Trade Publications

Burns & McDonnell experts often write articles published in the trade publications in the many industries we work in. Here are the most recent pieces authored or co-authored by our employee-owners.

 

  • October 1, 2009

    New Source Review inhibits technical and economic development and innovation, so reform efforts aim to clarify and streamline this well-intentioned but ill-written regulation.

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  • October 1, 2009

    Improving the sustainability of an existing building is difficult enough when a company owns and occupies a building, but a project that involves an owner, building manager and tenant presents even more of a challenge. But Burns & McDonnell solved these challenges, turning its world headquarters building into a sustainable showcase for clients and the community.

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  • September 1, 2009

    A case history presenting key differences between utility and industrial coal-fired boiler applications and why the expected new mercury emission limit for the industrial boiler MACT will be a challenge for many coal-fired industrial boilers.

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  • September 1, 2009

    With the Clean Air Interstate Rule in legal limbo and 37 states that missed the State Implementation Plan deadline for the Regional Haze Rule, states and utilities alike are scrambling to rewrite plans to comply with both the Regional Haze Rule and BART (best available retrofit technology) requirements.

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  • September 1, 2009

    Canadian philosopher Bernard Lonergan first introduced and expounded his cognitional theory and its pervasive corollaries in Insight: A Study of Human Understanding. His thesis was that we innately seek, legitimately gain and properly apply knowledge by means of four conscious operations: experience, understanding, judgment and decision.

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  • August 1, 2009

    Cap and trade talk is all the rage in Washington, D.C., these days, but how should it work, does it work and will it work under the proposed climate change bill?

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  • July 1, 2009

    Understanding the components and precedents of New Source Review is only the start. You need to develop a methodology to use when evaluating your projects to help decide which aspects of New Source Review are applicable in documenting your process and conclusions.

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  • July 1, 2009

    In the May 2009 issue, I summarized several key ideas from William Addis's book, Structural Engineering: The Nature of Theory and Design. This month, I would like to share some additional thoughts from the same text, specifically regarding the history of engineering science and how it relates to the history of structural engineering practice.

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  • June 16, 2009

    A guide for electric utilities large and small for putting Smart Grid technologies into action, from the generator to the refrigerator.

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  • June 1, 2009

    The EPA is preparing to battle utilities on a second front. This time it's a water assault (as opposed to an air assault) using Section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act.

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  • May 15, 2009

    Rising energy costs in today's turbulent economy add complexity to commercial real estate decisions. Considerations go beyond cost per square foot to include cost-efficiency over a building's lifespan. (See pages 18-19 of the June issue of The Network.)

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