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The National Electrical Code and its importance

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) presents updates to the National Electrical Code (NEC) — the foundation for electrical safety in the U.S., once every three years in response to public input. The code is put in place to reduce the risk of fire and other safety hazards. However, it also impacts the way contractors, electricians, specifiers, and other industry professionals plan and execute projects. Therefore, understanding the latest changes is vital.
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Watch these excerpts on notable 2020 NEC code changes for residential buildings

Residential: GFCI Protection

125-250-volt receptacles require ground fault circuit interrupter protection (GFCI). 2-pole GFIs replace most standard 2-pole MCBs.

Residential: Surge Protection

New and replacement service equipment supplying dwellings require a surge protection device (SPD).

Residential: Exterior Emergency Disconnect

One- and two-family dwellings must have a labeled, accessible outdoor emergency disconnect.

Residential: Arc-Energy Reduction

Documentation validating that an arc-energy reduction system is in place and operates below the arcing current is required. Additional on-site testing may also be needed.

Watch the full discussion on 2020 NEC code changes for residential buildings

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Excerpts on notable 2020 NEC code changes for commercial and industrial buildings

Commercial: GFCI Protection

125-250-volt receptacles require ground fault circuit interrupter protection (GFCI). 2-pole GFIs replace most standard 2-pole MCBs.

Commercial: Service Equipment

Pieces of electrical equipment that will require disconnects is expanding. Our experts tell you what you need to know.

Commercial: Lighting Load Calculations

The NEC has made changes to how lighting loads are calculated in non-dwelling buildings.

Commercial: Arc-Energy Reduction

Documentation validating that an arc-energy reduction system is in place and operates below the arcing current is required. Additional on-site testing may also be needed.

Watch the full discussion on 2020 NEC code changes for commercial and industrial buildings

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GFCI Protection

210.8 - Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter Protection
All 125-250 volt receptacles require Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter protection (GFCI). 2P GFIs will replace most standard 2P MCBs in homes.
 

Surge Protection

230.67  Surge Protection
All services supplying dwelling units shall be provided with a surge-protective device (SPD).
 

Outside Disconnect

230.85 Exterior Emergency Disconnect
All dwellings must have an exterior emergency disconnect to shut off in case of fire suppression.

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