Consulting-Specifying Engineer, May 2013 (Archived) — Mission critical standby systems provide power to critical operations power systems (COPS) for public safety, national security, or business continuity reasons. Electrical equipment and wiring that serve these designated critical operation areas must remain operational during a natural or man-made disaster. The National Electrical Code (NEC) describes the engineering practices for mission critical facilities, which go beyond the requirements for emergency and legally required standby systems. In addition to specific code requirements, design engineers as well as authorities having jurisdiction must know the requirements for the installation, operation, control, and maintenance of standby power for mission critical facilities.

Learning objectives:

  • The audience will understand the requirements of NFPA 70: National Electrical Code, Article 708 a it applies to mission critical facilities.
  • Attendees will learn the criteria for designating a facility as mission critical
  • Viewers will understand the criteria for identifying the reliability requirements of mission critical facility standby power systems.
  • Viewers will learn the criteria for commissioning mission critical facility standby power systems.


Kenneth Kutsmeda, PE, LEED AP, engineering design principal, KlingStubbins, Philadelphia

  • Kenneth Kutsmeda is an engineering design principal at KlingStubbins in Philadelphia. For more than 18 years, he has been responsible for engineering, designing, and commissioning power distribution systems for mission critical facilities. His project experience includes data centers, specialized research and development buildings, and large-scale technology facilities containing medium-voltage distribution.

Danna Jensen, PE, LEED AP BD+C, associate principal, ccrd partners, Dallas

  • Danna Jensen has 12 years of experience at ccrd in Dallas, where she became associate principal in 2012. Most of her work consists of designing electrical distribution for hospitals. She also designs electrical systems for office and retail facilities. She is the project manager for major hospital projects, which includes knowledge of all mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP), and fire protection systems, as well as commissioning. Jensen was a 2009 Consulting-Specifying Engineer 40 Under 40 winner and is a member of the Consulting-Specifying Engineer Editorial Advisory Board.

Moderator: Jack Smith, Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Pure Power, and CFE Media LLC

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