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Complying with NFPA 110 in mission critical facilities

9/9/2015

Complying with NFPA 110 in mission critical facilities
Design engineers must consider the implications of combining emergency, legally required, and optional standby systems to ensure code compliance, maintainability, and economics.
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Standby vs. emergency power in mission critical facilities

3/3/2015

Standby vs. emergency power in mission critical facilities
System designers must interpret the requirements of NFPA 110, ensure their designs follow them, and educate their clients about how the standard affects their operations.
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Your questions answered: Critical power: Backup power systems

7/11/2016

Your questions answered: Critical power: Backup power systems
Design engineers have many factors to consider when designing a backup system for a facility. Additional insights from the June 30, 2016, webcast are provided.
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Following selective coordination best practices

3/15/2016

Following selective coordination best practices
Design engineers must coordinate electrical systems so that the protective device closest to the fault opens first, and quickly enough, to prevent the upstream devices from tripping.
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Data center design: Electrical and power systems

1/27/2014

Data center design: Electrical and power systems
In the information age, data centers are one of the most critical components of a facility. If the data center isn’t reliable, business can’t be done. This is a review of the key electrical and power issues in data centers.
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10 common data center surprises

5/4/2012

10 common data center surprises
Appropriate technologies and best practice tips can help data center managers and consulting-specifying engineers prepare for the unexpected.
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Providing reliable data center backup power

3/1/2012

Providing reliable data center backup power
A Tier III data center upgrades its backup power system to provide continuous operation.
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6 steps to better data centers

4/11/2011

6 steps to better data centers
Review existing data centers for improvement opportunities like power consumption and effective heating and cooling.
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Commissioning hospital electrical systems

11/18/2011

Commissioning hospital electrical systems
Electrical systems in today’s hospitals should be commissioned as an integral part of every healthcare engineering project.
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Benchmarking: Understanding building performance

8/22/2011

Benchmarking: Understanding building performance
Conducting an energy performance comparison, known as benchmarking, can boost energy efficiency and lower building operating costs.
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Critical operations power systems application

8/15/2011

Critical operations power systems application
How NFPA Standard 70 and Article 708: Critical Operations Power Systems (COPS) is being interpreted and applied, and how to respond with standby systems design when COPS is levied on a project.
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6 steps to better data centers

4/11/2011

6 steps to better data centers
Review existing data centers for improvement opportunities like power consumption and effective heating and cooling.
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Tips for data center efficiency

3/17/2011

Tips for data center efficiency
In a data center, the efficiencies of the cooling, power, and IT systems should be analyzed as a complete system so the true efficiency potential becomes apparent.
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Centering on data

3/16/2011

Centering on data
With the need to balance a number of complex, changing demands (such as scalability, sustainability, and shifts in codes), data center projects are among the most complex an engineer can face. Here, top experts in the data center field offer advice on getting projects to compute.
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Integrated design of electrical rooms

3/8/2011

Integrated design of electrical rooms
Electrical engineers should coordinate with mechanical engineers, architects, structural engineers, and others involved in the design of electrical rooms.
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Advancing PUE with smarter data center power

3/7/2011

Advancing PUE with smarter data center power
By integrating more monitoring and digital control capabilities, data center managers can squeeze even greater performance and efficiency from existing data center power equipment.
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Modular electrical systems get standardized

1/26/2011

Modular electrical systems get standardized
Modular electrical systems can achieve product variety through combinations of standardized components.
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Transients in mission critical facilities

1/26/2011

Transients in mission critical facilities
Each of the three transient conditions in an MCF has a different cause, different result, and different method of mitigation.
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Preparing for air quality initiatives

12/28/2010

Preparing for air quality initiatives
Changing air quality regulations are affecting everyone from large industrial and power plants to small manufacturers, universities, and colleges. Uncertainty has always been a component of air quality regulations, but the number of changes underway and the magnitude of these changes is overwhelming.
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Fuel flow equals data flow

12/1/2010

Fuel flow equals data flow
Designing a standby power system for a data-intensive application requires not only the right generator for the load requirements but also the most reliable fuel available.
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Mechanical and electrical engineering: Things that keep me up at night

12/1/2010

Mechanical and electrical engineering: Things that keep me up at night
There are several emerging mechanical and electrical engineering technical trends that are worrisome to this author.
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Selective coordination of breakers in hospitals

1/20/2010

Selective coordination of breakers in hospitals
To ensure emergency power systems work when called upon, selective coordination studies must be implemented.
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