- Am I required to install a Concrete-Encased Electrode if one isn?t already present?
If there is not one present, you are free to add one if you'd like, two methods are offered in 250.52(A)(3).
The change in the 2005 text was to make it more evident to installers that covering a CEE in concrete does not alleviate our need to connect to it for our grounding electrode system. The CEE (or "Ufer" as it's commonly called) is a very effective grounding electrode for an almost negligable additional cost in most cases, and proposals were submitted to force everyone into noticing.
Some areas may require CEE's to be installed by amending the NEC in their locality. Be sure to check local codes before concrete is poured.
2005 Grounding Electrode System - the history of the Ufer electrode and it's inclusion in the NEC.
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