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 codefaqs@gmail.com. Answers are based on the 2014 NEC.
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Understanding the third article of the National Electrical Code (NEC), Article 110, Requirements for Electrical Installations, is essential to having a Code-compliant installation of the electrical system. 


In March, I attended a Central Arizona Chapter International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) meeting. A discussion ensued about the growing number of improperly installed and uncertified light-emitting diode (LED) retrofit lighting kits.

The National Electrical Code (NEC) contains the minimum requirements for a safe installation. One must do at least that much when installing electrical equipment and systems. This means understanding how to size electrical conductors of circuits, including the equipment grounding conductors (EGCs).

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Avoid Acceptance Test Failures

Understand related systems and learn important cues Why do many contractors continue to avoid scheduling the fire alarm system installation inspection? Is it because they know the system might fail the acceptance test and, as such, would thereby delay occupancy?


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GFCI Protection, Conductors and More

Article 210                Branch Circuits Article 240                Overcurrent Protection


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Shelter from the Storm

The gray area of electrical outlet installation Several problems arise when installing an outlet box on the exterior of a building.


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All Shook Up

Seismic requirements for electrical installations Concern about earthquakes and their impact on buildings and facility operation is no longer limited to those regions of the United States, such as the West Coast, where seismic activity is common.


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Do You Know Charlie?

 Get the wit and wisdom of NEC guru Charlie Trout delivered right to your email every day with the NEIS Code Question of the Day. Subscribe online or check out today’s question and yesterday’s answer.    


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Evolution of AFCIs and the <i>NEC</i>

ARC-FAULT CIRCUIT INTERRUPTERS (AFCIs) first made their appearance in the National Electrical Code (NEC) in 1999, with a mandatory effective date of Jan. 1, 2002. Research—conducted by Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) for the U.S.


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From Installer to Specifier

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