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his firm, and hiring staff to support the
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dotes supported the data that show that

the hospital and health care industry is
still going strong, albeit slightly changed
due to new requirements and restrictions on patient care.
Another story: There arent enough
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a fact that has been considered by engineering schools across the United States
and around the world. The principal
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and texted me from across the globe. I
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espondents to the ConsultingSpecifying Engineer 2016 Electrical and Power Study identified
five high-level findings impacting the
electrical and power industries today:
1. Electrical, power revenue: The
average engineering firm specifies about $2.8 million annually for
electrical and power systems in new
and existing building projects; 15%
of these firms specify $500,001 to
$750,000 in these systems, up from
only 8% in 2015.
2. Systems specified: Seven in 10
engineers currently specify circuit
breakers and fuses, emergency and
standby power, transformers, electrical distribution, and cable/wire systems or equipment. Renewable energy
systems have gained some popularity,
having been specified by 35% of engineers in 2015 to 42% in 2016.
3. Specifications: Twenty-nine percent of respondents always write per-

formance electrical or power specifications, and another 52% frequently

write this type of specification. The
regularity of writing open (proprietary) specifications has declined from
65% to 58% over the past year.
4. Building structures: The top
three building types for which
respondents specify, design, or make
product selections are office buildings (56%), industrial/manufacturing
facilities/warehouses (56%), and educational facilities (48%).
5. Critical issues: The constant
struggles with budgets/costs, the lack
of a skilled workforce, designing for
energy efficiency, and keeping up-todate on new technologies are affecting
the future of electrical or power system design.
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Three tips to mull over when starting a project

Learn to communicate effectively throughout the life of a building project.

ou are a mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) consultant who just negotiated a
fixed-fee contract with a new architect
client and the number of conferences
to be attended was not addressed. The
architect schedules an initial sit-down
meeting to discuss the new construction project with the owner, general
contractor, and design team.
What possible benefit can be
achieved by having an in-person meeting? While it might seem like a waste of
time and money, this is a great opportunity to make one-on-one contact
with all the participants involved in the
project. Attending in-person conferences also allows you to network with
other professionals, which may lead to
additional work down the road.
During the kickoff meeting, the owner
will present the vision for the project and
the architect will present a preliminary
design to all of the attendees. Next, the
spotlight is on you to provide your input.
The architect will most likely ask you a
series of questions, including:
 What kind of system are you putting into the building?
 What is the tonnage?
 Where is the incoming power coming from?
 Is there enough available power
available to serve the building?
 What about gas, water, sewer, and
storm systems?

Rather than getting overwhelmed

with the questions, use the resources

that are available to youi.e., the

attendees, such as the civil engineerto
address certain questions directed to
you as you collect your thoughts.
Once the other attendees are finished
speaking, you are inspired to give a dissertation about the technical aspects of
the project including British thermal
units, gallons per minute, cubic feet
per minute, watts, Volts, amperes, and
variable air volume (VAV). You then
explain all of the equipment needed,
such as chillers, air handlers, pumps,
variable frequency drives (VFDs),
switchgear, transformers, domestic
water heaters, etc. As your grand finale,
you tell them what system will be
designed and the load capacity of the
combined systems.
Guess what? Most of what you just
said was unintelligible to the architect,
owner, and other consultants present.
After listening to you, the general contractor just rolled his eyes and saw dollar signs dancing in his head.
Dont shoot from the lip

There are alternative responses to

the proposed questions. For starters, remind everybody (especially
the architect) that you, too, are being
introduced to the project for the first
time, and that you are not a proponent of doing instant engineering
around a conference table. Rather than
toss around general concepts, evaluate what you heard and learned about
the project at the kickoff meeting with
your staff and follow up with everybody within a few days after you had a

chance to digest the scope of the project and can pose thought-provoking
questions for the design team.
Alternatively, shooting from the lip
at the meeting can have dire repercussions. The architect or owner may
come back and reference figures you
mentioned at the first meeting that
were just preliminary estimates. In
response, you mention that it was just
a preliminary estimate. Guess what
everybody conveniently forgot that
was a preliminary estimate and you
wind up being the bad guy. Unfair?
Yes, but true!
Here are three tips to have a financially viable and successful project:
 Take note of the number of conference meetings included in your
fixed-fee contract.
 Dont use technical jargon that is
best suited for your professional
 Take the time required to assess the
projects capacity and alternative
design options.
Following these guidelines will
enable you to avert wasting your time
and the time of others and establish
an effective line of communication
between you and the team for the duration of the project.
Richard D. Miller is a constructionengineering consultant located in Las
Vegas. His expertise is in the design, construction and management of projects
within private and public sectors.
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MEP Roundtable
Joseph A. DAl, PE,
Division Manager
RMF Engineering
Charlottesville, Va.

TG Davallou, LEED AP
Alfa Tech Consulting Engineers
San Francisco

medical and educational
building design
The design of high-performance medical and educational
projects are challenging and need to meet specific standards,
codes, and trends.
CSE: Whats the No. 1 trend you see
today in the design of high-performance
campus projects?

Sean Donohue, PE, LEED AP

Director, Colorado Springs
Jensen Hughes
Colorado Springs, Colo.

Anthony B. Preteroti
Associate Vice President
Grand Island, N.Y.

Teresa Rainey,
PE, LEED Fellow
Director of High-Performance
EYP Architecture & Engineering
Washington, D.C.


Joseph A. DAl: While a clients focus

and vision can shift from reliability/redundancy to performance-based depending on
building type and use, the biggest push in
our practice today is energy optimization.
This trend is well beyond the campus office/
classroom/housing occupancies and is now
integrated into the critical-environment
sectors (health care, research and development, etc.). Historically, we have collaborated with owners focused on critical
environments function; energy was often
an afterthought. Today, each new project or
client challenges our engineering team in
a unique way to exceed baseline and prescriptive energy management. Whatever
the incentive is, energy efficiency is king.
TG Davallou: Were seeing energy efficiency and sustainability.
Sean Donohue: Were seeing the migration/implementation of a unified platform approach, using the campus existing information technology network and
information-management software to bring
multiple and diverse monitoring, control,
and operational systemssuch as fire/life
safety, physical security, logical security,
and building management/environmental
systemsinto a single, unified operational

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Anthony B. Preteroti: From an electrical

perspective, LED lighting is the top trend.
LED lighting offers a higher efficiency than
its fluorescent predecessors. LED drivers
often have inherent dimming capabilities,
offering more control and improved daylight-harvesting ability. New standards and
manufacturer options have made LED lighting a more viable, holistic solution.
Teresa Rainey: Our college/university clients are seeking design solutions that address
both sustainability and resiliency. Integrating renewable onsite generation capabilities reduces greenhouse gas emissions and
provides a level of grid independence that
enables continued operation if there is an
interruption in the utility grid. We are integrating end-use metering so our clients can
monitor energy and water, which provides
them the capability to reduce usage over time.
CSE: What other trends should engineers be aware of for high-performance
campus projects in the near future?
Donohue: Look for the growing trend
toward the use of varied information/
control-capable devices. The phrase Internet of Things (IoT) is the most common term
and essentially means that anything that can
be connected to the Internet or a network
will have the ability to upload and download
information. This will impact security and
operational controls of various systems that

are now coming together under a unified platform.

DAl: Aside from energy and sustainability, I see the next 5 years of our
practices trending toward a few key realities including integrated project design
and buildings as energy consumers and
generators. The slow but certain elimination of the contractor-only coordination process will drastically change the
owner-architect-contractor team relationship.
Its happening already, with increasing
numbers of construction manager at-risk
and construction manager design-assist
procurements as part of our process each
year. While the contractor-only coordination process has been a competitive
endeavor, the integrated design process
will stitch together the efforts of all the
project playersand the results may be
Achieving higher levels of energy efficiency can often mean increased capital
costs. With input from all project players and agreement on precise scope, cost
estimation can be more accurate. Were
certainly facing an energy-management
crisis and well either muscle our way
through it with enormous national
power-infrastructure upgrades or well
leverage engineering abilities to reduce
or eliminate the power shortcoming.
Rainey: A trend we see is the development of intelligent building software,
IoT wireless sensor technologies, and
the cloud, which will enable building
systems to respond in real time to actual occupancy and space use, predictive
weather forecasting, and microclimate
occupant-comfort controls along with
many other capabilities to further drive
energy reduction while also ensuring
occupant comfort and well-being.
Preteroti: Look for addressable lighting control systems. As codes and standards become more stringent, they
require a system, like addressable lighting controls, to effectively meet the

Figure 1: The high-containment laboratory, engineered by a team from RMF Engineering

for the Virginia Department of General Services Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services, was accomplished using integrated design process principles. The heavily coordinated project is fully functional and maintainable. Courtesy: RMF Engineering

requirements of criteria such as demandresponse and receptacle controls. With

the widespread use of LED lighting,
these system types are more useful and
effective. Another trend to watch for is
resiliency. Campuses generally contain
services and facilities that require 24/7
operations, such as student housing,
research facilities, and medical centers.
Other major trends include shared services, outside campus partnerships, and
energy efficiency. A high-performance
building contains and creates environments serving multiple functions and
may even be shared among departments.
CSE: Please describe a recent
high-performance campus project
youve worked on.
Preteroti: Our firm currently is
designing the Emerging Technologies and Entrepreneurship Complex
(ETEC) at the State University of New
York at Albany campus, in conjunction
with the State University Construction
Fund. The 236,000-sq-ft facility will
house laboratory space for research,

classrooms, collaboration spaces, faculty offices, and private-partnership

suites. The facility has several sustainable goals including being net zero
ready, achieving 200 kBtu/sq ft/year for
labs and 38 kBtu/sq ft/year for offices,
and incorporating 13% renewable energy sources. Multiple gas generators will
provide backup and emergency power
with redundancies.
Still under client review are roofand site-mounted photovoltaics (PV),
LED lighting and an addressable lighting control system, high-efficiency
condensing boilers with N+1 redundancy, three magnetic-bearing watercooled chillers with N+1 redundancy, a
high-performance variable air volume
system, and air handling units with
full economizers that will be folded
together. An alternate geothermal heat
pump system will also be evaluated.
Davallou: We provided mechanical,
electrical, plumbing, and fire protection
engineering services for a new general
classroom facility that is approximately
100,000 sq ft. The project was designed
to a minimum LEED Gold standard.
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Donohue: The project involved multiple buildings for a
medical-services campus. The buildings being constructed
were both inpatient and outpatient clinics and included a
long-term care facility. The new buildings communication
systems were to be network-based, using a dedicated darkfiber security network that is centrally controlled and monitored from a security operations center. The systems included
both physical security (video surveillance, physical access
control, intrusion, intercom communications, emergency
communication system, detection equipment) and life safety/
fire alarm systems.

and designed the daylighting, thermal comfort, and faade

thermal analysis through BIM.
DAl: Complicated renovations are a large part of our
business. Were currently involved in a project for a major
health care client to renovate patient-care areas to meet modern environmental and architectural standards. Complicating
the task even further is the notion that the renovations are to
be made while the client maintains full occupancy. The ability to create and phase all facets of the construction through
BIM has been invaluable to the project, and all team members
have contributed to this success.

CSE: Describe your experience working with the contractor, architect, owner, or other team members in creating BIM for such a project.

CSE: What unusual requirements do high-performance

campus projects have from an engineering standpoint?

Donohue: The most significant challenges were the coor-

dination of all the systems and structure to accommodate the

clients shifting physical structure and operational requirements. The process mandates strong leadership and adherence to stated objectives.
Davallou: We had a very good working relationship with
the team for the Mission College project. We coordinated

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the boundary moves beyond the building and considers interrelationships between other buildings on campus to understand the overall impact on energy and water consumption
and peak demand. We also develop a path for future projects
and/or adaptability for new technologies that will enable clients to achieve climate-based commitment goals.
Donohue: Integrated systems are sometimes at odds with
their individual stated objectives. As is often the dichotomy
between fire alarm and security, the former may be telling a
secured door to unlock. The entire system must effectively
communicate to prioritize and adapt between stated objectives, despite multiple operational platforms.
DAl: In the course of sustainability, benchmarking new
and renovated buildings that are served by campus utilities (district chilled water, heating hot water, steam, power)
can be a challenge. This stems from the fact that dollars are
often the stated final comparable when judging a buildings
achievement in energy efficiency. Campus clients are most
often the recipients of the best fuel-rate structures, and these
relatively low unit costs can often skew the real energy-saving
strides that, if expressed in units of energy, would show far
greater baseline-to-design improvements.
CSE: Describe the commissioning process for a campus project. At what point was your team brought in,
and what changes or upgrades were you able to implement on this campus?
Davallou: For Mission College, which was LEED Goldcertified, we had a third-party consultant for enhanced commissioning. There were comments regarding equipment
optimization and maintenance that were implemented in the
construction documents.
Donohue: The process involves the typical operational testing and commissioning of the individual systems.
However, the process expands to verification of the data


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Today, each new project or client challenges our
engineering team in a unique way to exceed baseline and
prescriptive energy management. Whatever the incentive
is, energy efficiency is king. Joseph A. DAl
sharing and operational response,
based on the systems involved and the
expected responses required by the
master plan.
CSE: When working on monitoring and control systems in highperformance campus projects, what
factors do you consider?
Preteroti: Critical factors include
determining who is going to use,
operate, and maintain the system as
well as what their system knowledge
capabilities are. Other factors that
need to be considered include the

project and lighting controls budget,

the necessary codes that need to be
applied, and determining what systems will be interfaced or controlled
by the lighting system.
Davallou: We consider open protocol (no propriety) so all HVAC/
electrical systems can communicate
with each other. Other factors we consider include flexibility, future expansions, and user-friendly operations.
DAl: There can be a need to balance multiple factors to provide the
best solutions including sole-sourced
systems, the owners standards and
sequences, ongoing monitoring,

and maintaining the proper levels of

control reporting. Many of our owners have consolidated their controls
monitoring around a single vendor.
In most cases, this has occurred to
facilitate long-term management of
campus buildings.
Also, given our risk management
frameworks years of practice serving many larger institutions, we have
many clients who have not only created their own preferred sequences of
operation but also have created their
own controls, contracting arms, and
instrumentation-maintenance teams.
Working directly with these groups
has been a sharing opportunity, as
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control or controls reporting. The idea
of simple, robust engineering by providing the appropriate level of control and understanding that not everything is possible in every situation are
hallmarks of thoughtful design.
CSE: Please explain some of the
codes, standards, and guidelines
you use. Which codes/standards
should engineers be most aware of
in their design of such projects?
Davallou: They should look for
California building code standards,
California Electrical Code, the Division of the State Architect standards,
the CALGreen code, and LEED Version 3 and Version 4.
Donohue: NFPA 101: Life Safety
Code and NFPA 99: Health Care
Facilities Code are two primar y

health care references. Some states

also adopt the American Society for
Healthcare Engineerings Facilities
Guidelines Institute guidelines. For
all projects, NFPA 72: National Fire
Alarm and Signaling Code is the
primary reference for fire alarm and
mass notification. Another excellent
resource is Designing Mass Notification Systems: A Pathway to Effective Emergency Communications,
2013 Edition by Wayne Moore, PE,
FSFPE. The International C o de
Council series of codes is also used
by a majority of municipalities across
the country.
CSE: How have the International
Building Code, Society for College
and University Planning (SCUP), The
Joint Commission, NFPA, ASHRAE,
and other organizations affected
your work on such projects?

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and standards is to provide a consistent
and predictable baseline of requirements.
The struggle comes when these different sources conflict with each other. It
is important to understand the applicability of each code or standard based on
the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ).
Always ask yourself who the AHJs are and
which standards they enforce.
Davallou: We havent seen much
effect. There are some differences
between ANSI/ASHRAE/IES 90.1:
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NFPA 99: A fire and life safety perspective
NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code (2015 edition) covers a broad
range of criteria for health care facilities. This portion focuses on fire,
explosion prevention, and life safety.
BY ERIC BABCOCK, PE, Jensen Hughes, Armonk, N.Y.

ithin the regulatory world of health

care, there are numerous codes and
standards that organizations must
follow to have a compliant facility. These codes
and standards regulate doctors, administration,
patient records, infection control, occupant
safety, and building structure to name just a
few. To further complicate the matter, the standards, editions of those standards, and compliance waivers that are enforced or approved vary
depending upon if your organization is regulated
by a local city department of health, a statewide
health organization, the federal Centers for
Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS), or any
of the various accreditation organizations.
Balancing and ensuring a facility or project
within a facility is compliant with the correct
standards is a critical component of compliance
management. To help with this compliance, well
review some of the fire and life safety components of NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code.
Before any direct discussion on NFPA 99
occurs, it is critical to understand thatjust as
it is with any code or standardNFPA 99 is not
applicable to any building unless is it directly
mandated by law or rule from a governing jurisdiction. And then, only the edition that was promulgated by the jurisdiction at that time governs
without additional laws or rules being passed
to supplement or change that implementation.
Therefore, the edition of NFPA 99 that would
be applicable to any one facility is regulated by
all of the aforementioned regulatory agencies.
Additionally, NFPA 99 is typically only a reference standard within another larger building
code, safety code, or regulatory standard. As a
reference standard, only the sections or portions
of NFPA 99 that are referenced are applicable.
For example, the 2015 International Building

Code references NFPA 99 relative to hyperbaric chambers and electrical systems while
NFPA 101: Life Safety Code references NFPA
99 relative to laboratories, anesthetizing locations, medical gas, essential electrical systems,
and hyperbaric facilities. Additionally, the CMS
standards (K-Tags) have similar references to
NFPA 99. This also holds true for Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) 4-510-1 medical military
Therefore, while a global application of NFPA
99 may be considered by some as good practice,
it may not necessarily be required. The 2015 edition of both NFPA 99 and NFPA 101 are referenced here, although this is applicable to the 2012
edition that was recently approved by CMS.
It is very common for a life safety consultant
to be called into a health care facility after the
completion of a regulatory survey to assist with
the response to or correction of cited code violations. Upon arrival, the consultant is immediately
told that the facility has programs and policies
in place to assure the compliance with the life
safety code. And while this may be true, the web
of existing construction versus new construction, mixed occupancies, and reference standards begins to show itself, and its found that
many of the reference standard requirements go
unidentified or unenforced.
Fundamentally, NFPA 99-2015 is based on a
concept of risk management within an incredibly variable and complex health care facility. The
requirements espoused through NFPA 99 are
applied based on the risk category of the occupancy. The categories (1 through 4) are assigned
to a facility based on the risk to a patient. Category 1 is applied to activities, systems, or equipment whose failure is likely to cause major injury
or death of patients, staff, or visitors (NFPA 99

 List each code and standard
that relates to fire protection
in health care facilities.
 Make use of NFPA 99 to
design fire, explosion-prevention, and life safety systems.
 Compare requirements for
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applicable activities, systems, or equipment must be identified and understood.
The first of these items for further examination is the storage and use of medical
gases (see NFPA 99 Chapter 5). Medical
gases that are commonly used within
health care facilities are oxygen, nitrous
oxide, medical air, carbon dioxide,

4.1.1). Categories 2 through 4 decrease in

this risk until an activity, system, or piece
of equipment holds no threat or impact
to patient, staff, or visitor safety.
In the health care occupancy areas
of hospitals, the vast majority of activities, systems, or equipment are held as
Category 1 risks; therefore, the majority of the referenced sections of NFPA
99 are applicable to these facilities. If a
facility would like to apply the reduced
requirements of categories 2 through 4,
then a documented risk assessment must
be performed validating the use of the
lesser categories. The entire facility does
not need to be classified as the same risk
category. The application of Category 1
requirements does not need to be associated with a defined risk assessment. It
can just be applied.
Once it is clarified that a project, facility, or area of a facility must follow the
Category 1 requirements, then the fire/
life safety requirements of each of the







helium, nitrogen, and instrument air. The

hazards associated with these pressurized
systems include fire and explosion resulting from improper installation, handling,
use, and storage.
To mitigate these risks, NFPA 99 identifies numerous requirements based upon
the type of system. Medical gases are
most commonly used as part of a larger
piped-gas system where outlets
for these gases are provided in
each individual patient room
and there is a central common
supply. This central common
supply must be regulated. Specifically, the supply is regulated
by its location, contents, use
of the gases supplied from this
room, and the construction of
any physical enclosure. Central
supply rooms can only house
the gas cylinders, reusable shipping containers, and associated
accessories ( The presence of any flammable or combustible materials (including the
cylinder protective wrapping
used during shipping) would be
a noncompliant condition and
could result in an inspection
violation. The room must also be environmentally regulated to stay within the
manufacturers recommended range, but
shall not be below 20F or above 125F.
The rooms physical construction is
required to have the following features:







Whats applicable in a
regulatory overview

Figure 1: This identifies the different

jurisdiction pressures that a facility may
be subjected to along with some keys
code issues that must be balanced within a health care organization. All graphics courtesy: Jensen Hughes


 Have noncombustible or limitedcombustible finishes

 Be built with assemblies tested to
be 1-hour fire-resistance-rated
(openings rated at hours)

In addition to piped-gas systems, heath care

facilities must have portable cylinders of different
medical gases for patient care. These medical gases
are for direct patient care while in transport as well
as gases for medical equipment.

Medical gases


 Be lockable

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 Provided with either natural or

mechanical ventilation in accordance with NFPA 99 Chapter 9
 Electrical equipment and devices
are protected from physical damage and installed as per NFPA 70:
National Electrical Code requirements.
 Cylinders are all arranged with a
compliant restraint system, and the
room shall allow access by delivery
vehicles and personnel for proper
system management.
Local fire codes may have additional
storage restrictions for oxygen and nitrous
oxide under the hazardous materials
requirements for oxidizing gases.
In addition to piped-gas systems, heath
care facilities must have portable cylinders of different medical gases for patient
care. These medical gases are for direct
patient care while in transport as well as
gases for medical equipment. The proper use and storage of these portable gas
cylinders is a separate area of NFPA 99,
Chapter 11. In Chapter 11, under section
11.3, the requirements for storage are
clearly indicated based on the amount of
cubic feet of gas being stored. The storage
of the nonflammable gases is dependent
on if the volume of gas is greater than or
equal to 3,000 ft, between 300 and 3,000
ft, or less than or equal to 300 ft. When

the gas volume is greater than or equal to

3,000 ft the storage shall comply with
the previously discussed requirements
of Chapter 5 (piped gases) relative to
construction and ventilation. When the
volume of gas is between 300 and 3,000
ft, it must be stored within a secured
noncombustible or limited-combustible
room and separated from any flammable
gases or combustibles.
The separation of combustibles varies
depending on if the storage area is sprinklered. When sprinklered, combustibles
must be kept 5 ft away from the gases.
When a storage area is not sprinklered,
a 20-ft minimum distance is required.
There is no minimum distance when the
gases are stored in an approved gas cabinet within a sprinklered storage room.
The most straightforward means of
compliance when an area must have this
volume of gas present is to provide a dedicated gas storage room of noncombustible or limited-combustible construction
without any other products or materials
present. These rooms are often upgraded and constructed of 1-hour fire-resistance-rated assemblies to ensure compliance with NFPA 101 requirements for
hazardous areas as well as local jurisdictional requirements. When the volume of
gas is less than 300 ft (this is commonly
referred to as 12 E-size cylinders), then
it is allowed to be stored outside of any
enclosure and readily accessible by staff
for patient care. Under all volume categories, the cylinders must be properly
restrained and maintained (see Table 1).
Essential electrical systems

Another commonly overlooked area of

life safety compliance is the proper distribution of equipment among the emergency power circuits. It is overlooked
because the architect or life safety professional that evaluates a project or building
is typically not an electrical engineer and
does not evaluate the electrical distribution. Chapter 6 of NFPA 99 identifies
that within the essential electrical system (Class 1), the emergency power must
be divided into three distinct branches:
emergency, critical, and life safety. It is

Table 1: Gas-storage requirements

Volume of gas

Storage requirements
(all cylinders must be restrained)

3,000 ft

As per piped-gas storage requirements

(1-hour enclosure with required ventilation)

3,000 ft > X > 300 ft

Noncombustible/limited-combustible secured
enclosure with separation from combustibles

300 ft

No enclosure required

Table 1: This summarizes the requirements of storage facilities containing nonflammable gases, based on the volume of gas present.

important that these emergency power

branches be clearly identified and that
the loads are not intermixed.
During an emergency, if the emergency
power must shed load, it is vital for the
building engineering department to quickly know which panels are controlling life
safety and critical loads versus normal
building emergency power loads. An intermixing of the loads within specific panels
could possibly prevent this load shedding
from occurringor the life safety and
critical loads could be incorrectly disconnected, risking occupant and patient safety.
As a quick summary, the life safety
branch is intended to supply the equipment associated with building egress
and life safety equipment as well as the
elevator lighting, control, communications, and signaling. The critical branch
is intended to provide power to items
directly related to patient care. This can
include task-specific lighting (patient
care), fixed equipment, or wall receptacles for equipment. A detailed listing can

to the higher concentrations of oxygen

and the captive nature of the occupants
of the chamber, the precautions and riskmitigating measures are just as important
as the integrated fire detection and suppression.
Hyperbaric chambers are regulated to
minimize the presence of combustible
materials and ignition sources. The interior finish of the chamber is required
to be a Class A finish when tested in
accordance with ASTM E84: Standard
Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials, and
all furniture, mattresses, garments, and
textiles must meet their applicable classification or testing standard as indicated
in Chapter 14.
The lighting fixtures and electrical
systems used within a chamber must be
designed for the chambers use. In Class
A (multiperson) chambers, active fire
alarm and suppression systems consist
of flame-detection monitors that must
respond within 1 second of flame ini-

Another commonly overlooked area of life safety

compliance is the proper distribution of equipment
among the emergency power circuits.
be reviewed further in section
of NFPA 99. Read about NFPA 99 electrical system design on page 27.

tiation, a fixed water-deluge suppression

system, and an independent hand-line
extinguishing system.

Hyperbaric chambers

General fire protection

A rather specific area of health care

that holds an increased risk of fire and
explosion is in hyperbaric chambers. Due

Not all fire and life safety events in a

health care facility can be mitigated or
prevented as part of the system design.

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The health care facility also must have
a general fire protection methodology.
Most of the fire protection requirements
and methodologies that are presented
in NFPA 99 are required in the primary
building codes or NFPA 101. The items
mandated by those codes will not be fully
reiterated here.
NFPA 99 does, however, expand specifically on the concept of defend in
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all have required compartmentation
smoke zonessuch that each floor is able
to have horizontal patient movement to
a protected zone. But these codes do not
specifically call out the defend-in-place
strategy. Section 15.7 of NFPA 99 (fire
detection, alarm, and communication)
as well as 15.8 (automatic sprinklers and
other extinguishing equipment) reference the concept of defend in place to
identify a rarely applied or enforced
design methodology for fire alarm notification zones and sprinkler system zones
to be designed and installed in accordance with the boundaries of the building smoke zones (,
NFPA 99 does not mandate this design
methodology as a requirement.
The appendix for both of these sections
highlights that the alarm notification and
sprinkler zones do not have to match the
smoke zones, provided the facility fire
plan addresses the differences between
the notification zones, sprinkler zones,
and smoke zones. If these zones are not
coordinated, it is important to know
where and how all of these zones intersect
and where they diverge. If a water-flow
alarm indicates a sprinkler activation in a
sector of a building, the emergency operators need to know what smoke zones are

affected and coordinate the required

patient movements. At the same time, if
there is a voice-communication system
present within the facility, the emergency
operator must be able to communicate
with the correct smoke zones. If these
items are not coordinated then response
to the fire could be delayed, incorrect, or
cause confusion among the staff, which
is unacceptable.
Finally, NFPA 99 provides requirements for prevention of fire events within
operating rooms. Operating rooms can
have a high quantity of flammable liquid
germicides and antiseptics. When these
are used in procedures using a laser, cauterization tools, or other heat-producing
equipment, it is vital to employ extra precautions to ensure accidental ignition
does not occur and risk the patient or
staff. The precautions include prevention
of any pooling of the liquids, allowing
proper time for evaporation of the liquid
after application, and removal of soaked
materials from the room (
Health care occupancies are one of the
most complex occupancies relative to
ensuring a safe environment. Doing so
requires knowledge and understanding of
numerous codes, standards, accrediting
agency rules/requirements, and the associated reference standards. To achieve full
understanding, an organization usually
employs the oversight by multiple departments and individuals. It also requires the
proper application and implementation
of the code and standards by the design
professionals constructing and renovating
these facilities.
Eric Babcock is director of the Armonk,
N.Y., Jensen Hughes office. Babcock is
experienced in the design, review, inspection, and commissioning of fire protection
systems and construction, including fire
sprinkler, fire alarm and life safety systems,
as well as the development of full building
code analyses for use by all engineering disciplines, architects, and interior designers.
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NFPA 99: Electrical changes
to the 2015 edition
NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code (2015 edition) covers
a broad range of criteria for health care facilities. Electrical
engineers need details about the changes to the electrical
portion of the code.

 Make use of NFPA 99-2015

to design electrical systems
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 List changes to the new
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s most health care design engineers

are aware, the 2012 edition of NFPA
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introduced a new Chapter 4, which establishes
risk categories and requires a risk assessment
to be performed for health care projects. This
changed NFPA 99 from being a performancebased design document to a risk-based code. In
addition, NFPA 99 was renamed in 2012 from
the Standard for Health Care Facilities to the
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it from a standard to a code, making it more
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Now that the industry has had time to digest
this major change and begin performing risk
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confusion between the two NFPA codes.
However, the 2015 edition of NFPA 99
makes a discernible effort to bring the
two together to complement each other,
and now NFPA 99 matches much of the
wording in the 2014 version of NFPA 70
Article 517.
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However, it is hard to cover one topic
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as the Facility Guidelines Institute and

various state-specific department of

health services codes.
However, it is the job of an electrical
engineer to know these codes and how
to apply them. Having an understanding
of the intent behind each applicable code
is what enables an electrical engineer to
design the safest and most reliable systems. The design should meet or exceed
all required codes and should also take
into account the individual needs of the
particular health care facility.

Chapter 6, electrical systems

Risk-assessment changes

As previously mentioned, NFPA

99-2012 introduced the concept of a
required risk assessment to assign a
category level to the electrical systems
within a facility. In 2015, the code further clarifies the requirements of the risk
assessment. This edition adds section 4.2,
which doesnt require a risk assessment
when all Category 1 requirements are
According to the 2015 NFPA 99 Handbook, The reasoning is that if the highest level of safety prescribed by this code
is provided in a facility, then there is no

Figure 2: NFPA 99-2015 now depicts specific requirements on how to use a groundfault circuit interrupter (GFCI) device when used in an operating room.


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need to conduct a risk assessment. This

means that if it is feasible to design your
electrical systems to comply with all
Type 1 essential electrical system (EES)
and Category 1 requirements, then you
can bypass the risk assessment. However, if your systems (or budget) cannot
be designed to the highest level even for
areas or spaces that officially could be
classified in a lower category level, then
a risk assessment must still be performed.
There are several areas in which NFPA
99-2015 includes redefined or reworded
sections to closer align to the way that
NEC 2014 is written. Probably the largest global change across the code is the
replacement of patient care room with
space. This revised term has two distinct impacts. First, it reflects a change
that was made in NFPA 70-2014 so the
two have now adopted the same language. Second, this section now allows
a single large room to be broken into
several smaller spaces and thereby
treated differently.
For instance, in a large room, there
may be more than one different service
being provided in separate spaces, such
as a labor and delivery room or trauma
room. Now, there are subcategories
under the definition of patient-care
space including a Category 1 or Category
2 space, both of which can be simultaneously happening in the same room.
This new wording further supports the
risk-assessment mentality adopted by
the code by requiring a closer examination of the risks to a patient based on the
actual procedure that will be performed
in any given portion of a room.
In addition to this, several other definitions have been updated in NFPA 99 and
now are consistent with NFPA 70. These
include ampacity, bathroom, ground-fault
circuit interrupter (GFCI), and coordination. Although these may seem like trivial
modifications, the change helps to make
things less interpretive between jurisdictions and aids the engineer in knowing
what to expect when working in several
different localities.

Table 1: Existing-facility requirements

The next revision encountered in the
2015 NFPA 99-2015 is under the minimum quantity of receptacles required
for patient-care space in section (see Figure 1 for additional
information on this requirement). The
actual quantities have not changed, and
both NFPA 70 and NFPA 99 now match,
but the following verbiage was added to
NFPA 99: They shall be permitted to be
of the locking or nonlocking type, single,
duplex, or quadruplex type, or any combination of the three. All receptacles shall
be listed hospital grade.
This modified language now coordinates with the language in NFPA 70-2014,
Article 517. What currently does not
match is the spaces or areas. NFPA
70-2014 still defines the required quantities based on critical care or general care,
whereas NFPA 99-2015 defines them by
Category 1 or Category 2, respectively.
However, both align with respect to the
required quantities, so perhaps the 2017
edition of NFPA 70 will revise those definitions to align.
Other hot topics

There were several contentious sections in Chapter 6 in the 2012 edition

of NFPA 99 that created quite a ruckus
among industry professionals. The main
ones were selective coordination, wetprocedure locations, and application to
existing systems. These same hot topics
remain largely unchanged in the 2015
version (despite several efforts to revoke
them); however, some were expanded on
for further clarification.
Regarding selective coordination,
the 2015 edition remains unchanged. It
requires overcurrent protective devices
(OCPD) serving the EES be coordinated to 0.1 seconds and beyond. This
differs from the requirements in NFPA
70 Article 700, which requires full selective coordination (meaning to 0.01 seconds and beyond). NFPA 99 relaxed this
requirement and it maintains that, for
health care applications, other factors
must be considered in the selection of
OCPDs, such as arc flash hazards, equipment damage, risk of fires, or extended

NFPA 99 section


Two levels of ground: When existing construction does

not have a separate grounding conductor, the circuits
may still be used provided they are tested and meet the
specified performance for new systems.

Existing ground-fault circuit interrupter devices must be

listed. If not, they must be replaced with those that are

Existing receptacles in patient-care areas must be

hospital-grade type. If not, they must be replaced with
new hospital-grade devices.

Existing pediatric locations must have listed tamperresistant devices or employ a tamper-resistant cover.

Existing facilities are exempt from providing special

protection for wet-procedure locations; however, there
must be a written inspection procedure and more
stringent testing than would otherwise be required.
This exception does not apply to operating rooms (ORs).
Special protection for ORs is required even for existing

Grounding-systems testing in patient-care areas must

be performed in existing areas where it is altered or


All administration, maintenance, and testing

requirements of apply to existing systems.
The code prohibits a centralized computer from being
substituted for the alarm annunciation required for
the emergency power system, even in existing systems.
Therefore, if a system is currently setup that way, new
dedicated alarm systems must be installed.

Existing receptacles or cover plates must have distinctive

color or marking.

Switching of emergency lighting is allowed as long as it

does not provide egress illumination in existing systems.


All of the administrative duties listed in 6.4.4 including

maintenance, testing, and record keeping are required
for both new and existing buildings.


Existing systems also require maintenance, inspection,

and testing for Type 2 systems similar to Type 1 as
defined in 6.5.4.

Table 1: NFPA 99-2015 Chapter 6 helps to identify common issues you are likely to
encounter in an existing facility and covers how you are expected to address them.

outages, and that the 0.1-second minimum coordination threshold provides

full OCPD coordination for the majority
of fault conditions that occur.
The 2012 edition also defined an operating room as a wet-procedure location
unless a risk assessment determines otherwise. It listed requirements for how to
serve the power to these wet locations
from either an isolated power supply system or GFCI protection. NFPA 99-2015
maintains this same language; however,
it expands on additional requirements
when GFCI protection is used in section The code now specifies that

if you dont use an isolated power supply
system for an operating room and instead
choose to use GFCI, each receptacle shall:
n Be an individual GFCI device
n Be individually protected by a single GFCI device (see Figure 2).
This adds in the vital requirement that
if a GFCI trips, only one outlet is interrupted. Having the power interrupted
to more than one outlet could result in
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Codes & Standards

Clean exhaust

There were previously performance

requirements for Type 3 EES; however,
the use of this type of system was never
referenced elsewhere in the code. This
meant that no spaces were required to
be served from a Type 3 system, so the
committee deleted it altogether for the
2015 edition.


Fuel cell system





ac power

Figure 3: This depicts the basic concept of a fuel cell system.

the loss of power to multiple pieces of

equipment, causing a serious risk to the
Existing facilities

One of the goals of the 2012 edition was

to identify how the code is applicable (and
in what specific areas) to existing facilities. The 2015 edition continued with this
requirement with only a slight modification. NFPA 99 Chapter 6 helps to identify
common issues you are likely to encounter in an existing facility and covers how
you are expected to address them. Table
1 outlines these requirements. The only
change to this area for the 2015 edition
is that it removes the requirement to test
cord-and-plug devices and fixed electrical
equipment every 6 months. All required
testing is now based on installation and
failure rather than at regular intervals.

EES types

Another change in the 2015 edition

of NFPA 99 is that the term emergency
system is no longer used to refer to the
life safety and critical branches. Instead,
these two branches, along with the equipment branch, are now part of the EES as
described in In addition, there is a
new section (also applicable to


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Type 2 systems under, which

states, For the purposes of this code,
the provisions for emergency systems in
Article 700 of NFPA 70, National Electrical Code, shall be applied only to the life
safety branch system.
This was added to the 2015 edition to
clarify the relationship between NFPA 99
and Article 700 of NFPA 70. It is intended that only the life safety branch of the
essential electrical system comply with
Article 700, not the critical and equipment branches. Details in NFPA 99 further modifies how Article 700 is applicable to the life safety branch, which
includes exceptions for complying with
capacity requirements, wiring for fire
protection (1-hour-rated cabling versus
2-hour-rated cabling) and emergency
lighting (battery backup), and selective
coordination (NEC 700.27). This addition should clear up any confusion for
inspectors or plans reviewers, who may
be more familiar with Article 700 of the
code than health care emergency systems, and help to bring some consistency
in the review of the EES.
The other notable change to the EES
requirements in the 2015 version is that
it does not contain Section 6.6 Essential
Electrical System Requirements Type 3.

Alternate sources of power

The final change in NFPA 99-2015 is the

new verbiage in section The code
now allows fuel cell systems as a permitted
alternate source of power for all or part of
an essential electrical system. A fuel cell
converts the chemical energy of reactants
(a fuel and oxidant) to usable energy via an
electrochemical process (refer to figure 3).
NFPA 99-2015 further details that when
designing a fuel cell power system, all of
the following are applicable:
 The system must be installed and
meet all the requirements of NFPA
853: Standard for Installation of Stationary Fuel Cell Power Systems.
 There must be a fully redundant
(N+1) unit.
 The system still must conform to the
Level 1 requirements of assuming
and transferring all loads within 10
seconds of loss of normal power.
 There must be a continuous source
of fuel supply and the same quantity
of onsite fuel storage as required for
other alternate power sources.
 A connection for a portable diesel
generator is required of sufficient
capacity to supply the life safety and
critical branches.
These new provisions in the 2015 edition are included to allow the use of new
technologies while still ensuring the same
minimum level of safety. The hydrogen fuel
cell is an emerging technology that combines the advantages of batteries and diesel
generators and eliminates some of their disadvantages. Hydrogen fuel cells are quiet,

produce no emissions (only heat and clean

water), and require minimum maintenance.
However, fuel cell systems have some
major limitations when used as a health
care backup power supply that must be
considered. One potential issue is a concern associated with the safety of handling
and storage of hydrogen. Type 1 systems
require anywhere from 24 to 96 hours of
onsite fuel, so depending on the size of the
EES, storage of that quantity of hydrogen
may become a limitation.
In addition, another drawback is the
difficulty a fuel cell system can present
in assuming loads in 10 seconds. During start-up, hydrogen cannot be fed
fast enough and the fuel stack tends to
take more than 10 seconds to reach the
required output power. This problem can
be overcome by either running the system
continuously or by adding a battery system
to assist with start-up.
Probably the most limiting factor is
power density. Currently, the largest fuel

Probably the most limiting factor is power density.

Currently, the largest fuel cell backup power supply
system on the market is rated at 16 kW.
cell backup power supply system on the
market is rated at 16 kW. Since many
health care occupancies are designed
with systems starting at 500 kW and
range up to several-megawatt systems,
introducing a fuel cell system to support
the entire EES may not be feasible. It is
certainly a consideration for portions of
the system, however, to work toward net
zero designs and assist in potential U.S.
Green Building Council LEED certification points.
It is important for the design engineer to
be familiar with all of the requirements in
the code when designing health care facilities. There are additional electrical requirements peppered throughout the code, and
Chapter 10 specifically addresses electrical
equipment and some of the performance

criteria and testing requirements related

to electrical equipment. There also are
requirements within the gas and vacuum
systems (Chapter 5) and HVAC (Chapter
9) chapters. Having an understanding of
each area is what enables an electrical engineer to design the safest and most reliable
Danna Jensen is vice president at WSP +
ccrd. Most of her work consists of designing electrical distribution for hospitals; she
is the project manager of major hospital
projects, which includes knowledge of all
mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP),
and fire protection systems as well as
commissioning. She is a member of the
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Noise and vibration

control in building design

The acoustical environment in a buildinggood or badis the result of

design. For optimal occupant comfort and facility functionality, attention to
noise and vibration issues should be included early and throughout the
building design and construction process.
BY TIMOTHY CAPE, CTS-D, JBA Consulting Engineers, Atlanta; and
MICHAEL SCHWOB, PE, JBA Consulting Engineers, Las Vegas

Learning objectives
 Classify the various systems that may cause
noise or vibration in a building.
 Explain how to measure noise as it relates
to building occupants.
 Apply noise or vibration mitigation as needed.

uilding occupants have always

known (sometimes after the
fact, unfortunately) that the
acoustical environment can
be a key comfort factor, and
just as important as temperature and
light. Acoustics also can go beyond
comfort into the realm of artistic qual-

Diffuser noise
Reciprocating, centrifugal,
screw chillers

Variable air volume unit noise

Fan and pump noise

Fan instability, air turbulence

rumble, structure-borne vibration












Octave midband frequency, hertz

Figure 1: This chart describes common mechanical noise sources along with related
subjective descriptive terms and frequency ranges. Courtesy: ASHRAE


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itylike in performance spaces, music

practice environments, and recording
Noise and vibration in a building are
either caused by the building elements
directly, as in the case of mechanical
system noise, or allowed to affect the
building from outdoors, as in the case
of automobile or air traffic noise. Reverberation in enclosed spaces is also an
important acoustical parameter determined by room shape, finish selections,
the room size, and the number of people
in the space.
The responsibility for the acoustical
environment falls squarely on the building design team, requiring attention to
noise sources, such as mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems, as
well as architectural elements that both
enclose spaces and isolate noise.
Acoustical aspects of a building are
being formally recognized as a key factor in indoor environmental quality
as a part of certifications such as U.S.
Green Building Council LEED, BEAM
Plus, and other design guidelines, and
the building design process must incorporate appropriate attention to these
acoustical criteria.

Figure 2: The MGM Cotai gaming complex is a JBA Consulting

Engineers project in China encompassing the full gamut of acoustics and noise-control practices
including room acoustics, sound
isolation, HVAC noise control,
transportation noise, and other
aspects of acoustical engineering. From potential transportation
noise outside to room-to-room
isolation, public space environments, and entertainment spaces,
acoustics is integral to the overall
building design. Courtesy: JBA
Consulting Engineers/MGM

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Noise and vibration control

The vocabulary of acoustics

Just as in architecture, MEP, and other

building trades, there is a large body of jargon that may not be understood by those
not in the particular trade. This is also
true of acoustics. We wont define all of the
acronyms and specialty terms here, but it is
important to have a good understanding of
what the broad common terms mean in the
context of acoustical design in a building.
Four key terms are discussed: noise,
vibration, reverberation, and speech
intelligibility. These are the basic acoustical human-comfort parameters, just as
temperature, humidity, and air movement are basic human-comfort factors
for mechanical system design.

NoiseThe simple definition of noise

is unwanted sound. Chillers, fans, powered air terminal units, pumps, and generators are sounds that are not welcome
in excess at any time by building occupants. Even human speech can be noise.
Desirable speech includes that between
people inside of offices, conference
rooms, and training rooms, for example.
Unwanted speech comes from others
outside of offices, conference rooms, and
training roomswhich makes it noise.
Noise also can come from an outdoor
sources, such as cooling towers and
electrical generators, as well as from
transportation or industrial sources like
nearby airports, roads, rails, or outdoor

operations, such as mining or steel processing.

Figure 1 relates some HVAC noise
sources to the subjective descriptions of
the noise as well as the general frequency ranges associated with these types of
sources and descriptive terms.
VibrationVibration from mechanical equipment propagates through the
building structure and then radiates
from building elements; it is called
structure-borne noise. It consists of
structural movement that either disturbs building occupants directly
(vibration of floor or table surfaces, for
example) or indirectly as airborne noise
radiating from a wall, floor, or ceiling.

CASE STUDY: Mitigating noise in a warehouse

recent project for a distribution warehouse operation included

several acoustical challenges in a large, open office space that
served the support staff. The space included stone and glass on
three sides, with little area for sound absorbing surfaces. The interior design
firm had carpeted floors and an acoustical tile ceiling in mind for the space,
but there were some creative twists in the design that presented some
interesting acoustical challenges.
Rooftop units
The first challenge: The space had to be heated and cooled using four large
rooftop units, housed on a lightweight built-up roof deck over the office area.
Adequate vibration isolation from the rooftop units was required to reduce
reradiated noise into the office areas below. This would have been less of a
challenge with a concrete structure; however, the facility had a metal roof
deck on metal joists. This type of lightweight building structure requires
careful analysis for successful vibration isolation.
Vibration isolators interact with the structure on which they restmore
flexible structures require higher static deflection isolators to be effective.
If the structure is too flexible, then it can become very expensive or even
impractical to isolate vibration from the units.
The key, in this case, was to work with the structural and mechanical
engineers to relocate the rooftop units as close to the major joists as possible,
so that we could reduce the roof deflection of each unit to less than 0.25 in.
This allowed the use of a vibration-isolation curb with a relatively high, but
attainable, 3-in. static deflection.
Terminal units
The next challenge was the fan-powered terminal units installed below
the structure and above the ceilings. Two aspects of these were a problem:
Fan noise propagating down the ducts, and noise radiated from the terminal
unit housings into the spaces below.
The engineering team was able to address the potential duct-borne noise
by working with the mechanical engineers to incorporate acoustically lined


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ductwork between the fans and the supply diffusers and return registers. In a
couple of locations, duct silencers were required due to the short distances to
the first supply or return openings. Rerouting ductwork in some cases allowed
for the use of duct lining without a silencer, which is generally the preferred
solution for both financial and static pressure budgets.
The radiated noise from the terminal units proved more challenging. The
interior designers had in mind a slightly curved, more modern floating
ceiling, meaning there were large areas on ceiling tile with gaps that were
open to the structure aboveand to the terminal units.
The team worked with the mechanical engineers to search for quieter
terminal units, which was a challenge in itself because the way terminal
units are rated acoustically for radiated noise assumes the use of a closed
mineral-tile acoustical-ceiling plenum. In this case, an open-edge ceiling
with fiberglass tiles that do not isolate noise as well as the denser mineral
fiber tiles was used.
Engineers obtained the octave-band sound power data for various terminal
units and developed detailed predictions of the office-area noise based on
the ceiling conditions and the use of multiple terminal units over the space.
The final solution for the radiated noise problem was a combination of
selecting quieter terminal units and working with the interior designer to
configure an enclosed ceiling assembly that still appeared to be floating as
originally intended.
As a part of the ceiling design, the designer had to research and analyze
ceiling-tile options for the large 4x8-ft tiles that were desired. The consultants
found a supplier who could provide 2-in.-thick fiberglass ceiling tiles that
provided the sound absorption needed to reduce reverberation the large office
area. The fiberglass tiles included a sound-isolation membrane backing,
which provided the sound-transmission loss required to isolate the radiated
noise of the terminal units.
The results
The acoustical design was a long process that required deep coordination
with the mechanical engineer, structural engineer, and interior designer. That

Vibration in buildings is most often

caused by machines (i.e., mechanical
system fans, pumps, chillers, cooling
towers) and electrical system elements
(i.e., generators and transformers).
Other vibration sources can be human,
such as footfall noise on hard floors or
moving tables and chairs in a ballroom
above an office area. Vibration also can
be caused by external sources, such as
nearby trains or other heavy equipment
outside the building.
Perceptually, vibration may be lower
in frequency as compared with audible
sounds, usually being below about 20
Hz (cycles per second). Vibration also
can be in the audible frequency range of

roughly 20 to 20,000 Hz and radiate from

the structure as airborne noise.
Besides the human-comfort issues,
vibration can be a functional problem in
a building, ranging from disruption of
electron microscopes to wobbling ceiling-mounted video projectors.
Reverberation and speech intelligibilityReverberation is heard as sound
dies away in an enclosed space. Spaces
with hard surfaces will be more reverberant that ones with a large total area of
soft surfaces. The accepted and standard
method to measure the level of reverberation in a space is by measuring the
time required for sound to decay by 60
dB after the source sound has stopped,

defined as the reverberation time, and

denoted as RT60.
Nois e and re verb eration af fec t
speech intelligibility, which is a measure of how well words are heard
between a talker and a listener in a
given environment. We increase speech
intelligibility when we reduce reverberation and noise.
Reverberation is reduced when a space
has more absorptive surfaces, such as
acoustical tile ceilings, carpeted floors,
and fabric-wrapped fiberglass acoustical panels. The role of reverberation in
the acoustical environment is complex;
this article will focus more on noise and
vibration control.

Figure 4: The finished office had high transmission loss and

high-absorption 2x8-ft ceiling tiles in an enclosed floating
ceiling. Courtesy: JBA Consulting Engineers

process paid off in an acoustically comfortable and functional open-office

area with a great view. When the building was occupied, the design team
visited the site and made measurements in the office area. The team found
the background noise to be at appropriate design levels for an open-office
area, and without excessive reverberation.
The project is a great example of how cooperation between building trades
with the common goal of satisfied clients can be successful, albeit with a
lot of hard work.

Sound pressure level, dB re: 20 Pa





Office area (48 dBA)















Octave band center frequency, hertz

Figure 3: Background-noise-level measurements after construction

shows the background noise at the appropriate levels near NC 35,
with sound masking at appropriate levels. Low-frequency noise from
HVAC systems has been well controlled with noise-control treatments. Courtesy: JBA Consulting Engineers

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Noise and vibration control

Identifying the scope of work
for acoustics

In any building or space design, the

scope of work for noise and vibration
as well as the related architectural elements should be determined early in
the design process. Just like waiting
to start the mechanical system design
during the contract-documents phase
after the building design is almost done
would be a disaster, waiting to address
acoustical issues too late in the process
can have similar consequences in terms
of both added cost and decreased occupant comfort.
Identifying the acoustical scope of
work should be done at the beginning of
the project when the architectural, MEP,
and other scopes of work are determined.
Almost any project can benefit from
attention to acoustics during design, but

some project types should include acoustical design as a matter of course. Typical facilities, such as office buildings,
hospitality developments, educational
facilities, conference centers, medical
facilities, and houses of worship, would
normally include an acoustical scope of
work. Museums, theaters, recording studios, secure government facilities, and
other specialty facilities also require special acoustical consideration.
The acoustical scope of work includes
a range of fundamental tasks that apply
to almost every project. This can generally be categorized into three basic
acoustic goals:
n Noise and vibration control: The
reduction of noise and vibration in
the building caused by either internal or external sources

Table 1: Room noise criterion

NC or RC

Room types
Residences, apartments,

Office buildings


Living areas


Bathrooms, kitchens, utility rooms


Individual rooms or suites


Meeting/banquet rooms


Executive and private offices


Conference rooms


Teleconference rooms


Open-plan offices


Classrooms and lecture rooms


Table 1: See the ASHRAE HandbookHVAC Applications for more recommendations

and information regarding the selection and use of NC and RC curves. Courtesy: JBA
Consulting Engineers

Table 2: Acoustical-sensitivity hierarchy


Space examples
Recording studios, audio- and videoconferencing rooms, sleeping
Auditoriums, meeting spaces, huddle rooms, training rooms,
nonsleeping residential living spaces
Open offices, private offices, reception areas, dining areas, public
spaces, corridors
Storage, mechanical/machine rooms, electrical rooms, garages,

Table 2: By categorizing spaces into different acoustical sensitivity levels, the engineer can determine how much noise or vibration control is required. Courtesy: JBA
Consulting Engineers


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n Sound isolation: Reducing the

transmission of unwanted sound
from one space to another
n Reverberation control: Controlling the amount of reverberation
in spaces to both reduce noise and
increase the intelligibility of speech
for occupants in spaces.
There are, of course, other special
goals that are variations or combinations of these three goals. One example
is creating functional open-office spaces, where the increasing background
noise and reducing the intelligibility of
speech can be the goal. Even these specialty goals involve parameters associated with the basic three noted.
All of these goals then need to be
related to the type of facility, the size
of the facility, and the specific spaces
or areas of the building that need to be
addressed to create the acoustical scope
of work for the project.
Designing for noise and
vibration control

With goals established and scope of

work defined, the design work begins.
At the beginning of a project, noiseand vibration-control goals can play
an important role in determining space
adjacencies. As the project design progresses, more detail is developed that
requires integration into the deliverables for each building trade, particularly architecture, interior design, and
the MEP trades.
In the early stages of a project, noise
and vibration criteria should be set so
that the goals are quantifiable and provide a basis for design. The most common criteria used for noise control is
the noise criterion (NC) curve, which
is commonly used for rating of air diffusers and other HVAC components.
An enhanced rating system called
room criterion (RC) also is recommended by ASHRAE, but it is still not
as common as NC. Both are defined
in detail in the ASHRAE Handbook
HVAC Applications.

Table 3: Space adjacencies

Acoustically sensitive space

Buffer space

Recording studios, audio- and videoconferencing rooms,

sleeping spaces
Auditoriums, meeting spaces, huddle rooms, training
rooms, nonsleeping residential living spaces

Storage rooms
Data/telecom rooms
Prefunction areas

Noisy space
Mechanical rooms, rooftop units,
electrical rooms, generators, elevators,
copy rooms, gyms, nightclubs, restrooms

Table 3: Buffer spaceseither horizontal or verticalmay be used to separate quiet, sensitive spaces from noisy spaces.
Courtesy: JBA Consulting Engineers

ASHRAE has long-standing and

evolving recommendations for NC
curves to be used as design goals for
various common spaces. These have
been refined over the last 50 years
or so, and the ASHRAE list covers a
wide range of room types. A few of the
common space recommendations are
shown in Table 1.
Vibration criteria is tied to NC,
in that structure-borne noise radiated from building elements should
not produce audible sound beyond
the airborne NC for any given space.
Vibration isolation also is intended to
reduce vibration that can be felt but is
below the audible spectrum. To that
end, ASHRAE includes a definitive
and long-standing set of recommendations for selecting the type and performance of vibration isolators based on
the equipment being isolated and the
structure on which it is supported.
Noise and vibration control starts
with adjacencies

In a new building, a tenant buildout, or even a renovation, the most

cost-effective noise-control treatment
is changing space adjacencies early in
design. Significant time, money, and
aggravation can be saved by taking noise
control into account when planning
space adjacencies. Locating a conference
room or an office next to a mechanical room, for example, can have a huge
impact on the design and the cost of the
mechanical systems as well as architectural elements.
In this case, equipment can require
additional vibration isolation, perhaps
with the need for inertia bases for some
equipment. Piping and ductwork may

Table 4: Noise sources and treatments

Source type

Source examples

Path to building

treatment options


Cooling towers
Condensing units
Terminal units
Ducts (air noise, duct
flexion, diffusers, and





Space-adjacency selection
Vibration isolation
Equipment relocation
Flexible connections
Architectural isolation


Supply piping


Space-adjacency selection
Vibration isolation
Flexible connections
Architectural isolation

Occupant activities

Audio systems


Space-adjacency selection
Vibration isolation
Architectural isolation


Industrial equipment


Space-adjacency selection
Vibration isolation
Architectural isolation

Space-adjacency selection
Vibration isolation
Equipment relocation
Flexible connections
Acoustical duct liner
Duct configurations
Architectural isolation

Table 4: Common treatments are listed for different types of noise sources. Note that
careful space-adjacency selection is an approach that benefits isolation from all of
these noise sources. Courtesy: JBA Consulting Engineers

require additional vibration isolation.

Ductwork may require rerouting with
additional acoustically lined ductwork
and silencers. Architecturally, special
(and costly) wall or floor/ceiling constructions may be required to reduce
airborne noise.
These costs may be unavoidable
based on the space configurations and
required adjacencies, but maybe not.
Considering noise control during space
planning can save the owner significant

design and construction costs, particularly if a noise problem is created that

isnt identified until after construction
is at or near completion.
To find potentially problematic adjacencies, start by looking at the spaces
that will comprise the building or tenant build-out and determine the acoustical sensitivity hierarchy as shown in
Table 2.
In addition to acoustically sensitive
spaces, noisy spaces and equipment also
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Noise and vibration control

must be identified. Noisy spaces can be
related to MEP systems, other machinery, or just an activity in a space.
Once the more acoustically sensitive
spaces and the noisy spaces are identified, the goal is to separate them as
much as possible with spaces that are less
acoustically sensitive. These less acoustically sensitive spaces are commonly
called buffer spaces. Dont forget that
both horizontal and vertical adjacencies
must be evaluated.
Table 3 shows some example adjacencies that could prove problematic and
the common buffer spaces that may be
used to separate sensitive spaces from
noisy spaces.
Identifying noise sources

A large part of the acoustical consultants work is identifying noise sources

and analyzing the path from those noise
sources to the building occupants. Noise
control is what happens in between.
A supply-air fan makes noise, and the
noise can propagate down the duct and
into a room via a diffuser, which also makes
noise, and through the air to an occupant.

treatments including the use of enhanced

construction of floor/ceiling assemblies,
partition design, and alternative door and
window materials and hardware.
Table 4 provides a summary of common noise sources, the path the noise
takes to building occupants, and common approaches used to mitigate the
Turning recommendations into
building designs

The primary goal of the acoustician

in the building design and construction
process is to assist the building team
with creating spaces that are comfortable and functional for the occupants.
There is no acoustical set of trade drawings that can be issued to a contractor to
make this happen. Instead, the acoustical goals are implemented via measurement (when possible), analysis, and the
development of recommendations for
the other building trades. The recommendations are then implemented in
each trades construction documents.
The process of acoustical analysis,
recommendation, and review is an

The primary goal of the acoustician in the building

design and construction process is to assist the building
team with creating spaces that are comfortable and
functional for the occupants.
That noise also can radiate through its
enclosure, through a wall or ceiling, and
through the air again to the same or another
occupant. The fans also produce vibration
that enters the structure; travels in the floor,
columns, and walls; and radiates yet again
through air to another building occupant.
All of these paths are addressed as part of
the acoustical design process.
There are some common noise- and
vibration-control treatments used to mitigate noise from the source to the receiver.
These may be specific to a trade (like the
use of duct-liner board in air ducts) or more
generally applicable, as in the case of selecting appropriate space adjacencies. Architectural elements also can act as noise-control

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interactive task throughout design and

construction. The timing for these tasks
must allow for information to be provided to the acoustical team early enough
for recommendations to be developed,
communicated, and then incorporated
into the design package. The acoustical
team then reviews the design documents
after the recommendations have been
incorporated by each trade.
After the noise- and vibrationcontrol treatments noted above are
developed and recommended, they are
then incorporated into the design package. The acoustical input may appear
in a variety of contexts in the design
package including:

MEP drawings and specifications:

n Vibration-isolator schedules for
HVAC, electrical, and plumbing
n Maximum sound power requirements for air handling equipment
including inlet and outlet levels and
maximum casing-radiated noise
n Maximum NC ratings for diffusers
and registers
n In-line duct-silencer locations with
performance requirements including minimum sound attenuation,
maximum static pressure drop,
airflow rates, and maximum regenerated noise,
Architectural drawings and
n Door type and hardware schedules
including gasket specifications
n Identification of acoustical absorptive treatments including acoustical
paneling and acoustical tile ceiling
drawings and specifications.
n Partition types with acoustical
details noted, such as caulking and
resilient supports as needed.
Structural drawings and specifications:
n Extent and type of acoustical
roof deck
n Slab configurations where slab
cuts may be required for vibration
n Provisions and specification of
HVAC curbs, housekeeping pads,
and inertia bases.
Timothy Cape is director of acoustics
at JBA Consulting Engineers. Michael
Schwob is technical advisor at JBA Consulting Engineers.


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heat and power systems
Cogeneration systems, often referred to as combined heat and power (CHP) systems, generate both electricity and thermal energy. As they
become more common in the United States, engineers must understand the nuances and design
strategies for successful application.
BY RODNEY V. OATHOUT, PE, CEM, LEED AP, DLR Group, Overland Park, Kan.

ombined heat and power

(CHP) systems are being
applied in commercial facilities
because of energy efficiency,
reliability, and return on investment (ROI). CHP equipment can be a key
element in a microgrid for a facility or group
of buildings in close proximity. The characteristics of a microgrid system include energy-generating equipment directly serving
consuming equipment through an onsite
electrical distribution system. The robust
nature of the onsite generating equipment
typically determines if supplemental energy
from a grid source is required.
Other examples of energy-generating
equipment found in microgrids include
generators, fuel cells, batteries, and renewables. The increasing use of microgrids in
the built environment can be attributed to
the advancement of cogenerating technologies like CHP. The onsite energy generation
reduces the reliance on electricity from the
grid, adding resiliency against power outages, brownout, and other disruptions
The most common type of CHP technology applicable for commercial projects is the topping cycle, where fuel is first


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used to generate electricity or mechanical energy at the facility and a portion of

the waste heat from power generation
is then used to provide useful thermal
energy. The main components of a CHP
module include a prime mover, generator,
heat recovery, and electrical interconnection. The term prime mover is a generic
description used in this application for
the device that consumes the fuel and
powers the generator to produce electricity. The prime mover also produces thermal energy that can be captured and used
for other onsite processes that use steam
or hot water. There are several commercially available prime movers including
turbines, microturbines, reciprocating
engines, and fuel cells.
CHP systems are available in many
sizes and design variations, but the premise among these variations is the same. A
fuel source, most commonly natural gas, is
consumed by the CHP equipment, which
produces electricity and thermal energy.
A strategy for maximizing the ROI of
energy-efficient equipment is finding
applications that allow continuous operation at the peak-efficiency point and the

ability to consume all of the thermal energy generated by the CHP. Energy efficiency
for CHP systems is generated in two ways:
production of two energy sources with one
fuel and the added efficiency associated
with producing electricity onsite to avoid
transmission losses.

 Explain combined heat and
power (CHP) and how it can
be applied in commercial
 Develop a strategy for
applying CHP equipment in
the built environment.
 Evaluate and calculate the
energy efficiency of the CHP

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Combined heat and power systems

One of the defining characteristics
of CHP systems is that thermal energy
produced can be up to five times greater
than the electricity generated. Other CHP
technologies have different thermal-toelectric ratios. For instance, a natural gas
drive engine produces about the same of
amount of thermal and electric energy.
CHP systems based on combustion turbine technology generally produce twice
as much thermal energy than electricity.
Therefore, facilities with significant and
continuous hot-water demands would be
good choices for applying CHP systems.
The design challenge is selecting the CHP
equipment with characteristics most suitable for the requirements of the facility and
providing the necessary auxiliary equipment to maintain operation as hot-water
demands naturally fluctuate.
Building applications

A specific facility type and equipment

performance are used to provide a basis
for the discussion. The process for application will remain as generic as possible to
ensure this technique may be applied with
other design parameters. Hospitality occupancy will be used as the model for applying CHP equipment in the built environment. Other facility types that also may be
good choices for applying this technology
include multifamily housing, prisons/jails,
health care, and industrial applications
with continuous hot-water demands. The

To domestic
hot water

project under consideration is a 210-room

full-service hotel with onsite commercial
laundry, three restaurants, and a lounge.
This example will study only how the CHP
can supplement the domestic hot-water
service. Clearly, there is an application for
a CHP system to serve as a hydronic heating system. Heating systems pose an added
complication to the analysis due to climate
and system operation issues.
The energy flow through the microCHP system includes 100% fuel coming
into the system, with 75% thermal energy,
20% electricity, and 5% exhaust exiting
the system. These values are based on
the higher heating value of the fuel. The
performance characteristics of this equipment are smaller than most CHP systems, thus, the term micro-CHP is used
to describe this unit. The micro-CHP
equipment is usually applied as multiple
units to maximize operating time near the
highest performance levels.
The CHP equipment considered for
this case study is based on a Stirling
cycle that uses natural gas as the fuel to
produce 6 kW of electricity and 35 kW
(120 kBtu/h) thermal energy at design
conditions. At these design conditions,
the equipment is rated at 95% efficiency
and the supply-water temperature for the
thermal energy is 160F. The electricity
production can vary by manufacturer.
The electricity produced in the example
is minimal as compared with the thermal
Cold water
HW recirc. pump

CHP modules

CHP modules
Thermal storage tank

CHP circulation

Figure 2: This simplified diagram shows how CHP equipment can be integrated into a
domestic hot-water heating system.


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How to apply
CHP equipment

he following is a summary of an
approach recommended to apply combined heat and power (CHP) technology to
a commercial facility. Step-by-step guide
for applying CHP equipment:

1. Model the performance of the thermal

energy systems.

2. Model the thermal and electric performance of the CHP equipment.

3. Prepare a flow diagram and sequence

of operation for the thermal system in
the facility.

4. Prepare integrated system design

with CHP and traditional hot-watergenerating equipment.

5. Prepare a one-line diagram of the

electrical design.

6. Confirm emission regulation and electrical interconnection requirements.

7. Test combinations of CHP equipment

to maximize return on investment of
other design criteria.

8. Finalize the design.

9. Train the user.

energy and will be completely absorbed

within the facility, so utility interconnection is a minor issue. There are other
examples of cogenerating equipment
where the electrical production has a
much greater role in the overall design
decisions. The electricity generated by
onsite sources like CHP equipment play
an important role in the energy efficiency
story for this system.
Domestic hot-water use was profiled
for the facility. A majority of the morning and evening hot-water use is by occupants in the guestrooms. The laundry and
restaurants are primary hot-water users
during the daytime. There are other small
energy losses included in the hot-water
calculation, such as in the recirculation
pump and piping.
There are several assumptions included
in this hot-water-use profile, such as average hotel occupancy, hot-water consumption by guests, restaurant occupancy, and
laundry equipment performance. These
values can vary drastically depending on
the application, so it is important for the
engineer to identify the quantity and use
patterns for a particular application when
preparing the design calculation.

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gated uses some type of thermal storage
equipment that can be used to satisfy the
thermal peaks and prolong CHP equipment operation.
Figure 2 shows a simple diagram of how
CHP equipment supplementing a domestic hot-water system can be organized.
The calculation to be solved as part of this
system design is the optimization of the
storage tank size, output of the CHP equipment, and consumption of the domestic
hot water by the facility. The financial
viability of the design requires the CHP
to operate at the most efficient point for
the maximum duration possible while
consuming all of the energy produced.
The CHP system is a closed loop that
preheats the domestic hot water through a
heat exchanger and thermal storage tank.
The discharge of the thermal storage tank
serves the domestic hot-water system.
Project specifics may require additional
storage tanks, conventional hot-water
generation, thermostat mixing valves, and
other traditional components.
The starting point for the system design
simulation was using a thermal storage
tank with a capacity approximate to the
size of the hot storage tank required by
the traditional calculation for the domestic hot-water system. This seemed like a
reasonable point to reduce or eliminate


the need for any additional hot-water storage. The final size of the thermal storage
tank will eventually be affected by heatexchanger performance, number of CHP
modules, and facility requirements.
Figure 3 shows the calculated thermal
storage-tank temperature with one, two,
and three CHP modules operating at 100%
performance using a 3,000-gallon tank
size. The optimized hot-water temperature for the CHP equipment is 130F, and
assumed approach temperature of the heat
exchanger is 4F. Therefore, the realistic
setpoint temperature of the thermal storage tank is 135F. Figure 3 predicts tank
values greater than 135F. Using those
assumptions, the CHP would modulate its
output as a response to achieving setpoint
temperature in the thermal storage tank.
The first point of the analysis is determining a reasonable combination of CHP
units, thermal storage tanks, and heat
exchangers that result in a stable operating condition. Once the stable combinations are determined, the lifecycle cost
analysis can be performed to select the
best course for the project. The equipment
combination identified with the optimal
cost of ownership can be compared with a
traditional domestic hot-water system to
determine the ROI.
Table 1 shows the power production for
the CHP module performance shown in
Figure 3. The values in Table 1 are theoretical electrical production values that
allow the thermal storage tank to naturally fluctuate.
Figure 4 shows how the thermal storage tank temperature varies based on hotel
occupancy. Figure 4 shows the calculated
thermal storage tank temperature with


Table 1: Theoretical daily

electricity production

Design strategy

The value of a CHP system in this

application is the electricity that is produced along with the thermal energy.
The efficiency of hot-water production
in CHP systems nearly approaches most
condensing-type water heaters. Maximizing the electricity production and consuming all of the thermal energy is the
value proposition for this system. The
criteria for electricity production include
maximum operating of the CHP equipment at the highest efficiency point.
There are a couple of obvious conclusions when analyzing the thermal requirements of the facility and the hot-water production of the CHP equipment. First, the
thermal production of one CHP unit is not
large enough to meet the thermal requirement of the facility. An approach for organizing the system may be installing enough
CHP capacity to meet the maximum thermal demand of the facility. This approach
would result in a large initial investment
and extended periods when a large part of
the installed capacity is dormant.
A second approach is to undersize
the CHP equipment as compared with
the thermal requirement, resulting in
maximum operating time but missing
out on additional thermal and electric
production. The solution to be investi-

Thermal storage tank temperature (F)

Calculated thermal storage tank temperature



One CHP module

Two CHP modules
Three CHP modules






Time of day
Figure 3: This figure highlights the expected thermal storage tank temperature at fullload operation of one, two, and three micro-CHP modules.


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Number of
CHP modules

Power production




Table 1: This table shows the electricity production from one, two, and three
micro-CHP modules assuming the modules are operating at maximum capacity.



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Calculated thermal storage tank temperature

95% occupancy


70% occupancy
50% occupancy






Time of day
Figure 4: This diagram highlights the expected thermal storage tank temperature
using one micro-CHP module at maximum capacity and varying the occupancy rate
of the facility.

varying hotel occupancy using one CHP

module operating at 100% performance
using a 3,000-gallon tank size. An important strategy when considering design
strategies for a CHP system intended to
supplement a domestic hot-water system
is the impact of hotel occupancy. Figure
4 suggests that using one CHP module
for lower hotel occupancy rates is a good
match because the electricity production
is maximized and the temperature of the
thermal storage tank remains reasonable.
There are several conclusions that can
be drawn from the data presented in
these figures. Based on the hot-water load
assumed, one CHP module could operate
24/7 to supplement the domestic hot-water
system. The data also suggests that three
CHP modules operating at 100% capacity
produce more hot water than necessary.
This conclusion is based on the very high
temperatures produced at 5 a.m. and that
the temperature of the tank at hour 23 is
much greater than hour 0, indicating an
anomaly in the modeling and suggesting
an unstable operating condition.
The overheating of the thermal storage observed in the three-module option
could be managed through modulation
of the system, but the small performance
increase available during peak periods is
overshadowed by the longer periods of
reduced operation. Therefore, it appears

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that the two-module option with some

modulation in performance may be the
optimum selection for this application.
The heat exchanger and thermal storage tank have a lower price point than
the CHP equipment. Architectural and
structural limitations aside, there may be
a temptation to oversize the thermal storage tank and heat exchanger so the CHP
equipment can operate at maximum performance. This approach could be problematic because of the long periods where
the water temperature in the thermal storage tank would be in the range known to
promote Legionella (Legionnaires disease).
There are many factors associated with
the growth of Legionella bacteria including water temperature between 90 to
120F. The approach recommended is to
slightly oversize the CHP equipment as
compared with the thermal storage tank
to ensure the water temperature in the
thermal storage tank can be controlled at
setpoint with minimal, short-lived, temperature variation.
The daily power production for the twoCHP-module option with a fixed thermal storage tank temperature of 135F is
85,410 kWh. This results in 28,470 kWh
(33%) more electric production per day
as compared with the single-CHP-module
operation. The two-module option provides additional benefits of CHP equip-

ment redundancy and less reliance on the

traditional equipment for domestic hotwater production. Additionally, this power
production is important to the operation
of the facility, but is not large enough to be
concerned about returning power to the
grid. Exporting electricity to the utility
grid can be complicated and highly regulated in many parts of the United States.
The price paid for the exported power is
often greatly discounted from the purchase
price, which adds to the importance of
consuming all of the electricity produced
by the CHP onsite.
Energy efficiency

The analysis presented is a very specific

example and provides a methodology for
the calculations necessary to apply CHP to
a commercial building project. The technology considered has a large thermal-toelectric energy ratio. Therefore, the best
opportunities for application of this technology are projects with consistent hotwater requirements (either domestic water
heating, hydronic water heating, or both).
There are other technologiesfuel
cells, for instancewhere the thermalto-electric-energy ratio are comparable
with or dominated by electricity production. The approach for applying other
cogeneration technologies is similar but
has some distinct differences. The dependence on large hot-water use may not be
as important with cogeneration system
types with smaller thermal-energy production. Interconnection agreements and
net metering will be more important with
cogeneration systems that have higher
electricity production.
One of the key benefits of using CHP or
other cogeneration equipment is the value
of making electricity onsite. Gaining a
greater understanding of site and source
energy and leveraging the benefits is gaining popularity among high-performance
building designers. The full definition of
site and source energy can be found in
many locations including U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys (EPA) Portfolio Manager website.
Source energy is defined as the energy
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transmission and distribution of the energy between the site and
where the energy is ultimately created, referred to as the source.
For natural gas, the difference between site and source
energy is very small, less than 5%, due to the modest losses
between the well head and the final consumption location. The
reality for electricity is much different. The disparity between
source and site energy varies throughout the United States and
is caused by many factors, including how the electricity is generated. The ratio between site and source energy can be smaller
in areas where electricity is produced by technologies different
than combustion of fossil fuels. Typically, the source energy
for electricity can be as high as 300% more than site energy.
The EPAs Portfolio Manager website provides information
on how these values are calculated and used in Energy Star
analysis. Using the example presented previously, the 85,410
kWh of electricity generated at the facility would require
approximately 256,230 kWh of capacity if generated by a utility source offsite. By creating the electricity onsite, there is
an opportunity to positively affect the overall efficiency of
electricity consumed, reduce the load on the grid, and reduce
the pollution created by generating the power.
The ROI calculation for most equipment is filled with
assumptions on important factors like fuel costs, equipment
costs, available incentives, and financial matrices. The following assumptions are intended to show the process and order
of magnitude for the ROI on the installation. This calculation
is based on a simple payback analysis with two micro-CHP
modules, 3,000 gallons of thermal storage, pumps, piping, heat
exchangers, electrical provisions, and other controls to form
a complete system.
This type of onsite power generation qualifies for incentives
in some areas of the United States. Many government agencies
use incentives in the form of rebates and favorable tax provisions to promote the use of emerging technologies. Table 2
provides the calculations with and without incentives.
Table 2 includes many assumptions that may not be valid in
some parts of the U.S. Of course, utility rates routinely fluctuate and maintenance costs can vary based on equipment, service rates, and other factors. The life expectancy is commonly
manufacturer-specific, but assuming 20 years of useful life
and the assumptions provided in Table 2, CHP equipment to
supplement domestic hot water, heating water, and electricity
production can be beneficial.
So far, this analysis assumes that the CHP system would be
supplemental to the traditional full-sized domestic hot-water
system. The performance and reliability of this equipment
suggest that the CHP system could be a major contributor to
the domestic hot-water production for the facility, justifying
smaller traditional domestic hot-water-generating equipment.
The ROI could be significantly improved if the cost difference between the full-sized domestic hot-water system and
a complimentary-sized system is included in the calculation.
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tional water-heating equipment affects
the analysis and ROI.
Cogeneration systems that include
equipment like CHP modules can be a
viable part of a high-performance building
design. This equipment can supplement
(or even provide all of) the domestic hotwater requirements of the facility. They
also can be used to satisfy the heatingwater component of a building. Facilities
with significant and continuous hot-water
or heating consumption are good candidates for applying cogeneration systems.
The efficiency for producing hot water is
comparable with traditional hot-watergenerating equipment, such as condensing boilers. The tangible benefit of a CHP
system is the electricity generated simultaneously with the hot water. The ROI for
the system is maximized when the CHP
modules and accessories are optimized
for prolonged electricity generation that
can be completely consumed onsite at the
highest efficiency level.

Table 2: Summary of return on investment


No incentives

With tax and

other incentives

With incentives
and WH savings

Effective cost of electricity




Cost of natural gas













Estimated incentives/
tax credit

Installed CHP cost

Water-heater equipment
savings (WH savings)
Annual maintenance cost




Cost of additional gas used




Value of electricity




Net savings per year

Simple payback




10.8 years

7.7 years

5.3 years

Table 2: This summarizes the return on investment for a micro-CHP system with two
modules based on a series of fuel costs, construction costs, maintenance costs, and
incentives. WH savings is the anticipated savings in construction cost caused by
reducing the conventional water heating equipment by the amount produced by the
CHP equipment.

Rodney V. Oathout is the energy and

engineering leader and principal at DLR
Groups Overland Park, Kan., office. He is
a champion for integrated design, energy

efficiency, and human engagement in highperformance building design. He is a member of the Consulting-Specifying Engineer
editorial advisory board.


New LPD Y Strainer
dramatically reduces
energy loss
Completely redesigned, the new
LPD Y Strainer has a cleaner,
leaner internal geometry and
massive screen surface area to
allow smooth, free uid ow.
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the success stories of these participating
manufacturing innovators:

Reliable Controls

Barron Lighting Group

RenewAire LLC



Contemporary Controls

Rite-Hite Fans

Douglas Lighting Controls






Janus Fire Systems

Unison Comfort Technologies

Navien America Inc.

Uponor, Inc.


UV Resources

Red-White Valve Corporation

Yaskawa America, Inc.

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A Better Coupling Choice Has Arrived

Baldors newest addition to our coupling product offering the BaldorDodge Raptor coupling featuring a
finite-element optimized winged elastomeric element design, the Raptor provides longer driven equipment life and
improved reliability. Raptors patented WingLock technology increases surface area at the most critical regions
of the element, resulting in higher bond strength, improved fatigue resistance, and longer life than competitive
urethane designs.
For reduced maintenance, the Raptor offers a split element for easy installation and replacement without moving
or re-aligning connected equipment. Slotted clamp ring holes offer extra clearance for mounting hardware,
resulting in a noticeably easier installation. Designed for drop-in interchangeability, Raptor couplings work in
existing applications without any modifications.

Longer Driven Equipment Life and Improved Reliability

Leveraging over 50 years of Dodges natural rubber expertise, the
Raptor features a natural rubber flexible element that offers a
number of performance benefits when compared to competitive
urethane designs.

Because the Raptor element uses a natural rubber compound, it is

significantly more flexible than urethane designs. Natural rubber
yields an element with approximately 50% lower torsional and bending stiffness, resulting in longer life for all types of connected driven
equipment including motors, pumps, compressors and gearboxes.

Easier Installation and Reduced Maintenance

The BaldorDodge Raptor has everything needed for easier

installations and reduced maintenance costs.
Split element for easy replacement without moving and re-aligning
connected equipment
Slotted clamp ring holes offer 187% extra mounting hardware
clearance versus competitors circular through holes.
Approximately 50% lower torsional stiffness makes the element
significantly easier to manipulate by hand during installation
Maintenance free non-lubricated natural rubber element for
trouble-free operation
Installation for Baldor Dodge Raptor couplings are quick and easy.
The Raptors horizontally split element doesnt require locking shafts
during installation, meaning a faster installation, requiring fewer tools
and eliminating shaft damage. Simply fasten the shaft hubs, install the
element, and tighten the hardware.
Suitable for a broad range of industrial applications, BaldorDodge
Raptor couplings are third-party ATEX certified for use in hazardous
environments. Raptor elements are also available with an Armored
Element that exceeds ASTM 1149-07 rubber deterioration standards
for use in extreme environments.
Baldor Electric Company

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Think Design and Safety With Barron Lighting Group

Dance To Your Own Beat
The response to the introduction of the Exitronix Tempo Pro series
of exits and emergencies has been nothing short of amazing.
Barron Lighting Group launched Tempo Pro at the end of 2015 and
since then it has also been nominated for the Consulting-Specifying
Engineer 2016 Product of the Year. This new generation of life
safety products embodies the evolution of LEDs with a smaller
profile and more performance. Offering up to 40-foot-on-center
spacing from just 2 watt LEDs, this powerful package fits in the
palm of your hand, resulting in a smaller footprint that costs less
to ship and uses less distributor shelf space. Its also less
obtrusive visually. Standard features include injection-molded
UL94V-0 flame-rated housing; ultra-bright 6,000K SMD LEDs; fully
adjustable lamps for top, side, forward, or backlight distribution;
tool-less design for fast and easy installation; UL and cUL certified;
suitable for damp locations and120/277VAC 60Hz input.

New Products Debut

At Lightfair International 2016, Barron Lighting Group introduced a
wide range of LED products including; an extremely durable
weatherproof emergency combo, unique custom finishes that
stepped up the design on spec emergency fixtures, a new LED high
bay/low bay with tray access for easy installation and maintenance,
emergency lighting with tool-less battery access door with the
optional numeric diagnostic indicator, and two flexible border tube
luminaires. Also shown were the single ended horticulture reflector
and 315W ceramic metal halide mogul base lamp which will fit a
majority of the horticulture fixtures on the market.

Barron Lighting Group manufactures comprehensive lighting
solutions in LED, induction, florescent and HID fixtures to handle
the most necessary and challenging commercial and industrial
applications. Barron designed, engineered and manufactured the
first LED exit sign, and in 1984 the company launched the Exitronix
brand. The Trace*Lite division followed soon after and enabled
Barron to expand its commercial lighting offerings. With the
introduction of specialtyLED division came custom and decorative
LED lighting for both indoor and outdoor amazement.
Most recently, the Indoor Grow Science division added highperformance lighting for the horticultural industry. Barrons headquarters is located in Glendale, Arizona and it has
nine distribution warehouses across the U.S. to efficiently supply the lighting demands across the country.

Tel: 888-533-3948, 623-580-3948 |

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Assessing, Addressing and Adapting:

How Energy Management is Paving the Road to Smart Cities
Today, nearly every function of our lives has a
technological component that resides in the cloud. This is
becoming true for buildings as well. Cloud-based energy
management platforms are one of the many technologies
being used to add intelligence to buildings, transitioning
them from stand-alone brick and mortar structures to
interactive components of a networked grid. This is a
necessary next step in the evolution of smart cities and
on a smaller scale smart campuses.

Laying the Groundwork:

Creating High Performance Buildings
Commercial buildings are some of the largest energy
users in the country, largely due to their HVAC systems.
This makes optimizing these operations through a smart,
software platform like BuildingIQ one of the easiest ways for buildings even those already considered
high-performing to cut costs without upfront expense or intense infrastructure changes.
In essence, this creates a self-driving building. Like a car taking into consideration its mpg and rush hour
traffic, it uses both internal and external variables to get to its destination efficiently.
Powered by predictive analytics, an advanced management platform uses weather forecasts, occupancy
patterns, building characteristics, and energy pricing to come to the most efficient daily operating strategy.
The intelligent nature of the system allows it
to foresee opportunities for energy savings
and act upon them in real-time instead of
reporting consumption after-the-fact. The
cloud-based nature of the technology allows
it to scale across a portfolio of buildings.

The Two Way Street:

Communicating with Utilities
Similar to a self-driving cars awareness of
other drivers, cloud-based platforms account
for other grid customers by serving as the
necessary link between a building and its
utility. This enables seamless, automatic
participation in demand response programs, which allow utilities to be more dynamic and efficient in their
energy production by closely matching supply to demand. This benefits both the customer and the grid.
By opening communication between buildings and utilities, were creating an intelligent network operating
toward a common goal and paving the way for smart cities.

Contact Carter Kohlmeyer at | 888-260-4080 |

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Achieving an Open Controller

Built on the Sedona Framework
Contemporary Controls has been a long-time supporter of a truly
open controller, one that utilizes an open protocol for network
communications, supports an open programming language for
implementing control strategies and provides a programming tool
that is available to systems integrators without restriction.
To address the need for an open programming language
Contemporary Controls created the Sedona Application Editor
(SAE), which is a free tool we provide that allows users to program
Sedona-compliant devices from any Sedona supplier.


If you are new to programming controllers, be sure to download

the SAE. It allows users to try out the programming possibilities
without making a financial commitment to a controller. By using the
SAE, you have access to Sedona Framework, an open-source
programming language, and you get a free control-programming
tool that lets you emulate actual control applications, states
Joe Stasiek, Sales Manager.

Using BACnets open protocol and the open control

language provided by Sedona Framework, along with
the SAE, the BAScontrol Series becomes a truly open
controller. The new BAScontrolZ and the recently
released BAScontrol22 offer BACnet client and
server capabilities allowing the devices to respond
to commands from a head-end while commanding
attached BACnet MS/TP I/O modules from the Cube
I/O and RIB I/O families.
The BAScontrol20 offers 20 points of I/O while the
BAScontrol22 offers 22 points and a daisy-chained
Ethernet connection. The BASstat is a BACnet MS/TP
communicating thermostat for staged heating/cooling
RTUs and for fan coils.


The BAScontrol Series combines an open protocol

with an open control language, said Stasiek, The
devicescan be programmed using Niagara Workbench
or a Sedona programming tool like our SAE. And weve
developed more than 100 custom Sedona components
that allow users to do things like read and write wire
sheet data from web browsers or BACnet clients.
To learn more about Contemporary Controls products
visit the new website at

Sedona Application Editor (SAE)

Download at: | 630-963-7070
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Firetrace: When traditional suppression approaches

just arent enough
Firetrace offers facilities that cant afford the interruption of a
fire, including hospitals, the more efficient option of controlling and suppressing fires before they have the opportunity to
become a disruptive event.
Typically, many facilities approach fire suppression in the
macro sense, with rooms and large areas covered by largescale suppression systems such as sprinklers. In many sectors
legislation means that this type of system is mandatory, and
theres no doubt that the macro approach has an important role
to play.
But consider the benefit of introducing a further tier of
protection where the detection and suppression take place
while the fire is still confined to the originating enclosure.
Firetrace Direct Low Pressure Systems do just that.
They take detection and delivery to each component within an
electrical equipment cabinet.
In the event of a component failure and fire, the proprietary
Firetrace Detection Tubing immediately above the heat source
softens, allowing the pressurized detection tube to burst and
deliver the selected fire suppression agent directly over the
heat source. The damage within the cabinet is often limited to
the failed component, meaning a much faster and less
costly repair.
Firetrace systems are available with a number of commercially
available suppression agents including 3M Novec 1230,
Chemours FM-200, ABC Dry Chemical, and CO2. For the
majority of electrical enclosures, Novec 1230 or FM-200 are
the most popular choices due to the non-conductivity and
non-corrosiveness of these agents, which require no cleanup.
Facilities worldwide are taking more aggressive steps against
fire incidents by looking closely at the most common sources of
fire and providing supplemental systems to help prevent these
disruptive and dangerous events.
Rather than replacing other legislated systems, Firetrace fire
suppression systems offer a prudent additional layer of defense
to safeguard facilities against lost time, expensive repairs and
devastating loss of life.

Firetrace International | |

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Greenheck introduces a new hybrid inline fan.

Greenhecks new Model EQB inline fans are designed to
quietly and efficiently exhaust, supply or recirculate clean air
in a building. Utilizing a patent-pending octagonal galvanized
housing, the compact yet rugged design of the EQB maximizes
air performance while reducing energy usage and sound.

Lower Sound Power, Better Sound Quality

The sound quality of a mixed flow fan is as beneficial to low
sound design as the reduced overall sound power. Compared
to centrifugal and axial fans that have dominant tones in the
low and mid-to-high frequency octave bands respectively,
Model EQBs mixed flow fan does not have a dominant tone.
A bystander would hear a more bland sound that is significantly
quieter than a centrifugal or axial fan, making the EQB ideal for
environments where quiet operation is required.

High Performance

With its mixed flow wheel, Model EQB is designed to deliver

extremely efficient performance up to 3 in. wg (747 Pa) and
up to 23,000 cfm (39,077 m3 /hr). This high efficiency level can
lead to lower annual operating costs and significant energy
savings for green building projects. In fact, Model EQB offers
higher efficiency and lower operating costs than square and
tubular centrifugal fans, with a lower initial cost than traditional
mixed flow fans.
To further enhance the fans performance, straightening
vanes are incorporated in the housing. These serve to convert
swirling airflow into a straight linear flow with a resulting static
pressure rise and energy savings.

Innovative Housing

Model EQBs octagonal housing is constructed of rigid

structural members and formed galvanized steel panels.
This design provides exceptional strength at significantly
lower cost than products with welded construction. The
EQB also offers universal mounting the housing is easily
field-rotatable for base or ceiling-mounted installation.



Sound Power, dB

A mixed flow wheel is a hybrid between an axial propeller and a

centrifugal wheel. The result is a design that combines the best
axial and centrifugal properties: highly efficient air movement,
increased pressure capabilities, extremely low sound levels,
and a steep fan performance curve.












Frequency, Hz
Typical Vane Axial

Typical Tubular Centrifugal


Low Operating Costs

With energy efficiency, time-saving installation,
easy maintenance, and competitive initial pricing,
the hybrid EQB fans total cost of ownership
is lower than traditional mixed flow inline fans.
For more information about this and other
Greenheck products, including specifications,
AutoCAD and 3-D Revit drawings, and for
access to CAPS specifying software,

Greenheck | Schofield, WI | Tel:715.359.6171 |

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Fire Protection designed to be

flexible and environmentally responsible
500 PSI 3M NOVEC 1230 Fire Protection Fluid From Janus Fire Systems
A recent survey showed that unplanned Data Center outage costs have increased to $8,851.00 per minute
or an average of $740,357.00 per incident, putting more emphasis on fire protection systems, which have
the highest degree of life safety, rapid fire extinguishment and design flexibility. When considering real
world conditions, Janus Fire Systems has taken a unique
approach with their 500 PSI (34.5 BAR) equipment design
allowing more efficient delivery of NOVEC 1230 to the
protected space. Increasing cylinder pressure affords
the designer significant flexibility outlined as follows;
Enhanced cylinder fill density
Longer and smaller pipe runs
Flexibility with selector valves
Retrofits of existing systems
Light wall welded seam cylinders
Enhanced Cylinder Fill Density: With 500 PSI (34.5 BAR) the maximum cylinder fill density can be used
more often than with lower pressure systems.
Longer Pipe Runs: 500 PSI (34.5 BAR) provides
flexibility where the piping network must be routed in
unique configurations. In addition, pipe diameters are
typically smaller.
Flexibility With Selector Valves: UL Listed and FMRI
Approved Selector/Directional valves ranging in
size from 1" (25 MM) thru 8"(200 MM) provide
capabilities of protecting multiple hazards from a central
storage bank.
Retrofits of Existing Systems: A number of Halon 1301
systems were installed using UL or FM recognized
software. Those systems are candidates for upgrades
with 500 PSI (34.5 BAR) Novec 1230.
Reuse of existing piping is a possibility; the Janus Design
Suite software licensed to Janus Distributors can be
utilized to verify suitability of the existing piping layout.
Light Walled Welded Seam Cylinders: UL listed and FM approved Novec 1230, 500 PSI (34.5 BAR) is
stored in light walled welded seam cylinders which have a greater space to weight ratio than their spun
sealed counterpart.

Contact Janus Fire Systems at 1-219-663-1600 or visit our website:

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Pottorff Innovates with Largest

Dynamic Curtain Fire Dampers in the Industry

Pottorff offers great performance and exceptional cost

savings with our VFD-10D Dynamic Curtain Fire Dampers.
These dampers employ curtain style blades for point-oforigin control of fire in static and dynamic HVAC systems
and may be installed horizontally or vertically with
fire-resistance ratings up to 2 hours. Available as Class
A, B or C type, this product line also features a model
with factory-installed integral mounting angle and a
thin-line model. These dampers are a cost-effective
alternative to multi-bladed fire dampers.

The largest dynamic curtain fire dampers in the industry

Pottorff is the ONLY manufacturer with a multiple
section vertical dynamic curtain fire damper
measuring 120" x 72" or 72" x 120" at 2000 FPM.
Pottorff is also the ONLY manufacturer with a single
section vertical dynamic curtain fire damper
measuring 36" x 48" at 4000 FPM.

Our Company - Founded in 1928, we are one of the most

respected suppliers of louvers, dampers and acoustic

products in the industry. Innovation, quality, performance
and service are what differentiate Pottorff from our
competition. We offer high quality products delivered
on-time and at competitive prices. In order to streamline
our product development and guarantee precision and
reliability we have in-house elevated temperature airflow, louver testing and acoustic testing laboratories.

When you need your products FAST, we offer our

Quick Ship service. Our experience, versatility and
ability to react quickly make us THE choice for your
HVAC and acoustic needs.

Our products include:

Air Control and Backdraft Dampers including
Industrial and Tunnel Dampers
UL Rated Fire, Smoke and Fire/Smoke Dampers
Ceiling Radiation Dampers
AMCA, FEMA Rated Louvers/Penthouses/Grilles
Access Doors and Panels
Actuators and Accessories
We also offer acoustic products including
Silencers Panels/Enclosures Acoustic Louvers
To reinforce our reputation for highquality products, Pottorff offers an
industry leading 5-year warranty
on our product line.
By backing up our products with
a 5-year warranty, we reinforce
the depth of our commitment to
providing customers quality products
the first time and every time, states Pat Cockrum,
President of Pottorff. Our reputation demands it
and our customers deserve nothing less.
For more information about our VFD line or other
products and warranty, visit
or call us for more information. 817-509-2300.

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The Better/Best Balancing Valve

9527AB & 9529AB designed for high performance, quality and
efficiency with cost-effectiveness in mind.

1 Globe Valve Design is MORE accurate than

Ball Valve Design

2 Setting does NOT change or need to be re-calibrated

even after On/Off operation

3 Min. Flow less than 0.5GPM

9527AB (FNPT) & 9529AB (Solder)

Corrosion resistant DZR low lead brass construction

300WOG max. pressure
On/Off Capability
Integral Memory Stop
Ready-to-mount On/Off Wax Actuator available
NSF-61, NSF-372 & AB1953 Certified
Three functions integrated: Measuring (determination
of flow rate), Balancing (regulations of flow rate)
& Shutoff (isolation purposes)

Control: Globe valve with 360 degree stem rotation with the
design to achieve accurate regulating of flow. More accurate
and linear flow control when compared to a ball valve. Set
with adjustment tool or wrench.
Integral Memory Stop

Isolation: Spring loaded stem with memory stop.

Turn blue On/Off Cap clockwise to isolate, counter clockwise

to open. Stem automatically returns to memory position
without recalibration.

Memory: Built in memory stop with tamper resistant cover.

Actuation: Wax actuator can be added for on/off control.
Over 45 years serving in North American Market, our
commitment to quality and service is unsurpassed. It is
supported by the fact that products are designed and
manufactured in our plants, and we offer 24 hour turnaround
on orders, industry standard fill rates and a three year
warranty on all Red-White Valve Corp. products.
With Vaurien Actuator | Phone: 949.859.1010

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Simple, Flexible and Sustainable Solutions

MACH-ProView - The Reliable Controls MACH-ProView is a
freely-programmable, six input, six output, touch-screen controller
designed to exceed the BACnet Building
Controller (B-BC) specification.
The controller supports industry
standard topologies such as Ethernet,
Power over Ethernet, Wi-Fi and
EIA-485, and the BACnet and
Modbus protocols.

RC-Reporter - RC-Reporter reads

building database files from any
BACnet Internet-connected building
configured with RC-Archive software.
Every BACnet Internet-connected
building, regardless of original vendor,
is available for analysis.
RC-Reporters point filtering and
querying allow users to quickly sort
through big-data, and effectively
extract valuable information.
The filtered information is then easily
linked to graphical components
which are dragged and dropped into a
report to display building performance
data such as line charts, bar charts,
pie charts, tables, exceptions,
correlations and profiles.
The reports that RC-Reporter
generates are freely customizable
using any web browser, and can be
easily shared using the built-in email
distribution scheduler.

In addition to its onboard

temperature sensor the
MACH-ProView supports optional
humidity, occupancy and carbon dioxide sensing.
Router models allow the addition of one MACH-ProPoint
expansion module. The color 480 x 272 pixel, projective
capacitive touch (PCAP) LCD display provides an intuitive and
elegant interface to space and equipment parameters, and can
be configured in multiple color themes.
The MACH-ProView ships with an industry-recognized
5-year warranty.

RC-WebView - RC-WebView is a server-based application

that lets users access and control their portfolio of multi-vendor
BACnet IP-connected buildings with a single sign-on.
strength allows
multiple, multivendor BACnet
automation systems
to be joined
together into a
common Enterprise
Website. Alarm
object searches,
object changes and
reporting span the entire enterprise instead of signing-on to each
system independently and executing repetitive tasks.
RC-WebViews Enterprise Schedules feature allows users to
create a hierarchy of events in a top-level or district-level
schedule that are automatically inherited or pushed down to
mid-level building schedules and to lower-level floor schedules.
Accurate, flexible, enterprise-wide scheduling of occupied
spaces and associated HVAC equipment and lighting can
significantly reduce energy consumption.

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Innovations in Ventilation: Why RenewAire ERVs are the

Lowest-Cost, Highest-Quality and Most Reliable Choice
Highest-Quality Indoor Air and Comfort
Deficient IAQ negatively impacts the health, cognitive function,
productivity and wellbeing of indoor occupants. Heres how
RenewAire ensures ideal IAQ:
Filtered outdoor air: RenewAire ERVs filter all incoming
outdoor air, which isnt done by exhaust-only systems.
Moderated temperatures/humidity: Unlike some other
options, RenewAire ERVs moderate temperatures and humidity
to create exceptional indoor comfort.

Deficient indoor air quality (IAQ) threatens all

structures, especially with improved air-sealing
methodologies. Ventilation systems enhance IAQ,
but whats the right choice in terms of cost, quality
and effectiveness? RenewAire ERVs are the best
ventilation option, and heres why:

Year-round operation in all extremes: In contrast to some

exhaust-only systems, RenewAire ERVs operate year-round,
even in extreme conditions.

Lowest Overall Cost

Other companies claim their ventilation systems are
inexpensive, but when you look at the big picture, a
RenewAire ERV has the lowest overall cost.
Heres how:
HVAC energy costs reduced by up to 40%: RenewAire
ERVs optimize energy efficiency by preconditioning
incoming outdoor air with heat and humidity thats
otherwise wasted by conventional systems.
Significant annual long-term HVAC energy savings:
Optimized energy efficiency reduces HVAC loads and
downsizes equipment, which minimizes capital and
operating costs. For example, when compared to
exhaust-only ventilation in a 2,000 square-foot home,
a RenewAire ERV generates $158 of annual savings.
Short payback and maximized ROI: Significant
HVAC energy savings, lower capital costs and
competitive pricing result in a short payback period,
thus maximizing ROI. For example, RenewAires most
popular commercial unit, the HE2XINH, has a net
present value of $32,000+ over 20 years.

Ultimate Reliability
RenewAire ERVs rarely break down due to
innovative design practices, expert workmanship and Quick
Response Manufacturing. Heres how our ERVs achieve
ultimate reliability:
Built to last: RenewAire ERVs last for 25+ years, and deliver
significant HVAC energy savings annually over their lifetime.
Best warranty with lowest claims: RenewAire offers an
industry-leading 10-year warranty on the static core.
Relevant everywhere:
RenewAire ERVs excel in
every home and building
type, every size project,
every geography and
every climate. | 800-627-4499 |

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Innovative Cooling Building Solutions

Zone Conditioning VRF & High Efficiency DOAS

Introducing Reznor variable

refrigerant flow (VRF)

Reznor ventilation equipment Its the choice

among specifying engineers that want DOAS equipment
with BOTH high efficiency cooling AND heating. Select
DOAS equipment that efficiently does both.

ASHRAE 90.1 compliant
ASHRAE 189.1 compliant
ASHRAE 62.1 compliant ventilation air requirements
IEER > 12, Condensing Gas Heat (> 90%)
Tested to AHRI 920

recovery systems

The Reznor Z Series - a unique
energy recovery module with
an integral heat pump.

Hybrid ventilation
Heat pump & Desiccant
Energy Recovery
Cooling EER > 17 @ 95F /
78F ambient
Heating COP > 8 @ 10F ambient
Modulated ECM Supply & Exhaust Fans
No Heat pump Defrost Required

Fuel efficient VRF system

Easy to use selection software program
Easier Installation
Automated Commissioning Software
Longer pipeline connections
Faster, easier wiring connections
shield wire not required

Indoor - An array of indoor units

including cassettes, ceiling mounted, floor
mounted, wall mounted, duct systems, and
fresh air units.

Single units can operate from wired and
wireless controls
Single control can operate multiple units
BACnet and Modbus controls

HVAC systems

P125 Series provides

recirculated conditioned air,
100% makeup air, or anything
in between.

-30F thru 125F
Operational Range
Digital scroll compressors

Outdoor - Modular outdoor units can be

combined to provide higher capacity. At

part load conditions, only the primary unit
will operate (reducing energy usage). The
designated primary unit alternates at 8 hour
intervals (evens out equipment usage).

Up to 28.1 IEER
Rotating lead-lag function increases
equipment lifetime
Modular design quick, easy installation

Sensible heat ratio (SHR) < 0.7

4 or 6 row coils - Interlace coil

Independent Reheat Pump

Patent pending Algorithm

ECM condenser fans

Integrated Desiccant Energy Recovery
Payback analysis software

Reznor VRF systems can be used alone or

combined with Reznor DOAS or makeup air
equipment for for whole building solutions.

For more information contact your Reznor Sales Engineer

at 800-695-1901.

800-695-1901 |
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Rite-Hite: World Leader in Loading Dock Equipment,

Industrial Doors, Safety Barriers, HVLS Fans and Curtain Walls
Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rite-Hite
initially made a name for itself in 1980 when it introduced
the first automatic vehicle restraint the Dok-Lok.
The company has continued to create innovative
products based on customer needs ever since. Its
newest Dok-Lok, the SHR-5000, features a unique
shadow hook technology allowing it to work with
intermodal container chassis and guard against cargo
theft and tampering.

Rite-Hite is much more than the Dok-Lok, however.

Loading dock levelers, light communication systems,
safety barriers, and removable dock guards all
highlight Rite-Hites commitment to dock safety. All
can be programmed into a safe sequence of operation
through the companys Dok-Commander control panel.

include automated/robotic process protection doors and

fencing, mezzanine and rack safety barriers, and lightbased safety warning systems.
Several of Rite-Hites in-plant products have applications
beyond industrial facilities. HVLS fans cool buildings in
summer months by creating a gentle breeze while using
relatively little energy.
During winter, HVLS fans
mix (destratify) layers of
heated air allows those
same facilities to lower
temperature settings and
save on energy costs.
Industrial curtain walls
also have widespread
applications. Easier to
install or reconfigure than
traditional permanent walls,
curtain walls can be set up
to improve temperature and
humidity control, separate
sound and contain odor,
fumes and air particulates.

Rite-Hite also manufactures state-of-the-art loading

dock seals and shelters, designed to keep conditioned
air inside a facility, and bugs, dust and other potential
contaminants outside. Its marquee product, the
Eclipse, seals all four sides of a dock opening, using a
weighted head curtain and fabric corner pocket along
the top, GapMaster hooks on each side, and an
under-leveler seal.
In addition, Rite-Hite offers a wide range of leading
in-plant products, including several lines of industrial
doors. Perhaps best known are the FasTrax highspeed roll-up doors. Capable of operating at an industry
best 100 inches per second, they will automatically
re-set themselves onto their tracks if bumped off.
The FasTrax Clean model is designed for industries
with strict sanitary standards, such as food and
pharmaceutical. Other in-plant products from Rite-Hite
Rite-Hite Corporation
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PC-based Simulator Lets Personnel Train

on Switchgear Operation in an Office Environment
Simulators consist of a personal computer, an
industrial-grade PLC, and 2 or 3 touchscreen
monitors. The computer serves as the Simulator
control interface, allowing input of variables,
selection of views, and choice of simulation
scenarios. The PLC mimics the operation of the
customers Russelectric power control system,
running the same programs and responding in the
exact same manner as the system switchgear PLC.

Russelectric Training Simulators allow operations

and maintenance personnel to train on the automatic
(and manual) operation of Russelectric Power Control
Systems in the safety and comfort of an office
without interfering with the operation of the actual
system. Programmed to mimic the design and
performance of the customers Russelectric switchgear/system, Training Simulators help personnel
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impact of changes to programmable logic controller
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By allowing personnel to run almost limitless failure
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developing and validating site operating/emergency
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Simulator can be used to thoroughly test the modified
PLC and operator interface panel (OIP) logic before
downloading it to the online PLC system, dramatically
reducing live system testing time.

Two 24 color touchscreen monitors display the

switchgear OIP and the simulation controls. The
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Tycos introduction of SIMPLEX TrueAlert
ES addressable notification technology has
been a revolutionary development in the
fire protection industry. While addressable
technology has been in use for years with
fire detection, its value is truly starting to
take hold on the notification side of fire alarm
systems with the continued evolution of
addressable solutions.
The latest advancement from Tyco the
industrys first addressable speakers with
individual device control goes even further.
It promises to take safety to the next level
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engineers, architects, building owners and
contractors. This new innovation will be
displayed at the 2016 NFPA Expo in June in
Las Vegas.
Here are five key benefits that Tyco SimplexGrinnell can provide with the new addressable speakers.

1. More System Design and Expansion Flexibility: The wiring architecture of SIMPLEX TrueAlert
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more cost-effective installation; and simpler system expansion. This makes addressable
speakers (and other addressable notification appliances) far easier for designers to work with
compared to conventional systems.

2. Targeted Messaging for Enhanced Emergency Communications and Response:

Addressable SIMPLEX TrueAlert ES speakers have the capability to deliver audio messages to
specifically targeted areas within a building. This targeted audio paging capability enables the
delivery of critical, event-specific information exactly where its needed.

3. Easier Testing and Maintenance, Less Disruption: Like the entire SIMPLEX TrueAlert ES family of
notification devices, the new addressable speakers provide revolutionary appliance self-testing
capability that reduces disruption and can eliminate the burden of after-hours testing.

4. Improved Audibility, Intelligibility and Aesthetics: SIMPLEX TrueAlert ES speakers provide a

high-quality audio output that improves audibility and intelligibility of messages and enables dual
purpose functionality. The new devices also feature a sleek, streamlined look that blends well with
the building or facility decor.

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the cost of fire alarm system installation and the cost of ownership over the life of the system.

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The AHU that Earns Its Name

One example of the way our innovation is
sparked by real market need is the new
RevolutionTFX range of air handler units.
Titus is headquartered in Plano, Texas

Solutions and Options

The Titus approach to innovation centers
around three propositions. The first is that the
best technical advances are based on solving
a real market need.
The second is that it must be compatible with
sustainability, which is why LEED certification
is a major consideration in our innovation
philosophy, and many Titus professionals are
The third proposition is that our solutions
should offer an array of options. A range of
configurations means our customers can tailor
HVAC solutions to the needs of their clients
and end-users.

Innovation Driven by You

They say that nature abhors a vacuum, and
the same is true of innovation. By listening to
our customers, we maintain our position at
the forefront of development while staying
grounded in the realities of their project needs.
Thats how we led the industry for almost
seventy years, by promoting health, efficiency,

At the heart of this system is the ability to

generate up to 30,000 cfm of airflow. And
with 36 cabinet sizes, 34 segment options and
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RevolutionTFX perfect for retrofit projects,
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Unison Comfort Technologies recently instituted
several innovations to its manufacturing of commercial
air handling units. Tracing a market legacy to 1981,
today Unison designs and manufactures units that
reduce energy consumption and building operational
costs, while improving indoor environmental quality.

Products. We design the interiors and select our

components to the highest level of quality, so its crucial
that the exterior of our products match that. This line
enables high-quality, scratch-free, just-in-time parts.
It is very precise and consistent.

Unison includes Innovent, manufacturing custom

commercial/industrial air handlers and Valent, manufacturing high-percentage outdoor air packaged rooftop
units. Precision Coils is also a business within Unison.

Eco-friendly Paint System

A new paint system at the Unison plant in Minneapolis,
MN, provides improved product quality through a more
aesthetic and long-lasting finish. It also speeds the
longer drying time associated with paints free of
Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAP) and low in Volatile
Organic Compounds (VOC). It will eliminate 340
pounds of volatile organic compounds and 510 pounds
of fine particulates annually. The business made these
changes to ensure a safer work environment for 350
employees, and for the North Minneapolis neighborhood.

New paint booth improves finish quality while reducing emissions.

Ongoing Investments in Quality

The new paint booth system and automated manufacturing line are major elements of an on-going initiative
to improve quality as well as increase capacity which
Unison has undertaken in the past several years.
A new plant in Sacramento, CA. also opened during
the expansion program.
As a business we want to build products in a way that
is healthy for our employees and the neighborhood
where we work. It is equally or more important that the
perceived quality and on-the-job reliability delivers the
promise of our Unison brand to consulting engineers,
contractors and building owners, said Schultz.

New automated line streamlines panel forming.

Automated Punch/Shear/Bend Line

Another innovation was deploying an automated
manufacturing line which processes blank steel sheets
into fully punched, sheared and bent panels. Quality
parts are a key benefit of the line. Often fit and finish
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A first in the industry, Uponor PEX pipe and ASTM

F1960 ProPEX expansion fittings are now available
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to specify, design and install even more commercial
plumbing and hydronic piping systems with PEX.
This new offering is an ideal solution for engineers
and contractors who have been designing and
installing other piping materials such as steel,
copper, polypropylene or CPVC for commercial
projects. PEX is a much more durable, cost-effective
and high-performing solution for potable-plumbing
risers and distribution lines as well as for
transporting water to terminal units such as
chilled beams and fan coil units.
The pipe offering, which includes Uponor
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The ASTM F1960 ProPEX expansion fitting offering
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and transition fittings as well as a flange adapter

kit. The offering also includes new PEX pipe cutting
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To align with this new offering, Milwaukee
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expands 2", 2" and 3" Uponor PEX pipe for making
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M12 and M18 ProPEX Expansion Tools for 38"
through 1" Uponor PEX pipe sizes.
Uponor PEX pipe and ProPEX fittings in 2" and 3"
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UV Resources has been a key driver in advancing this technology and
establishing modern sizing and efficacy software for its use.

Save 10-30%
HVAC system performance can begin to degrade within one year of
start-up. According to the 2015 ASHRAE HandbookHVAC
Applications, UV-C reduces mold, biofilm and coil pressure drop, as
well as coil-cleaning. It further states that UV-C can increase airflow
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capacity is restored. And, UV-C equipment costs an average of less
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Large air handler solutions

The RLM Xtreme fixtureless UV-C lamp system delivers
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The X-Plus NEMA 4X design is ideal for hard-to-access
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The flexible system helps improve heat transfer, reduce
energy use, lower odor and maintenance, and sustain
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Pushing Expectations
Unlike conventional drives, Yaskawas
matrix technology employs a system
of 9 bi-directional switches that
are arranged in a matrix to
convert a three-phase AC
input voltage directly into
a three-phase AC output
voltage. It eliminates the
need for a rectifying circuit and a DC bus that are
used in traditional AC drive inverters. Matrix
technology reduces total harmonic distortion levels
to less than the IEEE compliance standard of 5%,
without the need for reactors and filters. The result
is a smoother current waveform that reduces stress
on the system power supply and infrastructure.
Additionally, reduced distortion improves
displacement power factor to 0.98 through the entire
load and speed range, reducing energy costs.
Yaskawa America, Inc. has been building packages
for the HVAC industry since 1988. Over that time,
we have worked rigorously to evolve our products
and exceed industry standards, while ensuring
an exceptional customer experience. Yaskawa
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product into a growing and changing market.

Matrix Drive


Yaskawas latest offering, the

Z1000U HVAC Matrix drive,
provides extremely low harmonic
distortion in a space-saving
design, along with the same HVACspecific features as the standard
Z1000. This single component
solution achieves excellent low
distortion levels all by itself,
completely without the need for
additional countermeasures
such as passive filters or
multi-pulse arrangements.

Not only does the HVAC Matrix drive provide

outstanding harmonic performance, but being a
member of the Z1000 family, it provides the same
user experience for those already familiar with
commissioning and maintaining the standard Z1000.
Other features of the HVAC Matrix Drive include
the following:

Integrated input fusing to provide 100kA SCCR

Eco-Mode to achieve near across-the-line THD
Integrated C2 EMC filter
Embedded BACnet communications
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Multi-language LCD operator with Hand/Off/Auto
and Copy function
Internal real-time clock for event stamping
High carrier frequency
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0-400 Hz output frequency

Available NEMA 1 or NEMA 3R models include

ratings of 1 to 100 HP (208V) and 7.5 to 350 HP (480V).
Z1000U is offered both as a stand-alone drive, as well
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Douglas Lighting Controls Dialog Room Controller

Douglas Lighting Controls delivers lighting control
solutions by engineering easy to install, centralized
and decentralized digital lighting control systems for
schools, offices, commercial buildings, campuses
and sports complexes throughout North America.
Douglas systems include relays panels, controllers,
occupancy/vacancy sensors, daylight sensors and
wall switch stations. Each system is built to order in a
production facility, where products are tested to
ensure quality.
The Dialog Room Controller offers system for
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lighting control system for entire floors, buildings and

large multi-building applications.

About Panasonic Lighting Americas, Inc.

Panasonic Lighting Americas, Inc., a subsidiary of the Panasonic Group,

operates Universal Lighting Technologies, Inc. and Douglas Lighting
Controls, two market leaders in the industry. Universal Lighting
Technologies, based in Nashville, Tennessee, engineers LED solutions for
commercial lighting applications as well as LED, linear fluorescent, compact fluorescent, HID, and eHID components. Douglas Lighting Controls,
based in Vancouver, British Columbia, develops innovative controls
systems and works to engineer end-to-end energy-efficient, easy-toinstall digital lighting-control solutions for commercial buildings,
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NaviLink Wi-Fi Control Introduced by Navien

Naviens most recent innovation is Wi-Fi control
called NaviLink, designed to support remote
access for all Navien tankless water heaters (NPE
series), combi-boilers (NCB-E series) and gas
condensing boilers (NHB series) through the new
NaviLink Wi-Fi control and mobile application.
Now, smart phone and tablet owners will be able to
control temperatures remotely, access usage data,
receive diagnostic notifications, remotely activate
recirculation and schedule recirculation, by day and
hour, on the NPE-A series tankless water heaters
an industry first.
NaviLink will be able to report and monitor diagnostic
data through the companion app along with error
code notification. NaviLink is capable of reporting the
following information for added comfort and peace of
mind: DHW and Space Heating set temperatures,

Current DHW
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Water Temperature,
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Firing Rate, Cumulative
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The Internet of Things (IoT) is on the cusp of making lives easier, but there
is also a very real cybersecurity risk that needs to be addressed.
BY DOUG DRINKWATER, Internet of Business, London

Key concepts
 Internet of Things (IoT)
devices, forecast to grow
to 50 billion units by 2020,
are a potential goldmine to

 Cybersecurity risks notwithstanding, the benefits

of the IoT far outweigh the
potential negatives.
 Companies need to be
proactive in auditing and
managing devices that use
the IoT.

nformation security is a huge topic of

conversation right now, and its about
to get even bigger. Edward Snowdens
leaks on government surveillance and
huge data breaches at Target, JPMorgan, TalkTalk, and others made the subject front-page news, and that is likely
to continue given the proliferation of the
Internet of Things (IoT).
IoT devices, forecast to grow to 50 billion units by 2020, offer consumers and
businesses huge amounts of convenience
and benefit, but to hackers they are also
a goldmine. This is because such devices
represent another piece of hardware or
software that can be compromised and
lead to stolen data or money.
The early signs of IoT security are not
encouraging; researchers have already
managed to hack everything from
Googles Nest to an Internet-connected
doll and Canon printer, while significant and exploitable software vulnerabilities have also been found in Wi-Fi
light bulbs, smartwatches, and Internetconnected baby monitors.
There have been questions too on how
this affects businesses, if the likes of Nest
and Hive are connecting to enterprise
Wi-Fi networks. Security experts have
been quick to voice their fears over the
IoT, with many pointing the finger at
device manufacturers.
Insufficient device cybersecurity

A recent study of 7,000 information

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security association, ISACA, found that

75% thought IoT device manufacturers
were not implementing sufficient security measures devices, while a further
73% said existing security standards
were inadequate.
BH Consulting managing director,
Brian Honan, joined the chorus of discontent. The IoT makes our lives easier
and better in many regards, but unfortunately you also have to take into account
that, in the rush to get these devices to
market, [manufacturers] forget about
security, Honan said. Were seeing IoT
devices, from kettles and light bulbs to
a range of different products, that are
insecure out-of-the-box; they have weak
security, default passwords ... and can
allow people with malicious intent to
control those devices for their own needs.
Honan added, We also have issue on
privacy as lot of these devices can take a
lot of information, which is being used
by companies to improve services. But if
that information falls into wrong hands,
that will impact on privacy.
Attacks aplenty

Ken Munro is the CEO and founder of

penetration testing outfit PenTest Partners,
which has found numerous IoT device vulnerabilities over the last year, and he agreed
with Honan that security must be baked-in
to products from the start, especially given
the fast acceleration of IoT devices.
The reason I love IoT as a security
researcher is that theres enormous attack

surface, Munro said, adding that attackers

can leverage everything from device and
mobile application flaws to the application program interface (API) and server
infrastructure vulnerabilities to attack IoT
users. He said that rolling such devices out
across staff and customers is simply accentuating that risk.
Munro added, Everyone has got access
to everything with IoT, and this means
that you need firmware, OS, mobile app,
and coding experts ... You need to know
how to put apps together with wireless
or global system for mobile communication (GSM) technology. Theres a massive
expansion skillset required in order to
adopt IoT. Were seeing crazy acceleration of IoT devices available, primarily
because theres money to be made, but I
think were going to see standards starting to become available.
Munro is working on standards at the
IoT Security Foundation and says the GSM
Association, which focuses on the interests
of mobile operators worldwide, is working
on something similar for mobile communications. Munro added that vendors are
too often focused on getting goods to market rather than on devices being secure.
Some, he said, simply hope to patch the
OTA or Hope the problems go away.
Munro, who praised Fitbit for bolstering its own security team at the start of
the year, said that IoT flaws, which usually reside in app source code or resolve
around weak passwords and unsecured
Wi-Fi, may enable attackers to take control of devices locally or remotely. The
latter could ultimately lead to larger-scale
attacks, such as turning off heating or surveilling a property to see when it is not
Other experts, meanwhile, have cited
patch management as a major issue given
billions of IoT devices forecast to ship and
say that more elaborate IoT attacks could
lead to driverless cars becoming mobile
bombs or connected devices sending malware via botnets or through spam emails.
Benefits outweigh the negatives

Shipping company Maersk reportedly

has one of the largest deployments of

Industrial IoT (IIoT), to ensure refrigerated containers all maintain the correct
Speaking at a recent conference, Maersk
UK chief intelligence officer (CIO) Andy
Jones outlined the benefits of the deployment, saying that the firm is now able to
monitor goods in real-time via Internet
protocol (IP)-enabled sensors, whereas
it previously took engineers two days to
check and report on these conditions.
The readings from these sensors are
continually fed into Maersks monitoring
systems via satellite, and any problems
at sea can be identified immediately.

Woodward is also concerned about

cheap devices and weak patch management, saying on the latter that updating
the firmware on embedded IoT systems
is extremely difficult and problematic.
I think IoT has far more potential
than mainstream computing for being
compromised, he said. The IoT is a
classic area where people are having to
relearn all lessons taken 25 years to learn
in computing.
What businesses can do: audits

Munro urged CIOs and other IoT decision makers to be proactive in auditing

Were seeing IoT devices, a

range of different products,

that are insecure out-of-thebox; they have weak security,
default passwords.

Brian Honan

Jones said the problem arises where IoT

systems are connected to something
physical, like braking or airbag systems
of vehicles or the heating and cooling
systems of buildings. There are many
security challenges; not only because
of the difficulty in keeping devices and
software patched but also because the IP
used by IoT devices is inherently insecure.
Risk factors: Internet, devices, users

Combine this with the fact the Internet does not have any form of service
level agreement, that there are millions of
devices in the hands of unsophisticated
users, and that the Internet is accessible
worldwide, and you have the perfect
storm, he said.
Alan Woodward, computing professor
at the University of Surrey, added: My
big concern from a security perspective
... is that IoT is set up using embedded
computing, which is notorious for cheap,
open-source, off-the-shelf bits of software and hardware.

and managing devices, even it means

walking the floors to find out what
devices are connecting to enterprise
The CIO, he said, must think really
seriously what data could be compromised if there is a system breach, and
what hackers have access to if the network is segregated.
Jones is optimistic about future security plans, but he advised isolating IoT
devices at risk. Any risk assessment
should include the criminal mindset
and learn from past analogies, he said.
Woodward urged companies to rollout IoT policies so users clearly know
their data can be wiped and devices
Doug Drinkwater is editor at Internet of Business, which is hosting the
Internet of Manufacturing Conference
Nov. 1-2, 2016, in Chicago. Internet of
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Future of Engineering
Wade W. Smith Consulting LLC, Chetek, Wis.

Regulation of commercial,
industrial fan efficiency
The new proposed Department of Energy standard will drive changes
on how engineers design air systems for peak fan efficiency.

ans consume 18% of the electricity

purchased by industrial and commercial buildings. Yet fan efficiency
has escaped the attention of those who
endeavor to design efficient air systems.
That is about to change. Fan efficiency has been regulated in Europe
since 2013, and the U.S. Department of
Energy (DOE) will publish a proposed
rule this year covering fans from 1 to
200 hp. The DOE rule is expected to
save approximately 7 quadrillion Btus
of energy over 60 years. (Note, the U.S.
consumes around 100 quadrillion Btus
of energy every year.)
If you follow ASHRAE Standard 90.1:
Energy Standard for Buildings Except
Low-Rise Residential Buildings or
model energy codes, you may have discovered requirements for fan efficiency
based on the metric called the fan efficiency grade (FEG), which is tied to the
fans peak efficiency. In Europe, a similar
metric, called the fan motor efficiency
grade (FMEG), is similar to FEG.
Unfortunately, both FEG and FMEG
do not lower a fans energy use because
the fans performance, at its peak efficiency, is poorly correlated with the fan
efficiency and power use at its design
operating point.
DOEs proposed standard

The operating efficiency of every fan

varies dramatically from single digits
to peak-efficiency levels that are more
than 90%. Unfortunately, a fan with a

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90% peak efficiency will generally operate at a much lower efficiency; how low
depends on where the fan is selected.
Consequently, fan manufacturers rejected the FEG and FMEG peak-based metrics and recommended what DOE now
calls the fan energy index (FEI). The
proposed DOE standard will establish a
maximum power input that will vary by
a formula tied to the design-point flow
and pressure. (See DOEs website for
FEI is the ratio of the DOE standards
maximum allowable watts into the fan
motor over the actual fan electrical power
at the design point. An FEI of 1.0 or greater meets the proposed DOE standard. An
FEI of 1.1 will use 10% less energy than
the DOE standard. FEI informs the public
immediately of the percentage savings
relative to a fixed benchmark of DOE
regulationat design conditions. Plotting
a fans compliant operating range, where
the FEI is greater than 1.0, inspires several
observations that impact design practice:
 Every fan has a compliant range.
The proposed DOE standard will not
arbitrarily force any fan off the market.
Instead, the proposed standard will limit
fan sales to a compliant efficiency range.
 Every fan also has a noncompliant
range. This means manufacturers are
rewarded for improving the efficiency of
every fan that is sold to expand the fans
compliant range.
 A noncompliant selection is resolved
with a larger-diameter fan, or smaller

one that is more aerodynamic. Competitive dynamics in the fan industry

will shift, as designers consider DOE
compliance along with other system
 The proposed DOE standard covers fan systems, including the motor,
transmission, and variable speed
drive. Improving these non-fan component efficiencies will expand the
fans compliance envelope, making it
possible to satisfy DOE requirements
with a smaller-diameter fan.
 Building owners are more likely
to compare actual design conditions
(and actual FEI) recorded during
commissioning with those specified.
Clients will have a clear expectation
of the power use of the fan, thanks
to the DOE regulation and the FEI
metric. Getting the air-system design
right will become equally important.
There is much to understand in this
new DOE rulemaking, and many implications to engineers design practice that
will lower fan energy use.
Wade W. Smith led the DOEs rulemaking negotiations for the fan industry. He
now consults on related questions with
HVAC manufacturers and component
Coming soon: read more at about:
 A series of articles on the proposed
DOE standard.
 An education course about fan efficiency.


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