Designing backup, standby, and emergency power for high-performance buildings

Backup power design for a high-performance building is required, and offers many benefits.

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Your questions answered: Critical power: Emergency power

The May 4 “Critical power: Emergency power” Webcast presenters addressed questions not covered during the live event.

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Risk management: Commissioning electrical systems

Factors such as capital expenditure, age, safety, reliability, efficiency, and energy costs in conjunction with replacement costs and liability risk to formulate and prioritize recommissioning and retro-commissioning plans.

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How advancing standards and equipment cam improve building energy performance

This article is Part 1 of a two-part series on part-load efficiency. Increased emphasis on part-load efficiency is contributing to whole-building efficiency.

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Accounting for Flooding During Installation

Back in 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was catastrophic, with three major hurricanes making landfall on either the continental United States or U.S. territories. When severe storms like those hit, you like to think your business is prepared.

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Critical power: hospitals and data centers

Electrical engineers must consider many factors when designing backup, standby, and emergency power systems. Specific requirements for emergency power vary based on the mission critical facility, such as a hospital or data center.

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Hospital generator upgrade

A hospital needed to upgrade emergency power equipment with a new generator while maintaining some current equipment.

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Satisfying NFPA 110 and NEC requirements

Consulting engineers who specify emergency power equipment should identify when installations are required to comply with NFPA 110 in conjunction with other codes. This collection of case studies provides examples of recent projects that had various challenges associated with these requirements.

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Assessing replacement of electrical systems

Replacement of electrical systems is a study of economics and risk. Factors including age, safety, reliability, efficiency, and energy costs must be weighed in conjunction with replacement costs and liability risk to formulate and prioritize upgrade plans. 

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NFPA 110: Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems

Consulting engineers who specify emergency power equipment understand that installations for mission critical facilities, such as hospitals and data centers, are required to comply with NFPA 110: Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems, in conjunction with NFPA 70: National Electrical Code.

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