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The latest revisions to the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) are scheduled be made later this summer with hearings planned for the ASHRAE meetings in...more...

If you read my May article, you know that I recently bore witness to a large discrepancy between calculated and measured flow rates in an...more...

Many times in my career I have been asked, “What is a fire protection engineer?” I am sure many of FPEs out there, who have...more...

Lawyers love mechanic’s liens. More specifically, lawyers love correcting mechanic’s liens that contractors or lien-filing services frequently prepare incorrectly. Contractors see liens as a terrific...more...

A bill winding its way through the Michigan legislature hopes to lower the cost of underground pipelines for drinking water, wastewater or storm water infrastructure...more...

Which medical gas code are you to follow when designing a veterinary hospital or clinic? I was asked that very question several times recently. You...more...

Recently, there was a U.S. District Court decision that affects our ability to have free access to most codes and standards, which are adopted by...more...

For a change, there’s good news about Flint, Michigan. Almost three years after the city began pumping water from its namesake river as a source...more...

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You’ve likely heard that Nashville Airport has gone geothermal. Of course, that means the energy efficiency has improved quite a bit. But the real benefits...more...

In any hydronic closed-loop solar heat collector system, the heat transfer fluid is the lifeblood. It must be sealed and pressurized in the solar heat...more...

Pipe sizing is, of course, one of the main purposes and challenges of plumbing design. Everyone reading this article should already know that water supply...more...

While perusing the office library I came across a blast from the past, or at least I thought so. It was a black, plastic-covered, three-ring...more...

I’m not a professional hiker by any stretch of the imagination. But that didn’t stop me from taking on a strenuous trail in the Rocky...more...

There’s a retired gentleman in our industry named Scott Denny who lives in the Bay Area near Stanford University. He sends me regular emails about...more...

A couple of years ago, George Williams, 34, senior inspector/plans examiner at West Coast Code Consultants Inc. in West Jordan, Utah, was curious why he...more...

Captain Robert F. Scott and four others reached the geographic South Pole on Jan. 18, 1912, only to find out that a team of Norwegian...more...

NSF International is a global independent organization that writes standards and tests and certifies products for the water, food, health sciences and consumer goods industries....more...

Is your dentist capable of handling a life-threatening emergency? If you do an internet search for “medical gas accidents,” you might not come across too...more...

There was an era between the use of rudimentary candles and lamps and the petroleum and coal powered economy of today. In the time between...more...

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SharkBite Correction: In January, I wrote a piece on copper pipe and fittings. In the article I touched briefly on SharkBite fittings and incorrectly stated...more...