Arc Fault Protection

Originally Posted By: mreichl
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Team,


I am confused about the Arc Fault Breakers. Does that apply only


for new construction or is there a need for upgrading existing


installations? Is there a difference between residential and commerical?


Thank you so much!
Martin


Originally Posted By: Ryan Jackson
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New construction, unless there is a state or local law otherwise.


Commercial occupancies do not require AFCI.

SEe 210.12 of the 2002 NEC.


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Ryan Jackson, Salt Lake City

Originally Posted By: rpalac
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It is not retroactive and there fore only require from the time it was enter into the code. That would include new construction and renovation from that time foward. it would not be for replacement of existing. or would it?


Hey Joe tadesco …what’s your comment


Originally Posted By: mreichl
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Thank you guys for the quick answer!


Martin


Originally Posted By: kmcmahon
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Check with your state & local ordinances…AFCI is one item on the NEC that my state did not adopt.



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Originally Posted By: rpalac
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Hi Kevin,


The BOCA and ICC codes refer to the NEC (National Elictrical Code).
The NEC is adopted by almost every state that I know of. The 2003 NEC states that you have to instal Arc Fault in all bed rooms. Since i don't have the code with me on vacation I can't really delve into it.

Does that apply to your area now for new construction under 2003 and newer.

Bob p.


Originally Posted By: kmcmahon
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My state adopts almost all of the NEC, however it specifically states that is did not adopt the AFCI rule.



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Originally Posted By: jtedesco
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AFCI protection should always be recommended by HI members of NACHI and we do support their use according to the Safe House NACHI Foundation and other associations. icon_lol.gif


I think the references to any code is not necessary for NACHI to be citing and that has not been added to the SOP as far as I can see.

Speak HI please!!


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Originally Posted By: kmcmahon
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I piss off enough realtors without adding more reason…if my state doesn’t see a need for it, neither do I.



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Originally Posted By: rpalac
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As HI’s we can not make the rules nor can we enforce them.


In this case we can not say the house is insufficient nor need to have it upgraded. However, you can say that as a good future modification it is recommended and why.

Then it is up to the customer to decide if they would like to incorporate the modification into there future . At the same time you are not pointing out something that the seller is responsible for.

Just educating the client.

Bob P.