plumbing

Drinking Fountains – The Plumbing Fixture That May Be Overlooked

by Sean O'Hara May 15, 2017

The 2006 International Building Code requires drinking fountains in all occupancies except dwelling units and and sleeping units. This section of the code has frequently been overlooked. However building departments have begun enforcing the requirement with some regularity. Generally you are allowed to tie your […]

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New Innovative Plumbing Techniques Reach Denver

by Riley Sloan April 17, 2017
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According to the Denver Post, Colorado is the “the second-fastest growing state in the U.S.,” with migration to the state making up “two-thirds of Colorado’s population gains.”  While we continue to benefit from our growing tourism industry, the influx of long-term residents has provided new […]

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How Many Toilets and Sinks Do You Need – Plumbing Fixture Requirements

by Sean O'Hara January 20, 2017
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Have you ever wondered how a mall only seems to have one set of restrooms while an office building has nearly as many on every floor? It all comes back to the plumbing fixture requirements dictated by the building code. When we design a building, […]

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This or That #6: Stack vent vs. Vent stack

by Matt Svoboda November 30, 2016

Stack vent vs. vent stack This comes straight from the pages of the ARE and serves as a reminder of the kind of minutiae I tried to memorize just before taking each section of my exams.  It’s a classic this or that because they sound […]

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Locating Plumbing Fixtures on Exterior Walls

by EVstudio AEP November 30, 2016
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As a Colorado engineer, I see many cases of plumbing fixtures being located on exterior walls. This may not be a concern in areas with less adverse climates, but for Colorado and other northern states it can be a dangerous practice. The fixtures I have […]

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Control Contaminants During Construction Mechanical & Plumbing

by Sean O'Hara June 10, 2016

During construction it is important to verify that your contractor is protecting your mechanical and plumbing system from contaminants. Not protecting these systems can be harmful to the systems and your health. There are two types of contaminants that you generally want to protect against. […]

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Recycling Water

by Michael Banks October 1, 2015
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Out for a summer bike ride with my son one day, we found ourselves at the top of a winding downhill path through a park lined by green grass being gently misted by the park’s sprinkler system. As we started down the hill, memories of […]

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Improving Shelters: Effect of Microbursts on Building Storm Systems & the 2015 IPC

by Michael Banks September 8, 2015
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This past summer, Denver experienced a number of wet microburst storms that caused some isolated flooding and quite a bit of damage. With storm systems overwhelmed, rainwater competed with cars, trucks and trains as streets were transformed into creeks and rivers. As storm water overwhelmed […]

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Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Engineering from EVstudio

by evstudio May 26, 2015

Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Engineering for your project, designed to meet the stringent requirements of energy and water conservation The Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Engineering Department of EVstudio provides design services and consultation for our own project teams as well as outside project owners, contractors, […]

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Unisex Toilet Rooms or Separate Facilities – Requirements in International Codes

by Sean O'Hara July 21, 2009

The International Plumbing Code and the International Building Code specify the required number and locations of plumbing fixtures in buildings. The code also calls out where you cross the line from providing a unisex toilet room to providing separate facilities for men and women. It […]

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