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 2017 NEC.
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For many years, the mystery of area classification has resided with a select group of experts within the electrical, petrochemical and industrial sectors. Many electricians, electrical engineers, fire inspectors and electrical inspectors have remained outside of this group.

In the 2017 National Electrical code (NEC), there are a few changes in 110.26. The first change is in subsection (A), which is part of a global change for the upper voltage threshold.

Before we proceed, in part 3 of this series, the change in Section 230.70(A)(4) dealing with service disconnects on one- and two-family dwellings was reversed during the late stages of the development process and never made it into the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC).

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Article 585: More Than Meets the Eye

The article could improve uptime of critical loads:

2008 National Electrical Code Revision Process Advances

The National Electrical Code Committee held two weeks of meetings last month in Redondo Beach, California; the purpose was to review and vote on nearly 2,500 public comments on proposals to revise the 2005 National Electrical Code (NEC).

Killer Heat

Last month's column discussed getting the most out your conductor ampacity, but the article did not really report the importance that wire terminations have on the final ampere rating of a conductor; many designers and electricians forget to consider the rating of the conductor versus the ability of

Illuminated Fountains, Voltage Drop and More

Article 210—Branch Circuits; Article 240—Overcurrent Protection; Article 334—Nonmetallic-Sheathed Cable: Types NM, NMC and NNS; Article 422—Appliances; Article 440—Air Conditioning and Refrigerating Equipment; Article 647—Sensitive Electronic Equipment; Article 680—Swimming Pools, Fountains and Simi

Change of Plans

The price of copper has been increasing at an incredible rate over the past few years; the reasons for the increase is not an issue that will be discussed here, but the resulting price escalation affects the electrical industry since many of the electrical conductors used in construction are copper