Electrical systems: Designing electrical rooms–Webcast this Thursday
Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017, at 11 a.m. PT/1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET1 AIA CES approved LU available for attendees
Electrical rooms provide safe and secure spaces for the operation and maintenance of electrical equipment. While electrical equipment types and ratings can have significant impacts on electrical room requirements, distributing the electrical power to the rest of the building via wiring, busways, and raceways also can affect electrical room design.
Switchboards, switchgear, transformers, generators, and UPSs require space for installation, maintenance, heat dissipation, and possible future expansion. And the wiring, busways, and raceways that distribute the electrical power must be accounted for—now, and in the future. Documentation and monitoring of electrical system’s equipment and how it connects to the rest of the facility must be accurately maintained.
The design of electrical rooms requires an integrated approach among disciplines. Architects and structural, mechanical, and fire protection engineers should work as a team in designing these rooms. NFPA 70: National Electrical Code (NEC) is the main source for electrical room requirements, but other codes, good practices, and recommendations should be considered. The result will be a room that is safe and secure, and provides for the functional operation and maintenance of the specific electrical equipment located within.
- Explain the applicable code requirements including NFPA 70: National Electrical Code.
- Evaluate the design criteria for appropriate electrical room size to accommodate present and future needs.
- Analyze the requirements for coordinating with structural, architectural, fire protection, and HVAC requirements.
- Outline the requirements for foreign systems such as ductwork and piping.
|Mario Vecchiarello, PE, CEM, GBE, Senior Vice President, CDM Smith, Boston|
|Rich Vedvik, PE, Senior Electrical Engineer and Acoustics Engineer, IMEG Corp., Rock Island, Ill.|
Moderator: Jack Smith, Consulting-Specifying Engineer and CFE Media, LLC