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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Equipotential Plane and Voltage Gradients in Agricultural Settings and Raised Floors in IT Rooms

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Article 370-Boxes, Conduit Bodies and Fittings

An enclosure that contains a device(s), or supports a fixture(s) or other equipment can be supported by the entering raceways when all of the following conditions are met: 1) the enclosure does not exceed 100 cubic inches in size; 2) the enclosure has threaded entries or hubs identified for the purp

Branch Circuits, Feeders, Service Calculations, Motors, Motor Circuits, Controllers, and More

CODE CITATIONS Article 210—Branch Circuits; Article 220—Branch-Circuits, Feeder, and Service Calculations; Article 225—Outside Branch Circuits and Feeders;

Outside Branch Circuits or Feeders - Is a Separate Disconnect Required?

In the 1996 National Electrical Code (NEC), Section 225-8, the requirements for installing a separate disconnecting means for a branch circuit or feeder to a separate building or structure on the same property were fairly simple.

The Assured Equipment Grounding Conductor Program

In keeping with the stated purpose of the National Electrical Code (NEC), the “practical safeguarding of persons and property…” protecting workers from electrical shock while using temporary power is of great concern for all electrical contractors.

Noteworthy Code Changes Concern Branch Circuits

Several changes in the 1999 National Electrical Code (NEC) in Article 210, Branch Circuits, are worthy of comment.