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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One of the changes in the 2014 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC) was a new section in Article 110 pertaining to lockable disconnecting means. This is significant because a number of sections throughout the Code contain requirements for disconnecting means.

my april 2015 column, “moving forward,” provided an introduction to a number of public inputs for the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC). These inputs were submitted to Code-making panel (CMP) 3, and they addressed power over Ethernet (PoE) cables.

Does the National Electrical Code (NEC) require a 480-volt (V), three-phase, 3-wire, delta-connected system to be grounded? No, it is optional. This article examines the NEC’s electrical-system grounding provision.

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What's Protected?

Changes involving ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection for personnel have been present in every National Electrical Code (NEC) cycle since GFCIs were inserted into the 1962 NEC.

Loss of Power Can Be Devastating

With the 2005 hurricane season a distinct memory for all involved in those tremendously destructive storms, recovery and reconstruction is a painfully slow process.

Overcurrent Protection, Disconnecting Means and Mo

Disconnecting means Q: Disconnecting means for circuits supplied by a generator are required where the circuits enter a building or structure. Are these disconnects from an outdoor generator required to meet the rules in Article 225? Is there a maximum number of disconnects permitted?

Branch-Circuit, Feeder and Service Calculations, Part III

220.14 Other Loads—All Occupancies Article 220 of the National Electrical Code (NEC) contains requirements for calculating branch-circuit, feeder and service loads. Knowing how to perform load calculations is an essential part of being an electrician.

A Concept Change

Hidden within the rewrite of Articles 511 and 514—which cover repair garages for motor vehicles and motor fuel dispensing stations, respectively, in the 2005 National Electrical Code (NEC)—is a major change in the concept of hazardous (classified) locations.

Entries into Raintight Enclosures, Derating NM-B C

Cables in metal framing member Q: Sections 320.17 and 330.17 require that Types AC and MC cables be installed to comply with 300.4.