Electrical Contractor Magazine

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. 

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 2014 NEC.
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Article 240, in the National Electrical Code (NEC), provides general requirements for overcurrent protection and overcurrent protective devices.

For many years, Article 250, which covers grounding and bonding in the National Electrical Code (NEC), only contained two tables. Table 250.122 was used for sizing the equipment grounding conductors, based on the size of the overcurrent protective device in the circuit.

Energy management is becoming commonplace in today’s electrical infrastructures through the control of utilization equipment, energy storage and power production. Yet, limited consideration is found in electrical installation standards to actively manage these systems.

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More on Codes & Standards

Sizing Conductors, Part XVIII

When sizing conductors, more is involved than just selecting a copper or aluminum conductor with the right ampacity from Table 310.15(B)(16) (formerly Table 310.16) in the National Electrical Code (NEC).

Is Switching the Neutral OK?
by Staff |

The other day, A manufacturer inquired about switching the neutral in a branch circuit and whether the 2011 National Electrical Code (NEC) would permit a switched neutral for any application within the Code.

Rule of Sixes

Lately, I have received questions about the number of disconnects permitted for a building or structure. In one query, an inspection found more than six disconnects were present in an oil and gas refinery building, and it took more than six throws of the hand to disconnect incoming power supplies.

Sizing Conductors, Part XVII

Table 310.15(B)(16) is one of the most referenced tables in the National Electrical Code (NEC). It provides allowable ampacities for insulated conductors rated up to and including 2,000 volts (V).

Parallel Conductors, Threaded Pitches and More

If you have a problem related to the National ElectricalCode (NEC), are experiencing difficulty in understanding a Code requirement, or are wondering why or if such a requirement exists, ask Charlie, and he will let the Code decide. Questions can be sent to codefaqs@earthlink.net.

New Building Standards to Save Money and Power

Always a leader in renewable power and new technology, the Golden State has taken another step to make sure it stays out in front.

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NEC 2014 Outlook

The 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC) development process is in full swing with the NEC technical committees acting on 3,745 proposed new articles and revisions. New and improving technologies and industry advances are driving changes into the electrical industry at an accelerated pace.