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. 

Having adequate working space around electrical equipment is essential. Article 110 in the National Electrical Code (NEC) contains requirements for this access. Part II in Article 110 pertains to systems rated 1,000 volts (V), nominal, or less.

Anyone who has attended a conference in a hotel or other meeting space knows there can be a lack of receptacles to provide power for portable equipment. Sometimes, extension cords or relocatable power taps are plugged into wall receptacles and daisy-chained together to provide power to tables.

This is the final part in a series that reviews some of the more significant revisions and new requirements included in the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC). This article looks at more rule changes for special equipment covered in NEC chapters 7 and 8.

As the 2017 NEC development cycle came to a close, we embarked on a ten-part series of articles and a two-part webinar detailing the most significant changes in the 2017 NEC. With the series concluded, this article collects each entry and both webinars into a single location.

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Standard Procedure

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Fire Stopping: What Every Contractor Needs to Know

For approximately 40 years, unprotected or improperly protected penetrations have presented a subject of much concern to the fire-protection community. In 1996, an electrical fire occurred at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.

Box-Fill Calculations, Part XI

314.16 Number of Conductors in Outlet, Device, and Junction Boxes, and Conduit Bodies The National Electrical Code contains provisions that limit the numbers and sizes of conductors that can be installed in boxes and conduit bodies.

Redefining Construction

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Use the Service Entrance

The text in Section 230.40 covering the number of sets of service-entrance conductors for each service drop or lateral has not changed since it was accepted into the 1984 National Electrical Code (NEC).

Avoiding the Pitfalls

According to the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) “Design-Build is a process that has been embraced by the world's great civilizations. In ancient Mesopotamia, the Code of Hammurabi (1,800 BC) fixed absolute accountability upon master builders for both design and construction.

Box-Fill Calculations, Part X

314.16 Number of Conductors in Outlet, Device, and Junction Boxes, and Conduit Bodies The National Electrical Code has specific requirements detailing how to calculate the maximum number of conductors in boxes (outlet, device, junction, etc.) and conduit bodies.