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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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.
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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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General Installation Requirements, Part VIII

Article 110 in the National Electrical Code (NEC) 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 installations [110.1].


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Getting A Checkup

Special rules for ground-fault protection of equipment (GFPE) apply to healthcare facilities. Section 517.17(A) indicates that these GFPE rules apply to hospitals and other buildings (including multiple occupancy buildings) with critical-care space or where life-support equipment is used.


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Introducing Voltage Around the Pool Area

For decades, the National Electrical Code (NEC) prohibited underground wiring to be located under a pool and wiring for lighting fixtures in the zone that extends 5-feet horizontally from the inside wall of a pool.


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