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The woman I’m dating lives  on the waterfront in Newport Beach, SoCal. Her unit faces a marina that separates Newport Beach from Balboa Island, for...more...

First-year law students, all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, have a tendency to cling to legal maxims or theories as they begin their quest through the twilight...more...

Before 7 a.m. on April 3, 2015, a fire occurred at Building 6 at the General Electric Appliance Park in Louisville, Kentucky. The fire grew...more...

There isn’t a specific documented day in history that humans first controlled fire. However, my guess is that less than two weeks after that day,...more...

According to  the American Institute of Architects (AIA), “By definition, construction documentation encompasses the preparation of drawings and specifications that set forth the detailed requirements...more...

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) publishes the industry standard for automatic fire sprinkler systems. The standard is titled “NFPA 13 — Standard for the...more...

ASHRAE recently held their meetings in St. Louis, Missouri, and there were numerous technical committee meetings. The following is a report on a few meetings...more...

Back in February 2016, I wrote about water quality and a recent phenomenon occurring here in Southern California on some of my projects. Green gelatinous...more...

The trouble with our country’s drinking and wastewater service is, typically, there’s no trouble at all. And therein lies the real trouble. “Because the sector has...more...

In 1992, I designed the fire protection systems for a Hazardous Materials Storage Building. The building had a separate area for storage of flammable liquids...more...

One house may have killed three famous men; all three deaths were preventable. These deaths are directly related to the lack of clean indoor plumbing....more...

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﷯As of 2010, there was 81 billion square feet of commercial space in the U.S., about 60 percent of it utilizing cooling towers. That figure...more...

Night sky radiant cooling (NSRC) has been something of a lost art, even though it has been documented and discussed by HVAC and solar heating...more...

The other day one of our estimators ran a gas system design past me that came across his desk from another engineering firm. It was...more...

NFPA recently published the report summarizing the results of this workshop.  Sponsored by NFPA, it took place December 14-15, 2015, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida....more...

I have had several discussions with people who are concerned about proposed water conservation legislation in California and the city of Los Angeles.  The proposals...more...

In an election year, politicians usually tell you what you want to hear. They say your hometown will see lots of new jobs. This seems...more...

The scorched-earth approach taken by both parties in the presidential primaries will make reconciliation impossible. What happened to the days where Republican Ronald Reagan could...more...

Flat-plate solar heat collectors are most often mounted facing the sun at some fixed tilt and orientation. The same is true for evacuated tube collectors....more...

In this world of entropy, where everything constantly gets more complicated rather than less, water hammer arrestors are no exception. For the new engineers and designers...more...