This article Is based on the newly issued 2002 National Electrical Code (NEC). The NEC style has been changed for the 2002 edition. It may take awhile for those who are familiar with previous issues of the Code to become accustomed to using it, but this new style should make it much easier to use.
Article 110—Requirements for Electrical Installations
Article 240—Overcurrent Protection
Article 450—Transformers and Transformer Vaults
Working space around electrical equipment
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.
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.
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.
As the Baby Boomers of our society reach their golden years, the need for more and more nursing home facilities will become imperative. Electrical contractors will be faced with the responsibility of properly installing many different sophisticated systems within these nursing homes.
It is possible to ignite combustible gases or vapors either directly from an arc or spark at the electrical equipment or from the heat generated by the electrical equipment, so extraordinary care must be taken when installing electrical equipment in these areas.