Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, Jul. 2-8

Energy-performance goals, parallel generator design, chilled-water systems, exploring mixed-use, retail, and restaurant facilities, and lighting system integration were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, Jul. 2-8. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.


Consulting-Specifying Engineer's top 5 most read articles online for Jul. 2-8 covered energy-performance goals, parallel generator design, chilled-water systems, exploring mixed-use, retail, and restaurant facilities, and lighting system integration. Link to each article below.

1. Energy-performance goals direct HVAC projects 

Building owners are enforcing various standards on projects regarding energy codes and their effect on heating and cooling system selection. 

2. When and how to design parallel generators

When designing generator systems, electrical engineers must ensure that generators and the building electrical systems that they support are appropriate for the specific application. Whether providing standby power for health care facilities or prime power for processing plants, engineers must make decisions regarding generator sizing and whether generators should be paralleled. 

3. 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.

4. Exploring retail, restaurant, and mixed-use facilities

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 retail, restaurant, and mixed-use projects. 

5. How to integrate lighting systems in health care facilities 

Meeting lighting system requirements in a health care facility is a challenge because of the myriad codes and standards required to ensure safety. 

This list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on, to Jul. 2-8, for articles published within the last two months.

Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media,

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