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The IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee provides a platform for leading practice discovery among electrical engineers who are responsible for campus power distribution systems. In many cases, with research university power systems with upwards of 100 megawatts of base load.
The International Code Council has received all comments on its proposed changes to Group A codes which includes healthcare facility safety and sustainability concepts for the 2021 International Building Code. Breakout committees are now sorting through the public comments and preparing them for the Group A Public Comment Hearings, October 24-31, 2018 in Richmond Virginia.
We find gaps and overlaps among several standards suites that set the standard of care for safety and sustainability in healthcare facilities. Several ANSI accredited standards developers claim parts of the healthcare facility space. We allocate our advocacy resources to the promotion of harmonization among them all for university-affiliated medical research and clinical delivery enterprises.
The University of Texas Medical Branch is the founder of the first global standard for health care administration; now under development by International Organization for Standardization. When the high level policy framework is incorporated by reference into public law, or adopted by the private sector as a performance benchmark for healthcare administration, it will have significant effect upon health care enterprises in the US education industry.
The ASHRAE committee writing standards for ventilation and indoor air quality has released another batch of redlines for public review. These changes are important because they are referenced into ASHRAE 90.1 -- Energy Standard for Buildings -- and ASHRAE 90.1 is referenced into federal, state and local energy conservation laws.
The NFPA 99 Healthcare Facilities Code committee develops a distinct consensus document (i.e. "regulatory product") that is distinct from National Electrical Code Article 517; though there are occasional overlap and gaps. It is worthwhile reviewing the scope of each committee.
Large research universities, university-affiliated healthcare enterprises and K-12 science laboratories provide a large market for this technology. When new research square-footage is budgeted the #TotalCostofOwnership of this technology is difficult to determine because of its inter-dependence on environmental air management systems designed for fire safety and energy conservation.
We follow state adaptations of national codes that set the standard of care for electrical safety in education facility design, construction, operation and maintenance; starting with the State of Michigan -- a state with a $490 billion gross domestic product; and ranked the 13th largest state in the United States from an economic point of view.
Information and communications technology (ICT) is a fast-moving economic space in which a mix of consensus and open-source standards form the broad contours of leading practice. All school districts, colleges, universities and university-affiliated health care systems have significant product, system, firmware and labor resources allocated to ICT.