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The Importance of Correcting Deficiencies in Your Fire Sprinkler System

The importance of a fully operational fire sprinkler system cannot be overstated. There are a number of common sprinkler system issues that can result in deficiencies. At LKPB Engineers, we offer a comprehensive analysis of your current sprinkler system to detect any abnormalities. Correcting these issues not only protects your building but those inside as well. Whether you’re looking to correct existing issues or implement a custom-designed fire sprinkler system, our experts can help. Here are common issues that may need your attention:

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How a Building Energy Audit Can Reduce Your Energy Consumption

If you’re looking to cut energy usage costs, a building energy audit can help save you money. Inefficient or outdated system design can lead to overpayment on energy expenses. At LKPB Engineers, our expert team can analyze your current system and provide suggestions for improvement. By optimizing the energy-efficiency of your facility, you save on energy costs while reducing your environmental footprint. We offer the following services to help you reduce energy waste and optimize system performance:

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How to Improve Your HVAC System for Lower Cost and Efficiency

Every year, energy costs go up with no signs of a reprieve. In fact, in 2018 alone, many businesses nationwide will experience anywhere from 5% to 35% increases in their utilities. If you own a business in the Twin Cities metro area, now is the time to take advantage of energy-efficient, low-cost systems throughout your entire facility. LKPB’s Life Cycle Costing Analysis program can help you meet that objective.

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Building Power Distribution Design Enhances Your Electrical System

With the rising cost of building energy in the US, you owe it to your business to find smarter ways of consuming electricity. LKPB Engineers design advanced power distribution systems that offer high performance and low maintenance. We can inspect your current systems to determine what upgrades we need to perform to save you money down the road. Below is a summary of how building power distribution design can enhance your electrical system.

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4 Mechanical Engineering Flaws That Cause Problems

Engineers have developed some of the most innovative and mind-blowing mechanical designs throughout history. When thinking about skyscrapers, bridges, tunnels, transportation, exploration, and many other facets of technology, you can thank engineers for bringing them into existence and improving them through the years. Modern technology, however, brings with it current problems from time to time. While some mechanical failures are costly, others can be disastrous.

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How Does Flow Analysis Help Your Commercial Plumbing

The purpose of water flow analysis for us to determine what adjustments we need to make to your plumbing system so that the water will flow more efficiently. Several factors determine how quickly the water moves in and out of your building. We will explore these factors and discuss how an assessment can improve your plumbing system. If you need a plumbing inspection, contact us today.

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5 Things to Consider with Your Building’s Plumbing Design

Quality plumbing systems and materials can ensure more efficient and sustainable water use, for a more environmentally friendly facility. LKPB Engineers design your system so that there is adequate pressures, efficient water flow, viable pipes and zero backflows. Our plumbing design service is adaptable for any commercial property large or small. Here are just a few of the design elements we can integrate into a sustainable plumbing system.

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What You Need to Know About LEED Certification

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) to evaluate the environmental performance of a building. The system was devised to foster a market shift toward sustainable building design. As an LEED certified company, LKPB Engineers emphasize using LEED-approved methods for making your building more energy-efficient. There are substantial benefits and rewards to becoming LEED compliant including saving money on energy costs, building repairs, and property maintenance over an extended period.

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Minnesota‐based Engineer Re‐Shapes its Future

Minneapolis, MN (January 18, 2018) – With a goal of continuing the firm’s legacy of innovation and thought leadership, Principals at LKPB Engineers, Inc. (LKPB) searched for a solution to instill and promote firm values, internally and externally. LKPB leadership decided a drastic change was key to carrying the nearly 50‐year‐old firm into the future. A new office space that matches LKPB’s culture, supports today’s work‐style, and allows LKPB project teams to better serve clients was a critical first step to future firm success.

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Should Long Winters Affect Your Building’s Architectural Design?

Building engineers have to contend with the climate when designing a commercial structure. Temperatures, humidity, high winds, UV rays, and natural disasters determine how a floor plan will look, the type of systems installed in the building, and the materials used for assembling the structure from the sub-level to the top roof. Thus, long winters affect how we approach every project. You can expect a typical Minnesota cold season to last from October to March. A winter this long should influence every decision you make when erecting your commercial property. Below are a few of the details you should think about.

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