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Archive | Collaboration & Competition

May 28, 2018
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With not enough standardization — you get chaos and inter-operability crises.  With too much standardization you stifle innovation and economic growth.  The global standards system sets a platform where all stakeholders can simultaneously collaborate and compete.   On many issues of public concern, it must compete with government but it can also collaborate in public-private partnerships  — particularly on the matter of public safety.

NETA | Electrical Commissioning Specifications

May 22, 2018
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University of California San Diego Microgrid Installation

The InterNational Electrical Testing Association (NETA) is an association of leading electrical testing companies comprised of visionaries who are committed to advancing the industry’s standards for power system installation and maintenance to ensure the highest level of reliability and safety.  It has launched a new revision cycle to update  the existing 2015 Edition of ANSI/NETA ECS Standard for Electrical Commissioning Specifications for Electrical Power Equipment and Systems.  From the standard prospectus:

Scope: It is the purpose of these specifications to assure that tested electrical equipment and systems are operational, are within applicable standards and manufacturer’s tolerances, and are installed in accordance with design specifications.

Project Need: The purpose of these specifications is to assure that tested electrical systems are safe, reliable, and operational; are in conformance with applicable standards and manufacturers’ tolerances; and are installed in accordance with design specifications. These specifications are specifically intended for application on electrical power equipment and systems.

Stakeholders: Commissioning agents, governmental agencies, A&E firms, inspection authorities, owners of facilities that utilize large blocks of electrical energy, electrical testing firms.

This standard is not intended to be submitted for consideration as an ISO, IEC, or ISO/IEC JTC-1 standard.

At the moment, ANSI Procedures only require public notification of the initiation and scope of activities expected to result in new or revised American national standard. (Link to ANSI Announcement | PDF Page 31).

NETA standards are typically referenced in electrical system construction documents for setting safety criteria before local authorities permit initial system energization and building occupancy.  The NETA suite is also among the constellation of consensus documents that set the standard of care for the safety of building electrical systems across the full span of an electrical system life cycle.

NETA technical committees will meet at the Powertest Conference in Grapevine, Texas March 11-15, 2019 to advance the revision cycle of this document.   We will refer this to the IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee which is the locus of the most informed technical and business opinions on customer-owned electrical power generating facilities for the education facilities industry.   That committee meets online twice today:

Teleconferences | May 22, 2018

All standards dealing with the #TotalCostofOwnership of distributed electrical energy resources are on the standing agenda of our weekly Open Door teleconferences which are hosted weekly on Wednesday at 11 AM Eastern time.  Click here to log in.

Issue:[13-44]

Category: Electrical, Facility Asset Management, #SmartCampus

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Jim Harvey, Gary Walls, Glenn Keates

ASTM E1799 | Photovoltaic Module Maintenance

May 21, 2018
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Archive | NFPA 730: Guide to Premises Security

May 20, 2018
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ICC A117.1 | Stairway Lighting

May 18, 2018
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Chazen Museum of Art | University of Wisconsin

The parent standard for designing and building facilities for accessibility is ANSI/A117.1 Standard for Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities developed by the International Code Council.    The 2017 edition of ICC A117 was approved by ANSI as an American National Standard on March 28, 2017 and is now available.

Many  of the current A117.1 concepts require coordination with the next revision of the International Building Code.  Proposals have already been accepted and breakout groups of subject matter experts in the ICC Building Code Action Committee are preparing public input for presentation to the Group A technical committees.  This manner of preparing stakeholder input for consideration by the technical committees has been found to be the most efficient way to develop building codes.  (See video linked below)

The strike-and-bold (redline) markup of one noteworthy proposal for coordinating A117 stairway illumination safety concepts with the next revision of the IBC appears as Item 13 (Proposal 7) of the document linked below:

BCAC General 5 – IBC A117.1 Coordination 11-20-1027 File 16-124

This concept was presented at the Spring Committee Action Hearings for ICC Group A Codes April 15-25th.  Balloting is now taking place.  The results of the balloting will be posted on the web no later than May 30th.

Public comments on the results of the Spring Committee Action Hearings are due on July 16th. The results of the Group A Hearings will be revisited during the Group A Public Comment Hearings, October 24-31, 2018 in Richmond Virginia.  See: Complete 2018 Group A Schedule

hearings that are open to the public and accessible via webcast.  All ICC consensus documents are a standing item on our own weekly Open Door teleconferences (Click here for login information)

Issue: [13-36] and [16-124]

Category: Architectural, Risk Management

Colleagues: Richard Robben


FYI: Errata to 2017 Edition:

Errata to ICC A117.1-2017

 

* Almost all resources in the education industry are devoted to compliance and enforcement.  Many large research universities have large and well-funded compliance and enforcement enterprises that may be at odds with the facilities manager in individual academic and auxiliary units.  In other words, where the university is large enough to fund a full-time compliance staff whose livelihood depends upon having new regulations to enforce, that staff is effectively prohibited from advocating a user-interest point of view.


From our archive | National Electrical Code § 110.5

May 13, 2018
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Christel Hunter explains a significant change in the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC).   Getting two words changed in Section 110.5 of the NEC may not seem to be as disruptive a concept as it really is.   For the emergent #SmartCampus, use of aluminum wiring — especially for lengthy medium voltage feeders — presents the possibility of more economically feasible backup feeders which, in the case of university-affiliated medical research and healthcare delivery enterprises, can be worth millions of dollars per minute when forced outage restoration times are reduced. with the energization of a “backup swing feeder”.

Aluminum wiring — when installed according to specification — reduces the material cost of building premise wiring by 2/3rd’s.

Issue: [11-28]

Category: Electrical

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Jim Harvey, Richard Robben

IEC TC 85 | Electrical safety in low voltage distribution systems up to 1 000 V

May 3, 2018
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Operating theatre | Rome, Italy

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) releases draft standards Committee Drafts for Votes (CDV’s) that are open for public review and comment; contingent upon national policies and coordination with national standards bodies such as USNC/IEC.   (The Secretariat for Technical Committee 85 is China).  The strategic business plan for this committee is linked below:

IEC TC 85 Strategic Business Plan SMB 6093/R

We curate global standards action for the user interest in the education industry and university-affiliated medical research and healthcare delivery enterprises here.  The education industry in every nation is a large market for electrotechnology products and systems.  Of particular interest to subject matter experts in several building technologies involving electrotechnology may be a recent release by IEC Technical Committee 85 on how to measure electrical safety in low voltage electrical systems up to 1000 volts.   Several redlines are now open for public review:

85/632/CDV |  IEC 61557-4 ED3: Electrical safety in low voltage distribution systems up to 1 000 V a.c. and 1 500 V d.c. – Equipment for testing, measuring or monitoring of protective measures – Part 4: Resistance of earth connection and equipotential bonding

85/633/CDV |  IEC 61557-5 ED3: Electrical safety in low voltage distribution systems up to 1 000 V a.c. and 1 500 V d.c. – Equipment for testing, measuring or monitoring of protective measures – Part 5: Resistance to earth

Comments are due in Geneva by May 4th.  Because access to these redlines is “coordinated” we typically refer this the IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee (which meets online again on Tuesday, February 27th)  Of course, the IEC suite and all other international standards that invite direct are on the standing agenda of our weekly Open Door teleconferences every Wednesday at 11 AM Eastern time.  e.  Anyone is welcomed to join this teleconferences with the login information in this link (Click here)

Issue: [11-4]

Contact: Mike Anthony, Jim Harvey, Giuseppe Parise

 

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers 

April 29, 2018
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The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is a professional association with its corporate office in New York City and its operations center in Piscataway, New Jersey. It was formed in 1963 from the amalgamation of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers and the Institute of Radio Engineers. Today, it is the world’s largest association of technical professionals with more than 420,000 members in over 160 countries around the world. Its objectives are the educational and technical advancement of electrical and electronic engineeringtelecommunicationscomputer engineering and allied disciplines.

National Fire Protection Association 

April 29, 2018
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For the last century, local, state, and federal governments have relied on private non-profit organizations like NFPA to develop the codes that are adopted into law to protect public safety. The cost of developing the codes is covered not by taxpayers but by the standards organizations themselves, who recover those costs through their ownership of the copyrights in the codes and standards. “Even though we own those copyrights, NFPA strives to make its documents as accessible as possible, because we believe this is the best way to accomplish our mission,” says NFPA President Jim Shannon. NFPA is proud to have been the first organization to have taken the bold step of creating free public access to privately developed codes and standards.

ASHRAE International

April 29, 2018
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