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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Article 210 in the National Electrical Code (NEC) covers branch circuits, except when they supply only motor loads, which Article 430 covers. When sizing conductors for branch circuits, it is necessary to comply with the provisions in Article 210.

My last article provided a history and background on Article 400, dealing with flexible cords and cables. This month, I delve further into whether flexible cords and cables could or should be installed in concealed locations.

In a recent training presentation, a question came up about the new identification requirements for automatically controlled receptacles. Does the marking need to be on the receptacle face, or is a marking on the faceplate in compliance?

More on Codes & Standards

Pull and Junction Box Calculations

314.28 Pull and Junction Boxes Article 314 of the National Electrical Code (NEC) covers the installation and use of all boxes and conduit bodies used as outlet, device, junction or pull boxes.

Unplugging Fluorescents

With the acceptance of the 2005 National Electrical Code (NEC), installing and servicing fluorescent luminaires (fixtures) has become a complex situation. The design and layout of the lighting system is critical in determining certain required added features.

Parallel Conductors, Bathroom Circuits and More

Q: Does the National Electrical Code permit Class 2, Class 3 and telephone conductors to be installed in the same bored hole in a wooden stud with Type NM or Type AC cable operating at 120V?

Box-Fill Calculations, Part XII

314.16 Number of Conductors in Outlet, Device, and Junction Boxes, and Conduit Bodies The scope of Article 314 is covered in 314.1 and covers requirements pertaining to the installation and use of all boxes and conduit bodies used as outlet, device, junction or pull boxes, depending on their use, a

Being Selective

Selective coordination has been a requirement in the National Electrical Code (NEC) for many years but has been limited to a few required applications.

Standard Procedure

Since the beginning of fiber optics, groups such as the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) have worked to create standards. Standards are mandatory for technologies to move from R&D to large-scale commercial applications.

Fire Stopping: What Every Contractor Needs to Know

For approximately 40 years, unprotected or improperly protected penetrations have presented a subject of much concern to the fire-protection community. In 1996, an electrical fire occurred at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.