Smart Grid

Building Types April 7, 2021

Designing efficient, flexible and resilient federal projects

There is a shift in the needs of government agencies in the big picture and at the project level, making both the adaptability of the design team and the flexibility of any future facility even more important.

By Sam Estep
Courtesy: MTU/Rolls Royce
Power October 9, 2020

Your questions answered: Microgrid design for efficiency and resiliency

The webcast on Sept. 30, 2020, left unanswered questions. Read more about microgrid design here

By Tom Drake
Courtesy: Bill Kosik
Energy Efficiency July 27, 2020

What is a zero energy building?

What does it really mean for an engineer to design a zero energy building?

By Bill Kosik, PE, CEM, Oak Park, Illinois
Electrical January 24, 2020

The future is now: Designing for the growth of electric vehicle infrastructure

There are many things we need to consider when designing and building this infrastructure.

By Matthew Tilden
Electrical Systems January 3, 2019

Building smart communities and infrastructure: 5G networks and small cell implementation

With each new generation of network comes new and exciting possibilities, both in capacity and data speeds as well as the network’s integration into the latest communication technologies

By Ben Revette
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
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.