Continuing Education is always a good thing. It seems like the older we get, the more we think acquiring additional education on subjects we feel we have an expertise in provides marginal returns on the time invested. However, I have found that even if a continuing education effort doesn’t provide groundbreaking information on the latest trends in subject matter, a beneficial experience can still be had.


There is no shortage of requirements dictating our day to day tasks as consulting engineers. Adding to the specific conditions of individual jobs and client needs are an ever-changing congregation of codes and standards that have significant impact on how we design mechanical and electrical systems for buildings. And even just the topic of ‘energy codes’ is quite vast, but this post sets out to lay the groundwork for where we’re at now and where the industry is headed.


Consulting Engineers have often considered themselves generalists with a good basic knowledge of the systems that they specify.  More and more though, our clients need a deeper understanding from us in order to create the best buildings possible.


The U.S. Green Building Council is calling for nominations for the 2010 USGBC Leadership Awards. Award nominees should embody the attributes expected of a green building leader and achievements that demonstrate excellence, exemplify the intent and spirit of the green building movement, and have made a significant impact in advancing the green building movement within their sector. Nominate a peer.