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User's Guide to the National Electrical Code, 2008 Edition

NFPA, H. Brooke Stauffer

A Practical Guide to National Electrical Code® Basics!

The 2008 Edition of this best-selling text provides both students and practicing electrical professionals with a comprehensive introduction to the National Electrical Code-including detailed explanations on how the Code is structured, organized, and applied.

Fully revised for the 2008 NEC, this textbook combines thorough instruction with a conversational writing style, full-color illustrations, and actual Code excerpts to create a guide that helps readers easily navigate the Code and its changes.

Logically arranged to match the structure and organization of the NEC, the text now includes new chapter features that explain the intent behind the most critical Code requirements, discuss how articles and chapters work together, and examine the impact of the Code on other electrical standards and building codes. This textbook equips readers with the tools needed to perform all jobs safely while complying with the Code.

Key Features:
  • Provides article-by-article explanations of key Code requirements
  • Provides an overview of the structure and organization of the NEC®
  • Explains the technical content of each Code chapter in terms of its parts and articles
  • Written in a conversational style with numerous full-color illustrations to further clarify explanations
  • The text is broken into three comprehensive parts to help instructors provide students with the background needed to understand the Code.
    • Part I: How the NEC is Made and Used Provides the background that will help students understand the importance of the Code
    • Part II: NEC Structure and Organization Introduces students to the format of the Code so they'll be better able to find information within the actual Code
    • Part III: How the NEC is Related to Other NFPA Codes and Standards Ties the NEC into the entire electrical construction process
  • New chapter features that reinforce and expand on essential information include:
    • Learning Objectives Help focus students’ attention on key topics within the unit
    • NEC 2008 Boxes Highlight changes that have been made to the Code since the 2005 edition
    • Safety First Boxes Offer safety considerations for different locations, equipment, and tools
    • Warning Boxes Alert students to areas of the Code that may require special attention
    • Tip Boxes Include valuable information about using the NEC and other related materials
    • Wrap-up End-of-unit activities reinforce important concepts and improve students’ comprehension
    • Master Concepts Summarize unit content to help students prepare for quizzes and exams
    • Charged Terms List helpful terms and definitions
    • Check Your Knowledge Provide students with an opportunity to test what they have learned from each chapter and to understand the NEC better


Introduction to the National Electric Code®
Part I: How the NEC® is Made and Used
Part II: NEC® Structure and Organization
Part III: How the NEC® is Related to Other NFPA Codes and Standards
Unit 1: General Rules
Unit 2: Wiring and Protection
Unit 3: Wiring Methods and Materials
Unit 4: Equipment for General Use
Unit 5: Special Occupancies
Unit 6: Special Equipment
Unit 7: Special Conditions
Unit 8: Communications Systems
Unit 9: Reference Information
Appendix: NEC® Policies and Procedures

About the Author(s):

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has been a worldwide leader in providing fire, building, electrical, and life safety to the public since 1896. The mission of the international nonprofit organization is to reduce the worldwide burden for fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating scientifically-based consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.

Developer of the National Electrical Code®, and 300 other codes and standards through a full, open-consensus process, NFPA also produces educational curricula, including the Risk Watch® community-based injury prevention curriculum and the Learn Not to Burn® fire safety curriculum. NFPA headquarters is in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Brooke Stauffer is the Executive Director of Standards and Safety for the National Electrical Contactors Association (NECA) in Bethesda, MD. He is responsible for all of NECA’s regulatory activities and for developing and publishing the National Electrical installation Standards.


Stauffer is a member of the IEEE, NFPA, and IAEI, and has served on three different code-making panels. He is also a member of the ANSI Board of Standards Review (BSR), which approves all American National Standards, including the National Electrical Code®.

Softcover, 292 pages
Copyright 2009


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