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 Answers are based on the 2014 NEC.
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Storage batteries are used for many different types of electrical equipment throughout the National Electrical Code (NEC). The phrase “storage batteries” occurs in 13 locations in the NEC index. In addition, Article 480 is devoted to the installation requirements for storage batteries.

All of the first eight chapters in the National Electrical Code (NEC) contain at least five articles except one. Chapter 1, General, contains only two articles. The first, Article 100, contains definitions essential to the proper application of the NEC.

When incorporating larger feeders or branch circuits into equipment, many commercial and industrial electrical designs require use of parallel arrangements.

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Article 110—Requirements for Electrical Installations; Article 210—Branch Circuits; Article 250—Grounding and Bonding; Article 314—Outlet, Device, Pull, and Junction Boxes; Conduit Bodies; Fittings; and Handhole Enclosures; Article 682—Natural and Artificially Made Bodies of Water; Article 695—Fire

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The National Electrical Code Committee held two weeks of meetings last month in Redondo Beach, California; the purpose was to review and vote on nearly 2,500 public comments on proposals to revise the 2005 National Electrical Code (NEC).

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Article 210—Branch Circuits; Article 240—Overcurrent Protection; Article 334—Nonmetallic-Sheathed Cable: Types NM, NMC and NNS; Article 422—Appliances; Article 440—Air Conditioning and Refrigerating Equipment; Article 647—Sensitive Electronic Equipment; Article 680—Swimming Pools, Fountains and Simi