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.
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The first National Electrical Code (NEC) was developed in 1897. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) became the developer and publisher of the National Electrical Code (NEC) in 1911, and the NFPA continues to develop and publish the Code today.

New text in section 424.66(A) of the 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC) covers working space for electrical enclosures of resistance heating-element-type duct heaters mounted on air-duct systems in limited-access areas.

For many years, The National Electrical Code (NEC) has provided rules for equipment disconnects. NEC requirements are very specific for motors and motor-driven machinery, but they differ from lockout/tagout rules in NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. The reason is simple.

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Electrical Installation Requirements, Overcurrent Protection, Lighting Fixtures, and More

CODE CITATIONS Article 110—Requirements for Electrical Installations Article 230—Services Article 240—Overcurrent Protection Article 310—Conductors for General Wiring Article 410—Lighting Fixtures, Lampholders, Lamps, and Receptacles Article 424—Fixed Electric Space-Heating Equipment

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Electrical Installation Requirements, Overcurrent Protection, Grounding, and Transformers and Their Vaults

CODE CITATIONS Article 110—Requirements for Electrical Installations Article 240—Overcurrent Protection Article 250—Grounding Article 450—Transformers and Transformer Vaults Working space around electrical equipment

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Wiring in Ducts, Plenums, and Other Air-handling Spaces

Navigating the requirements in the National Electrical Code (NEC) for ducts, plenums, and other air-handling spaces can be difficult.

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Testing and Maintaining Life Safety Systems

Most electrical contracting firms are involved in installing life safety systems for new building construction and the renovation and expansion of existing buildings, but not in the ongoing system inspection, testing, maintenance, and upgrade.

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The Code In Focus--Article 210 - Branch Circuits

210-5 Identification for Branch Circuits

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Code Changes Require Technical Substantiation

Sometimes a code change is made with no supporting comment—no technical support —other than “we have been doing it this way for years and have had no trouble.” Section 4-3.3(d) of the NFPA Requirements Governing Committee Projects requires that substantiation be provided for each proposal.

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