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 codefaqs@gmail.com. Answers are based on the 2014 NEC.
 Communications cable and 300.4(E)


Understanding the third article of the National Electrical Code (NEC), Article 110, Requirements for Electrical Installations, is essential to having a Code-compliant installation of the electrical system. 


In March, I attended a Central Arizona Chapter International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) meeting. A discussion ensued about the growing number of improperly installed and uncertified light-emitting diode (LED) retrofit lighting kits.

The National Electrical Code (NEC) contains the minimum requirements for a safe installation. One must do at least that much when installing electrical equipment and systems. This means understanding how to size electrical conductors of circuits, including the equipment grounding conductors (EGCs).

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Testing and Maintaining Life Safety Systems

Most electrical contracting firms are involved in installing life safety systems for new building construction and the renovation and expansion of existing buildings, but not in the ongoing system inspection, testing, maintenance, and upgrade.


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The Code In Focus--Article 210 - Branch Circuits

210-5 Identification for Branch Circuits


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Code Changes Require Technical Substantiation

Sometimes a code change is made with no supporting comment—no technical support —other than “we have been doing it this way for years and have had no trouble.” Section 4-3.3(d) of the NFPA Requirements Governing Committee Projects requires that substantiation be provided for each proposal.


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Conduits Entering the Bottom of a Switchboard, Connecting Electric Drive Fire Pumps, and More

CODE CITATIONS Article 110—Requirements for Electrical Installations Article 240—Overcurrent Protection Article 250—Grounding Article 300—Wiring Methods Article 384—Switchboards and Panelboards Article 422—Appliances


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Structured Wiring Systems - A New Concept or a Reincarnation?

Recently, a new term has evolved to describe an integration of all low-voltage systems, such as TV, radio, telephone, and Internet/computer interlinks from one main distribution hub to serve all rooms within a building with multifunction communications capability.


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Article 210 - Branch Circuits

210-4 Multiwire Branch Circuits


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Grounding in Patient Care Areas, Overcurrent Protection for Motors, and More

CODE CITATIONS Article 110—Requirements for Electrical Installations Article 210—Branch Circuits Article 250—Grounding Article 430—Motors, Motor Circuits, and Controllers Article 517—Health Care Facilities


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