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Quazite Request LiteratureThe Importance of the 2005 NEC, ANSI/SCTE 77-2002 and UL Listing

Important News!

The April 2005 edition of NEC Digest contains a ground-breaking article entitled “Handholes and Underground Electrical Enclosures”. This educational article presents a thorough understanding of issues relating to the performance of underground enclosures and explains the importance of safety standards, including the 2005 NEC, ANSI/SCTE. 77-2002, and UL listing.

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2005 NEC and Underground Enclosures

The 2005 edition of the National Electric Code addresses underground enclosures for the first time in its history. The NEC now states in article 314.30 that enclosures “shall be designed and installed to withstand all loads likely to be imposed,” 1 and addresses issues related to enclosure size, wiring entries, enclosures without bottoms, and bonding requirements for covers.

The Code references the ANSI/SCTE 77-2002 “Specification for Underground Enclosure Integrity” National Standard 2, which outlines various tests that enclosures must pass to meet the standard. ANSI/SCTE 77-2002 also provides load charts with Tier ratings to help end users determine the appropriate enclosure to select depending on the loadings expected in the application.

QUAZITE® Enclosures UL Listed to ANSI Standard

All QUAZITE® enclosures meet or exceed the test provisions of ANSI/SCTE 77-2002 and most enclosures sized 30” x 48” and smaller are even UL Listed to the ANSI National Standard as referenced in the 2005 NEC. This means that QUAZITE® enclosures have undergone rigorous physical, environmental and internal equipment protection tests and have been found by UL, a neutral third party, to meet the test requirements of the ANSI National Standard.

No one wants to be responsible for an accidental electrocution from a collapsed enclosure or energized cover. By using the 2005 NEC, ANSI/SCTE 77-2002 and UL Listing requirements in the enclosure selection process, end-users will help ensure long service life, increase safety and reduce potential liability associated with failed underground enclosures.

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Testing Requirements for ANSI/SCTE 77-2002

Underground enclosures must successfully pass numerous material and product performance tests before they can meet ANSI/SCTE 77-2002. These tests include:

• Three Position Load Testing to Simulate Actual Application
• UV Degradation per ASTM G-53
• Fire Resistance per RUS7CFR 1755.910 and WUC 3.6 Section 5.2.7
• Chemical Resistance per ASTM D-543
• Water Absorption per ASTM D-570
• Load and Deflection Requirements per SCTE Coaxial Practice, Section 5
• Impact Resistance per ASTM D-2444
• Accelerated Service per ASTM D-756

NOTE: Quazite recommends testing by third party organizations such as UL to verify that enclosures meet all test provisions of ANSI/SCTE 77-2002.

  1. National Fire Protection Agency, 2005 National Electric Code. Thomson Delmar Learning, Sept. 24, 2004.
  2. A copy of the standard may be purchased from ANSI.


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