SmithGroup engineers Keith Garratt and Alex Isingaziev report on what engineers must consider in the design of power systems for critical facilities.
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"The code requirements for essential power are focused on providing the minimum amount of emergency power to allow people to safely egress a facility. While this amount of emergency power meets the requirements for life safety, it’s often not sufficient for critical facilities that also need to maintain business continuity during an interruption of power. Power systems that cannot be interrupted during utility outages are important to maintaining safe operation of critical facilities and can also support ongoing maintenance activities. When designing normal and essential power systems for a new facility or upgrades to an existing facility, close attention must be given to resiliency, redundancy, and maintainability."
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