• 04-03-2017
    As cities grow and/or become more landlocked, the only place to go is up. That is why we are seeing more high-rise and multi-story buildings being constructed to account for the limited space. These types of construction can be difficult as it relates to fire protection. One...
  • 04-03-2017
    Corrosion in fire sprinkler systems has been an issue for as long as systems have been installed. When left unchecked, corrosion can lead to water damage, high repair costs, and reduced system lifespan. The by-products of corrosion can accumulate in the system over time, leading...
  • 03-27-2017
    We are sure you all have heard how the Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming your lives and homes on a daily basis. Smart appliances that can perform tasks from a Smart Phone, such as heating up or defrosting your dinner, drawing a warm bath before you get home from work,...
  • 03-27-2017
    Ahern recently completed a project for a large hospital that required an as-built Revit model. Revit is an Autodesk design and documentation software application that is used by most architects utilizing building information workflows in a cooperative and universal environment...
  • 02-21-2017
    Did you know that NFPA 25 Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems (2011 edition) includes inspection and testing requirements beyond the more common monthly, quarterly and annual procedures? These extended-interval inspection...
  • 02-20-2017
    Ahern is a Distech System Integrator. Distech, based on Niagara framework provides the most "Open", web-based building control system currently available. This allows us to provide a seamless system for HVAC, lighting, cameras, and card access control. Open systems also allow...
  • 01-23-2017
    Adam Koenigs, a 5th year plumbing apprentice here at Ahern, traveled to a school in Thangal Dahp, located in the mountains of Nepal on a Health Habitat project. The school was severely stricken by earthquakes in 2015 leaving major damage to the school and surrounding houses. The...
  • 01-20-2017
    Throughout the year, Ahern representatives attend a number of college career fairs throughout the Midwest. Below is a list of schools scheduled for the Spring season. Date School Location Time 1/26/2017 Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) Milwaukee, WI 6-8:30pm 2/2/2017 UW-...
  • 12-16-2016
    New production and import of most HCFCs (Hyrdochloroflurocarbons) will be phased out by 2020. The most common HCFC in use today is HCFC-22 or R-22, a refrigerant commonly found in air conditioning equipment. EPA regulations issued under Sections 601–607 of the Clean Air Act...
  • 12-13-2016
    It can be tough in today’s industry to properly monitor and keep up with individual municipality requirements as it relates to fire prevention code. So many follow one or multiple such as the IFC, IBC, or NFPA and frequently, they follow different years from one another. One...
  • 12-06-2016
    As a pre-construction adviser, Ahern’s knowledge and experience not only benefits the general contractors but the architects and building owners through early involvement in system selection that meets the end users’ goals and budget. Ahern offers several different pre-...
  • 12-06-2016
    Kids are extremely vulnerable when it comes to fire. Their inquisitive nature puts them at risk of starting a fire and, depending on age, kids may struggle to get out of a property safely should a fire occur. The problem is that no matter how extensively we teach kids to respect...
  • 11-11-2016
    If you are in an industry where your processes involve creating piles of organic combustible materials such as coal or wood chips there is a good chance you will have a fire related to spontaneous combustion. Materials, as they are stored in piles, bunkers or silos will...
  • 11-04-2016
    Once again winter is quickly approaching. Do you know the importance of boiler inspections? As you may already know, if you have not routinely (annually) performed boiler maintenance, boiler breakdowns can cost thousands of dollars in equipment repairs, as well as hundreds of...
  • 10-27-2016
    Did you know NFPA 25 includes specific building owner responsibilities when a fire protection system is in an impaired condition? NFPA defines an ‘Impairment’ as: “A condition where a fire protection system or unit or portion thereof is out of order, and the condition can result...
  • 09-27-2016
    Often while working in CAD, designers are required to perform multiple tasks to complete a desired process. This is where LISP routines come in. LISP routines process large amounts of data and combines multiple functions and commands into a single process. Reducing the amount of...
  • 05-11-2016
    During every annual fire sprinkler inspection, there are two important questions that the building owner needs to be able to answer. Question #1: “Has the occupancy and hazard of contents remained the same since the last inspection?” Fire sprinkler systems are not ‘one size fits...
  • 05-11-2016
    Many control valves on plumbing systems go unnoticed until there is a need to stop water flow in all, or a section, of a plumbing system. Don’t wait for an emergency to ensure that your valves are in proper working order! These seven simple steps can save you time and money (and...
  • 03-28-2016
    Construction layout and surveying is all about accuracy. Until recently, these processes were performed manually by multiple people, and took a great deal of time and effort. The emergence of robotics and laser technology, however, has made the layout process faster, less labor-...
  • 03-28-2016
    Do you want to humidify your building without the use of boilers, electric heating elements or canisters that need cleaning and replacement? Then adiabatic humidification might be for you. The word Adiabatic came from the Greek word adiábat, and now means without heat. Instead...

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