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Code Alert: New York, 16 May 2011

On May 12, 2011, the New York Department of States Division of Code Enforcement and Administration (DCEA) issued the following e-bulletin regarding the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (Uniform Code) and the reference to the National Electrical Code (NEC):

The Department of State is considering recommending to the Code Council that we update reference to the National Electrical Code (NEC) in the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (Uniform Code) to the current edition. In public hearings and Code Council meetings during the past Code updates, several parties have indicated that they highly recommend referring to the most current edition of the NEC. In addition, electrical Inspectors of New York have indicated that the bonding requirement revisions in the 2011 NEC will significantly improve public safety in hot tubs and spa areas.

We anticipate that the earliest effective time for this change would be the late fall of 2011, to allow time for electrical inspectors and other affected parties to get up to date with the changes.

The 2008 edition of NEC, published as National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70, is referenced in several code books of the 2010 Uniform Code. This amendment would replace reference to the 2008 Edition with the 2011 Edition. This would increase life safety thru application of the most current electrical requirements. The principal impact would be incorporation of new technologies, methods, and information in response to changes in alternate energy, green construction, IT equipment and workplace safety.

New Article 694 has requirements for small wind electric systems.
Article 625 has updates on safe battery charging for plug-in hybrid vehicles that reduce the risk of explosion.
Article 705 revised to add interconnecting generators, windmills, and solar and fuel cells.
New Article 840 addresses the increased demand for broadband communications systems with requirements for wireless, routers, and wireless disconnects.
Means to reduce incident energy (240.87)
Labeling at sub panels to identify feeder supply source (408.4(B))
Disconnecting means for transformers (450.14)
New Article 399 incorporates requirements for overhead distribution systems for large electrical system users, over 600 volts, such as school or business campus settings.
Revised requirements for bonding at the perimeter of hot tubs and spas.

If you have any questions or comments regarding this proposed change to the Uniform Code, please contact: Raymond Andrews, RA, Assistant Director for Code Development, New York State Department of State Division of Administration and Enforcement. (518)-4740-4073 or by e mail at raymond.andrews@dos.state.ny.us

Contact: Gil Moniz: gilmoniz@nema.org


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