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.
 Arc-resistant switchgear

For my December 2005 column in ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR, I wrote about the installation of parallel conductors in a metal wireway and the subsequent heating effects. These heating effects occur whether the parallel conductors are installed in a metal or nonmetallic wireway or in an auxiliary gutter.

Article 110 in 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 [110.1].

Special rules for ground-fault protection of equipment (GFPE) apply to healthcare facilities. Section 517.17(A) indicates that these GFPE rules apply to hospitals and other buildings (including multiple occupancy buildings) with critical-care space or where life-support equipment is used.

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Standard Procedure

Since the beginning of fiber optics, groups such as the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) have worked to create standards. Standards are mandatory for technologies to move from R&D to large-scale commercial applications.

Fire Stopping: What Every Contractor Needs to Know

For approximately 40 years, unprotected or improperly protected penetrations have presented a subject of much concern to the fire-protection community. In 1996, an electrical fire occurred at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.

Box-Fill Calculations, Part XI

314.16 Number of Conductors in Outlet, Device, and Junction Boxes, and Conduit Bodies The National Electrical Code contains provisions that limit the numbers and sizes of conductors that can be installed in boxes and conduit bodies.

Redefining Construction

Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) MasterFormat is the most widely used standard for organizing specifications, catalogs and other documents for commercial and institutional building construction projects in the United States and Canada.

PV Installation: Codes and Standards

The installation of photovoltaic (PV) equipment is governed by a number of industry codes and standards. Electrical contractors need to be aware of the codes and standards to ensure a safe and functional PV installation.

Use the Service Entrance

The text in Section 230.40 covering the number of sets of service-entrance conductors for each service drop or lateral has not changed since it was accepted into the 1984 National Electrical Code (NEC).

Avoiding the Pitfalls

According to the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) “Design-Build is a process that has been embraced by the world's great civilizations. In ancient Mesopotamia, the Code of Hammurabi (1,800 BC) fixed absolute accountability upon master builders for both design and construction.