Building wire and cable is used in the construction of almost every commercial, industrial, and residential property in the world. Most commonly known as branch circuit wiring in homes and businesses, these products carry electrical current to all external uses of power in a building or dwelling.
The Building Wire and Cable Group and Dues Center develops technical standards and guidelines, influences government affairs and trade issues, collects market data, and develops marketing programs on its products.
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7WC-1 Building Wire and Cable Group and Dues Center
1.1 All types of building wires and cables as identified in the National Electrical Code (NEC), Underwriters Laboratories (UL) standards, Canadian Electrical Code (CEC), Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standards, Mexican Electrical Code (MEC), and Association Nacional de Normalización y Certificación del Sector Eléctrico (ANCE) standards.
1.1.1 UL, CSA and ANCE categories of building wire as follows:
UL/CSA/ANCE Standard, Category
- UL 4/C22.2.2 No. 51, Armored Cable
- UL 44/C22.2 No. 38/NMX-J-451-ANCE, Thermoset-Insulated Wires and Cables
- UL 83/C22.2 No. 75/NOM-J-010-ANCE, Thermoplastic Insulated Wires and Cables
- UL 493, Thermoplastic Insulated Underground Feeder and Branch Circuit Cables
- UL 719/C22.2 No. 48, Nonmetallic-Sheathed Cable
- UL 854/C22.2 No. 52, Service Entrance Cables including single, paralleled, or cabled conductors, with XLP insulation, with or without an overall covering, which are NRTL Listed as Type SE, Type USE or USE-2 combined with another NRTL Type on the same wire or cable.
1.1.2 UL, CSA and ANCE categories of wire and cable products that are utilized as building wire as follows:
UL/CSA/ANCE Standard, Category
- UL 1063/C22.2 No. 127, Machine Tool Wire/Equipment Wires
- UL 1569, Metal Clad Cables - 600V
- Type MC cables containing 4 conductors or less, in sizes 14 - 10 AWG, sold in standard packages and utilized as a building wire.
For 2013, the Building Wire and Cable Technical Committee is engaged in the following activities:
1) In cooperation with their Canadian and Mexican counterparts, the development and maintenance of building wire standards and test procedures for use throughout North America, under the auspices of CANENA.
2) Drafting of UL 4703 requirements for photovoltaic wire, which are currently in the form of a UL Outline of Investigation
3) Consideration toward amendments to UL 82 and UL 44 in light of the change in the NEC definition of "low voltage" to from 600 V and below to 1000 V and below.
4) Consideration toward developing a NEMA Engineering Bulletin addressing wire used in wind turbine applications.
5) Pursuit of a harmonized print legend format for North America.
6) Interaction with the outlet box and cable fittings industries as needed.
7) Impacting environmental issues critical to the industry.
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NEMA Business Information Services (NEMA/BIS) provides market data to the public as well as to members. Activities specific to the Building Wire and Cable Section include:
- Monthly Sales Shipment Report (S-624) to all participating member companies
- Quarterly industry economic forecast to all active Section members.
For the public:
Statistics on domestic product shipments of building wire and cable are available. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau has been re-packaged to reflect the products within NEMA divisions.
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- Product orders and sales
- Market forecasting
- Shipments by trading areas
- Channels of distribution
- Financial and operating ratios
- Wages and benefits
- Foreign trade
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