Update on Codes, Standards, and Regulations for Standby/Emergency Systems

November 17, 2011


Exam for Continuing Education Units


0.10 AIA CEUs or 1.0 PDH available for attendees

Codes and standards applying to mission-critical standby and emergency power systems are constantly undergoing changes, so engineers have to continuously keep track of their developments.

The difficulty is not just the pace of change, but the quantity of regulatory bodies and provisions that pertain to standby and emergency power systems. The changes apply to the electrical properties of the equipment and systems, plus fire/life-safety codes, emissions regulations, and structural considerations for seismic and wind specifications.

This Webcast focuses on recent changes to the 2011 National Electric Code; the 2012 International Building Code; and the EPA off-road diesel emissions regulations that went into effect in 2011. The topics include diesel emissions, ground fault protection alarms, feeders for high-rise buildings, and seismic considerations. This event is free, and all attendees are eligible to receive 0.10 AIA CEUs or 1.0 PDH.You must get 8 of 10 questions correct to pass the exam. You may retake the exam if necessary.

You will be notified whether you passed or failed automatically after taking the exam. Upon passing the exam, a hardcopy certificate will be mailed within 30 days to you at the address you provide below.


1.) Full Name *
2.) Street Address 1 *
3.) City *
4.) State *
5.) Zip Code *
6.) Email Address *
7.) Telephone Number *
8.) Company/Organization Name *
9.) AIA member number
10.) According to John McGonegle, *

NEC 700.2 states that emergency systems are intended to automatically supply illumination, power, or both, to designated areas and equipment in the event of failure of the normal supply.

11.) According to John McGonegle, *

The NEC 2008 specification for Feeder-Circuit Wiring & Equipment changed from a one-hour fire rating requirement to a two-hour requirement in the 2011 version.

12.) According to John McGonegle, *

Without exception, Section 700.10(B)(5)(d) prohibits a single feeder to supply combinations of emergency (life safety & critical), legally required standby and optional loads.

13.) According to John McGonegle, *

According to the U.S. EPA’s definition of an emergency standby generator,  the generator cannot be operated more than 100 hours when the utility source is available; otherwise, it is considered a prime or continuous source and has stricter EPA tier 4 requirements.

14.) According to John McGonegle, *

Automatic transfer switches larger than 400 amps were UL 1008 tested to a minimum of 3 cycles, prior to 2008. Now there are options up to 30 cycles.

15.) According to Chip Morrow, *

According to the International Building Code, equipment dealers/packagers do not have responsibilities or requirements regarding seismic provisions for non-structural  equipment.

16.) According to Chip Morrow, *

Risks for consulting/specifying engineers include:

Poorly written specifications
Missing critical information in the construction documents
Ambiguous drawing details
Misunderstanding the code and how it applies to equipment and the engineer’s role
All of the above
17.) According to Chip Morrow, *

The “Importance Factor” Ip is always equal to 1.

18.) According to Chip Morrow, *

It is the responsibility of the registered design professional to review the manufacturer’s certificate of compliance components and their mounting or anchorage.

19.) According to Chip Morrow, *

A manufacturer’s certification of compliance MUST be based on testing – ONLY.

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