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Generator Shelter Plans: How to Plan for Commercial Generator Installation

Are your generator shelter plans in accord with local, state, and federal laws? This blog explores what you need to consider when installing your commercial generator to ensure that everything is acceptable.

Permanent Enclosed Generator

If your generator shelter plans involve housing your generator in an outdoor enclosure, then here’s what you need to consider. Make sure that…

  • Your generator’s location has enough clearance between the building and fuel supply to allow major maintenance.
  • The fuel supply is accessible to a fuel truck.
  • There is a security fence installed for safety purposes.
  • You have either buried or above ground fuel and electrical services.
  • You are up to code regarding either a gravel or concrete surface.

You’ll also need to know the size and weight of your generator and its fuel tank in order to make the appropriate accommodations.

Portable Enclosed Generator

This requires less site preparation than any other type of generator and is ideal for construction sites because it can be moved to different locations on site. Make sure that…

  • There is a road between the location(s) of the generator.
  • If generator moves locations on site, that the area is prepped prior to the move.
  • There is appropriate clearance to get to the lot, and size of the lot is able to support the generator.
  • The soil conditions are ideal. Dunnage can be used under the rear wheels for support.
  • The lifting gear is supported with dunnage prior to removing the generator from the truck.

Indoor Generator

If you’re installing your generator indoors, before you do so, make sure to…

  • Check that there is enough space on the concrete pad to allow for maintenance.
  • Attach the generator skid mounts to pads (must be aligned and square) to concrete pad.
  • Check the intake air. Engine intake air is supplied from air in the room. You must have positive air supply when engine(s) are operating.
  • Your fuel supply is up to code. Some regulations require fuel supply piping to be located under floor level and protected by grating.
  • Have electrical drops ready to run after installation.
  • Install ductwork with louvers so the generator set can be attached to them prior to removal of lifting device.
  • Install the building exhaust.

If you still need help with your generator shelter plans, contact us and our expert staff will be happy to help!

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