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Changing Regulations and Your Business

Recent changes in codes and regulations are altering the way that hospitals and commercial facilities are built and equipped.

For the first time, building equipment manufacturers, architects, engineers, and contractors are required to meet stringent and often confusing code requirements for approved installation of building mechanical and electrical equipment, medical equipment, and other building components to ensure occupant safety in an earthquake. In some cases, regulations and building owners are calling for added measures including zero interruptions in equipment performance, and full functionality of facilities following such events.

How Might These Changes Impact Your Business?

The 2003 and 2006 versions of the International Building Code (IBC) require qualification of mechanical and electrical equipment and equipment mounting systems. California’s SB 1953 legislation requires that by the year 2030, acute care hospitals and their equipment be fully functional following an earthquake.

If you sell to or do business in or with healthcare or commercial facilities – or, if you’re responsible for hospital safety and operations, you’ll want to:

Some of the Equipment and Components Potentially Affected by These Changes:

Mechanical and Electrical Equipment

  • Auxiliary Power
  • Boilers & Pressure Vessels
  • Electrical Distribution & Connections
  • Elevator Systems
  • Emergency Lighting
  • Fire Protection Systems
  • HVAC
  • Piping & Connections

Medical Equipment

  • Biomedical Equipment
  • Blood & Other Refrigeration
  • Clinical Laboratory Equipment
  • Emergency/Trauma Room Equipment
  • Medical Imaging Equipment
  • Medical Gas Systems
  • Plant Maintenance Equipment

Architectural Components

  • Ceilings & Lighting Fixtures
  • Cladding
  • Interior Partition Walls
  • Raised Computer Floor Systems
  • Windows

Building Contents

  • Computer & Data Center Equipment
  • Production Equipment & Systems
  • Record Storage
  • Storage Racks & Shelving
  • Supplies/Inventory

Where Can You Find Seismic Qualification Expertise, Research, and Testing Solutions to Help You Meet These Changing Conditions?

The University at Buffalo (UB), The State University of New York, has the expertise and facilities to
help you address equipment research, testing and qualification issues. UB’s earthquake engineering
researchers have a storied history of producing sound engineering solutions through analytical and
experimental studies.

The university is home to this country’s first National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research
(now known as MCEER) – and a $21.2 million state-of-the-art Structural Engineering and Earthquake
Simulation Laboratory (SEESL).

The 25-thousand-square-foot SEESL, part of the $81.9 million George E. Brown, Jr. Network for
Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES), houses twin relocatable shake tables, each with a
50-metric-ton payload. SEESL is also home to the world’s first and only Nonstructural Components
Simulator (UB-NCS). The UB-NCS was developed specifically for performance testing and
qualification of architectural components building equipment, systems, anchorages, and contents.

So, if you feel that changing regulations might bring changes to the way you do business,
let the the earthquake engineering researchers at the University at Buffalo help you
navigate change for the better.

Let us contact you with more information

Or, please contact

Business Development & Strategic Partnerships
University at Buffalo
133A Ketter Hall
Buffalo, New York 14260
Tel: 716-645-5151
Fax: 716-645-3399