: Bechtel Reston
Existing building retrofit at an office building.
Jordan and Skala Engineers Inc.: VA San Juan Medical Center – Outpatient Addition
Addition to existing building at a hospital/health care facility.
KCI Technologies Inc.: P-109 Child Development Center Renovation/Addition
New construction at a government building/military facility.
Sebesta Inc.: University of Minnesota Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories
New construction of an educational facility.
KJWW Engineering Consultants: Pegula Ice Arena
New construction at a sports/entertainment/convention center facility.
Harley Ellis Devereaux: Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, Cornerstone Bed Tower Project
New construction of a hospital/health care facility.
Kohler Ronan LLC Consulting Engineers: Western Connecticut State University Visual and Performing Arts Center
New construction at a university performing arts center.
TME Inc.: University of Arkansas – Vol Walker Hall Historic Renovation and Addition
Retrofit and renovation of an educational facility.
Thorson • Baker and Assocs. Inc.: Flats East Bank Building #4
New construction at an engineered multi-dwelling/retail complex/restaurant and a parking garage/service station.
STV: The Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech
Retrofit and renovation of an arts center at an educational facility.
Southland Industries Engineering: Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center Replacement
New construction at a hospital/health care facility.
Setty: DCPS, Dunbar High School Modernization
New construction at an educational facility.
Professional Engineering Consultants PA: Koch Industries Building H
New construction at an office building.
Primera Engineers Ltd.: William Jones College Preparatory Academy
New construction at an educational facility.
Optimation Technology Inc.: 70-lb Steam Leak Emergency Service Call
Infrastructure service at an industrial/manufacturing facility/warehouse and office building.
Water chiller with user interface control box
The Envision2 NXW chiller provides water heating and water cooling for a wide range of industrial applications.
The challenge: Tall and super-tall buildings
High-rise buildings aren’t just big—for engineers, they present big challenges. Multi-story structures can contain a broad range of uses, different-sized units, and a host of complex systems to tackle.
NEBB building systems technical commissioning procedural standard updated
NEBB has released the updated Procedural Standard for Whole Building Systems Technical Commissioning for New Construction.
Efficient building water use
The escalating cost of providing potable water in the United States is creating new urgency for owners of commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings to respond with greater engineered water efficiency.
Wisconsin health care campus achieves water conservation
The University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics incorporates a number of water sustainability measures.
Eight reasons the cost of water is rising
Why is the cost of water rising? It’s going up due to eight key reasons.
Fittings for commercial piping systems
The ProPEX Lead-free (LF) Brass CPVC Adapter Fittings for transitioning from CPVC to PEX are designed for commercial plumbing and hydronic distribution piping systems.
July 2 Southland Industries update: radiant floor tubing, test-and-balance
At the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center located in Fort Hood, Texas, Southland Industries has brought the chilled water and steam plants online, and test-and-balance has begun.
Straight, threadless transition for HVAC plumbing applications
A straight, threadless transition for PP-R pipe to copper sweated connections are designed for installations to be fitted out entirely with PP-R pipes.
Aquatherm's polypropylene-random (PP-R) piping systems now feature a PEX compression adapter made of PP-R and lead-free brass and features a male-end design that allows installers to fuse directly into fusion outlets for faster installation.
Mixing valve line expanded
Taco's mixing valve line has expanded and is available in lead-free alloys with tamper-resistant caps, and sweat, NPT, PEX, or CPVC union connections and are certified for installation at domestic water distribution points.
High standards for labs, research buildings
Laboratory and research facilities are high-performance buildings, often with complex systems and exacting standards for engineers to meet. New and existing laboratory and research buildings have unique mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire/life safety challenges.
High standards for labs, research buildings: HVAC systems
Laboratory and research facilities are high-performance buildings, often with complex systems and exacting standards for engineers to meet. HVAC systems and indoor air quality are key issues.
Stainless steel butterfly valve
Victaulic's Series 461 stainless steel butterfly is designed for the HVAC and portable water markets and is rated for cold and hot potable water service.
Uponor North America's two engineered polymer (EP) multiport tees are targeted for commercial installations where supply lines are required to be upsized due to pressure or code requirements.
Energy management and water heating systems
Engineers should work to design the most efficient water heating system or boiler possible.
Arup Thoughts: Reduce your building’s demand on water supplies
In many countries of the world, there is increasing demand placed on existing water supplies. As well as developing new supplies of water, there is much we can do to reduce the demand placed on our existing supplies.
May 2 Southland Industries update: HVAC, plumbing in progress
At the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center located in Fort Hood, Texas, Southland Industries has begun commissioning HVAC systems, and radiant flooring tube is being installed.
Enhanced pump controller
Xylem's Bell & Gossett TechnoForce XLS enables facility managers to meet a variety of design specifications by providing control for up to eight pumps from a single system.
Single-stage centrifugal pumps
Xylem's Bell & Gossett brand Series e-1510 single stage end suction centrifugal pumps are designed to provide efficiency for HVAC and plumbing applications and are available in 26 sizes.
Project profile: Office building expansion
An addition to a customer training facility and employee office building included mechanical, electrical, and plumbing upgrades from exp.
Suction diffuser line expanded
Taco has expanded its suction diffuser line, which provide maximum flow efficiency at the suction inlet of the pump while at the same time reducing space and fitting requirements.
Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2014 Product of the Year finalists: Fire, life safety, suppression systems
Read about the 7 finalists in the Fire, Life Safety, Suppression Systems category for the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2014 Product of the Year program.
Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2014 Product of the Year finalists: Software: Design, modeling, monitoring
Read about the 5 finalists in the Software: Design, Modeling, Monitoring category for the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2014 Product of the Year program.
ESD promotes five to VP
ESD has promoted James Dipping, Josh Gepner, Brett Griffin, Jason McCargo, and Kyle Woodward to vice president.
February 12 Southland Industries update: Hospital Levels 2, 4, 5, and 6 being roughed-in; South Clinic Level 1 drywall installation; Parking garages underway
Hospital Levels 2, 4, 5, and 6 being roughed-in; South Clinic Level 1 drywall installation; Parking garages underway
Navigating ASME B31
Any specifying engineer involved in the design of pressure piping systems should, at a minimum, be familiar with ASME B31: Code for Pressure Piping.
January 3 Southland Industries update: Roughing-in systems continues; drywall installations; West Clinic ceilings started
Roughing-in systems continues; drywall installations; West Clinic ceilings started
Top 10 design tips for condensing boiler systems
There are ten design items that should be considered for designing condensing boiler systems.
Elbow and multiport pipes
Uponor's ProPEX 45-deg Elbow and 2-in. Multiport Tee use crosslinked polyethylene (PEX) pipe and create strong, durable connections that hold tight with 1,000 pounds of radial force.
Specifying fire, life safety systems for new, existing office buildings
Office buildings might seem like simple structures from the outside, but engineers engaged in such projects know they can be highly complex, with specialized fire/life safety requirements, laboratory spaces, and other unique needs. Fire and life safety issues are of utmost importance.
Moen Incorporated’s M•Power sensor-operated faucets feature hands-free activation that starts and stops water flow to prevent waste.
Centrifugal pump market forecast
IHS reports that centrifugal pump suppliers now face a flood of new competition because of increased demand for more energy efficient pumps and stricter regulations.
JP jockey pump controllers by Tornatech control jockey pumps by preventing the fire pump from starting due to small leaks in the sprinkler system.
Tips and tricks for commissioning, balancing buildings: Mechanical and plumbing systems
Building commissioning is one of the most important (and complex) types of projects an engineer can be tasked with. Mechanical and plumbing engineering issues are covered in detail.
Why should plumbing designers embrace Revit?
Revit functions differently from AutoCAD and has some unique benefits for plumbing engineers as a result.
BIM for plumbing design
The use of BIM in plumbing projects creates deeper project knowledge, delivers a more robust product, and can reduce total project costs.
VISN 7 Medical Center Retro-commissioning Project
Existing building retrofit; VISN 7 Medical Center Retro-commissioning Project; Sebesta Blomberg
Fire suppression system – 2013-08-15
The Victaulic Vortex 500 Fire Suppression System is designed specifically for information technology spaces and uses water and nitrogen in combined suspension to remove fire-sustaining oxygen.
The Mighty Therm2 Pool Heater from Laars includes a three-way thermostatic mixing system that prevents internal condensation and has strong thermal efficiency.
Eliminating once-through cooling creates significant opportunities for research facilities
This interesting analysis of General Electric's sustainable growth documents how the company's total water use fell 18.3% from 2011 to 2012.
Send in the engineering troops: Fire, life safety
Military facilities present an army of challenges—exacting codes and regulations, stepped-up security issues, and budgetary concerns. Fire protection and life safety systems are of utmost importance.
Send in the engineering troops: HVAC and plumbing
Military facilities present an army of challenges—exacting codes and regulations, stepped-up security issues, and budgetary concerns. HVAC, ventilation, and plumbing systems are discussed.
Fire protection pumps: Updates to NFPA 20
Significant changes to the 2013 edition of NFPA 20: Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection include a requirement for an alternate flow measurement means for flow meters, modifications to the water mist fire pump requirements, and limited service controller requirements.
Engineering systems in manufacturing, industrial buildings: Fire and life safety
Manufacturing and industrial facilities have some unusual engineering requirements, especially fire and life safety systems.
ASPE registration open
The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) 2013 Technical Symposium will be held Sept. 19 to 22, 2013, in Orlando, Fla.
Cooling and heat pump system
The ClassMate vertical DX cooling and heat pump system by Modine Manufacturing Co. is offered in four capactiies and includes a CF microchannel evaporator coil.
2013 40 Under 40: Juan Toro, 35
Associate Principal, GEA Consulting Engineers, New York City
2013 40 Under 40: Adam Forni, 31
Senior Associate, Linwood Engineering, Costa Mesa, Calif.
Selecting a fire protection system
Fire protection engineers must know what factors come into play when deciding on and recommending a fire protection system.
Pumping plant fire protection system upgrade
Fire alarm and suppression system upgrade greatly simplifies fire alarm monitoring and control while enhancing life safety.
Sports, entertainment venues: Fire and life safety
Sports arenas and entertainment facilities involve complex engineering solutions. Fire and life safety topics are discussed by five consulting engineers.
Plumbing and water management
Read about the 5 finalists in the Plumbing and Water Management category for the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2013 Product of the Year competition.
Integrated system for water source heat pump applications
Daikin McQuay’s MicroTech Integrated System for water source heat pump applications provides smart controls, high performance, and easy installation.
Xylem Inc.’s Bell & Gossett series e-90 line centrifugal pump is specifically designed for the commercial HVAC market.
Use NFPA 3 to coordinate fire and life safety projects
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.
AERCO International introduces the Innovation 1350 water heater, designed for commercial and industrial applications.
Wireless pump control
Grundfos North America has launched an app that provides wireless pump control and access to Grundfos online tools.
AquaBoost VS Simplex and Duplex models are designed for applications where sufficient main pressure is not available or elevation is a problem.
IAQ, infection control in hospitals
Learn how to reduce the potential for infection and airborne pathogen dispersion in hospitals and healthcare facilities as they relate to HVAC systems and design.
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.
Fire protection systems in hospitals, health care facilities
With daunting aspects such as ever-changing codes and standards, increasing medical complexity, and dwindling capital budgets, hospitals and health care facilities are among the most challenging building projects.
ASPE names board of directors
The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) named William Hughes Jr. to lead the Society Board of Directors at the national level until 2014.
Designing office space: Fire, life safety
Office building clients demand sustainability, flexibility, and cost conservation in both new and existing buildings.
How to engineer systems in mixed-use buildings: Fire and life safety
When working on mixed-use buildings, engineers must address many needs in one building. Fire and life safety issues are discussed here.
STV names Perise VP
James Perise has been named the vice president of STV. He will be responsible for the plumbing and fire protection practice throughout the firm's Buildings and Facilities Division.
Water mist: A wise recipe for extinguishment
Water mist systems are used as fire protection in buildings with sensitive equipment or materials.
Retro-commissioning guidance: Fire and life safety
While starting from scratch on a not-yet-built structure can be taxing, engineering systems on existing buildings presents a unique set of challenges. Here, experts in the field offer advice on how to best make such systems fall into place, particularly fire and life safety systems.
Air, dirt separator
The Aar-O-Vent by Thrush removes and eliminate air trapped in pockets at high points in a closed-loop piping system.
H.D. Woodson High School
New construction: H.D. Woodson High School; Setty Group
Sangre de Cristo
New construction: Sangre de Cristo; M.E. GROUP
Ball State University, Campus Wide Geothermal Conversion
Geothermal conversion and new district energy stations: Ball State University, Campus Wide Geothermal Conversion; MEP Associates, LLC
Lead-free balance valves
The Bell and Gossett Lead-Free Circuit Setter Plus line by Xylem
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.
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.
Aquapex tubing for commercial plumbing applications by Uponor.
2012 40 Under 40: Michael M. Collarin, PE, BEMP, LEED AP BD+C, 31
Mechanical Engineer, AME Consulting Engineers, Charlotte, N.C.
2012 40 Under 40: Michael St. Clair, LEED AP, 38
Senior Project Manager, NorCal Division, Southland Industries, San Francisco
HOK hires director of engineering services
Nancy Hamilton joins the Chicago-based firm as the firm's leader in MEP and structural engineering.
ASPE, CIPH sign cooperative agreement
The ASPE and CIPH signed a memorandum of understanding to share information to give both organizations available and current data in an increasingly global construction market.
This Selectronic commercial hands-free, battery-powered, dual-flush toilet valve from American Standard automatically adjusts flush volume.
Aquatherm has extended its Greenpipe potable water pipe line up to an 18-in. diameter, and the Climatherm HVAC pipe line up to a 24-in. diameter. These large polypropylene-random pipes are recyclable and ideal for large chilled water systems.
Concealed undermount faucet
Chicago Faucets’ concealed undermount faucet features a retrofittable restricted-swing spout option that keeps the water off the deck and in the sink, complementing vandal-proof outlets and handles for high-abuse installations.
Water control valve
The Circuit Solver Thermostatic Recirculation Valve (TRV) from Therm-Omega-Tech eliminates oversize recirculating pumps, minimizes heat loss, and lowers flow in hot water return lines.
Pipe press system
Victaulic designed the Vic-Press, a flame-free press system that joins pipe in seconds.
10 ways to save water in commercial buildings
This article outlines 10 ways that engineers can save water across both mechanical and plumbing systems within commercial buildings.
Rainwater harvesting system
The Rainwater Warehouse Deluxe Rainwater Harvesting System is sold with a 300- or 500-gallon tank.
2012 ASPE Convention call for papers
ASPE is currently accepting submissions for applicants interested in presenting technical sessions at the 2012 ASPE Convention, Oct. 28 to 31 in Charlotte, N.C.
ASPE plumbing design exam registration open
The CPD exam, administered by the American Society of Plumbing Engineers, is the official certification program for engineers and designers of plumbing systems. The exam is scheduled for April 19 and 20, 2012.
EYP names new plumbing studio leader
EYP has announced Desmond A. Richelsen, CPD, has joined the firm as a Senior Plumbing Engineer and will oversee the plumbing studio at EYP's Washington, D.C., office.
Rainwater harvesting system design
Collecting, filtering, and reusing rainwater is an expensive concept and lengthy process, but can benefit a facility with a reasonable return on investment.
Challenging plumbing systems demand a pressure boost
Booster pumps elevate water pressure and flow to meet the water requirements of larger facilities.
Pipe systems gain Massachusetts approval
The Massachusetts Office of the Board of Registration of Plumbers and Gas Fitters approved Aquatherm’s Greenpipe polypropylene-random pipe systems for use statewide in plumbing applications.
BIM pipe objects
The Lubrizol Corp.’s FlowGuard Gold and Corzan pipe and fittings are now detailed as building information modeling (BIM) objects.
Pumping catalog available
Taco Inc. LOFlo Injection Pumping catalog showcases cooling applications
ASPE names David Jern as director of affiliate relations
New position created to further strengthen relationships between plumbing engineers and manufacturers.
2011 40 Under 40: David M. Brooks, PE, 39
Senior Vice President, McGuire Engineers Inc., Chicago
2011 40 Under 40: Scott Hackel, PE, LEED AP, 31
Senior Energy Engineer, Energy Center of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
Finalist in Equipment Level Sensors and Controls in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition
Geothermal rooftop unit
Finalist in HVAC/R in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition
Finalist in Plumbing and Water Management in Consulting-Specifying Engineer's 2011 Product of the Year competition
Economics of energy efficiency for existing buildings
A research report and a webcast empower and encourage engineers and building owners to collaborate on energy efficiency.
Grundfos “Pumps on Tour” to give users hands-on training
The mobile education vehicle will offer practical information and training in the latest pump technology at more than 55 locations.
Grundfos promotes Primm to National Accounts Manager
Grundfos has hired Sherry Primm promotion to National Accounts Manager for the Building’s Business Unit.
ASPE joins World Plumbing Council
The American Society of Plumbing Engineers was accepted as a full member of the World Plumbing Council.
Chiller control panel
Johnson Controls has added the Quantum LX control panel to its York model CYK chillers.
Modular chiller system
The Virtual Moveable End Cap II system from Multistack has dedicated heat recovery chillers that produce cooling and heating.
Geothermal heat pumps
WaterFurnace Renewable Energy Inc. launches brand of geothermal heat pumps, related equipment, new distribution strategy.
Mechanical products available as Revit files
Taco Inc., in association with Autodesk Seek, makes more than 900 commercial products available as Autodesk Revit files for mechanical design engineers.
Commercial Solar thermal systems
Lochinvar Corp. and TiSUN have joined forces to bring new solar thermal systems to the commercial market in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Smartest Buildings in America announced
Siemens Industry Inc on Aug. 26, 2010, identified the four smartest buildings in America, winners of its inaugural Smartest Building in America Challenge. Grand prize winners are the Duke Energy Center, Charlotte, N.C., and the Iowa Central Community College, Fort Dodge, Iowa.
Energy recover ventilator
Greenheck Introduces Model ERCH-HP Energy Recovery Ventilator with Integral Water Source Heat Pump
Midwest City unveils green building incentive program
Indianapolis government leaders have announced a program that provides incentives for property owners and developers to renovate or construct new buildings in a sustainable manner. According to Tom Spalding's article in the Indianapolis Star, the program allows for projects built after Aug. 1 to receive up to a 50% rebate on building permit fees associated with the green project. The incentive encourages building owners and developers to integrate sustainable design techniques and practices into building projects. Allyson Pumphrey, a city project manager, said in a news release that "green" buildings benefit occupants because they typically use less energy and water and have lower operating costs than traditional buildings.
IBM, Tridium to Develop Systems for Energy-Efficient Buildings
IBM and Honeywell division collaborate to advance ‘smart’ technology for structures.
HVAC/R company to announce new natural refrigerant technology at Midwest University
Peoria, Ill.-based EcoThermics Corp. is holding a press conference on July 14th in conjunction with the 13th International Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Conference, the 20th International Compressor Engineering Conference, and the 1st International High Performance Buildings Conference, all held July 12-15th at Purdue University. Held at the Hilton Garden Inn (365 East State Street, West Lafayette, Ind.), the Illinois Company plans to announce the availability of the first compressor produced in the U.S.
Valent Adds Water Source Heat Pump Option to Ventilators
Valent Air Management Systems extends its line of high-percentage outdoor air ventilators with a water source heat pump option. Ranging from 5 to 25 nominal tons, the new refrigeration system dehumidifies high quantities of outdoor air on either boiler/tower or geothermal water loops. As with all Valent products, each water source heat pump ventilator is factory run-tested for 1.5 hours prior to shipment. Valent is a business of Unison Comfort Technologies. For more information, visit www.valentair.com or (612) 877-4850.
Free online town hall on geothermal heat pump systems
The National Ground Water Assn. will hold a free national online “town hall” on July 7, 2010 from 3-4:30 p.m. ET entitled, “Geothermal Heat Pump Systems: Constructing the Loop Well.” Limited connections will be provided on a first come, first served basis to those who preregister by e-mailing Rachel Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org Discussion topics include: The components of a loop well Best practices: Guidelines for the Construction of Vertical Boreholes for Closed Loop Heat Pump Systems The necessary qualifications to construct a geothermal heat pump closed loop well How proper construction contributes to groundwater protection and to optimal geothermal heat pump systems performance Regulation of geothermal heat pump system installations Designation as a Certified Vertical Closed Loop Driller NGWA’s Geothermal Mud Drilling and Grouting School. Open discussion will follow the presentations.
A vulnerable EnergyStar program
A report from the Government Accountability Office finds that the EnergyStar program is highly vulnerable to fraud.
Grundfos Pumps goes on tour
The "Pumps on Tour" truck begins its 48-city journey to educate professionals on residential, commercial, and industrial pumps.
The Thinking Buildings Universe website from Grundfos Building Services offers contractors and engineers a complete range of information and tools on commercial pumps. The site provides quick-reference terminology, theories, sizing tools, sustainable pumping solutions, and e-learning resources. The website also features a case study library that profiles commercial and industrial projects from ...
The Tranquility Large Vertical (TLV) series of heat pumps from ClimateMaster use EarthPure HFC-410A refrigerant and is available in a size range of 7 to 25 tons. Designed for geothermal ground loop or ground water applications, as well as water-loop and thermal energy transfer applications, the pumps exceed ASHRAE 90.
Study: Green building to support 8 million jobs over next 4 years
A report from the U.S. Green Building Council and Booz Allen Hamilton shows that green construction will contribute $554 billion to the U.S. GDP between 2009 and 2013.
Geothermal white paper
A new white paper, Monitoring Geothermal Heat Pump Performance, is available for free download.
UL to open new HVAC/R performance testing facility
The Texas facility will double UL's testing capacity.
Designed for low-flow, high-head applications, the Model 811LF line of ANSI pumps from Griswold Pump Co. can withstand conditions in process and transfer applications. The pumps feature flow capacities as low as 4 gpm with heads as high as 920 ft due to a circular concentric volute casing and radial vane impeller to reduce excessive radial loads, shaft vibration, and deflection.
Designed for indoor and outdoor use, Elkay's 14-gauge vandal-resistant water cooler is fit for high-traffic public areas because it is protected from the elements and tampering. A satin finish and stainless steel cabinet provide an extra exterior layer, while screened vents on the side panels prevent objects from being inserted into the cooler and causing damage.
Variable speed pump controller
The Bell & Gossett Technologic 502 variable speed pump controller uses the latest generation hardware platform with advanced pumping software and proven algorithms to create a more cost-efficient, energy-saving pump system for HVAC and pressure booster applications. Equipment payback is in three years or less.
Integrated controller and sensor
With programmable features and a flexible offering of inputs and outputs, the FlexStat by KMC Controls Inc. can tackle almost any automation scenario, including HVAC challenges in controlling heat pump, fan coil, rooftop, or air-handling units. The sensor can be used in small building automation, unitary equipment control, or as part of a larger BACnet system.
High-pressure flange kit
Flanged connections are often the weakest part of a piping system. But no longer, thanks to Lubrizol Corp.'s Corzan High-Pressure Flange Kit, specifically designed for use with a Corzan CPVC one-piece flange to connect to pumps, valves, or other transitions. The combination of the Corzan High-Pressure Flange Kit and Corzan CPVC one-piece flange results in a connection with the same pressure bea...
NASA brings its hi-tech back down to Earth
The "Sustainability Base" research center will use state-of-the-art sensors for ambient cooling and geothermal wells for heat.
Hybrid HVAC system uses improved ground-source heat pumps
The GeoColumn hybrid HVAC system claims to improve upon two proven, but not always perfect, heating and cooling technologies.
Going green on the road
Two leaders in the hotel industry have announced new LEED buildings.
Ensure persistence of energy conservation
View the full story, including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition Back in the 1980s, when I was a computer science student, I was taught that a good systems designer would design him- or herself out of the system. This meant that the system worked, it was well documented, operators were well trained, and the system could be maintained. The system designer, like a house builder, could close the door on a project with a clear conscience and whistle while walking away, content with a job well done. In the world of energy efficiency, there's a word for that: persistence.
LEED headquarters now LEED certified
The first project to be certified platinum under the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED program is the new USGBC headquarters in Washington.
2009 I-Code changes
Popular guides and seminars focus on significant changes to 2009 I-Codes.
MGS Progetti among the first European manufacturers certified to new lead requirements
NSF Annex G certification of Italian faucet manufacturer supports new requirements for low lead plumbing products to take effect next year.
International Code Council presents I-Code webinars
The International Code Council is launching a series of free overview webinars on the 2009 I-Codes.
Trimble acquires BIM software company
With the purchase of QuickPen International, Trimble is offering an expanded line of BIM software tools for HVAC and other industries.
McQuay offers BIM library
The company has released a comprehensive set of object models and other content for BIM designs created in Autodesk Revit MEP 2009.
Horizontal boiler feed system
The HFS series from Bryan Steam LLC offers tank capacities of 50 to 500 gallons and is designed to accommodate boilers ranging from 15 to 250 psi. Feed system models can be supplied as a unit with one, two, or three pumps. The units feature an atmospheric tank design and easy maintenance. www.bryanboilers.com #8.
The Corzan plumbing system from FBC Building Solutions eliminates corrosion concerns from the riser to the mixture. The unit provides three times the impact strength of standard CPVC pipe and reduces noise as well as condensation. www.fbcbuildingsolutions.com #5.
New standard for low-lead plumbing products
NSF International’s new standard affects products that come in contact with drinking water, including faucets.
NEBB taps new president
The National Environmental Balancing Bureau has chosen John B. Stevenson of Austin, Texas, to lead its membership in 2009.
Zone control line
The advanced zone control line from Grundfos Pumps Corp. features up to six zone configurations. The controls provide multi-panel linking, freeze protection options, a high-capacity 25 VAC rated transformer, multiple knockouts, and separate terminals for cold start boilers. Only one service relay is required for all three available models.
Putting pressure on steam humidification
Carefully choosing steam humidification equipment can help you reduce or eliminate water waste in the form of condensate. As a result, you can significantly reduce steam humidification system lifecycle costs through water and energy savings and, in pressurized steam applications, also reduce boiler chemical use, installation costs, and maintenance requirements.
Researchers promote chip-cooling technology
Information technology managers are focused on room-level solutions, including server-aisle layouts and economizer strategies, to address the cooling needs of today’s overheating data centers.
Cooling outdoors lands stores in hot water
Store owners that pump cool air outside to lure overheated customers into stores now face hefty fines.
Letters – 2008-08-01
Flushing out the details I take exception to a recent comment from Rob Zimmerman, senior staff engineer—water conservation, Kohler, who said “We also don't know whether dual-flush flushometers really save water.” (“Not a drop to waste,” June 2008).
Industry roundup: partnerships, mergers, etc. – 2008-06-12
News from Orsus, Johnson Controls, Leviton, Elkay, Ferraz Shawmut, YKK AP America, Emerson Climate Technologies, and Fluidmaster.
Complete list of ‘before you dig’ phone numbers
The American Society of Plumbing Engineers has compiled this complete list of phone numbers for each state.
Water source condenser/heat pump
A water source condenser/heat pump has joined Berner Energy Recovery's 100% outside air TRICOIL and desiccant energy recovery ventilation systems.
ICC-ES introduces PMG listing program
ICC Evaluation Service, Inc. (ICC-ES) introduced a new service for building safety officials: a plumbing, mechanical, and fuel gas (PMG) listing program.
Setra Systems 231 Multi-Sense pressure transducer
Pressure transducer monitors control pump differential pressures, chiller, and boiler differential pressure drops and flow measurement of gases and liquids.
HVAC control system
A cost-effective platform for the monitoring and managing of HVAC equipment by consulting and facility engineers is the ComfortPoint HVAC control system by Honeywell. The VAV controller, available with or without an actuator, can manage single or dual-duct VAV or complex room carbon dioxide controls.
Control differential pressures
The Model 231 Multi-Sense differential pressure transducer, designed for users who need to monitor control pump differential pressures, chiller or boiler differential pressure drops, and flow measurement of asses or liquids, is RoHS compliant.
Featured Product: Compressors
Danfoss introduces the ApexxTM VSH compressors: the first high-capacity, R-410A, variable-speed scroll compressors for air conditioning and heat pumps. Users enjoy continuous load matching because the compressor speed is controlled by the frequency output of its drive, from 30 to 90 Hz. Significant energy savings and increased comfort result.
AT A GLANCE
Show hours Jan. 22: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 23: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 24: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. www.ahrexpo.com ASHRAE's Winter Meeting & Conference will be held Jan. 19 to 23. More than 1,800 exhibitors from 30 countries are scheduled for 2008's Expo. The three-day event also hosts 72 educational sessions. These sessions begin at 8 a.
Charles Austen condensate pumps
The Blue Diamond Condensate Pump series removes condensed water from refrigeration and air conditioning systems where gravity draining is not realistic. The self-priming rotary diaphragm technology offers a compact lightweight design to a miniature pump that quietly self-primes in wet and dry conditions.
Grundfos acquires Peerless Pump
The Grundfos Group has acquired Peerless Pump Co. With more than 400 employees and annual sales of $110 million, Peerless is Grundfos’ largest acquisition to date, as the company continues its aggressive growth strategy in North America.
In the blogs at csemag.com – 2007-12-01
CSE's chief editor Michael Ivanovich launched a new series in recent weeks in his “Give and Take” blog. “This post is the starting point for a blog series on innovation,” Ivanovich wrote. “Your views are encouraged and welcome.” To join in the discussion, go to blogs tab on the www.
Case study: Food supplement maker conquers a humidity problem
A San Marcos, Calif.-based formulator of nutritional supplements needed to address a problem with high humidity in its production processes. The company found a remedy.
A new technology for process cooling
Process cooling is often regarded as just a utility. Traditional design constraints allow only incremental improvements, and many costs continue unchecked: water and energy usage, chemical treatment, and maintenance. But a new type of process cooling uses ambient air to cool clean process water.
Universal plumbing design trends accommodate everyone
Ensuring that a public space can be used by everyone is the underlying goal of universal design. This concept is challenging designers, architects and engineers to rethink the fundamentals while considering how an environment can be designed or adapted to accommodate people's changing needs, while incorporating new aesthetics that aren’t prohibitively expensive or appear institutional.
ASHRAE student design competition
The 2007 ASHRAE student design competition featured architectural and HVAC systems. The student designers transformed the Hudson River, New York City, into an energy source for a biotech research laboratory. The goal of the competition was to turn an existing building into a biotech research facility with labs, office space, equipment, mechanical penthouse space and a vivarium.
New York City adopts International Codes
New York City joins Dallas, Detroit, Honolulu, Houston, Miami, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Washington, D.C. and other major metropolitan areas in adopting the International Code Council's I-Codes.
Central AC Shipments Increase in May 2007
Combined U.S. factory shipments of central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps for May totaled 740,000, a raise of 8.5% from May 2006 shipments, according to the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI).
The Keys to Marketing Green – Part 3
In the first two parts of the series (CSE 05/07 p.29, CSE 06/07 p.27), I explained that there is no single competitive response to the growing green building market that is right for every design firm. Nevertheless, I discussed seven keys to sucessful green marketing: In this installment, I will provide conclusions to the seven keys to green marketing.
ASHRAE ‘07 in Long Beach: Tech Program Focuses on Conserving Natural Resources
With an extended technical program, the annual ASHRAE meeting in Long Beach, Calif., offers attendees increased options for professional development.
Palm Beach Schools Committed to Saving Water and Labor with Waterfree Urinals
Students in Dennis Yuzenas’ American History classes at Bak Middle School of the Arts (MSOA) know a thing or two about the waterfree urinals.For instance, they know that each urinal installed at the West Palm Beach, FL School is saving up to 40,000 gallons of water per year. Mr. Yuzenas has told them so. He’s also taken time to explain the importance of water conservation and how critical it has become in southern Florida, as well as other parts of the country where the water shortages threaten the environment. “We discussed water free urinals as one example of a micromanaged approach to resolving our energy crisis--the idea being that thru proactive conservation we can limit our need to build more water and sewage plants.” Bak MSOA is one of several Palm Beach School District schools that have installed Falcon Waterfree Urinals.In 2004the school district made the formal decision to install water free urinals in all new middle and high schools.The district is also systematically replacing any older model urinal that uses more than one gallon of water per flush. The replacement project began with several pilot installations to test the effectiveness and practicality of the units.After reviewing the performance, savings, and other advantages, Lee Kapp, Utilities/Energy Manager for The Palm Beach County School District, became an enthusiastic proponent of water free urinals. “Naturally, we wanted the quickest payback, and that’s what we got when we decided to replace the old units, which were using 3 gallons per flush,” says Mr.
January Central Air Conditioner and Air-Source Heat Pump Shipments Fall Nearly 50% Compared with Prior Year
Combined U.S. factory shipments of central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps for January totaled 326,756, down 54% compared with shipments from the same month last year, according to a report issued last month by the Arlington, Va.-based Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute. In January 2006, shipments of central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps were nearly double that of January 2004 and January 2005 totals. Heat pump shipments for January totaled 117,032, down 32% compared with the same month last year. Shipments for commercial cooling equipment above 65,000 BTU/h increased by more than 9%, compared with the same month last year.
Discovering the Water’s Edge
An aerial panorama from the shores of Lake Michigan reveals Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin as the place where clear skies meet blue waters. Standing on top of the building's Pilot House even uncovers a 360° view of the City's skyline and the vast lake below. The view is so unobstructed that one must—at least an M/E/P engineer must—wonder where the building is hiding its me...
JETS Re-Energizes to Connect with Engineering’s Next Generation
To see America’s technological future, scan the pages of any high school yearbook: girls and boys of every ethnic and social background with the potential to become the nation’s next generation of engineers, but who often lack the tools, motivation and guidance to get there. Now, a newly invigorated push from one of engineering’s oldest youth outreach programs, the Junior Engineering Technological Society (JETS), is stepping up to answer that challenge. Founded in 1950 to encourage young people to consider careers in engineering and technology, JETS offers academic competitions, mentor programs, educational materials and scholarships to increase the number of students in the career “pipeline.” Despite its long history, however, JETS organizers say that surging growth rates for science and engineering occupations, coupled with lagging numbers of students ready to fill those slots, has led to a full-court press to answer this urgent need. The result is a 56-year-old program retooled and revitalized to meet the realities of the new millennium and recently cited by Bayer Corporation as being among the country’s best STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education programs for secondary students. JETS’ new thrust has been more than simply fine-tuning.
IAPMO, PHCC Release Backflow Prevention Reference Manual
The International Assn. of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) released its Backflow Prevention Reference Manual at last month’s ISH North America tradeshow in Chicago. IAPMO, in conjunction with its Drinking Water and Backflow Prevention (DW&BP) division, developed the publication jointly with the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Assn. (PHCC).
Oil-Free Compressor Maintains Chiller Discipline at San Diego Juvie Hall
San DiegoCounty’s Juvenile Hall, a complex of three buildings totaling 250,000 sq. ft., was having problems with a central chiller plant in the JuvenileProbationCenterBuilding. “They were having real problems with the existing chillers, both from the standpoint of efficiency and staying on the line,”explained Ben Erpelding with San Diego Regional Energy Office (SDREO), a non-profit organization that provides objective information, research, analysis and long-term planning on energy issues for the region. The central plant had been constructed in 1998, using a primary-secondary design with a tertiary pump in each building.
Industry Roundup: Awards and Accolades
• Denso, Tokyo, Japan, has received a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 2006 Climate Protection Award for its new Ejector Cycle technology that reduces energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from refrigeration units and heat pumps. • Greenheck, Schofield, Wis., was recognized by Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle recently with an Export Achievement Awards for achieving extraordinary results in international sales and for contributing to Wisconsin’s increased ability to compete in a global market. • Gridlogix, St. Louis, recently won a Buildy Award for its EnNET Enterprise Server (EES), which translates existing automation protocols into languages that can be used to easily integrate device and sensor networks into software applications throughout the enterprise. • Taco, Cranston, R.I., has been named the 2006 recipient of two awards by Frost & Sullivan, of Palo Alto, Calif.: the Company of the Year Award for the hydronic solutions market and the 2006 Market Leadership of the Year Award for North American HVAC circulator pumps market. • Flomerics, Marlborough, Mass., announced that its Flovent CFD software for airflow prediction in buildings has been awarded the Expert’s Choice Award for Software from Controlled Environments Magazine.
Plumbing Pressure Problems? Come to PAPA
If you haven't heard of PAPA yet, you soon will. Here's a brief history of what it is and how it came to be. PAPA is an acronym for positive air pressure attenuator. The devices are currently available only for sanitary drain and vent systems designed to the "engineered systems" portions of the plumbing codes and sealed by a professional engineer. The technology was developed at the School of the Built Environment at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland by Professor John Swaffield.
In the ASHRAE Seminar High Performance Buildings Using Geothermal Heat Pumps, John Burgess, Assoc., Arup, Cork, Ireland, described the unconventional solution used to heat and cool the LewisGlucksmanArtGallery at University College Cork, Ireland. Click here for a paper on this project. (PDF).
Talk of Code Consolidation
A single model plumbing code and a single model mechanical code for the U.S.? It could happen. Two major codes entities, the International Assn. of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) and the International Codes Council (ICC), have held several informal conceptual discussions on combining their codes—the Uniform Plumbing Code with the International Plumbing Code and the Uniform Mechanical Code with the International Mechanical Code. So far, the consensus among all involved parties is that the meetings have been positive. Topics of discussion have included the differences in the processes and procedures the two entities use to create their codes and how these differences can be overcome. "Although we still have a ways to go, I believe our meeting has resulted in a much greater understanding of each other than we have ever had in the past," said IAPMO president Chris Salazar.
M/E Insider: SFPE Elects New President; Cleveland Firm Turns 100
• Consulting engineering firm TBE Group , Clearwater, Fla., has won a 2005 Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers (FICE) Engineering Excellence Grand Award in the Environmental category for its Clearwater Northwest Fire Station brownfield redevelopment project. Two other TBE projects won Honorable Mention awards: the firm's development of a right-of-way course that has been approved by the Florida Board of Professional Regulations for continuing education credits, and the reevaluation/modification of the C-51 Basin Rule, addressing Everglades flood control and flood plain management. • The Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) announced the election of Samuel S. Dannaway, P.E., FSFPE , as its 2005 president.
Interoperability is No Gamble for Harrah’s
Background Harrah's Hotel and Casino has long been known as a leader in the hospitality industry. Built in 1988 with 468 rooms, Harrah's Laughlin has tripled in size to approximately 1580 rooms, 47,000 square feet of casino space, 8 food outlets, 4 banquet rooms as well as the largest arcade in Laughlin, Nevada. The Challenge Harrah's original Building Automation System was outdated and required constant maintenance. After careful consideration, the Engineering Manager decided to integrate the existing automation system with a more user friendly and non-proprietary solution.
Plumbing Case Studies Cont.
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Costly Corrosion and Scaling of Metal Pipes Prompt Re-pipe Job
If you've ever been to Austin, Texas, chances are you've seen the Westgate Building, one of the oldest high-rises in the city. Located adjacent to the State Capitol and Governor's mansion, the 25-story Westgate Building is home to numerous high-level attorneys and state legislators. In addition to the upscale condos, the building, which was originally built in the 1960s, also hosts a number of law offices, as well as a credit union. By the late 1990s, however, the building, despite its upscale location and lavish interiors, was experiencing a tremendous increase in the number of leaks from the metallic plumbing pipes - leaks which caused the need for ongoing costly, not to mention, disruptive repairs. "The building was literally a time bomb," explained Bill Fowler, president and founder of HHCC, Inc., the remodeling contractor chosen to solve the plumbing problem.
Public High School Debate: Upgrade or Repair?
"For more than 25 years, we relied upon two huge cast iron boilers to get us through the harsh New England winters," said Gary Persechetti, Supervisor of Building and Grounds for Chelmsford High School. "When they gave out, it would have cost more to repair them than to replace them. A contractor from one of our construction projects introduced us to AERCO, who demonstrated the benefits of a modulating and condensing boiler." Persechetti was impressed by the demonstration, and in 2000 ordered five gas-fired Benchmark units from AERCO to support the school.
New MasterFormat Finally Launches
As part of an ongoing educational campaign targeting major conferences and tradeshows, the Construction Specifications Institute chose the U.S. Green Building Council's Greenbuild conference in Portland, Ore., last month, to launch its much-delayed MasterFormat revision. "It's not a revision," clarified CSI Executive Director Karl Borgstrom.
Priming Pumping Possibilities
As long as HVAC systems use water as a means of heat transfer, engineers will continue to design variable flow systems to maximize efficiency. There are numerous combinations currently in use. Most common are primary-secondary, variable primary and variable flow with distributed pumping. Each system provides variable flow and a degree of system efficiency.
Briefly … – 2004-02-01
Osram Sylvania has been named an Energy Star Partner of the Year for the second year in a row, this time, for its outstanding efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by making and promoting energy-efficient products. The award will be presented in March in Washington, D.C. Emerson Climate Technologies last month announced a strategic partnership between its Design Services Network and Global...
MasterFormat ’04 on the Horizon
The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) has announced the most significant revision yet to its MasterFormat. The Atlanta-based organization completed major content development for the 2004 edition and has already begun working with the AEC industry to transition from the current version. CSI will soon provide electronic and paper transition materials to assist MasterFormat 95 users to...
It’s Green (Bay) All the Way
Punching in these words, I'm recovering from a pummeling. My beloved Bears, for the tenth consecutive time, were defeated at home by the hated Green Bay Packers. As if this weren't punishment enough, the game was broadcast nationally on Monday Night Football, exposing a pair of civic embarrassments—the misfits who masquerade as a professional football team and the "new" Soldier Field.
Thermal Shock-Ready Heat Pumps on Georgia’s Mind
When thermal shock rendered boilers at North Springs High School inefficient and ineffective, Joseph Clements, coordinator of utilities services for Fulton County schools in Georgia, knew it was time for a change. Low-temperature water entering the gas-fired boilers had caused sooting in the combustion chamber and serious cracks in the refractories.
Water Softening Made Simple and Efficient
It's no secret that commercial, health and educational facilities all rely on boilers to provide hot water. What many occupants might not realize is that the water that comes out of their faucets is treated on-site to prevent mineral buildup in the boilers. The process of treating boiler water prior to heating has been around for decades.
Need a Boiler Fix? It’s Elementary
Heating costs were mounting for the District of Columbia's school system, as were operation and maintenance problems attributed to the age and obsolescence of the district's boiler systems. Eventually, the school board realized that the problem had to be addressed, even though there wasn't enough funding to install new boilers in 13 target schools.
A Growing Problem: Legionella in Water Systems
Since the discovery of a new pathogenic bacterial species in 1976, people have been seeking to blame someone, anyone, for the Legionella problems associated with plumbing and HVAC systems. Naturally, the designer of that total system is in the bullseye for the accusatory arrows. It is important for the consulting engineer to understand the problem and some of its causative aspects.
SBIC Releases Guide for Sustainable Schools
To aid in the development of high-performance, sustainable school buildings that use 30 to 50 percent less energy than conventional code-compliant facilities, the Washington-D.C. based Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) has released a new guide.
Pumping Up Big John
When the domestic water-supply system at The John Hancock Center in Chicago began to show its age, the new pumping/control system that was installed did more than simply restore it to its original state. The system design improved the overall performance and versatility of the water-supply system, reduced maintenance requirements, provided dual-redundancy to guarantee continued operation and a...
And There’s Sludge
One of the systems revisited at the plant was the sludge-handling system, which had gone through a number of changes and evaluations. An air dryer was added in 1991 to the air supply of the double-diaphragm sludge-press feed pump. Despite the fact that it was located inside the building, the pump would oc...
Radiant Heat Warms Up Manufacturing Plant
The new Bonide Chemical facility near Oriskany, N.Y., serves as proof that radiant heating can meet the most challenging heating requirements. This 150,000-square-foot building-with 2,900 cubic yards of concrete flooring and 40-foot-tall ceilings-will eventually house manufacturing, warehousing and office areas.
The Greenest Building Possible
An extreme example of sustainable design, the new offices of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation just outside of Annapolis, Md., offer a long list of energy-efficient features—at an inflated initial cost.
Low-Cost Tweaks Yield Big-Time Savings
Once Jack Dale Associates (JDA) quantified mechanical-system interactions for Texaco's data center, specified techniques were employed to upgrade the plant while avoiding disruptions to data-processing operations. Total construction costs for chiller-plant renovations commissioned by JDA were less than $600,000.
Refrigerant level sensors
Refrigerant level sensors detect the presence of refrigerants at a specific point in refrigerant vessels, intercoolers and packaged chillers. Previously available only for ammonia, the single-point sensors and switches have now been developed for R-22, R-134a, R-404A and R-507.
Valve series in sizes ranging from 0.5 inches to 1 inch and valve actuators are designed for zone-level and terminal applications with VAV reheat, fan coils, heat pumps, unit ventilators and radiators. Electronic valves feature a 100-to-1 range for higher control. Globe valves are rated at ANSI Class 4 for leak protection. (Siemens Building Tech.) Circle 36
Boiler controllers feature two mercury-free snap-action switches: one to operate a boiler feed pump and a second to interrupt the burner circuit in a low-water condition. Devices are designed for installations with operating pressure below 50 psi or for applications requiring wider differentials at lower pressures. Also available are models with quick hook-up fittings or gauge glass tappings.
Condensate Pump & Steam Trap handbook provides the latest information about the manufacturer's newest nonelectric pump model, with comprehensive capacity tables that eliminate sizing guesswork and application drawings that illustrate most installations. Also included is information needed to select, size and specify the manufacturer's line of general-use stream traps. (Spence Engineering Co.