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‘Tis the Season to Change the Codes

‘Tis the Season to Change the Codes

This piece was originally published in the December 2016 issue of electroindustry. Jack Lyons, Northeast Field Representative, NEMA   The 2017 National Electrical Code® (NEC) has been published, seminars have been held to discuss the changes, and regulatory agencies have begun their work reviewing these changes and promulgating adoption of the 2017 NEC. Connecticut and New York recently adopted the 2014 NEC. Regulatory agencies are ready to start the review of the 2015 International Read more […]

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 […]

Earthquakes Call for Electrical Assessments

Earthquakes Call for Electrical Assessments

This piece was originally published as part of the “When Disaster Strikes” feature in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry Mike Stone, West Coast Field Representative, NEMA Earthquake! On August 24, 2014, at 3:20 a.m., I was awakened by strong shaking. As always, it came with no warning. The Napa, California, earthquake was centered about 40 miles from where I live. The 6.0 magnitude quake did upwards of $1 billion damage, left 70,000 residents without electrical power, Read more […]

Responding Before, During, and After Flooding

Responding Before, During, and After Flooding

This piece was originally published as part of the “When Disaster Strikes” feature in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Don Iverson, Midwest Field Representative, NEMA Flooding in the Midwest occurs predominantly in the spring, as the result of an overabundance of snowfall in the upper Midwest and Canada. Rivers and dams overflow into cities, devastating whole communities and displacing residents. Hurricanes cause similar damage elsewhere. Tropical storms peak in September Read more […]

New Day Dawns with Water-Damaged Equipment

New Day Dawns with Water-Damaged Equipment

This piece was originally published as part of the “When Disaster Strikes” feature in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Jack Lyons, Northeast Field Representative, NEMA On a trip to New York City about a year after Super Storm Sandy plowed up the coast and wreaked havoc on the New York and New Jersey coastlines, I responded to a call from an electrical contractor in Brooklyn whose client ran a laundromat a few blocks from the shore. The contractor asked if I could offer…

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Communication Is the First Step in Disaster Coordination

Communication Is the First Step in Disaster Coordination

This piece was originally published as part of the “When Disaster Strikes” feature in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Bryan Holland, Field Representative for the Southern Region, NEMA Coordinating with local officials is essential to NEMA’s standard operating procedure for natural disasters. The first step is to identify individuals and agencies that may need NEMA resources and guidance information before, during, and after a natural disaster. These same entities provide Read more […]

Busy Times Ahead for West Coast Code Adoptions

Busy Times Ahead for West Coast Code Adoptions

This piece was originally published in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Mike Stone, West Coast Field Representative, NEMA The 2017 edition of the National Electrical Code® (NEC) will soon be published, and next year promises to be a busy time for code adoption in the West Coast region. States in this region that will consider adoption of the 2017 NEC include Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington. After several stakeholder meetings, the Idaho Electrical Board 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 […]

Learn the 2017 NEC from Industry Leaders

Learn the 2017 NEC from Industry Leaders

NEMA field and member-company representatives will provide expert information about revisions to the National Electrical Code® (NEC) at the following venues. International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) Georgia Chapter Meeting Jekyll Island, Georgia July 13–15 NEC Code Panel Q&A Session with Bryan Holland, NEMA; Thomas Domitrovich, Eaton; Vince Saporita, Eaton; and Dave Mercier, Southwire IAEI Treasure Coast Division Meeting Port St. Lucie, Florida Read more […]