Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, March 16-22: LCCA for HVAC systems, piping arrangements for fire pumps, VFD and motor strategies, more

Articles about LCCA for HVAC systems, piping arrangements for fire pumps, pitfalls in specifying motors and VFDs, standby vs. emergency power in mission critical facilities, and intelligent lighting control were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, March 16-22. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.


Consulting-Specifying Engineer Top 5 most read articles online, for Mar. 16-22, covered LCCA for HVAC systems, piping arrangements for fire pumps, pitfalls in specifying motors and VFDs, standby vs. emergency power in mission critical facilities, and intelligent lighting control. Link to each article below.

1. LCCA for HVAC systems

Lifecycle cost analysis (LCCA) is a tool used to determine the most cost-effective option among HVAC system alternatives. 

2. Piping arrangements for fire pumps

NFPA 20 provides fire protection engineers with guidance on design and installation of fire pumps and related components.

3. Common pitfalls in specifying motors and VFDs

Ten common issues that can affect functionality of motors and variable frequency drive (VFD) specification. 

4. Standby vs. emergency power in mission critical facilities

System designers must interpret the requirements of NFPA 110, ensure their designs follow them, and educate their clients about how the standard affects their operations.

5. Intelligent lighting control and energy performance

By designing intelligent lighting systems, lighting designers and engineers can achieve energy performance in a variety of building types. 

The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on, March 16-22, for articles published within the last two months.

- Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media,

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