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Building Safety Takes a Community

Building Safety Takes a Community

This piece was originally published in the November 2016 issue of electroindustry. Don Iverson, Midwest Field Representative, NEMA   How do you know when a state values building safety? That’s simple: you see a pattern of consistent adoption and implementation of current building and electrical codes. Value unfolds as early code adopters begin initiating their state or regulatory processes or when local communities support electrical safety after a flooding event. Multiple Read more […]

Southern States Move Ahead with Code Adoption

Southern States Move Ahead with Code Adoption

This piece was originally published in the October 2016 issue of electroindustry. Bryan P. Holland, Southern Region Field Representative, NEMA   Code adoption activity in the south will continue through the remainder of this year and is expected to remain vibrant in 2017. The Florida Building Commission scheduled a rule development workshop on December 13, 2016, to complete the final draft of the sixth edition (2017) Florida Building Code. The updated code includes the 2015 International Read more […]

Coding Innovation

Coding Innovation

The Critical Role of Codes and Standards in Advancing Technology This piece was originally published in the October 2016 issue of electroindustry. Jill Marver, Senior Technical Specialist, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) The nearing effective date (January 1, 2017) of California’s 2016 Title 24 Part 6, Building Energy Code, and recent changes to the state’s Title 20 appliance standards spotlight the importance of codes and standards in advancing energy efficiency. Realizing Read more […]

Northeast Prepares for 2017 National Electrical Code

Northeast Prepares for 2017 National Electrical Code

This piece was originally published in the August 2016 issue of electroindustry. Jack Lyons, Northeast Field Representative, NEMA While participating in the 2016 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Meeting in Las Vegas last month, I imagined similar discussions occurring elsewhere. NEMA field representatives build relationships with code committees and code councils in every state. The information we receive from the NFPA Technical Meeting is just one tool we have to Read more […]

Midwest Region Code Adoption Activity

Midwest Region Code Adoption Activity

This piece was originally published in the July 2016 issue of electroindustry. Don Iverson, Midwest Field Representative, NEMA As the 2017 National Electrical Code® (NEC) approaches the final stages in its development, several states have begun the adoption process. NEC advocates in those states are optimistic about being early-adoption leaders in 2017. Illinois Illinois is a local-adoption state. This means that municipalities with a building department may adopt and amend building Read more […]

Code Adoption Progresses in the South

Code Adoption Progresses in the South

This piece was originally published in the June 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. Bryan P. Holland, Southern Region Field Representative, NEMA Several states in the southern region have completed the code update process, while others have just begun the development cycle. Following is a brief look at the code adoption progress in select states. Completed States North Carolina: The 2014 National Electrical Code® (NEC) went into effect on April 1, 2016. Read more […]

Insurance Industry Promotes Best Practices in Code Adoption and Enforcement

Insurance Industry Promotes Best Practices in Code Adoption and Enforcement

This piece was originally published in the May 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Bryan P. Holland, NEMA Southern Region Field Representative One sentence in the foreword to the 2015 edition of NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace[1] posits, “It can be debated that all of the requirements of the National Electrical Code, when traced through a chain of events, relate to an electrical hazard.” This is likely true for every code and standard Read more…

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Updating West Coast Code Adoptions

Updating West Coast Code Adoptions

This piece was originally published in the May 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry.  By Mike Stone, West Coast Field Representative, NEMA California adopted the 2016 California Building Standards Code, also known as Title 24. It goes into effect January 1, 2017. It is based on the 2014 National Electrical Code® (NEC); building, fire and residential codes based on the 2015 International Code Council codes (I-Codes); plumbing and mechanical codes based on the 2015 Uniform Read more […]

Adoption Processes Raise Safety Concerns for PV Installations

Adoption Processes Raise Safety Concerns for PV Installations

This piece was originally published in the April 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Jack Lyons, Northeast Field Representative, NEMA Photovoltaic (PV) system installations around the country have increased tremendously. Installers, inspectors, and designers keep their eyes open for any National Electrical Code® (NEC) changes relevant to these systems. Code adoptions are critical in order to enforce changes and create safer installations. These changes are based Read more […]

Building Relationships Strengthens Advocacy

Building Relationships Strengthens Advocacy

This piece was originally published in the April 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Michael L. Belitzky, Manager, State Government Relations, NEMA Seasoned government relations professionals are often judged by their connections—not just who they know but also who knows them. Relationships are the cornerstone of influence. NEMA’s affiliations with external organizations foster and strengthen our relationships with elected officials and policymakers, a process Read more […]