NFPA Journal - May/June 2013 - (Page 59)

NFPA2013 Amping Up New changes proposed for the 2014 NEC aim to boost safety related to home rooftop wiring, green power systems, RV parks, and more. By FRED DURSO, JR. OF THE MORE THAN 3,500 proposals and 1,600 comments submitted for the 2014 edition of NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code® (NEC), a select handful is generating a healthy buzz. One debate focuses on the growing residential use of arcfault circuit interrupters (AFCIs), devices that are designed to detect electrical arcing and de-energize a circuit before a fire can occur. While proposals aim to expand AFCI use in homes, one group is arguing that increased use of the devices will only drive up the price of homes with no derived benefit. Cost is also at the center of another NEC debate over a proposal to further protect power sources at recreational vehicle (RV) parks, which has prompted pushback by the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association. Illustration: Rafael Ricoy Safety concerns regarding power systems using wind and solar energy resulted in proposals to increase the NEC’s voltage threshold. Other proposals addressed rooftop wiring. Topics receiving a Notice of Intent to Make a Motion (NITMAM) that become Certified Amending Motions (CAMs) will be posted at in early May, and will be discussed at the Association Technical Meeting held at NFPA’s Conference & Expo, June 10–13, in Chicago. Arc-fault circuit interrupters The 2011 edition of the NEC mandates the use of AFCIs. Hammering a nail into a wall and piercing electrical wiring can cause electrical arcing that can ignite combustible MAY/JUNE 2013 NFPA JOURNAL 59

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NFPA Journal - May/June 2013

NFPA Journal - May/June 2013
First Word
In a Flash
Heads Up
Structural Ops
In Compliance
Electrical Safety
Wildfire Watch
Treasurer's Report
Work in Progress
Amping It Up
Drill Team
Working Together
Code Process 2.0
Routine Maintenance
Here, There, Everywhere
Section Spotlight
Expo Preview: Exhibitors' Showcase
Looking Back

NFPA Journal - May/June 2013