The International Code Council has designated NFPA 70, the National Electrical Code (NEC) as the electrical code for use with the ICC’s International Family of Codes or “I-Codes.” The set of 15 I-Codes are model building codes used in every state and most jurisdictions. Similarly the NEC, which is developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), is the model code used as the basis for electrical regulations throughout the country, and it has been referenced for over 10 years in the I-Codes as an integral part of the building safety framework.

“This is another example of premier membership associations working together to benefit public health and safety,” said ICC Board President Bill Dupler. “Formally recognizing the NEC demonstrates the ICC’s commitment to lessening the burden on jurisdictions by providing them consensus-based model codes and standards.”

Jim Shannon, president and CEO of the NFPA, said, “The NEC is the nation’s electrical code, and we are excited about the ICC’s formal recognition of the NEC as the official electrical code for use with I-Codes developed by the International Code Council.”

Formal designation will ensure that the latest version of the NEC will be referenced within the ICC set of codes.