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

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).

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