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. 

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 NFPA 99 and Article 700

Terminology is the vocabulary of technical terms and usages appropriate to a particular trade, science or art. Does it matter what we call something in the National Electrical Code (NEC)?

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. It contains five parts.

Ground-fault protection of equipment (GFPE) provides protection from devastating arcing events and destructive arcing burn-downs. National Electrical Code (NEC) sections 215.10, 230.95, 240.13 and 517.17 provide GFPE requirements, and Article 100 defines it.

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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

Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) MasterFormat is the most widely used standard for organizing specifications, catalogs and other documents for commercial and institutional building construction projects in the United States and Canada.

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.

PV Installation: Codes and Standards

The installation of photovoltaic (PV) equipment is governed by a number of industry codes and standards. Electrical contractors need to be aware of the codes and standards to ensure a safe and functional PV installation.

New Method to Protect Circuits

Arc-fault circuit-interrupter(AFCI) protection requirements were first submitted to the National Electrical Code (NEC) process for the 1996 NEC but were not accepted until the 1999 NEC.