The standard of care for electrical system safety in dramatic art facilities in the education, and other industries, is largely established in Articles 518 through Article 540 of the National Electrical Code (NEC). Free public access to the current 2020 edition of the NEC is available at the link below:
We are a forward-looking organization with regard to the NFPA consensus product suite and use the transcripts of technical deliberations on the current edition of the NEC to inform our thinking about how to update the next (2023) edition. Proposals for revisions to assembly-related installations in the for 2020 NEC are accessible in the link below:
These sections of the NEC have been fairly “stable” in recent cycles. We find changes to these articles in the NEC 2020 revision are incremental — i.e clarifications on grounding, wiring methods, cord wiring, illumination — and helpful for designers and inspectors. Nothing budget busting. Convergence of fire safety, mass notification, environmental air and visual experiences continues as once-independent technologies continue integration.
We collaborate closely with the IEEE Standards Coordination Committee 18 which is charged, by IEEE, with harmonizing IEEE and NFPA electrical safety codes and standards. We also collaborate with the IEEE Education & Healthcare Facilities Committee which meets 4 times monthly in Europe and the Americas. See our CALENDAR for the next online teleconferences; open to everyone.
Category: Electrical, Telecommunications, Fire Protection, Arts & Entertainment Facilities, Lecture Halls
Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Matt Dozier, Christel Hunter