Power Failure Recovery Test Guidance

This document provides guidance for a test that targets the ability of a component, system and building to handle a loss of power and subsequently recover when power is restored.

1. Overview and Common Contingencies. 2

1.1. Loss of Other Building Utilities. 2

1.2. Testing Hierarchy. 3

1.3. Acceptance Criteria. 3

1.4. Power Outage Characteristics. 4

1.5. Electrical Power Sources. 8

1.6. Simulating a Power Outage. 11

1.7. Service Disconnects May Not Be Load Rated.. 11

1.8. Control System Response. 12

1.9. Related Issues. 12

2. Design Phase and Construction Phase Issues. 13

3. Managing Risk. 13

4. Electrical Testing Resources. 14

5. Component and Subsystem Level Testing Specifications. 14

5.1. Purpose. 15

5.2. Special Instructions. 15

5.3. Special Equipment Required.. 15

5.4. Acceptance Criteria. 15

5.5. Precautions. 15

5.6. Prerequisites. 16

5.7. Preparation.. 16

5.8. Items to Test, Acceptance Criteria, and Method of Test16

5.9. Return to Normal25

6. System Level Testing.. 26

6.1. Purpose. 26

6.2. Special Instructions. 26

6.3. Special Equipment Required.. 26

6.4. Acceptance Criteria. 26

6.5. Precautions. 26

6.6. Prerequisites. 26

6.7. Preparation.. 26

6.8. Items to Test and Method of Test27

6.9. Return to Normal27

7. Building Level Testing.. 27

7.1. Purpose. 27

7.2. Special Instructions. 27

7.3. Special Equipment Required.. 27

7.4. Acceptance Criteria. 27

7.5. Precautions. 28

7.6. Prerequisites. 28

7.7. Preparation.. 28

7.8. Procedure. 28

7.9. Items to Test, Acceptance Criteria, and Method of Test28

7.10. Return to Normal28