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IEEE Std 241-1990, IEEE Recommended Practice for Electric Power Systems in Commercial Buildings, commonly known as the (Gray Book) is published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to provide a recommended practice for the electrical design of commercial buildings. It has been prepared on a voluntary basis by engineers and designers functioning as the Gray Book Working Group within the IEEE Power Systems Engineering Committee. This recommended practice will probably be of greatest value to the power oriented engineer with limited commercial building experience. It can also be an aid to all engineers responsible for the electrical design of commercial buildings. However, it is not intended as a replacement for the many excellent engineering texts and handbooks commonly in use, nor is it detailed enough to be a design manual. It should be considered a guide and general reference on electrical design for commercial buildings. Tables, charts, and other information that have been extracted from codes, standards, and other technical literature are included in this recommended practice. Their inclusion is for illustrative purposes; where the correctness of the item is important, the latest referenced document should be used to assure that the information is complete, up to date, and correct. It is not possible to reproduce the full text of these items in this recommended practice.

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Revision Standard - Active. This IEEE Standards product is part of the Color Books family. A guide and general reference on electrical design for commercial buildings is provided. It covers load characteristics; voltage considerations; power sources and distribution systems; power distribution apparatus; controllers; services, vaults, and electrical equipment rooms; wiring systems; systems protection and coordination; lighting; electric space conditioning; transportation; communication systems planning; facility automation; expansion, modernization, and rehabilitation; special requirements by occupancy; and electrical energy management. Although directed to the power oriented engineer with limited commercial building experience, it can be an aid to all engineers responsible for the electrical design of commercial buildings. This recommended practice is not intended to be a complete handbook; however, it can direct the engineer to texts, periodicals, and references for commercial buildings and act as a guide through the myriad of codes, standards, and practices published by the IEEE, other professional associations, and governmental bodies.