2-87a Log #CC200 NEC-P02 Final Action: Accept
Submitter: Code-Making Panel 2
Comment on Proposal No: 2-134a
Recommendation: Revise 210.12 to read:
“210.12 Arc-Fault Circuit-Interrupter Protection.
(A) Definition. An arc-fault circuit interrupter is a device intended to provide protection from the effects of arc faults by recognizing characteristics unique to arcing and by functioning to de-energize the circuit when an arc fault is detected.
(B) Dwelling Unit Bedrooms. All 120 volt, single phase, 15 and 20-ampere branch circuits supplying outlets installed in dwelling unit bedrooms shall be protected by a listed arc-fault circuit interrupter, combination type installed to provide protection of the branch circuit. Branch/Feeder AFCIs shall be permitted to be used to meet the requirements of 210.12(B) until January 1, 2008.
FPN: For information on types of arc-fault circuit interrupters, see UL 1699-1999, Standard for Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters.
Exception: The location of the arc-fault circuit interrupter shall be permitted to be at other than the origination of the branch circuit in compliance with (1) and (2):
(1) The arc-fault circuit interrupter installed within 1.8 m (6 ft) of the branch circuit overcurrent device as measured along the branch circuit conductors.
(2) The circuit conductors between the branch circuit overcurrent device and the arc-fault circuit interrupter shall be installed in a metal raceway or a cable with a metallic sheath.”
Substantiation: The panel recognizes the level of safety provided by AFCIs; however, since the combination type technology is relatively new, a transition period has been established for the industry to meet this requirement.
Panel Meeting Action: Accept
Number Eligible to Vote: 13
Ballot Results: Affirmative: 10 Negative: 3
This issue was sent back to the panel (see my next post). However, the panel will act on it again, then it goes to the TCC, then to the Standards Council if it is appealed. The new NFPA president pushed this issue in an attempt to sway the vote. When it gets to the panel, this will probably not make it.
[This message has been edited by CharlieE (edited 05-29-2004).]