NFPA membership will vote on the 53rd edition of the NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code®, at next year's NFPA Conference and Expo. In the meantime, committee members are addressing the number of proposals to the 2014 edition, which NFPA Journal columnist Jeffrey Sargent describes as examples into the "interesting times of the electrical industry."
Sargent's column, "Charting a Course for Safety," in the May/June issue of NFPA Journal highlights a noteworthy proposal on a new article on low-voltage suspended ceiling power distribution systems. Sargent explains that an increased interest in green technology prompted the proposal:
The substantiation supporting inclusion of the new article cited that direct current derived from alternative energy sources such as photovoltaic arrays and wind turbines is increasingly being used to supply power directly to lighting and control equipment. The use of the extensive grid work of a suspended ceiling system to support an electrical distribution system is an efficient means of delivering power to electrical equipment installed in these ceiling systems, which are commonly used in many types of building construction.
Read Sargent's column for more information on the proposed article. The closing date for comments on all NEC proposals is October 17.