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2 SPRING CONVENTION MARCH 2006 Requirements for “On-Line” Power Generation in Accordance with the International Building Code Presented by Richard C. Berger

3 SPRING CONVENTION MARCH 2006  Through the SGMEC Group, I am a lecturer across the United States on Seismic Building Codes for non-structural building components. My six (6) credit course is certified through the AIA/CES Registered Provider program.  My multi-state training guide, “A Seismic Guidebook” is a handbook used by building code officials and industry designers alike.  Through the years I have designed and in some instances patented a series of industry standard products for vibration, seismic and bomb blast control.  I am Chairman of The VMC Group which encompasses, Korfund Dynamics, Vibration Mountings & Controls, and Aeroflex International Isolators. OVERVIEW WHO AM I?

4 SPRING CONVENTION MARCH 2006  My purpose today is to acquaint you with the Seismic, “On Line” Requirements of the International Building Code now affecting nearly two-thirds of this country. OVERVIEW WHY AM I HERE?

5 SPRING CONVENTION MARCH 2006 You never know when they will occur, or what they will be! EMERGENCIES

6 SPRING CONVENTION MARCH 2006  What we do now know is this:  If a building is still standing after mother nature has done her worst, those systems or components within that building labeled “Emergency” - must continue to function! EMERGENCIES

7 SPRING CONVENTION MARCH 2006  Section of the International Building Code is clear: Importance Factor, (Ip) 1.5, Life-Safety Component is required to function after an earthquake. IMPLICATIONS OF SEISMIC LOADS IMPLICATIONS

8 SPRING CONVENTION MARCH 2006  The IBC clearly provides that it is the responsibility of:  Equipment manufacturers  Suppliers  Installers  Design Team Managers to insure that their component remains “on line and functional”, after the emergency has occurred! IMPLICATIONS RESPONSIBILITY

9 SPRING CONVENTION MARCH 2006 RESPONSIBILITY  Listed on the project’s structural drawings, under “design loads,” the following 3 parameters are the basis of this requirement.  An SDS of.167 or greater  Building Classification or Seismic Use Group III, (IBC-2000) or IV, (IBC-2003)  Seismic Design Category of “C, D, E or F”. IMPLICATIONS

10 SPRING CONVENTION MARCH 2006 Ss SHORT PERIOD SPECTRAL RESPONSE

11 SPRING CONVENTION MARCH 2006 SEISMIC GROUP III OCCUPANCIES They are buildings and other structures designated as essential facilities, including but not limited to:  Hospitals and other healthcare facilities having surgery or emergency treatment facilities.  Fire, rescue and police stations and emergency vehicle garages.  Designated earthquake, hurricane or other emergency shelters.  Power-generating stations and other public utility facilities required for Category III structures. SEISMIC GROUPS

12 SPRING CONVENTION MARCH 2006 SEISMIC GROUP III OCCUPANCIES  Structures containing highly toxic materials as defined by Section 307 where the quantity of the material exceeds the maximum allowable quantity of Table 307.7(2).  Buildings and other structures having critical national defense functions.  Water treatment facilities required to maintain water pressure for fire suppression.  Aviation control towers, air traffic control centers and emergency aircraft hangers. SEISMIC GROUPS

13 SPRING CONVENTION MARCH 2006 IMPLICATIONS MEETS ALL 3 DESIGN PARAMETERS  Any building which meets all 3 of these design parameters must prove that:  The component known as the Emergency Generation System and all of the components that support the operation of the Emergency Generation System stay “On-Line and Functional”, before and after a seismic event.

14 SPRING CONVENTION MARCH 2006 IMPLICATIONS MULTIPLE OCCUPANCY CLAUSE  When we add (+) the multiple occupancy clause, ( ) which assigns the “highest use group” (+) to the mixed use building, than add (+) the Renovation Code effecting existing construction the total number of projects which this Seismic Use Group encompasses = overwhelming

15 SPRING CONVENTION MARCH 2006 IMPLICATIONS MANUFACTURERS Emergency Equipment  Every manufacturer providing a piece of equipment that embraces the term “emergency” must now warrant and guarantee through specified outside testing that their component will start and continue to run after being subjected to the specified seismic forces.

16 SPRING CONVENTION MARCH 2006 ON LINE UNDER THE MICROSCOPE  In general, the following broad categories of systems now must prove “On Line Capability” in structures assigned to Classification or Use Group III, IBC-2000 & Use Group IV, IBC-2003.

17 SPRING CONVENTION MARCH 2006 EMERGENCY GENERATION POWER Life Safety, Ip = 1.5

18 SPRING CONVENTION MARCH 2006 EMERGENCY GENERATION EMERGENCY GENERATION POWER Emergency Generation Power  Emergency Generation Power components include the following:  The generator, tanks, pumps, piping, muffler, exhaust system, electrical components, including batteries, switch, transfers, transformers, conduit, etc.  All become a component of the generation system and all must prove “survival” in order to guarantee ”on-line“ and functioning capability.

19 SPRING CONVENTION MARCH 2006 HEATING SYSTEM Life Safety Ip 1.5

20 SPRING CONVENTION MARCH 2006 AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM Life Safety Ip 1.5

21 SPRING CONVENTION MARCH 2006 FIRE PROTECTION Life Safety, Ip = 1.5

22 SPRING CONVENTION MARCH 2006 SANITARY & POTABLE WATER SYSTEMS Life Safety Ip 1.5

23 SPRING CONVENTION MARCH 2006 ON LINE How does a manufacturer prove “On Line and Functional?”  IBC Chapter 1700, under Structural Tests and Special Inspections defines the “how.”  By an:  Approved Agency/ Special Inspector  Certificate of Compliance  Inspection Certificate  Label ON LINE AND FUNCTIONAL

24 SPRING CONVENTION MARCH 2006 IBC FEMA AIA/MASTER SPEC Home Land Security This is not going away! Special Inspection & Building Code Officials Federal & State Agencies The Insurance Industry They’re All Watching

25 SPRING CONVENTION MARCH 2006  How Much Power Is Enough?  Does Everything need to be on the Emergency Grid?  How do Entering Services get handled? SO MANY QUESTIONS

26 SPRING CONVENTION MARCH 2006 WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU? There is no where to hide Manufacturers Contractors Designers Owners

27 SPRING CONVENTION MARCH 2006 THANK YOU For more information, contact Richard C. Berger at (973)


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