Norton Engineering is a consulting engineering firm located in Dayton, Ohio. For over 35 years, we have been known for providing some of the most effective yet simple, and often innovative designs in building and property development, solid waste and wastewater facility planning, environmental engineering and more. We hold an excellent track record in Ohio, as well as nationally and the world abroad, working with private companies, municipalities, and individuals of all types and sizes. Our clientele continues to grow, largely thanks to recommendations from past clients. Norton is also praised for coming up with the most cost efficient designs throughout all aspects of a project, including engineering costs, construction costs and operational costs.
Our professional services includes:
- Stormwater Design
- Site Planning
- Landscape Layouts
- Parking Lots
- Solid Waste Planning
- Wastewater Planning
- Structural Analysis
- Building Design
- Building Wiring Diagrams
- Machinery Controls and Circuits
- Turbine Generators
- Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments
- Air Pollution Controls
- Clean Water Act: Section 401, 404 Permits
- Wetland Delineation
- Aerial Photography
- Drafting (2D and 3D)
- Wide Format Printing Copying and Scanning
- Site Condition Surveys
- Site Condition Reporting
- Facility Master Planning
- Capital Budgeting
- Maintenance Budgeting
- Conveyor Systems
- Bulk Handling
- Feeding Systems
- Refractory Inspections
- Refractory Designs
- Boiler Systems
- Mechanical Transmissions
- Process Thermodynamics
- Building Code Analysis
- Handicap Accessibility Planning
Every day in America each person generates about 4.5 pounds of solid waste as a result of living, playing and working.
Every year the amount of waste being buried in landfills is increasing despite ever higher claims of recycling and composting.
These increasing recycling rate claims are largely the result of changing definitions, not actual reductions in solid waste being landfilled. USEPA documents this increasing amount of landfilling each year, but they don't broadcast it because too many EPA staff people keep promising that 'reduction, reuse, and recycling' will 'solve the problem.'
What we do with that trash here in America (bigger and bigger landfills) may seem to be a crime, but what else can we do?
Modern incineration with energy recovery and ash processing (and recovery) is the high tech solution for most of Europe and Japan. And in those countries it is standard practice to capture and use the energy released in the burning by making steam and/or electricity (which, in turn reduces the amount of coal and oil being burned to make that same electricity).
Modern incineration should be the major component of solid waste management in the United States. It integrates well with all the other management techniques: composting, recycling, reduction, and reuse. It is safe, it reduces traffic, and its impacts on the environment cannot be detected at the fence line with any of today's high tech sensors. Yep, that's right, it's undetectable at the fence line.
Going Green... it's no longer a concept of the future. Green Energy is in many cases one of the biggest factors in new designs today. Here at Norton Engineering, we try to incorporate green energy concepts in our designs whenever possible (especially when it makes economic sense).
Some of the things to consider in building design for example are: insulation materials, placement of energy-loss contributors (windows), and alternative energy sources. Designing an energy efficient building doesn't mean adding all kinds of crazy 'environment friendly' inventions, it means using a little creativity to come up with a good design that saves on energy costs while keeping construction costs as low as possible.Frankly, Norton doesn't usually trust, or promote, ideas that haven't stood the test of time.
Solid Waste Management:
Solid waste is a problem in the world today. No doubt about it.
Creating Energy without depleting our fossil fuels is also a problem.
Well, we can help with both of these problems with one design. The solution is waste-to-energy, the recovery of energy cleanly produced in a controlled burn incinerator with the most modern air pollution control systems possible.
This means using modern incinerators to cleanly burn the waste, reducing truck traffic, reducing landfilling, reducing the use of coal. and producing energy at the same time.
USEPA Has recently stated that modern incinerators are actually the second cleanest way to produce new electrical energy, second only to wind turbines.
Norton Engineering has developed over the years a complete design for a large municipal incineration system with energy recovery which can be viewed through this site.
John Norton also volunteers his time and advice to advance green energy outside the office, as he is the vice chair of the Solid Waste Processing Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and is on the state board of directors for Green Energy Ohio.
John Norton has had a long distinguished career in fields that directly impact the environment. Over the years he has acquired extensive knowledge on subjects that for the most part can only be obtained from actual personal experience.
John feels that this knowledge should not be kept to one person, so much of his environmental expertise is published on this website.
The environment is an issue that affects the whole world; so in order to improve the world we should all have the ability to know what others know.
This directly correlates to the Norton Engineering Motto: 'Engineering a Better World'.