For over a century, the IEEE Standards Association’s National Electrical Safety Code has been keeping America’s communications and electrical infrastructure safe, steady, and efficient. 2014 is ushering in the latest round of code revisions to the Code to reflect upon recently developed technology, standards, and best practices in the industry. As of august, 12 states have adopted the 2014 version of the code, with another 11 states set to adopt the codes by January 2015.

Many of the Code’s new and revised requirements will affect commercial, industrial, and residential electrical and communications installations. One set of major changes involves expansion of the AFCI and GFCI protection for indoor installations. Best practices in fire and shock protection features for residential electrical systems have been updated to include the needs of “smart homes” supporting heavy electrical and HVAC automation. New to this addition is advice for first responders dealing with homes equipped with photovoltaic electrical systems.

The 2014 Code also includes comprehensive articles on increasingly popular technologies. Low Voltage Direct Current Distribution systems, Modular Data Centers, Fire Resistive Cable systems, and Energy Management systems are all be given significant coverage in the 2014 edition.

The National Electrical Safety Code is updated every 3-5 years, with the next edition slated for 2017. From September 1, 2014- May 1, 2015 the NESC is holding an 8-month open commentary period, which will allow members of the public and industry professionals to affirm the new code, suggest additional changes, and make alternate proposals for the 2017 code. Definitions of equipment, clearance rules, eliminating certain exemptions, and OSHA harmonization initiatives will be foregrounded in the 2017 code.

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