Enhanced Carbon Monoxide Requirements in New Massachusetts Building Code

Enhanced Carbon Monoxide Requirements in New Massachusetts Building Code The 9th Edition of the Massachusetts Building Code is now in force. The code is based upon the 2015 International Building Code (IBC). The previous edition of the building code was based upon the 2009 IBC. An important new addition to the 2015 IBC is Section 915, … read more

Laboratory Design and Certification; Three Critical Criteria

Safety is the first design criterion when designing a laboratory and this document will help provide options and resources for stakeholder decision making. Ventilation, Fume Hood Certification and Maximum Allowable Quantity Evaluations are just a few of the major safety considerations during the design process that the Guide addresses. Every laboratory must be evaluated individually, … read more

What the Building Design Industry Should Know About Lean A3 Problem Solving

In my earlier blog, Applying Lean Principles in the Building Design Industry, we discussed the need to understand your objectives to serve as your roadmap for meaningful lean integration with your clients, project partners, firm and employees.  At Fitzemeyer & Tocci the Lean objectives of A3 Thinking are used to generate innovative solutions to complex … read more

Shielding: An Effective Piece of Armor in the Battle for Power Quality


In combination with correct grounding for the application, proper shielding can help prevent data corruption and even the limit the possibility of harmonics reaching portions of an electrical system. However, the biggest benefit of shielding is the reduction of Electro-Magnetic Interference (EMI) or “noise” in an electrical system. Noise can be just as disruptive … read more

Applying Lean Principles in the Building Design Industry

Most people working within the building design industry can recognize the value in Lean principles but have a difficult time applying them to our own professional services.  After all Lean was the brain child of Toyota executives and has been widely applied across the manufacturing and product development industries.  More recently, the construction industry has … read more

Signal Reference Grids: Why the literal ground your equipment stands on, matters

Signal Reference Grids

Ensuring your entire electrical system is grounded properly is one of the most significant benefits you can offer your system in regard to power quality. Regardless of whether your facility is a school, data center, manufacturing plant, hospital, etc., proper grounding techniques can ensure your equipment functions as it is intended. Grounding helps stabilize voltage … read more

Achieving Hazardous Materials Compliance in University Laboratories

Universities are constantly evolving and growing. One area that is currently realizing rapid change and growth is university research laboratories. These lab spaces are often planned and constructed for a specific professor or even for a specific research project. Growth and change of lab spaces is so rapid that labs are being introduced into all … read more