Codes & Standards

 

Essential to the work of the electrical contractor is knowledge of the National Electrical Code, the National Electrical Installation Standards and additional standards and codes administered by the National Fire Protection Association, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and others. Here is a list of all our articles on codes and standards listed chronologically by issue date. 

Each new edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC) brings change typically driven by the desire for electrical safety improvements for people and property. The Code provides the minimum requirements for safe electrical installations.

Every three years, the National Electrical Code (NEC) is updated to reflect the newest installation practices utilized by the electrical industry, bringing about hundreds of revisions and new rules to the code.After a successful webinar series in the fall of 2016, we're revisiting the topic in a sin

Working the day-to-day, it's sometimes easy to forget that the codes and standards for the electrical industry are living documents that change regularly to accommodate current technologies and trends as well as to better achieve their respective goals.

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) building energy codes were put into effect in the 1970s. Between 1992 and 2012, they have saved homeowners an estimated $15.6 billion.

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General Installation Requirements, Part XXIX

The National Electrical Code (NEC) is full of rules and regulations that are intended to make electricity use safe. Consider the rules for sizing conductors and overcurrent protection.


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Adopting And Enforcing The NEC

Each new edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC) brings change typically driven by the desire for electrical safety improvements for people and property. The Code provides the minimum requirements for safe electrical installations.


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Free Webinar: 2017 NEC Significant Changes in Review

Every three years, the National Electrical Code (NEC) is updated to reflect the newest installation practices utilized by the electrical industry, bringing about hundreds of revisions and new rules to the code.After a successful webinar series in the fall of 2016, we're revisiting the topic in a sin


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2017 NEC: Significant Changes

As the 2017 NEC development cycle came to a close, we embarked on a ten-part series of articles and a two-part webinar detailing the most significant changes in the 2017 NEC. With the series concluded, this article collects each entry and both webinars into a single location.


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Contrasting Two Standards, Rooftop HVAC And More

Jim Dollard has an extensive background in codes and standards. If you have a query about the National Electrical Code (NEC), Jim will help you solve it. Questions can be sent to codefaqs@gmail.com. Answers are based on the 2017 NEC.
 NFPA 70E and the NEC



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General Installation Requirements, Part XXVIII

Having adequate working space around electrical equipment is essential. Article 110 in the National Electrical Code (NEC) contains requirements for this access. Part II in Article 110 pertains to systems rated 1,000 volts (V), nominal, or less.


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Gather Around: Meeting Room Outlet Requirements


Anyone who has attended a conference in a hotel or other meeting space knows there can be a lack of receptacles to provide power for portable equipment. Sometimes, extension cords or relocatable power taps are plugged into wall receptacles and daisy-chained together to provide power to tables.


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