Where and How to Install Firestopping Products
Where and How to Install Firestopping Products

Where and How to Install Firestopping Products

Posted by Edward Radziszewski on in Engineering, Fundamentals

Firestopping products are required by local building codes, national model codes, and the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70) to be installed in all penetrations of fire rated construction or in smoke barriers.  Fire rated construction consists of walls, floors, shafts and listed floor/ceiling assemblies and are located throughout a structure as required by Code and […]

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MEP Engineering Considerations for Alterations to Existing Walls, Roofs and Windows

MEP Engineering Considerations for Alterations to Existing Walls, Roofs and Windows

Posted by Joe Weagraff on in Engineering

The two questions most often raised regarding the thermal performance of changes to existing walls, roofs and windows are: We’d like to add insulation to the building, but if we do, does it have to meet code? If a window or storefront is being replaced, can we just match the existing so the look remains […]

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Controlling Odors from Restaurant and Food Court Tenants

Controlling Odors from Restaurant and Food Court Tenants

Posted by Joe Weagraff on in Engineering

Restaurant and Food Court Tenants require specialized odor control methods in addition to general recommendations. The exhaust system design is key. The right amount and location of make­up air is critical to the capture and exhaust of cooking odors. In addition, the tenant’s exhaust hood should extend a minimum of six inches past the edge […]

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Tank vs. Instant Water Heaters

Tank vs. Instant Water Heaters

Posted by Dan Jackson on in Engineering

Sometimes, our clients run into a problem because they don’t have access to hot water for their lavatories. In commercial settings, tenants may be able to access hot water from the landlord, but sometimes this option is not available. If the situation arises where the tenant must provide their own hot water source, our engineers […]

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208 or 480 Volt Service?

Posted by Joe Weagraff on in Fundamentals, Engineering

Selecting an electrical distribution voltage for a multi­-tenant commercial building is often based on prior lease agreements, previous projects, incomplete information, or intuition. Our research provides guidelines with economic justifications. Each type of service has its advantages. 208V requires less electrical equipment in the Tenant lease space and is therefore less expensive for the Tenant. […]

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