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Join Consulting-Specifying Engineer on Thursday, March 19 for an educational webcast:

Critical Power: Standby power for mission critical facilities
Thursday, March 19, 2015, at 11 a.m. PT /1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET
1 AIA CES LU available for attendees

When utility power is interrupted, standby power system failure is not an option for mission critical facilities. Mission critical facilities such as hospitals, data centers, and other highly critical buildings must remain operational—period. Vital mission critical power system characteristics include availability, reliability, security—and now efficiency.

Designing reliable and efficient standby power for mission critical facilities poses unique challenges, such as determining the size and quantity of standby generators; installation concerns such as elevation and heat de-rating; analyzing the types of loads and those load characteristics that may affect de-rating of generators; calculating the amount of on-site fuel and different types of fuels (i.e. natural gas or diesel); determining the required "ride-through" time to allow engines to start and assume the load; consideration of testing and ongoing maintenance; and anticipating a multitude of scenarios that can affect system performance.

Requirements of mission critical standby power systems transcend those of standard commercial projects, which are typically designed to merely comply with applicable building codes. High expectations of systems for mission critical facilities are driven by the necessity for increased levels of reliability and efficiency due to the potential catastrophic business consequences in the event of system failure.

Learning Objectives:

  • The audience will understand the requirements of NFPA 70: National Electrical Code, specifically Article 708: Critical Operations Power Systems (COPS) as it applies to mission critical facilities; and Article 517: Health Care Facilities and NFPA 110: Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems
  • Attendees will be able to identify challenges unique to mission critical standby power systems
  • Viewers will learn the criteria for designing mission critical standby power systems
  • Viewers will understand how to balance between reliability and efficiency/sustainability in mission critical standby power system designs.

Presenters & Moderator

Dwayne Presenter: Dwayne G. Miller, PE, RCDD, AEE CPQ, Chief Executive Officer, JBA Consulting Engineers, Hong Kong
Presenter: Kenneth Kutsmeda, PE, LEED AP, Engineering Design Principal, Jacobs, Philadelphia
Smith Moderator: Jack Smith, Consulting-Specifying Engineer and CFE Media, LLC

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