Consulting-Specifying Engineer's top 5 most read articles online, for March 20 to 26, covered generator systems design, HVAC for health care facilities, balancing energy efficiency, networking VFDs, and MEP design for MRI suites. Link to each article below.
1. Designing emergency and standby generator systems
Consulting engineers who specify emergency and standby power equipment understand that installations for mission critical facilities, such as hospitals and data centers, are required to comply with NFPA 110: Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems, in conjunction with NFPA 70: National Electrical Code (NEC). 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.
2. Your questions answered: HVAC: Hospitals and health care facilities
The March 16 "HVAC: Hospitals and health care facilities" webcast presenters addressed questions not covered during the live event.
3. Balancing energy efficiency and aesthetics at Wilshire Grand
The success of the Wilshire Grand high-rise was driven by the entire design team working together and making informed design decisions from modeled and historical data.
4. 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.
5. MEP/FP design for MRI suites, part two: design considerations
In a two-part series, the importance of effective mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems design for magnetic resonance imaging suites is examined. Part two focuses on the electrical, fire protection, and plumbing considerations when designing MRI suites.
This list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on www.csemag.com, March 20 to 26, for articles published within the last two months.
Joy Chang, digital project manager, CFE Media, firstname.lastname@example.org.