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#38568 - 05/26/04 04:53 AM Why use different versions?
Ever Ready Offline
Registered: 03/27/04
Posts: 40
Loc: Scotland
I have been wondering for a while why different year editions of the NEC code are used by different states, are there particular reasons for this or is it down to the individual state to choose? would it be beneficial for the whole country to adopt the same version of the code?
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#38569 - 05/26/04 07:36 AM Re: Why use different versions?
Radar Offline
Registered: 04/30/04
Posts: 349
Loc: Los Angeles, CA
Great idea - I remember several years ago that the City of Los Angeles was about a decade behind in adopting new versions of the NEC. That's just one city, and I don't think that is the case anymore, but just to show one reason for the variances.

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#38570 - 05/26/04 08:26 AM Re: Why use different versions?
Dave55 Offline
Registered: 05/08/04
Posts: 666
Loc: Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA
I think it's the expense of providing books to the inspectors. I find that as the inspectors learn the NEC, and become comfortable with it, it becomes more important to them to stay with the most recent code.

#38571 - 05/27/04 10:39 AM Re: Why use different versions?
DougW Offline
Registered: 06/08/03
Posts: 1083
Loc: North Chicago, IL
I've also heard it explained that the cost to EC's and homeowners would be a "burden" to continually update, in addition to the costs for re-codification on the part of the municipality.

I know that there were some questions about adoption of the '02 NEC w/AFCI's being "too much" for some communities, which is why they stayed with the '99.
#38572 - 05/27/04 07:25 PM Re: Why use different versions?
nesparky Offline
Registered: 06/21/01
Posts: 650
Loc: omaha,ne
It all depends on the politics in the jurisdiction concerned. Some elected officials do not want to be bothered with building codes and others at least try a little.
#38573 - 05/27/04 07:43 PM Re: Why use different versions?
Ryan_J Offline
Registered: 08/19/03
Posts: 1355
Loc: West Jordan, Utah, USA
If I'm not mistaken, New York is on either 93 or the 96...can't remember which. I agree though, it sure is strange. I'm just glad I'm not a designer...I think they have it the worst for having to deal with this.
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#38574 - 05/27/04 07:56 PM Re: Why use different versions?
PCBelarge Offline
Registered: 06/08/03
Posts: 657
Loc: Dobbs Ferry, NY, USA
NY State is sort of screwed up. For 1&2 family dwellings, We have the NYSRC - New York State Residential Code, which covers houses up to 400 amp services - but also references the '99 version of the NEC - sort of- at least technically. Some inspectors use the '99 NEC strictly, but that is not legal. larger than 400 amp residential services and other than dwellings reference the '99 NEC. NY State for the forseeable future will always be one code cycle behind the NEC.

Pierre Belarge


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