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Why are plumbing, piping and pumps essential in a nonresidential building?

Plumbing, piping and pumps are essential in any nonresidential building. Whether it’s for water movement, for fire protection sprinklers or for HVAC systems, plumbing is key in any building type. Mechanical and plumbing engineers must keep up on the latest codes and standards and technologies to best understand how to specify products and systems into buildings.
Courtesy: WSP USA
Fire, Life Safety November 19, 2020

Understanding fire pumps, their applications and sizing

Learn about fire pump types, drivers, sizing and components

By Vincent T. Favale
Courtesy: SmithGroup
Boilers, Chillers June 23, 2020

Strategies to improve chiller plant performance, efficiency

Learn how to design chilled water systems that meet the thermal comfort demands and achieve operational and energy efficiencies

By Scott Battles, Jonathan Hulke and Stet Sanborn
Courtesy: Arup
Fire, Life Safety April 16, 2020

Interpreting revisions to NFPA 13-2019

Know how to navigate the restructured NFPA 13 sprinkler standard and understand technical changes

By Kelly Finzel
Plumbing, Pumping September 17, 2019

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

By Saahil Tumber, PE, HBDP, LEED AP, ESD, Chicago
Codes and Standards October 29, 2018

Standardizing NFPA 13

NFPA 13-2016 is applicable to all sprinkler system designs and installations, with the exception of sprinkler systems in low-rise residential buildings and one- and two-family dwellings and manufactured homes.

By Raymond A. Grill, PE, FSFPE, LEED AP
Plumbing, Pumping September 17, 2018

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.

By Jeff Boldt, PE, LEED AP, FASHRAE, FPE, HBDP; Keith Stone, PE
Pumps October 18, 2017

Eight steps to determine plumbing system requirements

In nonresidential buildings, engineers should pay close attention to local codes, the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC), and International Plumbing Code (IPC) when sizing water supply piping systems.

By Jeremiah Johnson and Kris Kalkowski