Tommy Bufford, PE,General Electric, Charlotte, N.C.


Codes and Standards September 1, 2009

Top five NEC 708 guidelines

Article 708, new to the 2008 National Electrical Code and the most stringent of the 700 Section Articles, provides an additional level of protection for electrical equipment and wiring so that in the event of a natural or human-created disaster, the facility will still function while other facilities may fail. Article 708 has enhanced the local authority having jurisdiction's (AHJ) ability to ensure uniform enforcement for critical facilities. These facilities can consider either a designated area or the entire building as part of the critical operations power systems (COPS). This article requires that the alternate power source have a minimum of 72 hr of full-load capacity.

By Tommy Bufford, PE,General Electric, Charlotte, N.C.
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