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Utah Proposes Changes to Adopted
At its recent Electrical Advisory Committee meeting,
held May 14 in Salt Lake City, the Utah Uniform
Building Code Commission discussed changes to the state’s
construction codes. During this meeting, the group considered which
adopted code should prevail for electrical wiring of one- and
two-family dwellings in the state: the 2008 National Electrical Code or
the 2009 Edition of the International Residential Code (IRC).
Based on the minutes from the meeting, following a discussion by all
present, a motion was made to recommend adoption of the 2009 IRC, a
motion that passed unanimously. Next, a committee member recommended
that no matter which code is adopted, there needs to be a clarification
by rule of which one of the codes will prevail during the time period
when the IRC and NEC are not in sync. This motion was also seconded and
passed unanimously. Lastly, a motion was made to recommend that during
the period of time when the adopted IRC has not yet incorporated the
latest residential electrical provisions contained in the adopted NEC,
the adopted NEC provisions shall prevail as the adopted residential
electrical standards applicable to installations
applicable under the IRC. Again, this motion was seconded and passed
Because the Electrical Advisory Committee does not adopt a code —
it only makes a recommendation to the Uniform Building Code Commission
on whether or not to adopt the electrical provision of a new code —
the final decision will be left up to the Utah legislature.
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Code News Update
Vermont Updates Adoption of Industry
According to a recent report from the National Fire
Protection Association (NFPA), Quincy, Mass., as of June 15, 2009, the
state of Vermont has updated its statewide adoption of NFPA
1, Uniform Fire Code and NFPA
101, Life Safety Code to the 2006 edition of the codes.
“Setting statewide minimum requirements for life safety is an
essential step in offering the best protection for the people of
Vermont,” says John Wood, director of the Office of the Fire Marshal
Fire Academy. “Firefighters and building officials can now utilize
updated life-saving information and training that will assist them in
performing their duties well.”
The Uniform Fire Code provides requirements necessary to
reasonable level of fire safety and property protection from hazards
created by fire and explosion. Its primary purposes are to address
fire prevention requirements and to reference or extract the fire
prevention and protection aspects of many other NFPA codes and
The Life Safety Code sets minimum building design,
operation, and maintenance requirements necessary to protect building
occupants from dangers caused by fire, smoke, and toxic fumes. It also
provides prompt escape requirements for new and existing buildings. The
Life Safety Code is used in every U.S. state and is adopted statewide
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What's Wrong Here?
By Joe Tedesco
Think you know how this installation violates the
NEC? Visit EC&M's
Web site to see the answer.
Hint: Zone infraction
By Mike Holt
Q. Is the grounding conductor for a TV antenna
sized the same as a grounding conductor for a satellite dish?
Visit EC&M's Web
site to see the answer.
By Steven Owen
According to the 2008 NEC, who is permitted to service
the control systems in a permanent amusement attraction? Hint:
Have you reviewed the requirements of new Art. 522?
- Qualified persons only.
- Any mechanic or maintenance person using insulated tools and
- Electricians of any experience level.
- Experienced electricians and engineers who are licensed by their
state or local government to design, inspect and maintain
Web site for the answer and explanation.
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