Building commissioning (Cx) is a relatively new but now frequently used quality assurance method. Owners typically contract a certified commissioning authority (CxA) to perform independent oversight of engineered systems, ideally through conception, design, procurement, functional testing, acceptance, warranty, and one year of operation. Independent from the design engineer, a CxA flags issues or opportunities for improvement … Read more
For commercial buildings, the decision to use plenum cable materials is driven by the mechanical HVAC design, the architectural design, and construction costs. Per the National Electrical Code (NEC®), the exposed data cabling installed in “other space used for environmental air” must be plenum rated (e.g. OFNP, CL2P, CMP)1. One example is the space between the … Read more
Data center telecom design has moved away from traditional spanning tree networks (depicted below), which can choke the allocation of bandwidth, to fabric networks, which can provide multiple data paths. Fabric network design has had a significant impact on the cabling that runs from the top-of-rack switches in each server cabinet to the meet-me-rooms for off-site … Read more
2018 was a big year for changes in the way that people interact with technology. On the one hand, adoption of smart devices has never been greater, with more than 19 million smart speakers (Amazon Echo and the like) shipped in just the third quarter of 2018. On the other hand, the European Union’s GDPR (General … Read more
As 2018 comes to an end, the optimal smart building — one that integrates technology on every level to drive performance, interactivity, and productivity — remains largely on the horizon. What’s holding us back? A lack of systems interoperability, a robust enough information infrastructure, and a vision for what to do with all that data mean that … Read more
When commercial building developers assemble a core and shell design team, it typically includes the consultants they feel are necessary to complete the base building design. What makes up the base building scope? Usually, it’s defined as the site infrastructure (roads, paths, pavement, drainage, landscape), building foundation and structure, building envelope, finished circulation and common areas … Read more
Your building’s low-voltage infrastructure is about to get more useful. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has issued a new standard amendment, IEEE 802.3bt-2018, that will make powering devices over ethernet more effective, an approach known in the industry as Power over Ethernet, or PoE. PoE has been around for over a decade, but … Read more
Designing a building, either from the ground up or as a major renovation project, is an ambitious and complex undertaking. Technology infrastructure (also known as “low-voltage”) is just one element of these complex projects, but it’s an element that’s not often on the owner’s or design team’s mind at the forefront.
That needs to change. Network performance affects every aspect of business today, and telecommunications cabling and network systems must increasingly be considered part of the base building design scope to ensure the system works on day one and can grow and evolve over the life of the building.
In this piece, we talk with TEECOM Principal, Executive Vice President Larry Anderson about when to engage a technology consultant, including the pitfalls of waiting too long and how bringing on a consultant at the right phase can actually save the project money.
First, let’s answer your question: What is a meet-me room? And why do we call it something that sounds like a commercial office space where your boss is likely to deliver unwelcome news? The “me” suggests you’re meeting an actual person for an intense discussion about why the monthly forecast is falling behind the required revenue stream. In … Read more
In case you haven’t noticed, the internet is eating all the things. Audio and video components in both home and commercial environments are no longer standalone devices. Instead, they are often networked to one another and to the internet. The pro audiovisual industry refers to this as the AV/IT convergence, and it offers many advantages for businesses. … Read more