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NECA AND BICSI PUBLISH NEW STANDARD

BETHESDA, MD -- The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) has teamed up with BICSI to publish a standa...


December 27, 2001  


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BETHESDA, MD — The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) has teamed up with BICSI to publish a standard, approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), for installing telecommunications infrastructure systems.

The new ANSI/NECA/BICSI 568-2001, Installing Commercial Building Telecommunications Cabling, addresses the importance of proper installation of telecommunications premises systems, including cabling and the associated pathways and spaces.

“The public consensus process that we go through means that NECA/BICSI 568 is a true industry standard,” says John M. Grau, CEO of NECA. “We expect it to find broad acceptance among specifiers and end-users of voice-data-video networking systems.”

Developed by members of the BICSI/NECA joint committee, the standard is based on BICSI’s Telecommunications Cabling Installation Manual, an 800-page guide of specific tasks for cabling installers.

The ANSI/NECA/BICSI 568 standard covers five major components: support systems, pulling cable, firestopping, cable terminations and installation verification. Tables and figures include conduit bend radius, separation distances, suspended cable tray, fire seal of drywall and wiring schemes.

“This document not only covers the installation and safety requirements for telecommunications cabling, it focuses on criteria that aid in delivering performance levels expected by end-users,” says Jay Warmke, executive director of BICSI. “It will be an extremely valuable tool for the construction industry, including architects and engineers, and especially the installers of the telecommunications cabling.”

ANSI/NECA/BICSI 568 is available for $25 by contacting NECA at (301) 215-4504 or at http://www.necanet.org.


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