ASK AHCA 2021
This is your chance to ASK AHCA a question about information or an interpretation of a Code, Standard, Rule, Law or process enforced or followed for health care licensing review in the State of Florida. See questions asked below the form.
These questions will be asked to the Architects, Engineers, and Fire Life Safety specialists on the AHCA staff. Your questions will be gathered online and answered for you with a live panel of staff at the upcoming AHCA Seminar in October.
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Name of Code, Standard, Law or if applicable: 2018 FGI
Chapter, Section, Paragraph or Identifying location: 2.1-126.96.36.199 Technology Distribution Room (TDR)
(2) Size. All TDR's shall provide a minimum three-foot clearance on all sides of the equipment rack(s).
Add background information: Equipment racks are available as either open free-standing, Wall mounted, or enclosed (deadfront). Equipment racks are typically ganged together in a lineup, or as single rack.
NFPA-99 '188.8.131.52.3.5 Working Space.' says the working clearances are to meet NFPA-70 110.26(A)
Question: 1) Are Wall-mounted equipment racks still allowed for these spaces?
2) Are enclosed racks still allowed for these spaces?
3) Can single enclosed or free-standing racks be installed with one side against an outside wall, or must they be located in the center of the room?
4) Do FGI requirements override the NFPA-99 and NFPA-70 110.26(A) requirements which could allow (by special permission) reduced working clearances where the voltages are less than 30Vrms?
Name of Code, Standard, Law or if applicable: NFPA 99
Chapter, Section, Paragraph or Identifying location: Chapter 6.4
Add background information: There is a multi story building under design with a skilled nursing home on the first floor and two floors of Assisted Living Facility above. One owner and operator are licensed to operate both the ALF and the nursing home. The building is being designed with one Level I, 500 kVA generator for both the nursing home and the ALF to power the entire building.
Question: Is it permitted to have one Level 1 generator to power the building for both occupancy types?
If the answer is "No" Why not?
If the answer is "Yes" then the following questions are provided:
Is a 4th transfer switch required to isolate the ALF from the Nursing Home?
Is load shedding required to protect the generator?
3. If the ALF is sold in the future to another operator, will the electrical system have to be separated into two systems and will another generator be required to be installed to meet the ALF requirements?