Tag Archives: Electrical

Electrical Safety in the Workplace

By Brian E. Pitzer, PE Arc flash accidents are a leading cause of lost production time, and even death, resulting from electrical burns, electrocution, fires, and explosions. Arc flashes can be caused by dust and impurities, corrosion, condensation of vapor and water dripping, accidental touching, dropped tools, improperly designed equipment, or improper work procedures. Some […]

Solar Design 101: The Basics

by Thomas Schubert, PE, Electrical Engineer Almost everyone in the building design industry has worked with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a green building certification program. When it comes to new construction, the credit with the largest potential points is the building’s total energy usage (LEED v4 EA Credit: Optimize Energy Performance). Even […]

Trying to Reduce Energy Consumption in Your Plant? Check These Two Important Components

By Timothy A. Warren, PE, LEED AP BD +C Continuing our conversation on industrial energy reduction that started here, we will discuss energy reduction for compressed air and pumping systems. Compressed air. This is probably the most expensive form of energy used in an industrial plant because of its poor efficiency – with an efficiency […]

Green Lighting Controls: Changing the Heart of the Culture

by Thomas Schubert, PE, Electrical Engineer Most people would agree that saving energy is a good thing. Unfortunately, a problem often occurs when we shift from principle into practice. Don’t get me wrong, there are certainly those individuals who turn off the lights when they leave a room, wear a sweater instead of turning up […]

On the Way to Further Reducing Energy Consumption for Incandescent Lamps

by Douglas K. Shively, PE, ICC Lighting currently accounts for approximately 14 percent of electricity used in buildings in the United States.  In 2007, then-President George W. Bush signed into law the Energy Independence Act of 2007, with the purpose of reducing energy consumption and our dependence on foreign energy sources. In response, the United […]