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Backup, Standby and Emergency Power for Hospitals


When designing backup, standby and emergency power systems for hospitals, there are several considerations beyond NFPA 70: National Electrical Code and other building code requirements that must be addressed. Electrical engineers must understand the specific owner project requirements for the building’s power systems and ensure that the generator specification and system topologies meet all those requirements for cost, construction schedule, component performance and system maintainability.

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

In this wrap-up of a Consulting-Specifying Engineer education session co-presented by Dave Stymiest, PE, CHFM, CHSP, FASHE, readers will learn about the basics of designing power systems in hospitals.

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