University of North Carolina Charlotte
University of South Carolina Lancaster
Florence-Darlington Technical College
University of Virginia
Technical College of the Lowcountry
The flooding conditions from Hurricane Florence inspire a revisit of backflow prevention; an unseen technology that assures a safe drinking water supply by keeping water running in one direction. A damaged or malfunctioning backflow preventer technology at a university research building can contaminate an host-community potable water supply.
At a clip of about $75 billion annually, the US education facilities industry is the largest non-residential building construction market in the United States. Overall -- including construction, energy, custodial services, furnishings, security. etc., -- the non-instructional spend plus the construction spend of the US education facilities is approximately $300 billion per year.
An upgrade of the standard of care for emergency power systems will be released for incorporation by reference into local public safety law any day now. Power security for large college and university football stadiums has been one of our highest advocacy priorities for many years. We collaborate closely with experts in the IEEE Industrial Applications Society.
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.
IEEE Standards Coordinating Committee 18 is charged with reconciling the two dominant electrical safety cultures in the United States: The National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 70-suite which covers fire safety of electrical systems within buildings and the IEEE suite of electrical power recommended practices for electrical shock safety at all voltage levels from utilization systems
The American Society of Heating and Refrigeration Engineers (ASHRAE) has released a new batch of candidate revisions to ASHRAE 135 Building Automation & Control Networks. The purpose of ASHRAE 135 is to define data communication services and protocols for computer equipment used for monitoring and control of HVAC&R and other building systems.
Many large research universities -- especially those with district energy power plants and medical research and healthcare delivery campuses -- are major stakeholders in the physical security of the host municipality water management system. Future storm water management strategies on college and university campuses will likely be revisited from the lessons learned from Hurricane Florence.
Through ANSI, the University of Texas Medical Branch became the inspiration for first global standard for health care administration. University-affiliated healthcare enterprises take note. The high level policy framework set in this standard will become the global performance benchmark for healthcare administration.
NFPA Standard 1600 -- Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity/Continuity of Operations Programs -- is deep into its 2019 revision cycle. The original University of Michigan standards advocacy enterprise began advocating in this document in 2007 and achieved some changes specific to the education facilities industry in the 2010 revision.