Emergency Power Distribution

These are the systems that provide automatic backup power in the event of normal power loss. Emergency power distribution can be broken down to three main categories: Emergency life Safety, Non-Life Safety Standby and Optional Standby.

Emergency life safety are required by code and shall provide power within 10 seconds to all life safety systems such as emergency lighting, fire pumps, smoke evacuation, fire alarm systems, elevators, etc.

Non-Life Safety Standby Power Systems provide automatic backup power in the event of normal power loss, but they have 60 seconds to engage. These systems are required by Code. These can be thought of as systems that enhance the act of egress and improve firefighter operations, but are not critical to life safety. Systems such as heating, ventilation, communications, building automation, and hospital equipment are examples that may be part of this type of Standby System.

Optional Standby Power Systems are not required by code, but will provide backup power to operations that the building owner requires to keep electrified during normal power outages. These systems can be manually or automatically engaged. In general, Optional Standby Systems are used to prevent financial or data loss, but they can also extend to provide human comfort during normal power outages.

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