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.
 NFPA 70E and the NEC

Having adequate working space around electrical equipment is essential. Article 110 in the National Electrical Code (NEC) contains requirements for this access. Part II in Article 110 pertains to systems rated 1,000 volts (V), nominal, or less.

Anyone who has attended a conference in a hotel or other meeting space knows there can be a lack of receptacles to provide power for portable equipment. Sometimes, extension cords or relocatable power taps are plugged into wall receptacles and daisy-chained together to provide power to tables.

This is the final part in a series that reviews some of the more significant revisions and new requirements included in the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC). This article looks at more rule changes for special equipment covered in NEC chapters 7 and 8.

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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

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

Branch-Circuit, Feeder and Service Calculations, Part X

Maximum Loads: Last month’s Code in Focus concluded by covering loads for additions to existing installations; this month, the discussion continues with maximum loads as specified in 220.18.