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. 

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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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The model building code treats campus dormitories as residential occupancies. However, a dorm does not function the same as a commercial apartment building. In some cases, the architect has created a physical design to accommodate as many students as possible.

Are multiwire branch circuits becoming antiquated for most new installations, or are they still being used in most circuit applications?

The National Electrical Code (NEC) is divided into an introduction and nine chapters with 10 informational annexes. As specified in 90.5(D), the informative annexes are not part of the NEC’s enforceable requirements but are included for informational purposes only.

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2014 NEC Outlook

It seems like just yesterday that the NFPA Standards Council issued the 2011 National Electrical Code (NEC). However, we’ve moved on to the next one; the 2014 edition was up for approval in August.

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Sizing Conductors, Part XXVIII

There is more to sizing a conductor than just selecting a conductor from Table 310.15(B)(16) (formerly Table 310.16) in the National Electrical Code (NEC).

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Often Misunderstood

“Motor contribution” is only used in 240.86(C) in the National Electrical Code (NEC), but the NEC does not define it anywhere. A full explanation of this important electrical application is located in other publications, such as fuse and circuit-breaker protection books and articles.

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Do We Need Hospital-Grade Receptacles?

Occasionally, I provide training on electrical wiring in healthcare facilities, and frequently I am asked about the requirements for hospital-grade receptacles. One individual recently indicated that the medical building’s patient-care areas are being wired using hospital MC cable.

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Another Autumn, Another New NEC

As we enter the fall, crops are ready for harvest, the leaves on trees are turning color, the evenings have a slight chill, baseball season is nearing an end, football season is just getting started, and we have a new 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC).

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Mission-Critical Wiring

At a recent training presentation on wiring for healthcare facilities, there was a question about protection for the emergency system in a hospital.

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It Says So Right Here

When maintaining low-voltage systems, there is little to guide you as to when to schedule service, other than your experience with the equipment’s past performance and the recommendations of the manufacturer. Or, maybe, you focus on providing on-call service only.

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