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. 

Grounding methods and requirements for systems operating at more than 1,000 volts (V), such as 5- and 15-kilovolt (kV) systems, differ slightly from those for systems of 1,000V or less. Systems in these voltage ranges are commonly referred to as medium-voltage systems.

GFCI in locker rooms


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.
 GFCI in locker rooms


Those of us who use the National Electrical Code (NEC) on a regular basis and are familiar with the words as well as the intent of the text can often overlook the most obvious interpretations by the rest of the electrical industry.


National Electrical Code (NEC) Article 110 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.

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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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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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Type SE Cable, AFCI Revisions and More

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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AFCIs, Cable Trays and More

Article 100 Definitions; Article 210 Branch Circuits; Article 250 Grounding and Bonding; Article 300 Wiring Methods; Article 310 Conductors for General Wiring; Article 334 Nonmetallic-Sheathed Cable: Types NM, NMC, and NMS; Article 392 Cable Trays; Article 422 Appliances; Article 440 Air-Conditionin


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A Serious Decision

Occasionally, a change occurs in the National Electrical Code (NEC), and the ramifications are not realized until after the Code is issued. One such change can be found in Section 210.4(B) in the 2008 NEC.


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