Power outages in commercial buildings create enormous costs and hardships for business owners, tenants, and employees. The costs include lost productivity, lost sales, lost product, and brand damage. In some cases, outages can jeopardize life safety. For these reasons, many commercial buildings are incorporating backup power systems — some on a voluntary basis and others based on code requirements. This course explores the motivations for using backup power, relevant code and standard requirements, and the fuel options for backup power generators.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand what it means for a commercial building to integrate backup power and common technology options used.
  • Review the impacts of power outages, the frequency of outages, and the motivations of commercial businesses to utilize backup power.
  • Describe relevant codes and standards that address the need for — and design of — backup power systems in commercial buildings.
  • Identify the benefits and disadvantages of different fuel sources for backup power.