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NEMA Standard covers school communications systems.

Press Release Summary:

Oct 23, 2008 - Published by NEMA, SB 40-2008 Communications Systems for Life Safety in Schools covers application, installation, location, performance, and maintenance of school communications systems and their components. It establishes minimum required levels of performance, extent of redundancy, and quality of installation, but does not limit methods by which requirements are to be achieved. Standard applies to single-building schools, multi-building campuses, and multi-school districts.

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) - Rosslyn, VA

Original Press Release

NEMA Publishes SB 40-2008 Communications Systems for Life Safety in Schools

Press release date: Sep 10, 2008

ROSSLYN, Va., September 10-The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published SB 40-2008 Communications Systems for Life Safety in Schools. This standard covers the application, installation, location, performance, and maintenance of school communications systems and their components. It establishes minimum required levels of performance, extent of redundancy, and quality of installation, but does not limit the methods by which these requirements are to be achieved.

According to Bob Boyer, a member of the 3SB Committee that prepared the publication, educational facilities from elementary schools to university campuses present unique design challenges for life-safety communications systems.

"Communications Systems for Life Safety in Schools identifies minimum levels of performance, redundancy and installation requirements designed to assist designers, specifiers, and school administrators plan and maintain life-safety communication systems," Boyer said. "The standard applies to single-building schools, multi-building campuses, and multi-school districts."

The contents and scope of may be viewed, and a hard copy or electronic copy purchased for $66, by visiting NEMA's Web site at www.nema.org/stds/sb40.cfm, or by contacting IHS at 800-854-7179 (within the U.S.), 303-397-7956 (international), 303-397-2740 (fax), or on the Web at global.ihs.com.

NEMA is the trade association of choice for the electrical manufacturing industry. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its approximately 450 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end-use of electricity. These products are used in utility, medical imaging, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications. Domestic production of electrical products sold worldwide exceeds $120 billion. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing, Sao Paulo, and Mexico City.

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