Evaluating Electrical Distribution Equipment to Determine Replacement Needs

Product Code: 055579
Author: Krista McDonald Biason, PE

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As health care facilities undergo remodeling projects, there
is often the belief—or hope—that current facilities are capable of handling
increased electrical loads. But a piecemeal approach to updates and additions
can lead to the loss of a modern, code-compliant, and logical electrical
distribution system. This monograph provides guidance on how to determine
replacement needs for electrical distribution equipment. Discussed are
assessing existing electrical infrastructure, testing and exercising
distribution equipment, code compliance considerations, space provisions for
existing equipment, maintenance considerations, and strategies for upgrading an
electrical distribution system.