After hurricane Irene struck Florida, the governor enacted an emergency power rule requiring nursing homes and assisted living facilities to provide a cool environment for patients on loss of utility power. Lourdes McKeen Towers in West Palm Beach was forced to add additional power generation to their facility. The facility turned to a team of engineers, contractors, and equipment suppliers for a timely, robust solution. Their blueprint may help other facilities comply with similar emergency power rules.
1.) Recognize the drive behind and the technical requirements of the Florida emergency power rule and how they may propagate to other states.
2.) Identify site design challenges based on local and state codes in conjunction with the rule.
3.) List the three primary solution options for the cooling rule based on whole-house, cooling load only, and "lifeboat" solutions.
4.) Recognize how a collaborative approach with the owner, designer, installer, and equipment supplier provided a more robust and flexible system to the owner.