Kohler Generators:  Codes & Issues

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Codes & Issues

Codes issued by various authorities effect the generator,  its associated accessories and impact the price of the generator package.  Below are some you should be aware of:

Fuel Tank

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) FS-62-761 specifies the requirements for generator fuel tanks installed in Florida.  more information

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA-37) specifies the maximum allowable capacity of an indoor fuel tank supplying a standby generator set.  more information

Generator Power to a Fire Pump

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA-20) specifies the maximum allowable instantaneous voltage dip for a standby generator set powering a fire pump. more information

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA-20) specifies the capacity of the circuit breaker on the standby generator set that supplies power to the fire pump.  more information

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA-20) specifies the capacity of the standby generator set that supplies power to the fire pump.  more information

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA-20) specifies the capacity of the fuel tank the standby generator set that supplies power to the fire pump must have.  more information

Florida HB 7121

The State of Florida passed this legislation in June '06.  The law has several sections defining requirements for gensets; one of which requires gensets in multi-family high-rise dwellings 75 feet high and above with public elevators. This law is different than most, in that most laws offer a “grandfather clause” that allow previously constructed buildings to be exempt from the new law’s requirements. This one doesn’t, in fact it is not only for new construction but it also encompasses existing dwellings and in the process it also includes residential high-rise buildings currently under construction.

For newly designed buildings the requirements for a genset are relatively easy to get to:

  1. One public elevator must operate on the genset for a specified number of hours per day.
  2. The life safety lights must be powered by the genset.
  3. The building fire alarm system must be on emergency power.
    This is what most new designs incorporate anyway, so what’s the big deal? The challenge is with the next requirement:
  4. Alternate power shall be available over a 5 day period.

This, in many cases, will drive the fuel tank capacity requirement beyond the 660 gallons maximum allowed by NFPA-37 in the same room with the genset (subbase tank). Many applications requiring more than 660 gallons will have to specify a stand alone fuel tank in its own 3 hour fire rated room.

Generator Testing

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA-110) specifies the testing requirements for new standby generator set installations.  more information

AHCA Requirements

The State of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) specifies the requirements for standby generator sets powering medical and nursing home facilities.  The requirements are issued to design professionals attending annual convention breakaway sessions.

Use of 4 Pole ATSs

An interpretation of the National Electric Code (NEC) and/or AHCA requirements by the project design professional may require the use of 4 pole (switched neutral) ATSs.  

Discuss Kohler Generator Codes and Issues with a TAW Specialist:  800-876-0990.

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