Jesse Roman

New NFPA Journal column looks at effort in Alabama to strike arc fault circuit interrupters from state code

Blog Post created by Jesse Roman Employee on Nov 27, 2015

NEC blogIn his column in the new November/December issue of NFPA Journal, Jeffrey Sargent, details the Alabama Energy and Residential Code Board’s consideration of a proposal to remove the requirement of arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) from the state’s Residential Building Code. The proposal, supported by a homebuilders group, would affect new construction of one- and two-family homes. AFCIs were simply too expensive, the homebuilders argued; by their own estimate, AFCI installation in a typical home costs about $300.

In the column, “Sweet Home Alabama,” Sargent, a regional educational code specialist at NFPA, details the fight, what’s at stake, and how opponents of the measure to change the code are rallying against it.

Read Sargent’s column in the new November/December issue of NFPA Journal, or online at NFPA.org/Journal.

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