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Designer's Guide: Maui water Whenever I travel, which isn’t often these days, I am always fascinated to learn of the local water supply in the area I visit. In some cases the story is not so interesting, such as urban environments with predictable, generous rainfall and nearby supply sources. However, a recent vacation to Maui ... >> More
FPE Corner: Reviewing Norman J. Thompson’s work on fire and sprinklers Fire Behavior and Sprinklers by Norman J. Thompson was first published by the National Fire Protection Association in 1964. I consider my copy to be one of the most valued texts in my library. Thompson retired in 1959 as director of the Engineering Division of the Associated Factory Mutual ... >> More
Solar Solutions: Expansion tanks in combisystems The success of any solar hydronic home heating installation depends on the often-conflicting balance between any of these six principles. Finding the balance between them defines the art of solar heating design. A piping diagram for a typical solar combisystem ... >> More
Sustainable Design: Water efficiency makes a world of difference Sometimes plumbing engineers forget why water efficiency is important. Since we work with water every day when designing building plumbing systems, we can lose track of how important water is to our health and the environment. We can forget how simple improvements in designs can make a world of difference. ... >> More