Tidbits

11/19/12 – Formal Interpretations Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities, 2006 edition

“Question 2: Is it the intent of Guidelines Section 2.1-10.2.2.4 to prohibit ceiling-mounted returns (low-level returns are, of course, required) in lieu of returns mounted high on the wall to increase the air mixing in the room and aid in the reduction of particulates? (read more)

11/5/12 -International Building Code 2012 – IBC 703.4 Automatic Sprinklers Used as Equivalency for a Fire Rated Assembly.

This section prohibits the use of sprinklers to be considered as a compensatory feature for reduction or elimination (read more)

10/29/12 – NFPA 72 Section 17.7.4.1 states that in spaces served by air-handling systems, (smoke) detectors shall not be located where airflow prevents operation of the detectors.(read more)

10/24/12 – Public comments sought for the FGI Guidelines through November 22, 2012. (read more)

10/19/12 – The 2010 Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities speaks on Commissioning (read more)

10/8/12 – Rectangular duct systems can leak up to twice as much as round and flat oval systems.

10/1/12 – Further energy cost reduction is now required by NFPA 90.1, with the reduction of “plug” loads being a focus in the 2013 edition. (read more)

9/17/12 – The 2010 Guidelines for Design and Construction of Healthcare Facilities sets requirements for air discharge outlet. (read more)

8/20/12 – The 2010 Guidelines for Design and Construction of Healthcare Facilities makes recommendations as to the use of Light and Views (read more)

8/6/12 – The International Mechanical Code specifies when roof guards are required on or around equipment and roof hatch openings. (read more)

8/2/12 – The International Plumbing Code specifies the support requirements for PEX piping. (read more

07/23/12 Differential pressure standard. (read more)

07/16/12 – The original General Standards appeared in the Federal Register on February 14, 1947, as part of the implementing regulations for the Hill-Burton program. In 1974 the document was retitled Minimum Requirements of Construction and Equipment for Hospital and Medical Facilities. (read more)

07/09/12 – Lighting requirements from the 2010 Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities:

  • 2.2-2.10 Newborn Intensive Care Unit
  • 2.2-2.10.9.2 Lighting (read more)

07/02/12 – Telecommunication requirements from the 2010 Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities:

  • 2.1-8.5.1.1 Number. Each hospital shall have at least one TSER (Telecommunications Service Entrance Room) that (read more)

06/25/12 – NFPA 99, 5.1.3.1.8 states, “Locations containing positive pressure gases other than oxygen (read more)