The National Electrical Code®: How CEDIA is Protecting Your Business

Darren Reaman | Jun 06, 2022

The National Electrical Code® (NEC), published by the National Fire Protection Association (www.nfpa.org), protects the public by establishing requirements for electrical wiring and equipment in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. The NEC is revised every three years based on new technology and industry needs. The 2023 edition will soon be approved.

Many sections of the National Electrical Code® apply to the work and technologies installed by Integrators.

Code-Making Panel 3 (CMP3)

Code-Making Panel 3, also known as CMP3, is made up of a diverse representation from multiple industry segments, both businesses and associations. Their primary task was to oversee 2023 updates to the NEC, although they also oversee various articles, chapters, and tables in the Code. CEDIA has a voice on this important panel through the work of Michael Cogbill and Ken Erdmann.

Code-Making Panel 3 oversees:

  • Article 300
  • Article 590
  • Article 720
  • Article 725
  • Article 727
  • Article 728
  • Article 760
  • Chapter 9
  • Certain tables with the National Electrical Code®

One of the main articles concerning residential integrators is Article 725. This section covers remote control, signaling, and power-limited circuits. Chapter 8, which discusses general requirements for communications systems, is also key.

Changes to the 2023 edition of the National Electrical Code®

Major changes are coming to the 2023 edition of the National Electrical Code® (NFPA 70), particularly in sections that affect integrators. The NEC 2023 edition will be reorganized so it’s easier to use and includes the most up-to-date installation requirements. The updates will help the Code keep pace with the evolving electrical industry, including residential integration professionals. There are updates for Class 1, Class 2, and Class wiring, and a new Class 4 wiring.

For the first time, the 2023 edition of the National Electrical Code® mentions cybersecurity.

Section 110.3(A) looks at electrical equipment cybersecurity provisions without compromising equipment safety and performance.

Section 240.6(D) addresses cybersecurity around circuit breakers that can be controlled remotely over the web or other networked means.

As we look ahead, and networking technical applications become more commonplace, the NEC language about cybersecurity will expand and grow. One way to keep updated on the upcoming changes is to attend the CEDIA Expo.

The “The 2023 NEC:  How Changes to the Code Will Impact Your Business” education session will bring you up to speed on the National Electrical Code® and the work of CMP3, as well as how it impacts your work - now and in the future. CEDIA will also have more information on updates throughout 2022.

The 2023 updates to the National Electrical Code® include changes that impact your everyday installs. It’s vital to stay updated for your business and the clients who count on you.