The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) recently published NECA-BICSI-607-2011, "Standard for Telecommunications Bonding and Grounding Planning and Installation Methods for Commercial Buildings." The new standard was jointly developed between NECA and Building Industry Consulting Service International (BICSI). NECA-BICSI 607 is the latest new publication in the National Electrical Installation Standards™ series published by NECA.

NECA-BICSI 607 will help contractors and installers enhance the planning, specification and layout of an effective telecommunications bonding and grounding system. The standard also specifies installation requirements for components of the telecommunications bonding and grounding systems.

“Telecommunications and information technology changes rapidly, but grounding and bonding is always fundamental to any electrical installation,” said Mike Johnston, NECA executive director, standards and safety. “A well-designed system is essential to protect equipment and personnel from harm. Correct, Code-compliant grounding and bonding installations will help ensure the long-term performance and safety of the system.”

This new standard provides exceptional value to designers and those writing construction specifications due to the built-in workmanship aspects covered in this performance standard. Construction owners, specifiers and contractors rely on NEIS to clearly illustrate the workmanship standards and criteria for different types of electrical construction. NEIS are also referenced throughout the National Electrical Code.

About NEIS: NEIS are the only ANSI-approved performance and workmanship industry standards for electrical construction. NEIS are used by construction owners, specifiers and contractors to clearly illustrate the performance and workmanship standards essential for different types of electrical construction. NEIS are also referenced throughout the National Electrical Code.

Ordering information: NECA-BICSI-607 Standard for Telecommunications Bonding andGrounding Planning and Installation Methods for Commercial Buildings (ANSI) is $20 for NECA members and $40 for non-members. Quantity discounts are available. Contact the NECA Order Desk at (301) 215-4504, fax (301) 215-4500 or www.necanet.org/store. NECA-BICSI 607-2011 is also available in downloadable PDF format; visit www.neca-neis.org and search under “Wiring Methods.”

About NECA: NECA is the voice of the $130 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light, and communication technology to buildings and communities across the U.S. NECA’s national office and local chapters advance the industry through advocacy, education, research and standards development. For more information, visit www.necanet.org.