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:
- Gain a better understanding of these changes
- Consider what they mean to your business
- Learn what’s being done to better enable you to meet these changing and stringent requirements
Some of the Equipment and Components Potentially Affected by These Changes:
- Auxiliary Power
- Boilers & Pressure Vessels
- Electrical Distribution & Connections
- Elevator Systems
- Emergency Lighting
- Fire Protection Systems
- Piping & Connections
- Biomedical Equipment
- Blood & Other Refrigeration
- Clinical Laboratory Equipment
- Emergency/Trauma Room Equipment
- Medical Imaging Equipment
- Medical Gas Systems
- Plant Maintenance Equipment
- Ceilings & Lighting Fixtures
- Interior Partition Walls
- Raised Computer Floor Systems
- Computer & Data Center Equipment
- Production Equipment & Systems
- Record Storage
- Storage Racks & Shelving
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
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.
Or, please contact
Business Development & Strategic Partnerships
University at Buffalo
133A Ketter Hall
Buffalo, New York 14260