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AFCI Breaker Requirements Extension

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Postponing of the Expansion of AFCI Requirements for 120 days
Compliments of the ICE Co. Team

Alright blog followers, get ready for some dry electrical reading, but wait, its also pertinent to each one of your homes. An arc fault breaker monitors the circuit, and if unwanted arcing occurs, it trips the breaker, interrupting the electrical current. Without current, the arc is extinguished. (Which protects against fire!- I'm glad were on the same page that AFCI's are a type of protection for you, and your home... Because those perfectly aged hardwood floors could be toast, and more importantly you can rest easy knowing your family will be safer).


Source: State of Oregon Building Codes Division.   The 2008 National Electrical Code (NEC) expanded the requirement for Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCI) to include dwelling unit family rooms, dining rooms, living rooms, parlors, libraries, dens, bedrooms, sunrooms, recreation rooms, closets, hallways, or similar rooms and areas.

You made it this far and are probably wondering, well how does this exactly affect me??  Well essentially, you now have a bit more time before any new or remodel construction projects will require you to AFCI protect all the above mentioned rooms.

At that time, the State of Oregon Electrical Board recommended that AFCI protection be applied only to bedrooms. The Electrical Board ultimately recommended delaying the expansion of AFCI protection beyond bedrooms to provide time for nuisance issues to be resolved. The Building Codes Division adopted rules to require expansion of the AFCI effective July 1, 2012.
 
On May 24, 2012 the board recommended to the division that the expansion of AFCIs be removed from the Oregon code base on continued nuisance tripping concerns. The board sought and received feedback from contractors, installers, and manufactures prior to making the May 24 recommendation.
 
The Building Codes Division adopted emergency rules to postpone expansion of AFCI requirements for 120 days. The delay will provide an opportunity for further research of other states’ experience for further analysis of the issues.
 
Effect of the rule: This rule will temporarily delay implementation of the expanded requirement for AFCI protection in the state of Oregon until November 1, 2012.


Thanks for brushing up on AFCI protection! We will post further updated information as it becomes available.
If you have any questions as to how this amended rule may affect you, please contact us.

 

Read more: What Is an ARC Fault Breaker? | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/facts_6172506_arc-fault-breaker_.html#ixzz1yvrpNLuB

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