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Playing with Fire: Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) for Fire Protection

by Mike Lehner, P.E. This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Fire is a chemical reaction that can take on a life of its own, growing and spreading wherever it can. It symbolizes different things in our lives, with its ability to provide warmth and light as well as its power to destroy. […]

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To Insure or Not to Insure: A Question for Fire Protection Projects

by Mike Lehner, P.E. This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Fire sprinklers are in the insurance business. How? They are a tool that helps reduce the chance and severity of a fire in a building. Many property insurance companies are on the hook to repair or replace buildings that have been damaged […]

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The Goldilocks Effect: Getting Sustainable Systems “Just Right”

by Matt Woo, P.E., RCDD, LEED AP BD+C This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. A sustainable or green building designation means that the structure and the systems within it are designed to be environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout the building’s entire life-cycle: from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. […]

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An Active Approach to Passive House Design

by Shaun May, EIT This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Back in October 2016, the AIA Seattle’s Committee on the Environment (COTE) gathered for a “Sustainability Slam,” which I attended. The evening featured many informative presentations. Two of them, by NK Architects, caught my attention. They both focused on Passive House building […]

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Price v. Preparation: The Growing Importance of Qualifications-Based Selection

by Shaun May, EIT This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Highly tuned building systems offer the promise of energy efficiency and conservation. This often results in cost savings to building owners through reduced energy consumption and capitalized utility company incentives as well as contributes to meeting building codes, benchmarking policies, and green […]

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Commissioning: On the Fast Track to the Future

by Nick Baker, EIT, CCP, GPCP, LEED AP BD+C This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Commissioning has evolved over the last 20 years from an engineering add-on to a thriving specialty, third-party service. It has grown in application from building HVAC systems to all energy-consuming systems (HVAC, lighting). We are seeing continued […]

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Should You Have a Fire Protection Engineer on Your Project Team?

by Mike Lehner, P.E. This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Here’s a question that comes up every now and then: “Why should I use a fire protection engineer for my project? Can’t our mechanical engineer just do the sprinklers?” For many building types, fire suppression system scope does often get lumped in […]

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Fire Protection: The Whole Story May Surprise You

by Mike Lehner, P.E. This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. When you think about fire protection, what comes to mind? Fire hydrants? Fire sprinklers? Every sprinkler head in the building going off in some Hollywood movie? In reality, each sprinkler head activates in its own sweet time, when the temperature in the […]

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Lighting for Wellness, Health, and Productivity

by Matt Woo, P.E., RCDD, LEED AP BD+C This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Good lighting requires more than just providing the recommended lighting levels and uniformity for specific tasks. It’s about finding the appropriate balance between natural daylighting and artificial electric lighting to enable productive work throughout a day, evoke certain […]

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