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.
 Threadless couplings

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).

My daughter, Trina Bogart, is an emergency department doctor. She recently emailed me a seemingly simple question. However, when I went to the 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC), I realized it was actually more complicated.

Service equipment must have an interrupting rating or short-circuit current (SCC) rating equal to or greater than the amount of available fault current supplied.

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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.

Redefining Construction

Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) MasterFormat is the most widely used standard for organizing specifications, catalogs and other documents for commercial and institutional building construction projects in the United States and Canada.

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.