Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Building Code Standards for Seismic Certification

Building code standards for seismic certification of critical electrical equipment in essential facilities has evolved over recent years, with equipment now required to be capable of enduring higher ground acceleration levels to keep a facility operational both during and after a seismic event. There are special inspectors who look very closely at essential equipment to make sure it complies and is installed correctly. Equipment that does not meet code standards can lead to red-tagging during inspection, which in turn can result in slowdown of the construction schedule to replace the red-tagged equipment, an increase in cost of insurance, or even a declaration by the insurance company that the building is uninsurable. Any of this ever happen at any of your projects? Care to share?

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