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.
 Older Type BX cable and EGCs

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.

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Temperature Limitations of Connections Must Not Be Exceeded

The temperature rating associated with the ampacity of a conductor must be selected and coordinated so that the lowest temperature rating of any conductor, equipment termination, or electrical device is not exceeded.

Installing Transformers in Special Situations

The column this month will cover questions about transformer installations that were the subject of concern to subscribers to NECA’s on-line “Code Question of the Day.” All answers are based on the current 1999 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC); however, beginning with this month’s colum

Article 370 - Pull and Junction Boxes

370-28 Pull and Junction Boxes

Branch Circuit, Feeder, and Service Calculations; Overcurrent Protection; Grounding; IT Equipment; and Water-intensive Installations

CODE CITATIONS Article 210—Branch Circuits; Article 220—Branch-Circuit, Feeder, and Service Calculations; Article 240—Overcurrent Protection; Article 250—Grounding; Article 645—Information Technology Equipment; and Article 680—Swimming Pools, Fountains, and Similar Installations

Understanding Snap Switch Installation Requirements

Switching devices are often installed without reading installation instructions or without understanding certain concepts involved in the safe installation of these devices.

Grounding Separately Derived Systems

Last month, we reviewed the basic requirements for grounding separately derived systems in accordance with Article 250 of the National Electrical Code (NEC). This month, we will explore a proposed 2002 Code change and how it might impact safety. 2002 NEC proposal