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 codefaqs@gmail.com. Answers are based on the 2014 NEC.
 Kitchen countertop receptacle height


Many of the articles I write for ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR originate as questions from people who read my columns or attend my workshops.

Article 210 in the National Electrical Code (NEC) covers branch circuits, with the exception of circuits that supply motor loads only. Article 430 covers these branch circuits, and Part II covers motor-circuit conductors.

A reader wrote in that an inspector had turned down one of his projects, citing the installation was in violation of National Electrical Code (NEC) 517.13(A) and (B) because Type MC cable was installed in the patient-care areas.

More on Codes & Standards

 
Branch Circuits: Required Lighting Outlets, Part III

210.70(A)(1) Lighting Outlets Required Lighting outlet requirements are covered in the last section of Article 210. Branch circuits supplying lighting outlets must be installed in accordance with the provisions in 210.70(A) through (C).

READ MORE
 
Understanding Luminaires and Lamps

A luminaire is defined in Article 100 as “a complete lighting unit consisting of a lamp or lamps together with the parts designed to distribute the light, to position and protect the lamps and ballast (where applicable), and to connect the lamps to the power supply.” Since luminaires (lighting fixtu

READ MORE
 
More than Just a 'Gas' Station
by Staff |

The NEC changes to account for new fuels

READ MORE
 
Branch Circuits--Required Receptacle Outlets, Part XI

210.62 Show Windows Requirements specifying the placement of receptacle outlets are covered in 210.52 through 210.63. The majority of these provisions pertain to dwelling units.

READ MORE
 
Supplying Emergency Lighting, Swimming Pool Pump Motors and More

CODE CITATIONS Article 110 Requirements for Electrical Installations

READ MORE
 
A Quick Means of Egress - Necessary Updates To 2002 Code

It is extremely important to provide a safe and clear means of egress from electrical equipment and to ensure a worker’s ability to quickly exit an area during an electrical explosion and fire. The 2002 National Electrical Code (NEC) has added some necessary requirements to provide that safety.

READ MORE
 
New User's Guide to NEC Published
by Staff |

"Bethesda, MD - Brooke Stauffer, executive director for standards and safety at the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), has written an authoritative new reference book just published by the developer of the NEC®.

READ MORE

Pages