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. 

Article 90 is the introduction to the National Electrical Code (NEC) book, and it includes specifications that are essential to understanding the chapters and informative annexes that follow. For example, Article 90 explains how to recognize mandatory rules versus permissive rules.

During the recent 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC) first revision meetings in Hilton Head, S.C., a number of public inputs were submitted to introduce a new cabling system into Article 725 and Article 760.

The development process of the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC) has begun. In January, 19 Code-making panels (CMPs) held their “first draft” meetings to address roughly 4,000 public inputs (PIs). The NEC is primarily a reactive code that evolves through demonstrated need.

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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More on Codes & Standards

Overcurrent Protection, Grounding, Air Conditioning and Refrigerator Equipment, and More

CODE CITATIONS Article 240—Overcurrent Protection Article 250—Grounding Article 430—Motors, Motor Circuits, and Controllers Article 440—Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Equipment Article 680—Swimming Pools, Fountains, and Similar Installations Overcurrent protection

Group Classifications of Gases or Vapors in a Hazardous (Classified) Location

It is possible to ignite combustible gases or vapors either directly from an arc or spark at the electrical equipment or from the heat generated by the electrical equipment, so extraordinary care must be taken when installing electrical equipment in these areas.

Article 370 - Pull and Junction Boxes

Sizing requirements for boxes and conduit bodies used as pull or junction boxes are stipulated in Section 370-28. While the boxes within the scope of 370-16 are calculated from the sizes and numbers of conductors, boxes in 370-28 are calculated from the sizes and numbers of conduits (raceways).

Overcurrent Protection, Access to Working Space, Snap Switches, and More

CODE CITATIONS Article 110—Requirements for Electrical Installations Article 240—Overcurrent Protection Article 250—Grounding Article 380—Switches Article 384—Switchboards and Panelboards Article 450—Transformers and Transformer Vaults

Low-voltage Lighting - Listed Systems or Individual Field-assembled Components?

Does the National Electrical Code (NEC) require all lighting installations operating at 30 volts or less to be Listed systems? Can individual low-voltage lighting components, such as a power supply, fixtures, and conductors be assembled in the field without being part of a Listed system?

How Effective Is Overcurrent Protection in the Tap Rules?

The location in the circuit of the overcurrent protection permitted in the tap rules of Sec. 240-21 raises some questions regarding the effectiveness of the overcurrent protection.