Critical Power: Circuit protection in health care facilities

Engineers must understand and apply circuit protection best practices especially when designing electrical systems in health care facilities.

08/08/2013


Health care facilities and hospitals have more stringent circuit protection requirements than conventional building electrical systems. Because of the unique constraints of health care facility electrical systems, design engineers must ensure these demanding requirements are met. However, codes adopted in many jurisdictions don't provide a significant amount of guidance regarding feeder and branch circuit design for health care facilities. Engineers must understand and apply circuit protection best practices especially when designing electrical systems in health care facilities.

Learning objectives:

  • The audience will understand the applicable codes: NFPA 70: National Electrical Code, Article 517, NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code, and NFPA 110: Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems
  • Attendees will understand the coordination, overcurrent, short-circuit, and ground-fault protection issues for health care facilities.
  • Viewers will learn about feeder protection design requirements for health care facilities.
  • Viewers will learn about branch protection design requirements for health care facilities.

Speakers:

Neal Boothe, PE, exp US Services Inc., Maitland, Fla.

James Ferris, PE, TLC Engineering for Architecture, Orlando, Fla.

Moderator: Amara Rozgus, Editor in Chief/Content Manager, Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Pure Power, and CFE Media LLC



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