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Places of Assembly, Lecture Halls & Theaters

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


Places of Assembly, Lecture Halls & Theaters

December 1, 2019
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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).   Proposals for revisions to assembly-related installations in the for 2020 NEC are accessible in the link below:

NEC CMP-15 First Draft Report

NEC CMP-15 Second Draft Report

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.

The 2020 NEC has been released for public use.  There are thousands of organizations and experts that cover NEC changes so they will not be repeated here.

Managers in the education industry who are responsible for this facility class are welcomed to click in any day at 11 AM for consultation on any electrical code issues.   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.

Issue: [Various]

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

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Matt Dozier, Christel Hunter


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