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Last month, I had the good fortune to take a short vacation in Las Vegas. I stayed in the newly developed area of City Center,...more...

The tricky part of this is that one must look not only at the changes occurring with the 2012 edition of NFPA 101; one must...more...

The list of items below are common things that I find during investigations of commercial, institutional and industrial buildings. These are related to design, installation...more...

As someone who has been adjacent to the plumbing industry my entire life, when I hear non-plumbers say things like, “I’m just going to do...more...

Assigning room names could impact your medical gas design. For example, what would you expect to find in a room called “Special Care Nursery?” Would...more...

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When was the last time you sold something in HVAC strictly on its curb appeal? Having been an HVAC contractor for more than two decades,...more...

Even a fully functional solar hydronic heating system may overheat, and this is most likely to happen when there is plenty of sun, but the...more...

You may have seen that, back on July 31st, a daredevil skydiver named Luke Aikins performed a world record skydive by jumping from a plane...more...

Those of you involved in the U.S. health care industry are probably aware that on May 3, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS)...more...

I have been involved with consulting, designing, inspecting and troubleshooting plumbing systems for more than 37 years. About 22 years ago, I started writing for...more...

We have the technology available today to transport clean water to every person on Earth. Would installing modern plumbing in every house in the world...more...

On March 23, 2010, the Obama Administration’s Affordable Care Act was introduced to the masses. From 2Q 2014 to 2Q 2015, growth in patient volumes...more...

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There are a lot of great ideas for saving energy, but first cost is usually a limiting factor for our customers. One of those has...more...

As plumbing engineers, we tend to have a pretty singular focus on water: water coming in, water going out, and water efficiency or water capture...more...

There’s a new green building standard in the U.S. geared toward the country’s 5.8 million existing commercial buildings that are not currently benchmarking sustainability efforts. It’s...more...

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...