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. 

Designing and installing specialized electrical equipment with the intent of reducing the incident energy of an arcing fault was first introduced in 240.87 of the 2011 National Electrical Code (NEC) and was further refined in the 2014 NEC.

Thousands of public inputs (formerly proposals) are usually submitted for revising the next edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC). With some editions, there are global, Code-wide changes.

During the mid-1990s, the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) made a major effort to develop electrical installation standards for the electrical construction industry. The initial work included the creation of NECA 1, Standard for Good Workmanship in Electrical Construction.

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. Send questions to codefaqs@gmail.com. Answers are based on the 2017 NEC.
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2017 NEC: Chemicals, Fuels And Hazardous Locations—Significant Changes in the 2017 NEC, Part 7


Before we proceed, in part 3 of this series, the change in Section 230.70(A)(4) dealing with service disconnects on one- and two-family dwellings was reversed during the late stages of the development process and never made it into the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC).


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Out By The Pool: Equipotential Bonding for Pool Perimeters and Parts


In the past few months, I have received emails and phone calls from electrical inspectors and contractors stating there is confusion in their areas concerning swimming pool equipotential bonding. They requested that I clarify the bonding requirements for swimming pools.


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General Installation Requirements, Part XXIV

Thanks to the work of numerous dedicated individuals, there is a 2017 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC). This 54th version has been available since August. These days, the Code is revised every three years, but the revision cycle has ranged from one to four years.



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2017 NEC: Equipment For General Use—Significant Changes in the 2017 NEC, Part 6


This article reviews changes in Chapter 4, Equipment for General Use, in the 2017 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC).
 Visit www.ecmag.com/2017-NEC-significant-changes for this full series.
 422.16(B)(2) Built-in Dishwashers and Trash Compactors



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Type MC Cable Support, Ground Rods 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.
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What is a knife switch?

Knife Switches, AHJs 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.
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Tracing History: Circuits Supplied by Multiple Nominal Voltage Systems


The National Electrical Code (NEC) has contained multiwire branch-­circuit color coding since the early 1950s. However, it wasn’t until the 2005 NEC that it required the voltage system to identify ungrounded conductors where a building had more than one voltage system.


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