Thinking out loud - A fairly large multi family with a standby generator for an elevator and some common area loads. Since we have it, we may as well put the exit lighting on the generator. Bt that means a separate transfer switch and distribution for the life safety loads (exit lighting). Do you think the elimination of a few dozen emergency battey pack lights is worth the added cost of the transfer switch, distribution, and associated generator up-grades?
You will very likely need a separate ATS and panel depending on how your AHJ enforces the Code. Emergency lighting and exit signage comes under Article 700 - Emergency Systems whereas elevators, security cameras and the like generally come under Article 702 - Optional Standby Loads.
The majority of the AHJs that I know will not allow you to mix those loads on a single ATS or a single panel.
The space would required quite a few emergency (battery) lights. Normally I would eliminate the battery emergency lights and connect some of the building light fixtures to "emergency circuits". In this case however the distances of the emergency feeders would be significant. (100A feeder) about 200 ft from the generator to the transfer switch and another 400 ft to the other side of the building. So instead of the emergency lights we would have: 600 feet feeder. Two 100A panelboards. 100A transfer switch. What ever the additional cost of the generator to make it emergency (instaed of just standby).
Re: Generator - emergency vs. standby
#210137 05/29/1309:37 AM05/29/1309:37 AM
Does this convert the unit definition from a standard standby unit to life a safety unit. A life and safety unit here requires much more testing, annual certification and logging of maintenance records then a standard standby unit.