Volume 16, Issue Number 2 June 26, 2013

Code Committee Service Recognition Awards

/Charlie Trout Receives NECA Service AwardNECA’S Codes and Standards Committee met week in conjunction with the NFPA annual meeting. Longtime NEC guru Charlie Trout was presented with an outstanding service recognition award at the 2013 NECA Codes and Standards Committee meeting in Chicago. Trout has served on the NECA's Codes and Standards Committee for more than two decades and has worked on several NEC Code-making panels through the years including, NEC CMP-12 Principal and Alternate, NEC CMP-12 Chair (1999 through 2005 editions), NEC CMP-6 Alternate, NEC CMP-18 Alternate. Charlie currently serves as NECA’s alternate representative on NEC Code-making panels 2 and 18. Congratulations Charlie!

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2013 Coggeshall Award Recipient

Don W. Jhonson is the recipient of NECA’s Coggeshall Award in 2013. This award is given annually to the NECA member adjudged to have made an outstanding contribution to the industry in technical or training activities.

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News from the NEC Conference

The 2014 NEC development cycle is coming to a close. In June, at the NFPA Annual conference and technical session in Chicago, IL, the membership took action on various final certified amending motions and ultimately voted to send the NEC to NFPA Standards Council for issuance. Click here to learn more about the conference>>

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Join the NEIS Review Process!

NEIS are the the only ANSI-approved performance and workmanship industry standards for electrical construction. NEIS are used by construction owners, specifiers and contractors to clearly illustrate the performance and workmanship standards essential for different types of electrical construction. NEIS are also referenced throughout the National Electrical Code (NEC®).Visit to learn more >

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2013 NECA Safety Professionals Conference Recap

NECA's third annual Safety Professionals Conference boasted its largest attendance, with nearly 250 safety professionals project managers and company owners participating. "We must take safety to the next level," said John Lambert, Chairman of NECA's Safety Task Force. “We need to exploit our safety efforts collectively, we must reach every electrical worker, and we will not rest until we do! For more details click here>>

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Electrical Code Coalition Launches Website

NECA is one of the founding members of the Electrical Code Coalition. The mission of the Electrical Code Coalition is to increase focus and emphasis on electrical safety for persons and property through direct and full adoption, application and uniform enforcement of the latest edition of theNational Electrical Code® (NFPA 70®) as the standard for safe electrical installations. For more information visit

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NECA Revises Standard for Armored CableType and Metal-Clad Cable (Type MC)

The revision of NECA/NACMA 120 Standard for Installing Armored Cable (Type AC) and Metal-Clad Cable (Type MC) has just been approved by ANSI and published by NECA. This newly revised standard is an amendment of the 2006 edition and covers the installation of Type AC cable and Type MC Cables used for electrical wiring in residential, commercial and industrial occupancies. It also includes essential information on fittings and other tools and accessories necessary for a quality installation of these types of cable wiring systems. Learn more>

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NECA Code Question of the Quarter

Question: I have a large security integrator that is looking to standardize the grounding method for their transformers. Installations are primarily residential and this is low voltage grounding after the power has been transformed down. The transformers usually plug into a three-pronged wall outlet but not always, as some homes do not necessarily have a convenient grounded outlet available. There are three terminals on the transformer, two for power to the panel and one for the ground. Over the years they have used a 14 AWG stranded copper type THHN conductor, a 14 AWG Solid type CL3 conductor, a 16 AWG Solid type CL3 conductor and a 12 AWG 1 Conductor solid type THHN. They have multiple concerns.

Gauge size – Is there any kind of guidance in the NEC for low voltage grounding that would dictate a gauge size?

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