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Fire Protection Research Institute | Evaluation of Electrical Feeder and Branch Circuit Loading

When fully realized, the expected application of the results of this research upon the design of building interior power chains we will have taken 10 - 20 percent off the #TotalCostofOwnership of electrical systems for the most common building types in the US higher education industry. Approximately $30 to $45 billion is spent every year building and maintaining these systems.


Fire Protection Research Institute | Evaluation of Electrical Feeder and Branch Circuit Loading

January 16, 2017
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University of Michigan Law School

With thanks to Richard Robben, President of True North Facility Management, the pledges to fund the NFPA Fire Protection Foundation Project: Evaluation of Electrical Feeder and Branch Circuit Loading accumulated to the requisite $24,000 to begin Phase I of two phases of a project originally begun by the University of Michigan to bring the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70) in line with federal energy conservation regulations that incorporate by reference the International Energy Conservation Code.   

NFPA 70 is one of the most widely used standards for electrotechnology in the world.   The University of Michigan began assertive advocacy on behalf of the US education industry in the NFPA suite in 1996 and that advocacy has expanded globally under two different private organizations: See About

Phase I is now completed.   The Phase I Final Report (with public comments) is available in the links below:

REPORT – Branch Circuit Loading Phase1 FINAL

SUMM – Panel Comments – Branch Circuit Loading FINAL2

This project will be on the agenda of our standing Open Door teleconference this Wednesday.  Anyone is welcomed to join these teleconferences from your computer, tablet or smartphone with the login information below:

You can also dial in using your phone. United States : +1 (408) 650-3123 Access Code: 718-914-669

This report will also be on the agenda of the IEEE Education and Healthcare Facilities teleconference on January 24th (Note that there are two teleconferences for each of the European and American time zones:

In October, the project Principal Researcher, Tammy Gammon, provided an update to the NFPA Research Foundation.  Her slides are available in the link below:

NFPA Fire Protection Research Institute | Feeder & Branch Circuit Loading Evaluation | Phase I Update


We wish to thank our colleagues at Notre Dame who helped “get the ball rolling”, our colleagues in the Big Ten & Friends consortia, and forward-thinking manufacturers for their pledges:

Eaton Corporation

MIAPPA | Michigan Association of Physical Plant Administrators

Michigan State University

Ohio State University

University of Iowa

University of Minnesota

University of Nebraska

University of Texas Austin


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Contact: Mike Anthony, Jim Harvey, Richard Robben (True North, LLC); Tom Harman (University of Houston Clearwater), Kane Howard (Michigan State University), Paul Kempf (Notre Dame)

Colleagues: Robert G. Arno (Harris Corp), Joe Weber (Emerson), Casey Grant (NFPA), Larry Ayers (Independent Electrical Contractors Association)

Category: Electrical, Energy Conservation



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