How Construction Engineers Prevent Over-Engineering in Building Components

Over-Engineered mechanical or electrical systems is a problem that frequently occurs in the design process. While it’s easy to assume extra capacity is a good thing, the reality is that oversized systems are just as problematic as undersized systems. Construction engineers must know how much is “too much” for each individual project they work on. This common error results in higher upfront costs for the building owner and can lead to performance issues down the [...]

How Construction Engineers are Improving HVAC Efficiency in Commercial Buildings with Variable Frequency Drives

HVAC systems come in various configurations that differ significantly from each other. For example, an air conditioning system based on packaged rooftop units is drastically different from a chiller plant. However, HVAC installations have a common denominator: they use electric motors that are subject to variable loads. Regardless of whether these motors are used to drive compressors, water pumps or fans, construction engineers understand that there is a great opportunity to save energy by [...]

Construction Engineers Weigh in on Green Construction: How to Go Green On Your Next Building

Sustainable building, also known as green building, can be best described as the implementation of environmentally conscious, resource friendly systems and processes throughout a building’s lifecycle. In other words, from design to demolition, every aspect of the building is created by construction engineers to be as eco-friendly as possible. Green construction has gained traction in recent years and isn’t slowing down anytime soon. For those looking to build green, they are easy and simple practices one can implement. Here [...]

Construction Engineers Present Tips from the Passive House Institute US

The Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) is an organization that promotes passive building standards and best practices for construction engineers and others. They also offer certification programs for buildings and products, as well as professional certifications for architects and engineers. This article will provide an overview of some their main guidelines for passive house construction. It is important to note that, although the word “house” is used, these concepts apply for high-rise multifamily buildings [...]