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 2017 NEC.
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Some regular National Electrical Code (NEC) users may not have noticed major changes in the 2014 and 2017 editions dealing with the emergency and standby power requirements in Article 700, Emergency Systems; Article 701, Legally Required Standby Systems; and Article 702, Optional Standby Systems.

As stated in 90.1(A) of the National Electrical Code (NEC), the purpose of the Code is the practical safeguarding of people and property from hazards arising from the use of electricity.

This article provides a review of more significant changes to the rules for special equipment covered in Chapter 6, Special Equipment, of the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC).
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Out of the Shadows

Imagine an electrical contractor meeting a homebuyer at the builder’s sales office. The contractor walks through the plans for the new house and asks the homeowner for a description of his lifestyle, the way he wants to use his home, what he expects it to be able to do.


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From Concept to Punch List

Design/build has grown from 5 percent of nonresidential construction 20 years ago to more than 40 percent today.


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Protection for MC Cable, Receptacles in Patient Care Areas and More

Protection for Type MC cable Q:Why does the National Electrical Code (NEC) require physical protection for Type MC cable where installed less than 1.25 inches from the surface for runs that are parallel to metal framing members, but this clearance is not required where the cable is pulled through pr


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Branch-Circuit, Feeder and Service Calculations, Part V

220.14 Other Loads—All Occupancies Article 220 of the National Electrical Code (NEC) provides requirements for calculating branch-circuit, feeder and service loads. An essential part of an electrician’s professional career is performing load calculations.


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Bathroom Installations, Circuit Breakers and More

Switch height for paddle fan Q: Is there a minimum and maximum height for a wall switch that controls a paddle fan in a bedroom of a multifamily dwelling? A: There are no special rules for the height of a wall switch that controls a ceiling fan.


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What's Protected?

Changes involving ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection for personnel have been present in every National Electrical Code (NEC) cycle since GFCIs were inserted into the 1962 NEC.


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Loss of Power Can Be Devastating

With the 2005 hurricane season a distinct memory for all involved in those tremendously destructive storms, recovery and reconstruction is a painfully slow process.


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