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.
 Electrical systems expansion


Historically, the National Electrical Code (NEC) has required much of the electrical equipment, wiring methods and other electrical parts used in the electrical industry to be listed.

Section 110.26 of the National Electrical Code (NEC) requires specific minimums for working space around electrical equipment. Section 110.26 is divided into six subsections, and some of them contain even more subsections.


Every three years, the National Electrical Code (NEC) is revised and often expanded. As the 2017 NEC development cycle comes to a close, the final stages of the process unfold.

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Beyond The Minimum

Does the National Electrical Code (NEC) address conductor-withstand ratings for wire-type equipment grounding conductors (EGCs)? Yes, but it is worthy of a more detailed explanation.


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Cords Above Ceilings, Parking Lot Lighting 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.
 Cords run above ceilings



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General Installation Requirements, Part IX

Article 110 in the National Electrical Code (NEC), Requirements for Electrical Installations, covers general requirements for the examination and approval, installation and use, access to and spaces about electrical conductors and equipment; enclosures intended for personnel entry; and tunnel instal


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Panic Attacks

National Electrical Code (NEC) 110.26(C)(3) requirements, which cover means of egress from electrical equipment rooms, used to be straightforward.


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In Case Of Failure

Article 504 of the National Electrical Code (NEC) covers installation requirements for intrinsically safe (IS) systems.


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Arc-Resistant Switchgear, Working Space 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.
 Arc-resistant switchgear



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The Same Old Story

For my December 2005 column in ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR, I wrote about the installation of parallel conductors in a metal wireway and the subsequent heating effects. These heating effects occur whether the parallel conductors are installed in a metal or nonmetallic wireway or in an auxiliary gutter.


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