Will Your Exterior Building Walls Promote Mold Growth?

As a building owner, keeping water out of your building and preventing condensation inside your walls are two concerns that can easily slip through the cracks (no pun intended). We are here to help you prevent a seemingly small issue like this from causing a financial nightmare.

Luckily, there is a new standard calculation called ASHRAE Standard 160 developed to determine the risk of mold growing in your building’s envelope. WUFI is the program to help.

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Arc Flashes Pose Serious Danger for Maintenance Teams

History tells us that in 1752 Ben Franklin flew a kite in a lightning storm, putting himself and his son, William, at grave risk of electrical shock and death. And yet, Franklin’s approach to this important 18th-century experiment may have been practiced with more safety and caution than the safety practices implemented at modern-day buildings, in regards to their high-energy electrical panels.

Unfortunately, a vast majority of property managers and owners are foregoing a simple and relatively inexpensive study to ensure that their maintenance team is protected from what would be the equivalent of a lightning blast. The study, which is often referred to as an “arc flash hazard analysis” is only used by 1 percent of property owners throughout the Denver metro area. And while the chances of a killer arc flash occurring are perhaps as minute as being struck by lighting, the risk exists. And, if left unchecked, it could be a very costly one.

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MEP donates time and food to the Food Bank of the Rockies

MEP Engineering Teams with Food Bank of the Rockies! – We are donating 103.8 pounds of food today! We are proud to give back to our Colorado community and donate a non-perishable food item. This year we collected 103.8 POUNDS of food. Hunger is a very real issue in the Rocky Mountains. 1 in 8 Coloradoans suffer from hunger and worry where their next meal will come from. Read more

MEP Insight: Electrical Room Sizing for New Buildings

To size an electrical room, one must research the following:

Single or Multiple Utility Meter Configuration:

  • An electrical gear rated up to 800 amperes may require a minimum of eight (8) feet in length in a single utility meter set up. A similar gear with multiple meters serving multiple tenants could be up to twenty (20) feet in length, depending on the individual service sizes to the tenants themselves. The building owner should be asked about the division of the tenants in the building, and of these areas, will there be any residential occupancies sold which will require multiple meters. The language within the leases of the space also dictates whether or not a meter is required (if utilities are, or are not included).

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