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requesting a free copy of the Report on Proposals (ROP) book will
provide the information necessary to develop comments on the proposals.
These comments must be submitted to NFPA by 5:00 p.m. EST, Oct. 20,
Call NFPA at (617) 770 - 3000 and request an NEC ROP.
The ROP is available on CD and can be read in as a PDF file.
One of the changes is to now require combination AFCI protection for
all residential 120 volt 15 and 20 ampere circuits. After three Code
cycles of requiring arc-fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) protection of
15- and 20- ampere, single-phase, 120-volt bedroom circuits, proposal
No. 2-142 has been accepted to require AFCI protection for all 15- and
20-ampere, single-phase, 120-volt circuits in dwelling units.
In addition, the new AFCI devices will be the combination devices, not
the branch/feeder AFCI devices. The 2005 NEC had a mandatory deadline
permitting branch-feeder AFCI devices until Jan. 1, 2008. In addition,
the exception to 210.12(B), permitting an AFCI device to be extended
out 6 feet from the origin of the branch circuit in a panelboard to a
separate AFCI device, has been revised by deleting the requirement of
enclosing the conductors in a metal raceway or a cable with a metal
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