NEN 1010: The Standard for Safe and Reliable Low-Voltage Installations
NEN 1010 is the Dutch standard for electrical installations for low-voltage, based on the HD-IEC 60364 series. It is widely used in the electrical installation industry for designing, installing, expanding, adapting and inspecting low-voltage installations in buildings and industrial facilities. NEN 1010 is also considered as binding by the Labor Inspectorate, companies, institutions and insurance companies. Moreover, it is referenced by the Building Decree and the Labor Regulation.
NEN 1010 enables installers to deliver high-quality work and to build an installation that meets the expectations of the clients in terms of design, execution and maintenance. It also helps clients to objectively assess installations or works according to the regulations. This improves the quality of the work and the durability of the installation.
NEN 1010 covers a wide range of topics, such as fundamental principles, terms and definitions, general characteristics, protection measures, choice and installation of electrical equipment, inspection and special installations, spaces and areas. The current version of the standard is NEN 1010:2020 nl, which consists of 835 pages and can be purchased as a PDF or paper document from NEN[^1^].
If you want to learn more about NEN 1010 and how to apply it in practice, you can also consult NPR 5310, which is a practical guide that provides additional information and examples for NEN 1010. NPR 5310 consists of several parts that correspond to different sections of NEN 1010. You can also find online resources such as articles[^2^], videos[^3^] and software[^4^] that explain various aspects of NEN 1010.
NEN 1010 is an essential norm for anyone involved in electrical installations for low-voltage. It ensures safety and reliability for both installers and users of these installations.How to Apply NEN 1010 in Practice
To apply NEN 1010 in practice, it is important to have a good understanding of the standard and its requirements. NEN 1010 covers various aspects of electrical installations for low-voltage, such as:
Fundamental principles, such as safety objectives, protection against electric shock, protection against thermal effects, protection against overcurrent, protection against fault currents and protection against overvoltage.
General characteristics, such as supply characteristics, system earthing arrangements, external influences, compatibility levels and load characteristics.
Protection measures, such as selection and erection of equipment for isolation, switching and control, selection and erection of protective devices, selection and installation of wiring systems and earthing arrangements.
Choice and installation of electrical equipment, such as switchgear and controlgear assemblies, transformers and reactors, rotating machines, capacitors, batteries and accumulators, luminaires and lighting installations and extra-low voltage lighting installations.
Inspection, such as initial verification, periodic inspection and testing.
Special installations, spaces and areas, such as medical locations, agricultural and horticultural premises, construction sites, temporary electrical installations for structures, amusement devices and fairgrounds.
To apply NEN 1010 in practice, it is also useful to consult NPR 5310, which is a practical guide that provides additional information and examples for NEN 1010. NPR 5310 consists of several parts that correspond to different sections of NEN 1010. For example:
NPR 5310-1: General rules
NPR 5310-4: Protection for safety
NPR 5310-5: Selection and erection of equipment
NPR 5310-6: Verification
NPR 5310-7: Requirements for special installations or locations
To apply NEN 1010 in practice, it is also advisable to follow training courses or workshops that explain the standard and its application in detail. NEN offers various training courses for different target groups and levels of knowledge. For example:
NEN 1010: Basis - a blended training course that covers the basic principles and requirements of NEN 1010.
NEN 1010: Industry - a classroom training course that focuses on the specific topics for industrial installations that differ from home and utility installations.
NEN 1010: Medical locations - a classroom training course that covers the requirements for electrical installations in medical locations.
To apply NEN 1010 in practice, it is also important to keep up to date with the latest developments and changes in the standard. NEN regularly updates the standard to reflect the technological innovations and harmonization with international standards. The current version of the standard is NEN 1010:2020 nl, which was published in April 2021. The previous version was NEN 1010:2015 nl. Some of the main changes in the new version are:
The introduction of new terms and definitions.
The addition of new sections on direct current (DC) installations.
The revision of the requirements for protection against electric shock.
The revision of the requirements for protection against overvoltage.
The revision of the requirements for wiring systems. aa16f39245