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Codes & Standards: Electrical, Power

Figure 1: This line-up of 1500 kW generators is at a resort on the Las Vegas Strip. A total of seven generators were configured by the team at JBA Consulting Engineers with paralleling switchgear for an aggregate capacity of 10.5 MW of power generation. C
Codes & Standards: Electrical, Power July 16, 2013

Generators and transfer switches for mission critical facilities

Transfer switches and generators are specified into commercial buildings—specifically health care facilities—to provide optional standby, emergency, and legally required power.

By Robert R. Jones Jr., PE, LEED AP, JBA Consulting Engineers, Las Vegas
Codes & Standards: Electrical, Power June 24, 2013

Engineering systems in manufacturing, industrial buildings: Codes and standards

Manufacturing and industrial facilities have some unusual engineering requirements, especially air handling, power needs, and fire/life safety systems. Take a look at key codes and standards engineers must adhere to.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes & Standards: Electrical, Power June 24, 2013

Engineering systems in manufacturing, industrial buildings

Manufacturing and industrial facilities have some unusual engineering requirements, especially air handling, power needs, and fire/life safety systems.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Figure 4: Another important reference is the Handbook to the 2012 IBC. It contains a discussion on fire and life safety and structural provisions in a book with several hundred color illustrations. This publication is authored by ICC staff authors and edu
Codes & Standards: Electrical, Power June 18, 2013

Special report: How to leverage IBC and ICC

The 2012 International Building Code from the International Code Council provides details to help safeguard the public health, safety, and general welfare in the built environment.

By Hamid Naderi, PE, CBO, International Code Council, Whittier, Calif.
Figure 1: This worksheet helped the staff understand the needed information in an easy format. Courtesy: TLC Engineering for Architecture
Codes & Standards: Electrical, Power June 17, 2013

How to use NFPA 99

There are many changes to NFPA 99-2012. Engineers should review the code carefully to better understand how it affects electrical systems, risk assessments, and other pertinent topics.

By Gerald Versluys, PE, LEED AP, TLC Engineering for Architecture, Jacksonville, FL
Codes & Standards: Electrical, Power June 12, 2013

Transformer efficiency: Minimizing transformer losses

Matching a transformer to its anticipated load is a critical aspect of reducing energy consumption.

By Kenneth L. Lovorn, PE, Lovorn Engineering Assocs., Pittsburgh
Codes & Standards: Electrical, Power June 11, 2013

Understanding Smart Grid interconnections, interfaces, and standards

Standards provide engineers with a starting point that will work throughout the U.S.

By Sam Sciacca, SCS Consulting, Winsted, Conn.
Figure 1: The main reading room of North Carolina State University’s new James B. Hunt Jr. library features the use of energy efficient design strategies such as integrating daylighting and lighting aesthetics. Inset: The James B. Hunt Jr. library is the
Codes & Standards: Electrical, Power June 10, 2013

Designing electrical systems for higher education

By accommodating diverse functional requirements while following safety codes and standards, engineers can design reliable and durable electrical systems for colleges and universities and their high-performing buildings.

By Alberto G. Cordero, PE, LEED AP, Affiliated Engineers Inc., Madison, Wis.
Codes & Standards: Electrical, Power May 28, 2013

Designing labs, research buildings: Codes and standards

Labs and research facilities house sensitive equipment and must maintain very rigid standards. Codes and standards must be adhered to, with special attention to codes unique to these buildings.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Codes & Standards: Electrical, Power May 13, 2013

Key nonstructural changes to 2012 IBC

Learn about the significant nonstructural changes to the 2012 International Building Code that typically impact consulting and specifying engineers.

By William E. Koffel, PE, FSFPE, Koffel Associates Inc., Columbia, Md.