The Idea Behind NEIS

The National Electrical Installation Standards started with a simple question: what exactly was “good workmanship?”

Electrical contractors and their employees, as well as general contractors, engineers and building owners, see “good workmanship” referenced throughout their plans and specs. But no one had ever taken on the challenge of defining what constituted “good workmanship” was when it came to electrical construction.

That was, until the early 1990s, when the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) decided to develop NEIS.

At that time, NECA saw benefits for both contractors and their customers by addressing the performance and quality issues that were, at best, subjective as provided in the National Electrical Code®. Electrical installations demand precision and careful craftsmanship. NECA was determined to find a way to clearly describe what those steps would be. The National Electrical Installation Standards (NEIS™) are the proud result of this ongoing effort.

What Makes NEIS Work?

NEIS is an industry-wide effort. Through careful analysis and critical input from industry leaders such as the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), National Electrical Manufacturers Association, Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., the flagship document NECA-1 Standard for Good Workmanship in Electrical Construction was drafted in YEAR.

An overwhelming positive response to the first NEIS spurred NECA to create a long-range plan for a full library National Electrical Installation Standards, with every NEIS adding value and clarification to the range of electrical installations.

Today, NEIS is the preferred, how-to resource for many electrical contractors, electrical designers and engineers, architects, inspectors, electrical workers, and other construction professionals. Specification writers have learned the value of referencing installation standards that have already been developed by NECA, the voice of the electrical industry.

Why Use NEIS?

NEIS’s primary purpose is to supplement the essential safety requirements in the NEC and other related standards.

As the only ANSI-accredited standards for electrical construction, NEIS are developed within and held to extremely thorough review and evaluation. ANSI accreditation means that NEIS conform with the highest level of standard-creation criteria. NECA invests in maintaining NEIS’s ANSI accreditation because we know NEIS users value the integrity and credibility ANSI brings to the process and product.

New NEIS are being continually developed to ensure the standards remain on point with current and emerging industry technology and trends. Today, the NEIS library of standards includes over 44 titles, each dealing with a vital aspect of electrical construction, including performance and quality aspects of installations of electrical distribution equipment, limited energy systems, energy solutions, and wiring methods.

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