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    Updated On: Apr 04, 2018

    IBEW LU 354 Delegate and Committee Draft Report

    2018 IBEW Code Panel Meeting Agenda

    Monday-Wednesday, March 26-28, 2018

    Omni – Louisville, KY

    Day 1, March 26, 2018

    Review of top rated NEC Changes for the 2020 edition, first draft. These are the initial proposals that may affect the IBEW and its members. The following are the most important Code changes so far into the process.

    Medical and Recreational Cannabis. IBEW is actively participating in the development of ASTM B.37 addressing the electrical requirements for the production of medical and recreational cannabis. Average service size for a growing facility is 480/277-volt wye, 3,000 amperes. NECA is considering developing a standard for contractors. This area has been identified as an expanding market in the United States. May see NEC action on this type of facility in the next edition.

    90.3 NEC proposal to include Chapter 8, Communications Systems did not pass the panel first ballot. IBEW – NECA wants to continue pushing Chapter 8 to no longer be a stand-alone chapter of the Code. Also 2020 will bring a reorganization and expansion of Chapter 8. VDV installations will be included in the inspection process.

    Other 2020 NEC Changes of Interest to the IBEW:






    110.14 (D)

    Terminal Connection Torque

    Change wording about Torque requirements and tools used.

    Torque tools purchased out of the box are not calibrated. Torque requirements based on manufactures requirements.


    Identifying the grounded conductor in multiconductor cable.

    4 AWG and larger grounded conductor can be identified using the methods in 200.6. Removes requirement from supervised locations only.

    Allows installers to identify a color other than white or gray as a grounded conductor in multiconductor cable.


    Dwelling unit GFCI

    1. All receptacles installed in 210.8(A), 125 thru 250 volt, must be GFCI protected.

    2. Both finished and unfinished rooms in basements.

    3. Indoor damp and wet locations.

    Ranges and dryers shall be GFCI protected.

    All receptacles in basement, GFCI.


    Other than dwelling units

    1. Single and three-phase receptacles GFCI protected.

    2. All basement receptacles, GFCI.

    3. Laundry Areas

    4. Bathtub and shower stalls

    All of 210.8(B) require GFCI protection.


    Dishwashers in Dwellings

    Moved to Article 422.5


    AFCI Protection

    Entire dwelling unit requires AFCI.

    Utah has amended the rule, one, two family, and town homes do not require GFCI installations.


    Countertop and workspaces receptacle requirements

    Dimensional changes to the requirements for spacing receptacles in kitchen countertops.

    New distance and measurement rules have been added. New 36-inch rule may be used for receptacles.


    Meeting Rooms

    Relocated to 210.65

    Receptacles required in meeting rooms. This section has been removed by Utah State Amendment and is not enforceable.


    Outside Feeder and Branch Circuits – Common Supply

    More than one supply feeder is allowed to panels if all are supplied from one disconnect in the building.

    Limit to no more than one panel with not over 6 feeds.


    Equipment Connected to the Supply-side of Service Disconnect

    Language clarifies where disconnects and equipment can be connected to line side conductors of service.

    New direction for grounding and bonding requirements sends code users to Article 250.

    230.85 (new)

    Emergency Disconnects

    One and two-family dwellings shall have disconnects with SCCR equal or greater than the available fault current.

    New marking rules for disconnects.


    Change in size of Grounded Conductor

    Removed from Sections as it is covered 220.61


    Panelboards Face up

    Panelboards shall not be installed in the face up position.


    Grounded Conductors

    250.24 was reorganized and ordered for usability

    No technical changes were made.


    Supply-side Disconnects

    Grounding and bonding for disconnecting means installed on the supply side of the service disconnect.

    New rules to clear up grounding requirements when a disconnecting means is used for equipment allowed on the supply side of service disconnecting means, see 230.82.


    Wire type Equipment Grounding Conductors

    Format change to Table 250.122

    Table 250.122 is proposed to change from OCPD based format to a conductor size format. This is a big change. Will be challenged in 2nd draft.

    280 and 285

    Surge Protector and SPD

    Both Articles were combined and moved to New Article 242

    No technical changes were made to these Articles

    300.25 (new)

    Exit Enclosure (Stair Tower)

    Exit enclosure towers separate from the building must contain only electrical wiring and equipment for that structure.

    Article 310

    Conductors for General Wiring

    Article was reorganized.

    Wire ampacity tables are renumbered. Back to Table 310.16, 310.17, etc.

    Article 311 (new)

    Medium Voltage Conductors and Cables

    New section addressing MV conductors moved from Article 310


    Box Volume Calcs (Conductor fill)

    New rules for counting EGC fill.



    Remove Section regarding Standard Lengths

    Design concepts are not contained in the NEC.

    These sections have no relevance to the Code


    Short-Circuit Rating

    Equipment fault ratings must be marked along with available SCCR ratings.

    408.18 (C)

    Clearances and Connections

    New rules that address rear and side access distribution panels

    Located to eliminate reaching across live bus, terminals, and other components. Worker safety requirements.


    Short-Circuit Rating


    Assess to other boxes

    Recessed lighting shall not be used as access outlets or j box to other circuits.

    Only conductor for the luminaire can be installed in the access box.


    General Requirements

    GFCI must be provided on appliances to 250-volts, 60-amperes or less single or three-phase

    Added several examples to the section including vacuums (car wash) sump pumps, dishwashers, other appliances


    Specific Appliances

    Use of flexible cords for appliances revised


    Short-Circuit Rating

    Equipment fault ratings must be marked along with available SCCR ratings.


    Grounding and Bonding

    Must install EGC wire-type in all EMT with compression fittings on roof to AC units.

    People are using snow blower equipment on roofs and chewing up and separating conducts. Shock hazards.


    Short-Circuit Rating

    Equipment fault ratings must be marked along with available SCCR ratings.

    500 - 516

    Hazardous Installations

    New cable types are allowed to be used in 501.10. Several new I.N.s and updates.


    Health Care Facilities

    Several changes to sections addressing Patent Care Spaces to correlate with NFPA 99-2018, HCFC.


    Grounding and Bonding

    Edits to clarify G&B procedures

    Metal receptacle cover plates grounded through the metal strap of the outlet


    Use of Isolated Grounding Receptacles

    I.G. ground receptacles shall not defeat the purposes of 517.13.

    No I.G. receptacles located in patient care vicinity.


    GFCI Protection

    GFCI technology shall not be installed on life support equipment in ORs.


    Floating Buildings

    Article 553 was incorporated into the rules of Article 555

    Chapter 6

    Special Equipment

    General corrections and updates

    680.4 (new)


    AHJ may require inspections of all pool equipment

    This change will be amended in the 2nd draft.

    Chapter 6

    Special Equipment

    General corrections and updates

    Chapter 8

    Communications Systems

    New Article 890 General Requirements for Communications Systems. New concepts to the installation rules.

    Several new cable types are now allowed including Hybrid Power and Communications Cables.

    Other Training and Report Information:

    Renewable energy – 25% of the earths power in 2016. Drives and need for installation and maintaining energy storage, lots of it needed. Drive to conserve energy and more use with micro – macro grid systems will create increased NECA and IBEW work.

    Energy management and smart buildings create opportunities and safety concerns. Remote switching can create safety issues with equipment starting and stopping, Art.750, smart cities and internet systems.

    Leadership options, foreman and project manager training. IBEW worker training. Applications and new technology including tools and materials. Boomers are taking skill sets with them when they retire. Pace of knowledge and skills will require training. Skill sets developed over 20 years of OTJ need to be passed down to others.

    NEC is not your grandfathers code any longer Codes and Standards are evolving, ANSI is no more cyclical, more real time. Changes and new requirements inevitable. You cannot learn the NEC and expect it to stay consistent for very long. New technologies solar, wind, storage, EVs V2X, and POE, etc.

    DC micro grids will be more prevalent in NEC. Need to deal with that. Energy storage systems, batteries will communicate with chargers, Energy Management Systems. Internet of Things (IoT) and Power Over Ethernet (PoE) new lighting, sign, and communication technologies. EV/wireless equipment changing and Y2X Technologies. Chapter 8 has been stand alone, now cables contain power and so Chapter 8 will need to be incorporated into mainstream NEC.

    Electrical Load and Calcs. Load calcs need to evolve. NEC 220 need to be updated to include energy code calculations.

    To stay current and relevant need good education, communication, and leadership. Maintain current skillsets, get good people and train them to be a successor to the current members work. Maintain good examples in safe work practices and policies by leading by example, “If you allow it, it is a good as authorizing it”

    Communications Systems – Changing the Scope of the Work

    Internet of Things (IoT) and Power Over Ethernet (PoE)

    Disruptive technology breaks up established technology with ground breaking products. PCs , cellphone, GPS, LED, etc.

    54% of people live in cities pop growth to 54% in a few years. Smart cities use IT to improve functionality ROI and Quality of life sustainability. Digitizing key functions and elements of private and public sectors for street commerce and public safety. Driverless cars.

    Key to tech is Internet of Things, Network Tect wired and wireless, big data, analytics

    IoT Internet of Things connecting everything to exchange data

    IIoT Industrial Internet of Things control an entire process from a cell phone machines talk to each other and share information and instructions. Motor monitoring during operation.

    IoT Intranet of things, not share information with the outside world, no public,

    Things and there connections. Internet of Things IoT

    PoE ethernet standard with power supplies to run and control equipment. Power Sourcing Equipment PSE and PDs.

    ESAM-TAC curriculum is almost ready with train the trainer course, Should take a course at NTI.

    NFPA Report – By the Numbers

    Be aware of counterfeit products, purchases over the internet.

    10 chairs will be replaced after 2020 cycle.

    2020 cycle numbers

    2017 Cycle 4012 PIs 1235 FRs

    2020 Cycle 3730 PIs 1406 FRs

    CMP 5 64 FRs 268 PIs 23.9%

    CMP 15 78 FRs 85 PIs 91.8%

    4 new Code Articles 242, 311, 337, 890

    Delete Code Articles 280, 282 328, 553

    New Part III in Article 100 Hazardous Locations Definitions

    Definitions in Articles can apply though out the code.

    FR draft published on 07-06-2020 PC close on 8-20-2020

    2nd draft meeting October 21 – November 3, 2020 Sheridan San Diego

    NECA Safety Caucus is in May 21-23, 2020. Day two will be a round table with the NFPA 70E committee members. Should send a delegate or two to the meetings.


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