Emergency, Standby, Backup
Emergency, Standby, Backup November 16, 2018

The role of NFPA 110 and its interaction with other codes

The coordination of requirements for emergency and standby power systems between different code publications has improved over recent years, but variations still exist that can cause confusion. It is important for engineers to review all the applicable codes and standards to develop a full picture of the requirements for standby systems. While NFPA 110-2019: Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems defines system levels, types, and classifications, it does not determine what situations will require any given level, type, or class. Design engineers must coordinate the requirements of NFPA 110 with other sections of the NFPA, International Building Code, Facility Guidelines Institute, and other authority having jurisdiction requirements as applicable.

By Jared Mason, PE, PMP; WSP USA, Phoenix
Emergency, Standby, Backup October 26, 2018

Examining higher education facilities: Electrical, power, and lighting

As technology advances in every field, the college and university students being prepped for future careers in those fields need the tech they’re learning with to keep up. That presents unique challenges for the engineers working on such structures—specifying advanced systems that satisfy the unique needs of each institution. Here, professionals with experience in the area offer advice on how to tackle such facilities and receive top marks in regard to electrical, power, and lighting.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Emergency, Standby, Backup October 19, 2018

Electrical power and process production: focus on power systems complements the bottom line

Power factors, harmonics, fluctuations, and outages examined.

By Mike Zakar, PE
Emergency, Standby, Backup October 16, 2018

Economic and sustainability benefits of smart grids and microgrids

Defining these systems by scale and function will help us navigate their interrelation and set a basis for how we can apply them.

By Kevin Krause
Emergency, Standby, Backup October 1, 2018

Your questions answered: Critical power: Arc flash mitigation

The Sept. 20, 2018, “Critical power: Arc flash mitigation” webcast presenters addressed questions not covered during the live event.

By Brian Martin, PE; and Leslie Fernandez, PE, LEED AP
Emergency, Standby, Backup September 28, 2018

Power-generation systems in high-performance buildings

Electrical engineers must consider many factors when designing power-generation systems. Safety, maintainability, efficiency, code compliance, and economics play crucial roles in determining the topology of a power-generation system. Specific requirements for power vary based on building occupancy type, facility use, and critical function.

By Tom Divine, PE, LEED AP, Smith Seckman Reid, Houston
Emergency, Standby, Backup September 25, 2018

Specifying paralleled generation systems

Learn about important factors related to specifying onsite generation systems, focusing on paralleled generators.

By Joseph Thornam, PE;Stanley Worcester, PE, Stanley Consultants, Centennial, Colo.
Emergency, Standby, Backup September 25, 2018

Case study: University of Wyoming energy plant upgrade

The normal and standby power system at the University of Wyoming’s central energy plant was upgraded.

By Joseph Thornam, PE;Stanley Worcester, PE, Stanley Consultants, Centennial, Colo.
Emergency, Standby, Backup September 20, 2018

Designing industrial, manufacturing, and warehouse facilities: Electrical, power, and lighting

More than just places to make and store products, industrial, manufacturing, and warehouse facilities are becoming more complex. Electrical and power systems require detailed engineering, and lighting systems are key for all work spaces.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Emergency, Standby, Backup September 13, 2018

Congratulations 2018 Product of the Year winners

Consulting-Specifying Engineer readers have cast their votes for the 2018 Product of the Year; read about the winners.

By Amanda Pelliccione, Research Director