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.

Article 110 OF 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.

Ambient temperature correction adjustments relating to conduits exposed to sunlight on rooftops were inserted into the 2008 National Electrical Code (NEC) as new subsection 310.15(B)(2)(c) with accompanying Table 310.15(B)(2)(c).

This article is the third part in a series that provides a review of the more significant revisions and new requirements included in the 2017 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC). This part provides a review of some significant changes in the articles in Chapter 2, Wiring and Protection.

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Bill yourself as code-compliant and follow the rules: Electronic security systems forecasts show continued industry growth; In fact, some studies indicate this $16 billion market will grow at an annual rate approaching 7 percent.

Branch-Circuit, Feeder and Service Calculations, Part IX

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You Say Potato, I Say Tomato?

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) documents use a totally different nomenclature to describe the electrical potential between phase conductors and earth than the National Electrical Code (NEC).

After All These Years

Adequacy of reducing washers questioned When removing concentric or eccentric knockouts from a sheet-metal enclosure, it sometimes happens that a larger size than desired comes out or the only available knockout is larger than needed.

Transformer Protection, Disconnecting Means and More

Article 100                Definitions Article 210                Branch Circuits Article 240                Overcurrent Protection Article 250                Grounding and Bonding Article 310                Conductors for General Wiring Article 404                Switches Article 410              

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?

GFCI Protection, Conductors and More

Article 210                Branch Circuits Article 240                Overcurrent Protection