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.
 Receptacles and EGC connections


The 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC) will feature the new Article 691, which covers nonutility company, large-scale photovoltaic (PV) electric supply stations with generating capacities of at least 5,000 kilowatts (kW).

One way to help safeguard people from hazards arising from electricity use is to ensure there is sufficient working space in front of and around electrical equipment.

This article is part 2 in a series that examines some of the more significant revisions and new requirements in the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC). This piece reviews some significant changes in Articles 100 and 110.
 Article 100­—Definitions


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Do I Have Something On My Face?

In a recent training presentation, a question came up about the new identification requirements for automatically controlled receptacles. Does the marking need to be on the receptacle face, or is a marking on the faceplate in compliance?


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Outside Feeders, EGCs 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 2014 NEC.
 Number of outside feeders 
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In Black And White For Years: Concealment of flexible cords and cables


Concealment of flexible cords and cables that are installed as an integral part of appliances—or when used for connecting other electrical equipment—is an ongoing issue for the electrical industry. The history of the National Electrical Code (NEC) provides some insight.



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Sizing Conductors, Part XXXIX

Article 100 of the National Electrical Code (NEC) defines “equipment” as a general term, including fittings, devices, appliances, luminaires, apparatus, machinery and the like, used as a part of, or in connection with, an electrical installation.


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Conformity Assessment

Traditional construction methods and techniques have evolved to be more efficient and cost-effective. Technology affords the construction industry the ability to model projects remotely and prefabricate many of the construction elements off-site.


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Sizing Conductors, Part XXXVIII

Selecting the correct size conductor is not difficult, but it involves more than selecting a conductor based solely on the ampacity shown in Table 310.15(B)(16) in the National Electrical Code (NEC).


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Modular Data Centers

The concept of modular data centers (MDCs) originated about six or seven years ago as a portable method of delivering information technology data center capacity without the high cost and long construction time.


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