NECA’s National Electrical Installation Standards (NEIS) are
revised on a cyclical basis based on American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) Essential Requirements for standards
developers. NECA is an ANSI-Accredited Standards Development Organization.
Minimum safety requirements for installing panelboards,
busways, and dry-type transformers are contained in Chapter
Four of the National Electrical Code (NEC), which is titled
“Equipment for General Use.” NECA 407, 408 and 409 go
beyond these minimum requirements and address quality and
performance criteria that are important to construction specification writers and owners. These standards also address other
important elements including planning the installation, securing the equipment, protection, maintenance practices as well
as equipment commissioning and testing. In fact, several NEIS
are referred to from informational notes contained in the NEC.
As with all NEIS, engineers and designers can rest assured
that by referring to the NEIS from plans and specifications they
are establishing the confidence that owners seek relative to
quality. These standards also continue to be a valuable resource
by addressing many of the “how to” issues related to installing
and maintaining these types of equipment. Like all NEIS, these
revised editions are packed with solid, useful information the
industry has come to expect from the NEIS.
NECA’s NEIS are the “go to” quality and performance installation standards for electrical construction. Primarily electrical
contractors, consulting engineers, facility managers, and other
professionals who design and specify for electrical construction
projects use the NEIS. With their level of installation detail, the
NEIS are also a valuable training tool for electrical industry.
The NEIS are regularly updated and expanded to align with the
latest technology and the current edition of the NEC in addition
to other applicable standards.
“NECA’s National Electrical Installation Standards library
has grown over the years, and as new technologies emerge,
the NEIS evolve and keep pace,” stated Michael Johnston,
NECA’s Executive Director of Standards and Safety. Johnston
also emphasized that “the standards are constantly providing significant value to those in the electrical designing and
engineering communities. The NEIS help professionals in
developing design specifications in that they reduce and often
eliminate specification writing time.”
NECA 407-2015 Standard for Installing and Maintaining
Outstanding Industry Leaders Honored at
Panelboards, NECA 408-2015 Standard for Installing and Main-
taining Busways, and NECA 409-2015 Standard for Installing
and Maintaining Dry-Type Transformers are each available at a
cost of $20 for NECA members and $40 for non-members. Con-
tact the NECA Order Desk at (301) 215-4504 or orderdesk@
necanet.org. NEIS can also be purchased in PDF format from
www.neca-neis.org/standards. Ask about bulk pricing.
NECA 2015 San Francisco
Coggeshall Award: Wilson Yancey
The Coggeshall Award
honors a NECA-member
contractor who is judged
to have made an outstanding contribution to the
progress of the electrical
industry in the technical
and training service field.
This year Wilson Yancey,
Vice President of Safety,
Health and Environment
for Quanta Services, Inc., Houston, Texas, is honored for
his instrumental work with the Electrical Transmission
and Distribution (ETD) Strategic Partnership.
Yancey has represented Quanta Services, Inc. on
the ETD Strategic Partnership with OSHA since it was
formed in 2004. Yancey continues to serve on the ETD
Partnership Steering Committee and has been a lead
representative on the partnership Task Team 2 (
training development) and Task Team 3 (Best Practices
Through his involvement with Task Team 2, Yancey
was instrumental as a contributing developer of the two
training programs for the Partnership, ETD- 10 Hour
and the ETD- 20 Hour. He assisted the partnership in
developing a method of establishing recognized ETD
Partnership instructor credentials and contributed to
the required revisions of the two partnership training
programs so they align with OSHA’s Final Rule 1910.269
and 1926 Subpart V.
Yancey’s work on Task Team 3 was instrumental in
the initial development of the Partnership’s first set of
This article is reprinted from the September 2015 issue
to correct a mistake.
NECA Revises Three Popular Equipment
Three power distribution series NEIS have recently completed the revision process and have been
approved by ANSI. NECA 407-2015 Standard for Installing and Maintaining Panelboards, NECA 408-2015
Standard for Installing and Maintaining Bus ways, and NECA 409-2015 Standard for Installing and Maintaining Dry-Type Transformers have each been meticulously revised and are now available from the National
Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).