National Electrical Installation Standards

Standards as High as Your Own

 
?
Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Question:

Greetings,

I see that Informative Annex J in the NEC addresses ADA Standards for Accessible Design and that this informative annex is not a part of the requirements of this NFPA document, but is included for informational purposes only. I also note that the word "shall" is used numerous times. Is the use of "shall" appropriate, including being in compliance with the NEC Style Manual, if applicable, or is this something that needs to be addressed via a Public Input for the 2026 NEC?

Palmer Hickman

A

Answer:

Hi Palmer,

Each of the Annexes in the NEC contains the first sentence as follows: This informative annex is not a part of the requirements of this NFPA document but is included for informational purposes. Section 90.5(D) also emphasizes this. With the structure of how the informative annexes are clearly intended to be used, those using the NEC should not be confused if the word shall sometimes appear within any of those annexes. In the view of the CQD, submitting revisions to correct these is not necessary, and could even cause confusion in some instances especially if any of the annexes is adopted as code requirements in a state or local jurisdiction. For example, Annex H could be adopted by a jurisdiction. Annex J is derived from ANSI/ICC A117.1-2009. To revise any of it would create a conflict between the derived text in Annex J and the ADA standard. Hope this is useful. 

ABOUT CQD: The Code Question of the Day (CQD) is NECA and ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Magazine’s flagship National Electrical Code (NEC®) public forum for the industry, sponsored by EATON. The daily distribution of Q&A generates a lively dialogue and shares relative Code-based practical responses.

SUBMIT YOUR CODE QUESTION: Click here to submit a question to for inclusion in an upcoming edition of the Code Question of the Day, or email codequestion@necanet.org

CHARLIE TROUT: Charles M. Trout, better known as Charlie, was a nationally known NEC® expert and author. He served on several NEC® technical committees and is past chairman of CMP-12. In 2006 Charlie was awarded the prestigious Coggeshall Award for outstanding contributions to the electrical contracting industry, codes and standards development, and technical training. Even though Charlie passed away in October of 2015, his work continues in spirit. NECA continues to maintain this question forum for its many subscribers in memory and recognition of all his significant contributions to making the NEC what it is today.

NECA STANDARDS: NECA publishes the National Electrical Installation Standards™ (NEIS™), a series of ANSI-approved performance and quality standards for electrical construction. NEIS can be purchased in the NECA Store in three formats: a printed or PDF download of a standard or, as an annual subscription service.

NECA SAFETY PRODUCTS & PUBLICATIONS: NECA produces electrical safety publications and products for the industry including jobsite safety guides, handbooks and resource kits. View a full listing of available resources and products »

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Unless the question requests a response based on a specific edition, all answers are based on the latest edition of NFPA 70® National Electrical Code®.

This correspondence is not a formal interpretation of the NEC® and any responses expressed to the questions are opinions and do not necessarily represent the official position of NECA, NFPA, the NEC Correlating Committee any Code-making panel or other electrical technical committee. In addition, this correspondence is neither intended, nor should it be relied upon, to provide professional consultation or services. 

UPDATE YOUR SUBSCRIPTION PREFERENCES: Subscribe or Unsubscribe from this list.