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Arenas, Lecture Halls & Theaters

We have observed the gathering pace of construction of complex lecture halls and media production facilities heavily dependent upon electrotechnology.


Arenas, Lecture Halls & Theaters

December 15, 2020

Marcel Jambon for an 1895 Paris production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello.

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:

2020 National Electrical Code

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 2023 is linked below:

NFPA 70 Public Input Report for 2023 Assembly Occupancies 

The so called “song and dance” sections of the NEC have been fairly “stable” in recent cycles.  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 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.

Issue: [Various]

Category: Electrical, Telecommunications, Fire Protection, Arts & Entertainment Facilities, Lecture Halls

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Matt Dozier


BS 7827_2011 – Code of practice for designing, specifying, maintaining and operating emergency sound systems at sports venues

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