At the last two PDCs, we presented research performed for the purpose of changing the demand factors for plug loads and cord-connected medical equipment. This research was aimed at changing the National Electrical Code demand factors, in a way that will allow smaller electrical systems with construction cost savings. We are working with ASHE and the NFPA Healthcare Section to finalize deployment of this research into the NEC, and we will present updates on this topic.
Mazzetti has been awarded three grants from the NFPA Research Foundation, ASHRAE and the University of California to radically extend this research into several modalities of medical equipment for a variety of purposes. This session will discuss the outcomes of the research and the implications for design, equipment selection and management, as well as potential regulatory updates that will reduce construction costs.
Describe energy consumption profiles of various modalities of medical equipment.
Identify how EPA might be able to develop an Energy Star rating for Medical Equipment.
Explain how NEC demand factors and ASHRAE may be evolving in response to this research.
Identify saving opportunities for health care organizations in the procurement and operation of medical equipment.