Low-Voltage PFCC Specification Overview
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Specifications Standards Overview

Specifications are a useful tool for construction projects of any size.  Products, services, and standards are organized to be easily understood by architects, engineers, contractors and manufacturers and ensure that a job is completed safely and efficiently.  To this end, most companies follow or mimic “MasterFormat”.
MasterFormat is published by two cooperating entities:
  • CSI (Construction Specifications Institute):  a national association of 13,000 volunteers including specifiers, architects, engineers, contractors, facility managers, product representatives, manufacturers, owners, and other experts
  • CSC (Construction Specifications Canada): is a national multi-disciplinary, non-profit association with chapters across Canada
Sometimes referred to as the “Dewey Decimal System” of building construction, this master list of numbers and titles is used to organize data about construction requirements, products, and activities.  MasterFormat establishes a method of communication among architects, specifiers, contractors, and suppliers to facilitate the implementation of construction projects.

Information contained in MasterFormat is organized in a standardized outline within the divisions.  Each division contains a number of sections organized by a standardized system of articles and paragraphs.  Each section is divided into three parts:
  • Part 1 - General: Scope, related documents and requirements, reference standards, performance requirements, submittals (action, information, closeout, and maintenance material), quality assurance, warranty, etc.
  • Part 2 - Products: Product and component requirements, approved manufacturers, operating conditions
  • Part 3 - Execution: Installation requirements, field quality control, start-up services, demonstration, closeout activities, etc.
MasterFormat was originally composed of 16 Divisions of work.  Division 16 focused on electrical work, with PFCC specifications found in Sections 16280, 16410, and 16490.  In November 2004, it expanded to 50 Divisions due to innovations in the construction industry.  Electrical work is now found in Division 26, with PFCC specifications usually found in Section 263533 and occasionally in Section 263513 or 262414.
Reference Standards typically found in Part 1 of the Low-Voltage Power Factor Correction Capacitors specification include:
  • IEEE 18: Standards for Shunt Power Capacitors; 2012.
  • NECA 1: Standard for Good Workmanship in Electrical Construction; National Electrical Contractors Association; 2010. 
  • NEMA 250: Enclosures for Electrical Equipment (1000 Volts Maximum); National Electrical Manufacturers Association; 2008.
  • NETA ATS: Acceptance Testing Specifications for Electrical Power Equipment and Systems; International Electrical Testing Association; 2013 (ANSI/NETA ATS).
  • NFPA 70: National Electrical Code; National Fire Protection Association.
  • UL 508A: Industrial Control Panels.
  • UL 810: Capacitors.

MYRON ZUCKER INC. products are designed to:

  • Improve power factor
  • Eliminate utility penalties or surcharges
  • Increase available distribution capacity
  • Mitigate harmonic distortion
  • Protect sensitive equipment
  • Decrease downtime
  • Reduce line losses and associated cost
  • Comply with industry standards


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