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Smart Grid July 19, 2018

Examining government, state, municipal, federal, and military facilities: Electrical, power, and lighting

Government and military projects are among the toughest challenges an engineer can face. Demanding facility owners, tight budget limitations, safety concerns, and other factors all come into play. Here, engineers with experience in the field offer advice on how to succeed in regards to electrical, power, and lighting.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Smart Grid November 2, 2017

Performing PV system feasibility studies correctly

Learn how to conduct a feasibility study before specifying a solar photovoltaic (PV) system for a building.

By Javier M. Abarca, PE, Stanley Consultants, Centennial, Colo.
Smart Grid October 3, 2017

Integrate building systems to improve functionality

Integrated building systems can connect several engineered systems within a building to make it more energy-efficient and to trim costs.

By Neil Maldeis, PE, CEM, GBE; Trane, White Bear, Minn.
Smart Grid March 15, 2017

Networking VFDs in high-performance buildings

Historically, the use of variable frequency drives (VFDs) has been limited to large motors and projects with healthy infrastructure budgets. However, as each iteration of the energy code mandates variable flow control of mechanical systems on smaller systems, VFDs have become more commonplace. While their implementation has been typically limited to providing code-required variable flow, VFDs are capable of communicating a wealth of information on system energy consumption, equipment health, and diagnostics.

By John Gross, PE, ATD, Page, Houston
Figure 3: For utilities, revenue can benefit from improved operational efficiencies due to advanced event reporting from AMI meters.
Smart Grid February 22, 2017

Smart utility meters enhance utility operations

The capabilities of advanced metering infrastructure offer opportunities for improving service and preventing lost revenue through phase error analysis.

By Jesse Teas, PE, Burns & McDonnell, Kansas City, Mo.
This is an image of the dining area that was part of a larger renovation at the Kohl’s Innovation Center in Menomonee Falls, Wis. The project transformed an existing 300,000-sq-ft manufacturing building into a new corporate office space for more than 1,65
Smart Grid February 16, 2017

Engineering flexible office buildings: electrical/lighting/power and fire/life safety

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 regarding electrical/lighting/power and fire/life safety.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Cory J. Abramowicz, ESD (Environmental Systems Design); Matt Chandler, KJWW Engineering Consultants; Andrew B. Horning, Bala Consulting Engineers Inc.; Julianne Laue, Mortenson Construction; Matthew Pastore, GHT Ltd.; John Yoon, McGuire Engineers Inc.; Mi
Smart Grid February 14, 2017

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.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Neil Cannon, EnOcean Inc., Cottonwood Heights, Utah. Courtesy: EnOcean Inc.
Smart Grid February 9, 2017

Self-powered wireless technology adds flexibility to smart buildings

Future trends in building automation solve many problems with increased flexibility and wireless technology.

By Neil Cannon, EnOcean Inc., Cottonwood Heights, Utah
Circuit breakers, fuses, etc. (83%); transfer switches, ATS, etc. (79%); emergency and standby power systems or equipment (79%); and transformers (79%) are most commonly specified for educational facility projects. Courtesy: Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Smart Grid February 2, 2017

Electrical, power systems in educational facilities

Respondents to the 2016 Electrical and Power study share details about these systems in educational facilities.

By Amanda Pelliccione
Now is the right time to take action and transform climate change’s publicity power and make a shift back to the solutions: clean tech, green power, green energy and renewables. Courtesy: ARUP
Smart Grid January 20, 2017

Arup Thoughts: Green tech, climate change solutions

Advancement in technology, green tech, clean tech, and renewables should be a priority whether climate change is real or not.

By Szilvia Doczi, Arup, Los Angeles