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.
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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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Standby Systems, Part I

This is the first of two parts about installing emergency, legally required and/or optional standby systems. This first part will cover the basics of the three systems and the second part will cover requirements for transfer equipment.

Certifiably Good

Many of today’s electrical contractors are constantly trying to expand their offerings. In an effort to increase their marketability, these contractors are seeking certifications to broaden their knowledge base.

Branch Circuits: Required Lighting Outlets, Part VI

210.70(A)(2) Lighting Outlets Required Branch circuit requirements are covered in Article 210 of the National Electrical Code. Part III of Article 210 covers required receptacle outlets and lighting outlets.

Lamps in the Damp

Article 410 in the National Electrical Code (NEC) covers the installation of the wiring and the equipment forming the parts of lamps, luminaires (fixtures) and lampholders.

Branch Circuits: Required Lighting Outlets, Part IV

210.70(A)(2) Lighting Outlets Required Requirements specifying wall switch-controlled lighting outlets (or receptacles) are covered in 210.70. This section contains three subsections: dwelling units, guest rooms and other than dwelling units.

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CODE CITATIONS Article 210 Branch Circuits Article 220 Branch Circuits, Feeder and Service Calculations Article 250 Grounding Article 320 Armored Cable Article 410 Luminaires (Lighting Fixtures), Lampholders and Lamps Article 430 Motors, Motor Circuits and Controllers Volume 1 of the Fire Resistance

New GFCI Technology Issues

The new type of GFCI employing the latest technology comes with a caveat that must be brought to our attention. Do not get the impression that if this type of receptacle is wired incorrectly that a person cannot be killed or injured.