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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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?

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.

Do You Know Charlie?

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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.

From Installer to Specifier

It’s hard to believe that electrical contractors still carry the “installer of product” stigma—especially when an ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR report indicates that design/build projects account for 46 percent of contractor revenue.

Out of the Shadows

Imagine an electrical contractor meeting a homebuyer at the builder’s sales office. The contractor walks through the plans for the new house and asks the homeowner for a description of his lifestyle, the way he wants to use his home, what he expects it to be able to do.