2020 NFPA 70, NEC Handbook - Current Edition

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  • Description

    Place an order for NEC® Handbook, the most practical and powerful resource today for electrical design and installation. This essential companion book to NFPA 70®, National Electrical Code®, includes the complete 2020 edition NEC text with expert commentary, extensive visual learning aids, and other features that help you gain a full understanding of applying the code requirements and gets you up to speed with the latest in electrical safety and compliance.

  • How the NFPA Handbooks Differ from Codes and Standards


    Ever wonder what the difference is between an NFPA® handbook and a code or standard? We’re glad you asked.

    NFPA codes and standards both provide requirements for achieving outcomes. Handbooks take a deeper dive, providing the full text of a code or standard as well as expert commentary and features such as graphics, decision trees, testing procedures, case studies, sample forms and checklists, and other helpful aids to give a better understanding of the reasoning behind the requirements and how to apply them.


    • A code or standard is a framework—a set of rules to follow with a goal to achieve a certain result
    • A handbook is a connector—linking requirements to application by helping you understand the reasoning behind a code or standard

    The simplest way to think about it is that codes and standards list the technical requirements while handbooks explain those requirements to clarify how to apply them.

  • Also in NFPA 70: National Electrical Code (NEC)