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. 

Without very specific National Electrical code (NEC) rules for determining the right size conductor and the correct size overcurrent protective device, a conductor could overheat and even start a fire.

This article is part 4 in a series that reviews some of the more significant revisions and new requirements in the next National Electrical Code (NEC).

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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Electrical overcurrent protective system Coordination can be complex and daunting. It is best approached with knowledge of the basics and proper system design.

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Significant Changes for the NEC 2008

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AFCI Basics

Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) protection has been a requirement since the 1999 National Electrical Code (NEC), starting as protection for receptacles in bedrooms and then progressing to protection of all outlets in bedrooms with changes in later Code cycles.


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Article 110 Requirements for Electrical Installations; Article 210 Branch Circuits; Article 225 Outside Branch Circuits and Feeders; Article 250 Grounding and Bonding; Article 338 Service-Entrance Cable: Type SE and Types USE; Article 396 Messenger-Supported Wiring; Article 404 Switches; Article 408


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Branch-Circuit, Feeder and Service Calculations, Part XXVI

Article 220 of the National Electrical Code (NEC) contains requirements for calculating branch-circuit, feeder and service loads.


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Neutral or Not?

Everyone in the electrical industry, including the electrical apprentice, the journeyman, the master electrician, electrical contractor, electrical engineer, designer, the electrical inspector, et al., seem to use the phrase “neutral conductor.” However, until the 2008 National Electrical Code (NEC)


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Sealed and Delivered

While I was teaching a seminar for the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), a student asked a series of interesting questions.


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