February 8, 2022 11AM PT | 1PM CT | 2PM ET

Critical power: Backup, standby and emergency power in mission critical facilities

1 AIA CES approved LU available for attendees upon successful completion of an exam.

When designing backup, standby and emergency power systems for mission critical facilities, there are several considerations beyond NFPA 70: National Electrical Code, NFPA 110: Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems and other building code requirements that must be addressed. Electrical engineers must understand the owner’s project requirements for the building’s power systems. Mission critical facilities can include data centers, hospitals, laboratories, semiconductor manufacturing, pharmaceutical and other facilities where interruption of power would have a severe impact on operations and business.

Engineers also need to be mindful of the overall new construction or existing building retrofit process and ensure equipment replacement is coordinated, temporary power strategies are identified and phasing concepts are developed.

Attendees will understand how sustainability and the environment are impacting considerations for backup generators, including fuel sources and emissions.


Learning objectives:

  • Know the codes and standards that define the design of emergency, standby and backup power systems, focusing on mission critical facilities.
  • Understand some of the unique characteristic for health care and data centers generator systems.
  • Learn best practices for specifying power systems and identify commonly seen specification errors or omissions.
  • Review and compare various design topologies and solutions. Discuss why certain solutions may be more or less favorable.

Presented By:
Brian Rener, PE, LEED AP, Principal Engineer, Mission Critical Leader, SmithGroup, Chicago
Zachary Carter, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Electrical Engineer, IMEG Corp., St. Louis

Moderated By:
Amara Rozgus, Content Manager, CFE Media and Technology

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