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Brooke Stauffer

Brooke Stauffer was the director of codes and standards for the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) in Bethesda, Maryland.


NEIS: Quality, Safety, and Code Compliance

National Electrical Installation Standards (NEIS) are the first quality and performance standards for electrical construction. Since the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) began publishing them in 1998, NEIS have grown into a series of 28 installation manuals covering every type of electrical product and system (see sidebar 1). They are available in three formats: as paper books, on CD-ROM, and as pdf downloads from the Internet.

NEIS: Enforcement Tools for Code Officials

Since 1997, the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) has been publishing a series of National Electrical Installation Standards™. There are currently eleven NEIS™ in print (see sidebar). Other documents in progress include installation standards on panelboards, busways, transformers, motors, wiring devices, hazardous (classified) locations, industrial heat tracing, telecommunications, and temporary power systems for construction sites. NECA plans to publish five new standards each year.

South Florida Building Code Accepts NEIS

The Miami-Dade County [Florida] Building Code and Product Review Committee became the first governmental entity in the country to accept NECA’s National Electrical Installation Standards™ for regulatory use, in November 1999. The Committee adopted the first three published NEIS™ into the South Florida Building Code as official references for methods of construction.

1999 Code Requirements for Low-Voltage Systems

The National Electrical Code (NFPA standard 70-1999) contains rules for all electrical products and systems. This includes low-voltage and limited-energy systems of all types ranging from telecommunications/LAN to fire alarm to closed-circuit TV systems used for security purposes. There are important reasons for making sure that low-voltage and limited-energy systems are installed in accordance with all applicable NEC requirements...