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.

More on Codes & Standards

Box-Fill Calculations, Part X

314.16 Number of Conductors in Outlet, Device, and Junction Boxes, and Conduit Bodies The National Electrical Code has specific requirements detailing how to calculate the maximum number of conductors in boxes (outlet, device, junction, etc.) and conduit bodies.

New Method to Protect Circuits

Arc-fault circuit-interrupter(AFCI) protection requirements were first submitted to the National Electrical Code (NEC) process for the 1996 NEC but were not accepted until the 1999 NEC.

Box-Fill Calculations, Part IX

314.16 Number of Conductors in Outlet, Device, and Junction Boxes and Conduit Bodies Section 314.1 covers the scope of Article 314. This article covers the installation and use of all boxes and conduit bodies used as outlet, device, junction or pull boxes, depending on their use.

Safety Horizon: 70E Standard

Twenty-five years ago, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) first prepared a set of standards to ensure electrical workers were safe on their jobs. So why has this standard-known as the NFPA 70e-suddenly become such a big deal?

Box-Fill Calculations, Part VIII

Article 314 C Outlet, Device, Pull and Junction Boxes; Conduit Bodies; Fittings; and Manholes 314.16(B) Box-Fill Calculations Article 314 of the National Electrical Code contains requirements pertaining to the installation and use of all boxes and conduit bodies used as outlet, device, junction or

Meter Sockets, Laundry Room Receptacles and More

Article 90 Introduction Article 210 Branch Circuits Article 220 Branch-Circuit, Feeder, and Service Calculations Article 230 Services Article 240 Overcurrent Protection Article 250 Grounding Article 310 Conductors for General Wiring Article 406 Receptacles, Cord Connectors and Attachment Plugs (Cap

Box-Fill Calculations, Part VII

314.16(B) Box-Fill Calculations The National Electrical Code contains provisions for the maximum numbers and sizes of conductors that can be installed in boxes and conduit bodies.