New 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC®) Requirement for SPDs on Emergency Power Panels

New 2014 NEC Requirement - Leviton Blog

There is a new requirement in the 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC®) requiring surge protection for Emergency Power Panels.

Article 700.8 – has been added to the 2014 edition of the NEC in order to improve the overall efficacy and reliability of emergency power systems. This Article requires that an SPD must be installed on all emergency system switchboards and panelboards. The NEC defines emergency power systems as those systems legally required to automatically supply power to designated loads upon loss of normal power.

Some typical applications where this new requirement will be implemented includes Health Care Facilities where emergency power systems are required. Additional applications include emergency power systems covering a specific portion or systems within a building, such as:

  • Emergency voice/alarm communications systems in public assembly buildings or shopping malls
  • Elevators in high-rises (where they are used for emergency evacuation)
  • Means of egress illumination and exit signs
  • Fire alarms and exhaust ventilation
  • Power operated doors in detention facilities
  • Smoke control systems
  • Critical infrastructure facilities, such as cell towers, financial institutions, etc.

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