Papers

Papers

At Dialectic, our dedication to keeping up-to-date on industry standards and industry trends drives us to create clearly written, straightforward papers we can share with our clients and partners. Our free papers are informative and easy to read. Use these papers as resources to stay current on mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) engineering topics or industry updates, and make the best decisions for your business. 

Is Sewer Gas Giving Your Customers the Wrong Impression?

Is Sewer Gas Giving Your Customers the Wrong Impression?

We’ve all been there. You walk into a public restroom and immediately wonder if one of the toilets is overflowing. After a quick inspection, you notice the restroom is clean but there is definitely a fog in the air. Although the bad smell may have nothing to do with cleanliness, your customers may sense an air of uncleanliness about your entire business. So where is the bad air coming from? And more importantly, how can you make it smell like roses again?

Comparing Vestibule and Air Curtain Selection for Commercial Buildings

Comparing Vestibule and Air Curtain Selection for Commercial Buildings

Dialectic offers commercial building owners and users a tool for comparing vestibules and air curtains to determine the best solution for their space. Building spaces vary by the type of business. When code dictates that a vestibule is required, users need to be aware of their options. When we meet with clients, they typically ask questions such as: Should we install a vestibule or an air curtain? Will this discourage our customers from entering the space? How can we make it better?

Lighting Controls: An Introduction and Review

Lighting Controls: An Introduction and Review

When designing the lighting for a space, there is always a debate concerning what lighting control system is best, and a large part of this involves cost. Owners want a simple, cost-effective solution that meets their needs and the building code requirements. Traditionally, this was accomplished by timeclocks, contactors, switches and other standard lighting control equipment found at a local distributor or electrical supply house. Recently, the need for advanced lighting controls, including dimming, have complicated this issue.

MEP Design and Execution Assurance Services

MEP Design and Execution Assurance Services

There are many ways a mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) consulting engineering firm can provide value. MEP consultants can provide site services that save building users construction cost, reduce operational facility headaches, and avert problems that could potentially cost millions of dollars to correct.

In 2017, we covered topics including 2016 California Title 24 and ASHRAE 90.1-2016 building energy standards, commercial kitchen ventilation, and how saving water can decrease your costs. Download now.

The High Energy Costs of Not Conserving Water

The High Energy Costs of Not Conserving Water

At Dialectic, we are not just mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineers and designers, project managers and accountants. We are also consumers.

Commercial Kitchen Ventilation

Commercial Kitchen Ventilation

Commercial Kitchen Ventilation (CKV) can encompass everything from a small stand-alone kitchen hood in a mom and pop restaurant to an array of hoods, appliances, and systems in a corporate kitchen.

ASHRAE 90.1-2016

ASHRAE 90.1-2016

ANSI/ASHRAE/IES 90.1-2016 – Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings replaces the 2013 version. The 2013 version included several changes that will have a substantial effect on remodel and new-construction retail projects.

2016 Title 24

2016 Title 24

On January 1st, 2017, the California 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards (BEES) becomes effective, replacing the 2013 version of the standard. California is striving for all newly constructed commercial buildings to be zero net energy (ZNE) by 2030.

About Dialectic

Since 1988, Dialectic has been dedicated to deliver innovative mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) engineering solutions at its finest. Our firm has MEP design experience in retail, restaurants, education, entertainment, commercial, sustainability, energy codes and much more. Through its affiliates, Dialectic is licensed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia: LBI Professional Engineering LLC, LBI LLC, LBI of NC PLLC, Dialectic, Inc. (KS) and Dialectic Group, Inc.

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