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Codes vs. Standards: What’s the Difference?

An inside look at interpreting and applying electrical codes and standards in the built environment

In simple terms, building codes and standards are about protecting people and property — the result being safe and prosperous communities, which is the heartbeat of any culture. Every rule in every building code and related standards, whether it be a plumbing code, the Fire Alarm Code, or the National Electrical Code (NEC), is written to protect the health and welfare of people and to provide safe structures. 

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