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NEMA and "Net Zero Energy" High Performance Green Buildings

NEMA and "Net Zero Energy" High Performance Green Buildings

In April 2008 the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) of the Executive Office of the President of the United States held a Workshop on "Net Zero Energy" High Performance Green Buildings. The scope was to define the R&D activities that could decrease use of natural resources and improve indoor environments while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful pollutants from the building sector.  NEMA participated in the workshop, and its suggestions for areas Read more [...]
Members Wanted for New IEC TAG for DC Accessories.

Members Wanted for New IEC TAG for DC Accessories.

In January 2008 IEC TC23 approved the creation of its WG 8 tasked to evaluate electrical accessories within the scope of the TC for direct current (DC) applications. The product scope of TC23 is defined as electrical accessories for household and similar purposes. For a more detailed description visit IEC's website: http://www.iec.ch/dyn/www/f?p=102:7:0::::FSP_ORG_ID:1299 .  In June 2008 the US National Committee (USNC), the ANSI designated representative in IEC, approved the creation Read more [...]
Georgia Officials Oppose Child Electric Safety Standards

Georgia Officials Oppose Child Electric Safety Standards

After building and legislative officials in nearly 20 states have embraced the 2008 National Electrical CodeĀ® (NEC) and its tamper-resistant receptacle requirement, some Georgia officials are turning their backs on better child electrical safety. In a baffling move during a July 24 public hearing, the Georgia State Codes Advisory Committee (SCAC) recommended to exclude Article 406.11, which requires all 125-volt, 15- and 20-ampere electrical receptacles in residential construction to be tamper-resistant, Read more [...]
Free Application Guide for Isolated Ground Wiring Devices

Free Application Guide for Isolated Ground Wiring Devices

NEMA (www.nema.org) has recently posted its updated Application Guide for Isolated Ground Wiring Devices on its website for free download - www.nema.org/stds/appguide-isoground.cfm.  This publication covers wiring devices and accessories intended to help protect sensitive equipment from malfunction due to noise on the equipment grounding path. Devices include receptacles, single or duplex with straight blade or locking NEMA configurations, rated 15A to 60A and 125V to 600V. Accessories Read more [...]
How National is the National Electrical Code?

How National is the National Electrical Code?

While I support the federalist principle and the individual state's rights, I think the piece meal approval of the National Electrical Code (NEC) - www.nfpa.org  - at the state and municipality level subjects a large number of people to a lesser level of safety and creates costs that considerably slow down our progress as a nation.  While the NEC 2008 has been approved by NFPA we still have jurisdictions hanging on the 1999 version!  Moreover, Read more [...]