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The 2019 edition of NFPA 110: Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems includes a variety of revisions and updates that clarify design
Learn about the choices and criteria for the planning and design of mission critical facility switchgear, transformers and UPS
As the industry continues to gain momentum in wireless control solutions, what is the future of lighting controls in critical applications such as a health care environment?
By considering updated controls architecture, integrating building systems together becomes much more attainable and streamlined
Differentiating the requirements of egress lighting versus emergency egress lighting requires a close look at several codes and standards
Your questions answered: How to specify backup, standby and emergency power in mission critical facilities
Additional information from the Feb. 27, 2020, webcast was provided by the presenters
Commissioning electrical systems in mission critical facilities requires great care and planning and save clients the extreme costs from system outages due to improperly tested equipment or insufficient levels of testing
Installing lighting occupancy sensors and commissioning the devices have many benefits, including reducing operational and maintenance costs
Engineers must make informed decisions regarding the proper transformer sizing selection, electrical and mechanical requirements and impacts to the electrical system under different operating and loading conditions
Understanding codes, controls and commissioning are key to an effective lighting design for a new or existing building
Understand NFPA 110 and its relation to emergency power supplies
Lighting designers must consider many factors when specifying lighting systems and lighting controls for nonresidential buildings, including the owner’s project requirements
Electrical and information cabling pathways are a vital component of any new or existing building
Safety is a top priority in a building’s electrical system design
During the Aug. 6, 2019, webcast, several questions were asked; here are the questions left unanswered during the live event
Learn how to define the procedures of electrical schematic design, design development, construction documents, bidding, and construction administration including electrical commissioning.
Commissioning of electrical systems has become an integral and well-established part of the building design and construction process. However, as cities and states increasingly pass more stringent energy legislation while new technologies continue to present countless possibilities, building systems will get smarter and more interconnected—and the role commissioning plays in the built environment will continue to expand.
Designers need to explore various approaches and requirements to lighting design as codes and standards are becoming more energy-conscious.
Lighting designers must consider many factors when specifying lighting systems and lighting controls for their designs. In addition to considering the type of lighting fixture, they must also take into account daylighting, lighting controls, codes and standards, and other factors. To ensure these systems work as efficiently and effectively as possible, commissioning new systems (along with ongoing commissioning) is vital for success.
To ensure complex systems function as intended, a formal commissioning process needs to be established.
The Sept. 20, 2018, “Critical power: Arc flash mitigation” webcast presenters addressed questions not covered during the live event.
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.
The electrical engineer is responsible for designing power distribution systems for buildings. Understanding the full circuit-protection requirements will enable the engineer to design the safest and most reliable electrical distribution systems for buildings.
Know the factors to consider when working to maximize integration of electrical and HVAC system design to achieve economic and operational benefits.
The June 21, 2018, “Electrical: Distribution equipment” webcast presenters addressed questions not covered during the live event.
There has been a move away from traditional lighting controls approaches, which have only incrementally improved over decades, and toward an entirely new way of thinking about, designing, and implementing lighting controls—wirelessly, with internet connectivity, and in an individually addressable capacity all at once.
It is useful for both electrical and nonelectrical engineers to understand basic features when selecting, specifying, and applying electrical distribution systems.
Additional information from the July 28 Lighting: LED specifications webcast includes details about color shift, American Medical Association recommendations, and lighting controls. Presenters Haley Darst and Richard Vedvik tackle multiple questions.
Engineers should know the NIST and ASHRAE standards for the Smart Grid, and be aware of the availability of Smart Grid-ready products for commercial buildings.