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NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION
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Bettendorf, IA 52722
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Installation Standards

What Do They Mean?

National Electrical Installation Standards (NEIS) are the first quality standards for electrical construction. They provide critical guidance to the specifiers, builders, inspectors, and users of building electrical systems.

Simply following the National Electrical Code (NEC) won’t always insure that a project performs at maximum reliability and efficiency. National Electrical Installation Standards supplement important Code safety rules with additional performance requirements.

In particular, National Electrical Installation Standards define what is meant by installing electrical equipment “in a neat and workmanlike manner,” as required by the NEC. This places issues of quality and workmanship in the contract documents, where they can be enforced legally.

NEIS are published by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), developed in cooperation with other industry expert groups, and approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). More information on the NEIS can be obtained by going to www.neca-neis.org.

Who Receives The NEIS?

The Quad Cities Chapter of NECA mails, free of charge, a copy of each standard to Electrical Inspectors in the Quad Cities and Muscatine. They are also mailed to all area Construction Engineers as well as all members of NECA. Additional copies are $25.00 each.

A List Of The Current Available Standards

NECA 1-2006, Standard Practices for Good Workmanship in Electrical Contracting (ANSI)

Defines what is meant by installing equipment in a “neat and workmanlike manner” as required by the National Electrical Code, Section 110-12. Subjects covered include receiving, storing, and protecting construction materials on site, properly mounting and supporting electrical equipment, installing raceways and conductors, and Americans with Disability Act systems. This publication is approved as an American National Standard.

NECA 101-2006, Standard for Installing Steel Conduits (Rigid, IMC, EMT) Describes installation practices for rigid metal conduit, intermediate metal conduit (IMC), electrical metallic tubing (EMT), and steel conduit with supplementary PVC coating. Includes guidelines for conduit bending and threading. Developed jointly with the Steel Tube Institute of North America.

NECA/AA 104-2006, Recommended Practice for Installing Aluminum Building Wire and Cable (ANSI)

Describes installation practices and design considerations for aluminum building wire and cable in residential, commercial, institutional and industrial applications not exceeding 600 volts. NECA/AA 104 was jointly developed with The Aluminum Association and is approved as an American National Standard.

NECA/FOA 301-2009, Standard for Installing and Testing Fiber Optic Cables

Describes installation practices for optical fiber systems used for communications purposes. NECA/FOA 301 was jointly developed with the Fiber Optic Association, the certification body for fiber optic technicians and installers.

NECA 400-2007, Recommended Practice for Installing and Maintaining Switchboards (ANSI)

Describes installation and maintenance practices for deadfront distribution switchboards rated 600 volts or less. It also covers periodic routine maintenance procedures for switchboards, and special procedures to be used after adverse circumstances such as a short-circuit, ground-fault, or immersion in water. NECA 400 is approved as an American National Standard.

NECA 402-2007, Recommended Practice for Installing and Maintaining Motor Control Centers (ANSI)

Describes installation and maintenance practices for motor control centers. It includes detailed information about installation procedures, inspection, and energizing the equipment, as well as maintenance. Technical guidance is complemented by succinct definitions and useful industry references. It is intended to be used in achieving a "neat and workmanlike manner" as required by the National Electrical Code.

NECA/EGSA 404-2007, Recommended Practice for Installing Generator Sets (ANSI)

Describes installation procedures for generator sets used for on-site power production, including emergency applications. This publication was jointly developed with the Electrical Generating Systems Association, and is approved as an American National Standard.

NECA/IESNA 500-2006, Recommended Practice for Installing Indoor Commercial Lighting Systems (ANSI)

Describes installation procedures for lighting systems commonly used in commercial and retail buildings. This publication was jointly developed with the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, and is approved as an American National Standard.

NECA/IESNA 501-2006, Recommended Practice for Installing Exterior Lighting Systems (ANSI)

Describes installation procedures for lighting systems commonly used to illuminate outdoor areas such as parking lots, walkways, building exteriors, and landscapes. This publication was jointly developed by the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, and is approved as an American National Standard.

NECA/IESNA 502-2006, Recommended Practice for Installing Industrial Lighting Systems (ANSI)

Describes installation procedures for lighting systems commonly used in industrial buildings, including HID and fluorescent pendant luminaries. This publication was jointly developed with the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, and is approved as an American National Standard.

NECA 202-2006, Recommended Practice for Installing and Maintaining Industrial Heat Tracing Systems (ANSI)

Describes how to install, test, and document electrical freeze protection and process heat tracing systems. Covers a variety of heat tracing cable types, including self-regulating heating cables, zone heating cables, series resistance heating cables, and mineral insulated (MI) heating cables.

NECA 405-2001, Recommended practice for Installing and Commissioning Interconnected Generation Systems (ANSI)

Covers the procedures for installing, commissioning, relaying, and metering of electric power production sources operating in parallel with an electric utility source.

NECA 305-2001, Standard for Fire Alarm System Job Practices (ANSI)

This standard covers procedures for installing, testing, and maintaining fire alarm systems. These job practices represent a minimum level of quality for fire alarm system installations. This standard is intended to define what is meant by installing equipment in a "neat and workmanlike manner" as required by the National Electrical Code, Article 760 and is a must to keep contractors, electricians, inspectors and specifiers informed of the latest standards for evaluating installation quality.

NECA 407-2009, Standard for Installing and Maintaining Panelboards (ANSI)

This standard applies to single panelboards or multi-section panelboards and load centers used for distributing power for commercial, institutional, and industrial loads in nonhazardous locations both indoors and outdoors. It also covers periodic routine maintenance and troubleshooting procedures for panelboards, and special procedures used after adverse operating conditions such as a short-circuit, ground-fault, or immersion in water.

NECA/NEMA 105-2007, Recommended Practice for Installing Metal Cable Tray Systems (ANSI)

This standard describes the installation and maintenance procedures for metal cable tray systems used to support power and communications cabling. Details about maintenance, system modification, grounding and bonding, and inspection and addition of cables are complemented by illustrations throughout. It was jointly developed with the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, and approved by the Cable Tray Institute.

NECA 409-2009, Standard for Installing and Maintaining Dry-Type Transformers (ANSI)

This standard describes installation and maintenance practices for dry-type, two-winding transformers. These transformers are used for supplying power, heating and lighting loads for commercial, institutional, and industrial use in nonhazardous locations both indoors and outdoors.

NECA 408-2009, Standard for Installing and Maintaining Busways (ANSI)

This standard describes installation and maintenance practices for feeder and plug-in busways and associated accessories rated 600 volts AC or less, and 100 amperes or more.

NECA 200-2010, Standard for Installing and Maintaining Temporary Power at Construction Sites (ANSI)

This standard describes the planning, installation, expansion, maintenance, cutover, and removal of temporary power systems operating at 600 volts or less.

NECA 600-2003, Recommended Practice for Installing and Maintaining Medium-Voltage Cable (ANSI)

This standard describes installation procedures for shielded and non-shielded solid dielectric medium-voltage cables rated 600 volts to 69,000 volts AC and installed in conduits, ducts, or direct-buried. This publication applies to single and multi-conductor cables used for distributing power for commercial, institutional, and industrial load in nonhazardous locations both indoors and outdoors.

NECA 111-2003, Standard for Installing NonMetallic Raceways (RNC,ENT,LFNC) (ANSI)

This standard describes installation procedures for nonmetallic raceways of circular cross-section used for electrical power wire and cable, communications wiring, or fiber optic cables.

NECA 230-2010, Standard for Selecting, Installing, and Maintaining Electric Motors and Motor Controllers (ANSI)

This standard describes recommended procedures for selecting and installing stationary electric motors and motor controllers rated 600 volts or less. It also covers routine maintenance procedures to be followed after the installation is completed.

NECA 406-2003, Standard for Installing Residential Generator Sets (ANSI)

This standard describes installation practices for generator sets permanently installed at one-family dwellings to provide backup power, typically rated 120/240 volts, single-phase, three-wire, fueled by gasoline, natural gas, or liquefied petroleum (LP) gas.

NECA 102-2004, Standard for Installing Aluminum Rigid Metal Conduit (ANSI)

This standard describes installation procedures for aluminum rigid metal conduit, including aluminum RMC with a supplementary PVC coating.

NECA 90-2009, Standard for Commissioning Building Electrical Systems (ANSI)

This standard describes procedures for commissioning newly installed or retrofitted building electrical systems. It defines the process of commissioning building electrical systems and provides sample guidelines for attaining optimum system performances that conform to design, specifications, and industry accepted codes and standards.

NECA 331-2009, Standard for Building and Service Entrance Grounding and Bonding

This standard describes installation procedures for building and service entrance grounding as well as building interior bonding and grounding. It is intended to define what is meant by installing equipment in a "neat and workmanlike manner" as required by the National Electrical Code, Section 110.12, and in accordance with "accepted good practice" as required by National Electrical Safety Code, Rule 012.C.

NECA/NEMA 605-2005, Recommended Practice for Installing Underground Nonmetallic Utility Duct (ANSI)

This standard covers recommendations for shipping, handling, storage, installation, and of underground single-bore nonmetallic duct for power, lighting, signaling, and communications applications. It is the second installation standard jointly developed by NECA and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association and is ANSI approved.

NECA 503-2005, Standard for Installing Fiber Optic Lighting Systems

This standard describes installation procedures for glass fiber optics lighting systems.

NECA 303-2005, Standard for Installing Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV)

This ANSI standard describes installation procedures for video surveillance cameras used in a wide range of security applications, ranging from shopping malls to parking garages to prisons.

NECA 410-2005, Standard for Installing and Maintaining Liquid-Filled Transformers

This standard describes installation procedures for pad-mounted, sealed, self-cooled, compartmental, single and three-phase liquid-filled distribution and power transformers with primary windings rated from 2400 volts to 35kVAC, nominal, and rated from 75 kVA through 5000 kVA, and associated accessories, designed for outdoor installation at grade level with underground entrance of primary and secondary conductors, and used for supplying power, heating, and lighting loads for commercial, institutional, and industrial use in nonhazardous locations. It also covers periodic routine maintenance procedures for transformers, and special procedures used after adverse operating conditions such as a short-circuit, ground-fault, or immersion in water.

NECA/NACMA 120-2006, Standard for Installing Armored Cable (AC) and Metal-Clad Cable (MC)

This standard covers the installation of Type AC cable and Type MC cables, which are used for electrical wiring for residential, commercial and industrial occupancies. It also includes information on fittings and other accessories necessary for a quality installation of these cable systems. This standard is intended to enhance electrical safety by:

  1. Ensuring that the proper cable is selected for the installation.
  2. Describing proper installation methods for Type AC and MC cables.
  3. Aiding installers in meeting the "neat and workmanlike" requirements of the NEC.
  4. Creating an installation that will protect the wire conductors from mechanical abuse.

NECA 430-2006, Standard for Installing Medium Voltage Metal-Clad Switchgear

This standard describes site preparation and installation of medium-voltage metal-clad switchgear rated 5 kV and 15 kV AC. It includes metal-clad switchgear, vacuum circuit breakers, indoor and outdoor locations, and testing, energization and commissioning. It presents practical, detailed installation instructions for medium voltage metal-clad switchgear in accordance with NEC requirements.

NECA/BICSI 568-2006, Standard for Installing Commercial Building Telecommunications Cabling

This standard describes minimum requirements and procedures for installing the infrastructure for telecommunications including balanced twisted pair copper cabling and optical fiber cabling that transport telecommunications signals (e.g., voice, local area network). This standard is intended to be used in describing a "neat and workmanlike manner" as referenced by ANSI/NFPA 70, the National Electrical Code (NEC).

NECA 411-2006, Standard for Installing and Maintaining Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS)

This ANSI approved standard covers UPS along with related battery systems installed indoors and outdoors for commercial, institutional and industrial applications. These solid state power systems provide continuous regulated AC power at the output terminals, while operating from either an AC power source or batteries, and are often used to support critical functions such as computer data centers and 911 call facilities, which can't tolerate blackouts and brownouts.

NECA 100-2006, Symbols for Electrical Construction Drawings

This ANSI standard describes graphic symbols used to represent electrical wiring and equipment on construction drawings. Newly revised for 2006, it includes updated symbols, a comprehensive list of abbreviations, and a new section on nurse call systems. A CAD CD that is compatible with all major computerized drafting systems can be purchased. Annexes include an appendix of IEC symbols for fire alarm systems and examples of risers, one-line diagrams and schedules.

NECA 420-2007, Standard for Fuse Applications

This ANSI approved standard describes installation and maintenance practices and procedures for low-voltage, medium voltage, and high voltage fuses. Details about application data for fuses; sizing and selection; design considerations; installation; inspection; and maintenance are included. Installation guidance is complemented with troubleshooting information, fuse requirement summaries, and useful industry references.

NECA 121-2007, Standard for Installing Nonmetallic-Sheathed Cable (Type NM-B) and Underground Feeder and Branch-Circuit Cable (Type UF)

This ANSI approved standard describes installation practices and procedures for nonmetallic-sheathed cable (Type NM) and underground feeder and branch-circuit cable, Type UF. Details about cable construction, ampacity, permitted and not permitted usage, installation considerations, and re-identification procedures are replete with detailed graphics.

NECA 130-2010, Standard for Installing and Maintaining Wiring Devices

This standard covers the installation and maintenance of low-voltage wiring devices permanently installed on building premises wiring systems for residential, commercial, and industrial applications in non-hazardous locations, such as for convenience receptacles, lighting switches, disconnect switches, and fixed, stationary or portable electric signs.

NECA 169-2010, Standard for Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs) and Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs)

This standard covers the installation and maintenance of Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters, AFCIs, and Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters, GFCIs, permanently installed on building premises wiring systems for residential, commercial, and industrial applications.

NECA 505-2010, Standard for Installing and Maintaining High Mast, Roadway and Area Lighting

This standard describes the installation and maintenance procedures for high mast, roadway, area, and sport lighting systems installed outdoors for commercial, institutional, and industrial applications. This standard applies to high intensity discharge lighting luminaires rated 600 volts and less and mounted on poles. This standard does not apply to specialized applications or installations with special environmental or regulatory conditions.

NECA 700-2010, Standard for Installing Overcurrent Protection to Achieve Selective Coordination

This standard covers the installation of low-voltage overcurrent protective devices, circuit breakers and fuses, rated 600 volts and less, for selective coordination in electrical distribution systems for residential, commercial, and industrial applications.