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AFCI Proposed Temporary Rule Changes

Oregon AFCI Proposed Temporary Rule Changes

The State of Oregon Building Codes Division, Electrical and Elevator Board, has issued new temporary rule changes regarding the installation of arc-fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) protection in dwelling units. These changes incorporate the requirements of the 2008 NEC with the following amendments:

  • Removes “hallways” as an AFCI covered area and adds “alcoves” as an AFCI covered area.
  • Adds an exception to allow installation of up to five branch circuits that are not AFCI protected serving a single system in a single room.
  • An informational note is added that explains the rationale behind the amendments to the text of the 2008 NEC.

These new temporary AFCI rule requirements are effective January 1, 2013 . A public hearing will be held February 19, 2013 , and if approved the rules become permanent on June 30, 2013 .

The State of Oregon has an existing temporary rule in place that limits AFCI protection to bedrooms only, similar to the 2005 NEC provisions. This rule will stay in effect until December 31, 2012.

These new rules, effective January 1, 2013, expand the requirements for AFCI protection in Oregon. However, they still amend the 2008 NEC model code requirements and lessen the level of safety provided by both the 2008 and 2011 NEC.

The complete text of the proposed rule changes, State comments and dates of public hearings can be viewed at the State of Oregon website.

Contact: Mike Stone, mike.stone@nema.org


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