Top Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, October 2011

Most visited articles at during October 2011 included the state of commissioning, lighting controls, electrical design for HVAC, NFPA13 for high-rises, and RCx.


October 2011’s leading Consulting-Specifying Engineer online stories include:

The state of commissioning -Figure 4: Serving the right master: Cx providers are owner advocates first and foremost, and working directly for the owner—or at a minimum for an entity outside of the contractual chain of command, such as the architect—minimizes potential conflicts. Cou Ray Bert details how commissioning providers are optimistic about the steadily approaching new year, while looking at existing buildings to help drive future business.

Focus on: Lighting controls and codes - ASHRAE 90.1-2010 is targeting a 30% energy savings goal: are you up to date?

Electrical design for HVAC systems - In this September Consulting-Specifying Engineer feature, Article 430 of the National Electrical Code is demystified.

Make sense of retro-commissioning - Goals and objectives for the retro-commissioning process are explained.Figure 2: The chilled water system consists of a Carrier air-cooled chiller and two base-mounted pumps. Courtesy: Stanley Consultants Inc.

Applying NFPA13 in high-rise buildings - Michael Dillion discusses fire standpipes and sprinkler systems in modern high-rises.

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