NECA NEIS 111
Standard for Installing Nonmetallic Raceways (RNC, ENT, LFNC)
|Publication Date:||1 January 2017|
This Standard describes installation procedures for nonmetallic raceways of circular cross-section used for electrical power wire and cable, communications wiring, or fiber optic cables.
Products and Applications Included
This Standard applies to the following, when installed for commercial, institutional, and industrial applications in nonhazardous locations within the confines of the building structure, including raceways installed under floor slabs:
• Rigid Polyvinyl Chloride Conduit: Type PVC (NEC Article 352)
• Reinforced Thermosetting Resign Conduit: Type RTRC (NEC Article 355)
• Liquidtight Flexible Nonmetallic Conduit: Type LFNC (NEC Article 356)
• Electrical Nonmetallic Tubing: Type ENT (NEC Article 362)
Products and Applications Excluded
This Standard does not apply to:
• Outdoor installations
• Concrete, tile, or fibrous conduits or ducts
• High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) conduit
• Nonmetallic underground conduit with conductors (NUCC)
• Surface nonmetallic raceways (SNR)
• Nonmetallic extensions
• Nonmetallic auxiliary gutters
• Nonmetallic wireways
• Communication Raceways as defined in NEC Article 100
Regulatory and Other Requirements
All information in this publication is intended to conform to the NEC (ANSI/NFPA 70). Installers shall follow the NEC, applicable state and local codes, manufacturer instructions, and contract documents when installing nonmetallic raceway systems.
Only qualified persons as defined in the NEC familiar with the construction and installation of nonmetallic raceways shall perform the technical work described in this publication. Administrative functions such as receiving, handling, and storing nonmetallic raceways and other tasks may be performed under the supervision of a qualified person. All work shall be performed in accordance with NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace.
General requirements for installing electrical products and systems are described in NECA 1, Standard Practices for Good Workmanship in Electrical Construction (ANSI). Other NEIS provide additional guidance for installing particular types of electrical products and systems. A complete list of NEIS is provided in Annex B.
Mandatory Requirements, Permissive Requirements, Quality and Performance Recommendations, Explanatory Material, and Informative Annexes
Mandatory requirements in manufacturer instructions, or of Codes or other mandatory Standards that may or not be adopted into law, are those that identify actions that are specifically required or prohibited and are characterized by the use of the terms "must" or "must not," "shall" or "shall not," or "may not," or "are not permitted," or "are required," or by the use of positive phrasing of mandatory requirements. Examples of mandatory requirements may equally take the form of, "equipment must be protected…," "equipment shall be protected…," or "protect equipment…," with the latter interpreted (understood) as "(it is necessary to) protect equipment…".
Permissive requirements of manufacturer instructions, or of Codes or other mandatory Standards that may or not be adopted into law, are those that identify actions that that are allowed but not required, or are normally used to describe options or alternative means and methods, and are characterized in this Standard by the use of the terms "may," or "are permitted," or "are not required."
Quality and performance recommendations identify actions that are recommended or not recommended to improve the overall quality or performance of the installation and are characterized by the use of the term "should" or "should not."
Explanatory material, such as references to other Codes, Standards, or documents, references to related sections of this Standard, information related to another Code, Standard, or document, and supplemental application and design information and data, is included throughout this Standard to expand the understanding of mandatory requirements, permissive requirements, and quality and performance recommendations. Such explanatory material is included for information only, and is identified by the use of the term "NOTE," or by the use of italicized text.
Non-mandatory information and other reference standards or documents relative to the application and use of materials, equipment, and systems covered by this Standard are provided in informative annexes. Informative annexes are not part of the enforceable requirements of this Standard, but are included for information purposes only.