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An In-Depth Look at Active Chilled Beams

All local MEP offices have one thing in common, and that is the challenge of determining the best and most efficient way to cool buildings […]

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What Is A Municipal Setting Designation?

A municipal Setting Designation essentially addresses shallow groundwater contamination under redeveloping properties, while protecting human health, the environment and the city’s drinking water supply. Several […]

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Pad Mounted Transformers in the City of Austin: Frequently Asked Questions

  At BIG RED DOG we often receive questions about utility transformers and how they interact with the footprint of a new, and sometimes existing, building. […]

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Are you seriously going to put that huge fan in my building?

Whether a fan, air handler or ductwork, mechanical equipment is BIG. It has the single largest impact on space allocation of all MEP systems. It […]

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Professional Credentials for Civil Engineers, Part 3: Exploiting Your Niche

This is the final part of a 3 Part Series on Professional Credentials for Civil Engineers (Read 1 and 2). Civil Engineering is a large […]

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Where can panelboards and load centers be located in my building?

A panelboard (also sometimes referred to as a load center) is an enclosure which contains overcurrent devices such as fuses or circuit breakers. In a […]

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What is an ESPA and why does my project need one?

What is an ESPA? An ESPA (Electric Service Planning Application) is one of the requirements to obtain electric service from Austin Energy (AE). The ESPA is […]

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What is a VRF Air Conditioning System?

What is a Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) air conditioning system? The term variable refrigerant flow refers to the ability of the system to control the […]

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When are fire protection standpipes required to be installed in commercial buildings? What type should be installed?

What are standpipe systems for fire protection? Standpipe systems are permanent piping systems, and associated equipment, that transports water from a reliable water source to […]

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Reducing Noise in Your HVAC Ductwork

Noise is a major consideration for HVAC designers. Planning adequate space for ducts can result in a mechanical system that purrs instead of growls. Before […]

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Under Construction: University House in Austin, Texas

BIG RED DOG is working with University House Communities and Rhode Partners on the University House project, located at 2100 San Antonio near the University […]

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Planning for Building Exhaust

Building exhaust has a large impact on exterior walls and floor plan, so it is important to understand the codes related to exhaust. Most buildings […]

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Under Construction: Koenig Lane Apartments in Austin, Texas

BIG RED DOG is working with Stillwater Residential Partners, Architecture Demarest, and Coleman & Associates on the Koenig Lane Apartments project, located at 111 E. […]

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All About Electric Heat, Gas Heat, and Heat Pump Systems

Here at BIG RED DOG we put the H in HVAC to meet our clients’ needs. For small office, retail, and multifamily construction, three types […]

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Becoming a Licensed Professional Engineer – Tips from BRD

On Thursday, June 18, 2015 the local Austin chapter of the Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) sponsored a PE Best Practices forum. Guest speaker Robert […]

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Energy Saving Tips for High Rise Apartment Buildings in Texas

As the major Texas metros grow, the demand for high rise apartment buildings continues to climb.  In Dallas, Houston, and Austin columns of high rises […]

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