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.
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Article 110 in the National Electrical Code (NEC) covers general requirements for the examination and approval, installation and use, access to and spaces about electrical conductors and equipment; enclosures intended for personnel entry; and tunnel installations (110.1).

My daughter, Trina Bogart, is an emergency department doctor. She recently emailed me a seemingly simple question. However, when I went to the 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC), I realized it was actually more complicated.

Service equipment must have an interrupting rating or short-circuit current (SCC) rating equal to or greater than the amount of available fault current supplied.

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Why Does the Code Mention Design E Motors If No One Makes Them?

My business is to conduct seminars on the National Electrical Code (NEC), grounding and bonding, and electrical safety. Even before it went into effect, questions arose in the seminars about coverage of Design E motors in the 1996 NEC.

Dedicating Equipment Space

In the 1999 National Electrical Code (NEC), Section 110-26, Spaces About Electrical Equipment, consists of 1996 Section 110-16 plus Subsection (f), Dedicated Equipment Space, relocated from 1996 Section 384-4.

Safely Installing Electrical and Service Panels in Residential Closets

This month’s column addresses controversial issues that have come up in NECA’s online “Code Question of the Day.” The author gives his opinion in his answers and invites your comments on the material discussed. Please e-mail your comments to

Grounding Electrode Connections, Bonding around Swimming Pools, Sizing the Neutral Conductor, and More

CODE CITATIONS Article 250—Grounding; Article 310—Conductors for General Wiring; Article 410—Lighting Fixtures, Lampholders, Lamps, and Receptacles; Article 501—Class I Locations; and Article 680—Swimming Pools, Fountains, and Similar Installations Grounding electrode connections

Improperly Sized Conduit Bodies Can Lead to Conductor Damage

The requirements for the construction and installation of conduit bodies are mixed with those for boxes and fittings in Article 370 of the National Electrical Code (NEC).

Enforcing and Administering the NEC

The National Electrical Code (NEC) enjoys the reputation of being the most widely accepted standard in the world. The document is intended to provide for the practical safeguarding of persons and property from hazards associated with electrical installations.