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ANSI-J-STD-607-A-2002

JOINT
Approved October 22, 2002

STANDARD

Commercial Building Grounding


(Earthing) and Bonding Requirements
For Telecommunications

J-STD-607-A

OCTOBER 2002

Jointly Developed By:

TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION

The Telecommunications Industry Association


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CONTENTS

FOREWORD.................................................................................................................iv
1 INTRODUCTION....................................................................................................... 1
1.1 General ................................................................................................................ 1
1.2 Purpose ............................................................................................................... 2
1.3 Expected usefulness ............................................................................................ 2
1.4 Code-related sources........................................................................................... 3
1.5 Normative and supplementary elements .............................................................. 3
1.6 Mandatory and advisory terms ............................................................................. 3
1.7 Metric equivalents of U.S. customary units .......................................................... 3
1.8 Life of this Standard ............................................................................................. 3
2 SCOPE ...................................................................................................................... 5
2.1 General ............................................................................................................... 5
2.2 Exclusions from this Standard............................................................................. 7
2.3 Normative references.......................................................................................... 7
2.4 Other references ................................................................................................. 8
3 DEFINITIONS ........................................................................................................... 9
3.1 General ............................................................................................................... 9
3.2 Definition of terms ............................................................................................... 9
3.3 Abbreviations and acronyms ............................................................................. 11
3.4 Units of measure............................................................................................... 12
4 OVERVIEW OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS GROUNDING (EARTHING) AND
BONDING SYSTEMS ................................................................................................. 13
4.1 General ............................................................................................................. 13
4.2 Overview of the telecommunications grounding and bonding infrastructure...... 13
5 COMPONENTS OF THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS GROUNDING (EARTHING)
AND BONDING INFRASTRUCTURE ......................................................................... 15
5.1 General ............................................................................................................. 15
5.2 The telecommunications main grounding busbar (TMGB) ................................ 16
5.3 Bonding conductor for telecommunications....................................................... 18
5.4 The telecommunications bonding backbone (TBB) and the grounding equalizer
(GE) ......................................................................................................................... 18
5.5 The telecommunications grounding busbar (TGB) ............................................ 20
5.6 Bonding to the metal building frame.................................................................. 21
6 TELECOMMUNICATIONS ENTRANCE FACILITY ................................................. 23
6.1 General ............................................................................................................. 23
6.2 Placing the telecommunications main grounding busbar (TMGB) ..................... 23
6.3 Other attachments to the telecommunications main grounding busbar (TMGB) 23
6.4 Other grounding busbars .................................................................................. 24
6.5 Other service entrances .................................................................................... 24
7 TELECOMMUNICATIONS ROOM AND EQUIPMENT ROOM................................ 25
7.1 General ............................................................................................................. 25
7.2 Multiple telecommunications grounding busbars (TGBs) .................................. 25
7.3 Placing the telecommunications grounding busbar (TGB)................................. 25
7.4 Other connections to telecommunications grounding busbar (TGB) .................. 25
8 WORK AREA ........................................................................................................... 26
9 TOWERS AND ANTENNAS .................................................................................... 27

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9.1 General .............................................................................................................. 27


Annex A (informative).................................................................................................. 28
Cross-Reference of Terms....................................................................................... 28
Annex B (informative).................................................................................................. 29
Telecommunications electrical protection primary protector grounding ................. 29
Annex C (informative) ................................................................................................ 31
Towers and antennas .............................................................................................. 31
C.1 General ............................................................................................................. 31
C.2 Antenna Locations............................................................................................. 31
C.3 Types of Support Structures............................................................................. 31
C.4 Structure grounding requirements ..................................................................... 32
C.5 Sites with Wood Poles...................................................................................... 32
C.6 Roof-Mounted Towers ...................................................................................... 33
C.7 Down Conductors ............................................................................................. 33
C.8 Roof Conductors .............................................................................................. 34
C.9 Radial Grounding Conductors .......................................................................... 34
C.10 Waveguide and coaxial cable grounding requirements................................... 34
C.11 Equipment Building Grounding Requirements ................................................ 35
Annex D (informative) ................................................................................................ 37
Work Area................................................................................................................ 37
D.1 Co-location of electrical power and telecommunications grounding facilities ..... 37
D.2 Electrical protection for operator-type equipment positions .............................. 37
Annex E (informative).................................................................................................. 39
References .............................................................................................................. 39

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FIGURES

Figure 2.1-1 Scope of standard for large commercial buildings ............................ 6


Figure 2.1-2 Scope of standard for smaller commercial buildings ......................... 7
Figure 5.1-1 Label for grounding and bonding conductors .................................... 15
Figure 5.2-1 Typical main grounding busbar (TMGB)............................................ 16
Figure 5.3-1 Bonding to the service equipment (power) ground ............................ 18
Figure 5.5-1 Typical grounding busbar (GB) ......................................................... 19
Figure D.2-1 Electrical protection for operator-type equipment positions .............. 36

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FOREWORD
(This foreword is not part of this Standard)

This joint TIA/T1 Standard was produced by TIA/EIA Working Group 41.7.2 in close
coordination with ATIS T1E1.5 and T1E1.7. This joint Standard is published in
accordance with the TIA Style Manual.

Approval of Standard

This Standard was approved by TIA/EIA Technical Committees TR-41, ATIS Committee
T1 and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Contributing Organizations

During the development of the original Standard, subject matter experts were gathered
under the auspices of the Electronic Industries Alliance / Telecommunications Industry
Association (EIA/TIA) to determine the minimum commercial building grounding and
bonding infrastructure necessary to support, from a functional perspective, the variety of
telecommunications equipment and systems found in many of todays commercial
buildings. This Standard has been revised as an ongoing effort between TIA
Engineering Committee TR 41, Environmental Considerations Technical Subcommittee
TR 41.7, and the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), Committee
T1, Technical Subcommittee T1E1, Power Systems Working Group T1E1.5 and
Electrical Protection Working Group T1E1.7. Through this joint revision process, a
broader telecommunications industry perspective has been achieved by bringing
together telecommunications subject matter experts in the areas of central office and
customer location grounding and bonding, representing manufacturers, users, and
individuals active in other standards organizations.

Documents Superceded

This Standard replaces the first edition of ANSI/EIA/TIA 607, originally published in
August 1994.

Significant technical changes and additions from the previous edition include:

-- Greater grounding busbar detail.

-- Tower and antenna grounding and bonding recommendations.

-- Work area and personal operator-type equipment position grounding and


bonding recommendations.

-- Revised, harmonized terminology. Terminology from the National Electrical


Code (NEC) has been retained.

There are five annexes to this Standard. All annexes are informative and are not
considered part of this Standard.

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This standard replaces ANSI/EIA/TIA-607 Commercial Building Grounding and Bonding


Requirements for Telecommunications. ANSI/EIA/TIA-607 is hereby rescinded.

Suggestions for improvement of this Standard are welcome. They should be addressed
to:

Telecommunications Industry Association


Engineering Department
2500 Wilson Blvd. Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201-3834

At the time this Standard was approved, the joint TIA TR-41.7.2 Commercial Building
Grounding and Bonding / T1E1 DC Power (T1E1.5) and Electrical Protection (T1E1.7)
Working Groups had the following members:

Jim Romlein, MIS Labs, Chair TR 41.7.2


P. E. Pool, Chair - T1E1.7
J. E. Brunssen, Vice-Chair - T1E1.7
R. Witherill, Chair - T1E1.5
N. Tullius, Vice-Chair - T1E1.5

Gregory Bain Paul Kish


Donna Ballast Ronald Lai
Goeran Benjamin R. Langhage
Steven Bipes Gerry Monacelli
George Borkowicz Don Murray
William Bush Jim Nienhuis
Marshall L. Cain Joe OBrien
G.W. Crane Larry C. Payne
T. G. Croda Debbie R. Ryon
Phillip Havens Edward J. Silverman
Bob Jensen Greg Steinman
Ralph E. Jensen Tom Varga
Ray Keden Chris Wellborn
Paul Kreager Larry Young
Stephen Kuba

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COMMERCIAL BUILDING
GROUNDING (EARTHING) AND BONDING
REQUIREMENTS FOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS

1 INTRODUCTION

1.1 General
1.1.1 Grounding (earthing) and bonding is important for reliable operation of
telecommunications equipment and systems. Commercial buildings are often planned
and constructed with incomplete knowledge of eventual building telecommunications
equipment and systems. The telecommunications grounding and bonding system
infrastructure is frequently designed and installed long before occupant and equipment
needs are established. Despite these unknowns, the building grounding and bonding
infrastructure is frequently placed during original building construction. It must be
capable of supporting a multivendor, multiproduct environment and not be specific to
particular equipment or systems.

1.1.2 Modern telecommunications requires an effective building infrastructure to


support the wide variety of systems that rely on the electronic transport of information.
This infrastructure encompasses telecommunications spaces, pathways, cables,
connecting hardware, and the telecommunications grounding and bonding system. This
infrastructure provides the basic support for the distribution of electronic information
within the building. This Standard provides guidelines for the grounding and bonding
portion of this infrastructure. Telecommunications, as used in this Standard, refers to all
forms of information that are conveyed within the building (e.g., voice, data, video,
environmental control, security, audio, etc.)

1.1.3 The grounding and bonding approach recommended in this Standard is intended
to work in concert with the cabling topology as specified in ANSI/TIA/EIA-568-B.1-B.3
(Commercial Building Telecommunications Cabling Standard), pathways as specified in
ANSI/TIA/EIA-569-A (Commercial Building Standard for Telecommunications Pathways
and Spaces), administration as specified in ANSI/EIA/TIA-606 (Administration Standard
for the Telecommunications Infrastructure of Commercial Buildings), and customer
owned outside plant as specified in ANSI/TIA/EIA-758 (Customer Owned Outside
Plant). The requirements specified in this Standard, in conjunction with a basic
understanding of grounding and bonding concepts and methodologies will aid the user
in achieving a reliable electrical solution when applied to specific telecommunications
installations.

1.1.4 Compliance with the National Electrical Code (NEC) and local codes mandated by
the authority having jurisdiction is essential for the proper application of this Standard.

1.1.5 The North American term grounding used in this Standard is equivalent to the
accepted international term earthing.

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1.2 Purpose
1.2.1 The purpose of this Standard is to enable the planning, design, and installation of
telecommunications grounding and bonding systems within a building with or without
prior knowledge of the telecommunications systems that will subsequently be installed.
This Standard also provides recommendations for grounding and bonding of customer
owned towers and antennas. This telecommunications grounding and bonding
infrastructure supports a multivendor, multiproduct environment as well as various
system installation practices.

1.2.2 A large resource of information exists within the telephone industry in the form of
telephone utility company guidelines and proprietary practices. The NEC covers the
safety aspects of grounding and bonding of telecommunications equipment and
systems; ANSI T1.318, Electrical Protection Applied to Telecommunications Network
Plant and Entrances to Customer Structures or Buildings, provides information on
grounding and bonding as necessary to support electrical protection considerations.
However, prior to the original release of ANSI/TIA/EIA 607, there were no U. S.
standards for telecommunications grounding and bonding in commercial buildings. This
reissued Standard continues to provide a uniform telecommunications grounding and
bonding infrastructure that supports simple and reliable deployment of
telecommunications equipment and systems in a commercial building environment.

1.3 Expected usefulness


1.3.1 This Standard will be useful to anyone engaged in the design, maintenance,
renovation, or retrofit of new or existing commercial buildings.

1.3.2 This Standard will be useful to manufacturers of telecommunications equipment.

1.3.3 This Standard will be useful to service providers or others purchasing, installing, or
operating telecommunications equipment and devices.

1.3.4 This Standard may be used for specification of the exact interface points between
the building electrical systems and the telecommunications grounding and bonding
system. It may be used for specifying exact building grounding and bonding system
configurations.

1.3.5 This Standard will be useful to building owners and developers who want to build
an advanced technology structure that is compatible with modern telecommunications
equipment.

1.3.6 A benefit of a telecommunications grounding and bonding infrastructure, as


described in this Standard, is a reliable ground reference for telecommunications
systems.

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1.4 Code-related sources

This Standard does not replace any code, either partially or wholly. The reader should
also be aware of local codes that might impact the use of this Standard.

1.5 Normative and supplementary elements


TIA standards differentiate between normative and supplementary elements. Normative
elements are those elements setting out the provisions with which it is necessary to
comply in order to be able to claim conformity with this Standard. Supplementary
elements are informative elements that provide additional information intended to assist
in the understanding or use of this Standard.

1.6 Mandatory and advisory terms


1.6.1 Two categories of criteria, mandatory and advisory, are specified. The mandatory
requirements are designated by the word "shall"; advisory requirements are designated
by the word "should," "may," or "desirable" (which are used interchangeably in this
document).

1.6.2 Mandatory criteria generally apply to protection, performance, and compatibility;


they specify the absolute minimum acceptable requirements. Advisory or desirable
criteria generally represent product goals. In some instances, these criteria are included
in an effort to ensure product compatibility and universal facilities. In other cases,
advisory criteria are presented when their attainment will enhance the general
performance of the product in all its contemplated applications.

1.6.3 Where both a mandatory and an advisory level are specified for the same
criterion, the advisory level represents a goal currently identifiable as having distinct
compatibility or performance advantages, or both, toward which future designs should
strive.

1.6.4 A note in a table or figure is an official part of this Standard. A note in the text is
used only for giving information.

1.6.5 Citations of other documents refer to the latest revision unless specifically dated
or otherwise noted.

1.7 Metric equivalents of U.S. customary units


The majority of metric dimensions in this Standard are soft conversions of U.S.
customary units; e.g., 4 inches equals 100 mm.

1.8 Life of this Standard

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1.8.1 This Standard is a living document. The criteria contained in this Standard are
subject to revision and updating as warranted by advances in building construction
techniques and telecommunications technologies.

1.8.2 TIA reviews most standards every five years. At that time standards are
reaffirmed, rescinded, or revised according to the submitted updates. Update
recommendations for inclusion in the next revision should be sent to the secretariat of
TIA at the address shown in the forward.

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2 SCOPE

2.1 General
2.1.1 This Standard specifies the requirements for a uniform telecommunications
grounding and bonding infrastructure that shall be followed within commercial buildings
where telecommunications equipment will be installed.

2.1.2 This Standard specifies a telecommunications grounding and bonding


infrastructure and its interconnection to other building systems.

2.1.3 Figure 2.1-1 depicts the scope of the telecommunications grounding and bonding
infrastructure for larger, multi-story commercial buildings with multiple
telecommunications backbones. Figure 2.1-2 depicts a smaller commercial building
where telecommunications spaces are combined. This Standard specifies the
requirements for:

--A ground (earth) reference for telecommunications systems within the


telecommunications entrance facility, the telecommunications room, and equipment
room;

--Bonding of metallic pathways, cable shields, conductors, and hardware at


telecommunications rooms, equipment rooms, and entrance facilities.

2.1.4 This Standard is intended to encourage planning, which should include grounding
and bonding arrangements to accommodate telecommunications equipment installation.

2.1.5 While primarily intended to provide direction for design of new commercial
buildings, this Standard may be used as a guide for the renovation or retrofit of existing
buildings.

2.1.6 Design requirements and choices are described to enable the designer to make
informed design decisions.

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Telecommunications Telecommunications
Room (TR) Room (TR)

Grounding
Equipment Equalizer (GE)
Equipment
TGB TGB

Metal Frame
of Building Pathways

Telecommunications Telecommunications
Room (TR) Room (TR)

Equipment Equipment
TGB TGB

Telecommunications
Bonding Backbone (TBB)

Electrical
Entrance Telecommunications
Equipment
Facility Entrance Facility (TEF)
Room (ER)

Equipment
Equipment

Telecommunications Main Telecommunications


Grounding Busbar (TMGB) Grounding Busbar (TGB)
Grounding
Electrode
Bonding
Conductor LEGEND
conductor for
telecommunications
Grounding Cross connect Panelboard
Electrode
System Grounding bar Outside scope of this standard

Service equipment Bonding conductor as labeled

Figure 2.1-1 Scope of the standard for large commercial buildings

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Electrical
Entrance LEGEND
Facility Telecommunications Cross connect
Entrance Facility (TEF)
Grounding bar
Telecommunications
Equipment Service equipment

Panelboard
Telecommunications Main
Grounding Busbar (TMGB) Outside scope of this standard
Grounding
Electrode Bonding conductor as labeled
Conductor Bonding
conductor for
teleommunications
Grounding Electrode System

Figure 2.1-2 Scope of standard for smaller commercial buildings

2.2 Exclusions from this Standard


This Standard does not provide requirements for:

a) Specific grounding and bonding of any telecommunications equipment


and associated wiring;
b) Values of surge current immunity and insulation withstand voltages;
c) Methods for verifying and maintaining grounding and bonding networks;
d) Specific methods for RFI/EMI mitigation for equipment or systems;
e) Primary protector/arrester specifications, applications and installation;
f) Secondary protector specifications and applications;
g) Specific user safety;
h) Grounding and bonding practices of the local telecommunications utilities;
i) Electrical service entrance;
j) Grounding of ac surge protection devices;
k) Buildings with more than one electrical service entrance.

2.3 Normative references


The following standards contain provisions that, through reference in this text, constitute
provisions of this Standard. At the time of publication, the editions indicated were valid.
All standards are subject to revision, and parties to agreements based on this Standard
are encouraged to investigate the possibility of applying the most recent editions of the
standards indicated below. ANSI and TIA maintain registers of currently valid national
standards published by them.

-- ANSI/TIA/EIA 568-B.1-B.3, Commercial Building Telecommunications Cabling


Standard;
-- ANSI/TIA/EIA 569-A, Commercial Building Standard for Telecommunications
Pathways and Spaces;

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-- ANSI/TIA/EIA 606, Administration Standard for the Telecommunications


Infrastructure of Commercial Buildings;
-- ANSI/TIA/EIA 758, Customer Owned Outside Plant;
-- ANSI/NFPA-70, 2002, National Electrical Code.

2.4 Other references


For applications requiring more stringent specifications than provided by this Standard
such as security, electromagnetic interference, or protection from electromagnetic pulse,
the reader is referred to other standards described in Annex E.

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3 DEFINITIONS

3.1 General
This clause contains definitions of terms, acronyms, abbreviations, units of measure,
and symbols that have a special meaning or that are unique to the technical content of
this Standard. The terms that are used in only one clause may be defined within, and at
the beginning of, that clause.

3.2 Definition of terms


For the purposes of this Standard, the following definitions apply:

antenna entrance: A pathway facility from the antenna to the associated equipment.

backbone: A facility (e.g. pathway, cable or conductors) between telecommunications


rooms, or floor distribution terminals, the entrance facilities, and the equipment rooms
within or between buildings.

bonding: The permanent joining of metallic parts to form an electrically conductive path
that will assure electrical continuity and the capacity to conduct safely any current likely
to be imposed.

bonding conductor for telecommunications: A conductor that interconnects the


telecommunications bonding infrastructure to the building's service equipment (power)
ground.

commercial building: A building or portion thereof that is intended for office use.

connecting hardware: A device providing mechanical cable terminations.

earthing: An international term that is equivalent to grounding. See ground.

effectively grounded: Intentionally connected to earth through a ground connection or


connections of sufficiently low impedance and having sufficient current-carrying capacity
to prevent the buildup of voltages that may result in undue hazard to connected
equipment or to persons.

electrical closet: A floor-serving facility for housing electrical equipment, panelboards,


and controls.

entrance facility (telecommunications): An entrance to a building for both public and


private network service cables (including antennae) including the entrance point at the
building wall and continuing to the entrance room or space.

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entrance point (telecommunications): The point of emergence of


telecommunications conductors through an exterior wall, a concrete floor slab, or from a
rigid metal conduit or an intermediate metal conduit.

entrance room or space (telecommunications): A space in which the joining of inter-


or intrabuilding telecommunications backbone facilities takes place.

NOTE - An entrance room may also serve as an equipment room.

equipment room (telecommunications): An centralized space for


telecommunications equipment that serves the occupants of the building.

NOTE An equipment room is considered distinct from a telecommunications


room because of the nature or complexity of the equipment.

exothermic weld: A method of permanently bonding two metals together by a


controlled heat reaction resulting in a molecular bond.

ground: A conducting connection, whether intentional or incidental, between an


electrical circuit or equipment and the earth, or to some conducting body that serves in
place of the earth.

grounding electrode conductor: The conductor used to connect the grounding


electrode to the equipment grounding conductor, to the grounded conductor, or to both,
of the circuit at the service equipment, or at the source of a separately derived system.

grounding electrode system: An electrode(s) as specified in the National Electrical


Code, Article 250.

grounding equalizer (GE): The conductor that interconnects elements of the


telecommunications grounding infrastructure (formerly TBBIBC).

infrastructure (telecommunications): A collection of those telecommunications


components, excluding equipment, that together provide the basic support for the
distribution of all information within a building or campus.

listed: Equipment included in a list published by an organization, acceptable to the


authority having jurisdiction, that maintains periodic inspection of production of listed
equipment, and whose listing states either that the equipment meets appropriate
standards or has been tested and found suitable for use in a specified manner.

pathway: A facility for the placement of telecommunications cable.

primary protector: The protector located at the building telecommunications entrance


point and listed under ANSI/UL 497.

primary protector grounding conductor: The conductor used to connect the primary
protector either to the TMGB or to the telecommunications grounding (earthing) and
bonding system.

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protector: A device consisting of one or more protector units intended to limit abnormal
surges on metallic communications circuits. Includes a mounting assembly for the
protector units.

protector unit: A device intended to protect against either overvoltage or overcurrent,


or both. The unit may contain carbon arresters, gas tubes, solid state devices, heat
coils, PTC devices, or a combination of these components for a specific application.

room (telecommunications): An enclosed space for housing telecommunications


equipment, cable terminations, and cross-connect cabling, that is the recognized
location of the cross-connect between the backbone and the horizontal facilities.

telecommunications: Any transmission, emission, and reception of signs, signals,


writings, images, and sounds, that is information of any nature by cable, radio, optical,
or other electromagnetic systems.

telecommunications bonding backbone: A conductor that interconnects the


telecommunications main grounding busbar (TMGB) to the telecommunications
grounding busbar (TGB).

telecommunications bonding backbone interconnecting bonding conductor: See


grounding equalizer.

telecommunications equipment room: See equipment room (telecommunications).

telecommunications infrastructure: See infrastructure (telecommunications).

telecommunications grounding busbar: The interface to the building


telecommunications grounding system generally located in telecommunications room.
A common point of connection for telecommunications system and equipment bonding
to ground, and located in the telecommunications room or equipment room.

telecommunications main grounding busbar: A busbar placed in a convenient and


accessible location and bonded by means of the bonding conductor for
telecommunications to the building service equipment (power) ground.

telecommunications room: See room, telecommunications.

termination hardware: See connecting hardware.

3.3 Abbreviations and acronyms


ac alternating current
ACEG alternating current equipment ground
AWG American Wire Gage
BICSI A Telecommunications Association
ATIS Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions
CISPR International Special Committee on Radio Interference
CSA Canadian Standards Association International
dc direct current

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EF entrance facility
EIA Electronic Industries Alliance
EMI electromagnetic interference
EMT electrical metallic tubing
ESD electrostatic discharge
GB grounding bar
GE grounding equalizer
NRTL national recognized testing laboratory
NEC National Electrical Code
NEMA National Electrical Manufacturers Association
NFPA National Fire Protection Association
PBG principal building ground
SBC solid bare copper conductor
SBTC solid bare tinned copper
ScTP screened twisted pair
STP shielded twisted pair
T1E1 T1 Technical Subcommittee
TBB telecommunications bonding backbone
TEF telecommunications entrance facility
TER telecommunications entrance room
TGB telecommunications grounding busbar
TIA Telecommunications Industry Association
TMGB telecommunications main grounding busbar
TR telecommunications room
UTP unshielded twisted pair

3.4 Units of measure


A ampere
dB decibel
o
C degrees Celsius
o
F degrees Fahrenheit
ft feet, foot
Hz hertz
in inch
J joule
kg kilogram
kHz kilohertz
km kilometer
lbf pound force
m meter
mm millimeter
ppm parts per million
Vac volts alternating current
Vdc volts direct current
ohm

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4 OVERVIEW OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS GROUNDING


(EARTHING) AND BONDING SYSTEMS

4.1 General
4.1.1 The basic principles, components, and design methods of the telecommunications
grounding and bonding infrastructure specified in this Standard shall be followed
amongst buildings of differing design and structure.

4.1.2 This clause specifies the telecommunications grounding and bonding


infrastructure, identifies the different elements that make up the infrastructure, and
describes their interrelations. The following clauses provide the detailed requirements
associated with each of the components.

4.1.3 When secondary protection is provided, the secondary protector grounding


conductor shall be connected to the nearest telecommunications grounding busbar
(e.g., telecommunications main grounding busbar (TMGB) or telecommunications
grounding busbar (TGB)), using the shortest grounding conductor practicable.

4.1.4 While the grounding and bonding of the electrical service entrance is outside the
scope of this Standard, coordination between electrical and telecommunications
grounding and bonding systems is essential for the proper application of this Standard.

4.1.5 In all cases the applicable electrical codes for grounding and bonding for
telecommunications shall be met.

4.2 Overview of the telecommunications grounding and


bonding infrastructure
4.2.1 The telecommunications grounding and bonding infrastructure originates at the
service equipment (power) ground and extends throughout the building. It includes the
following major components:

a) Telecommunications main grounding busbar (TMGB);


b) Bonding conductor for telecommunications;

and may also include the following:

c) Telecommunications Bonding Backbone (TBB);


d) Grounding Equalizer (GE);
e) Telecommunications grounding busbar (TGB).

4.2.2 These telecommunications grounding and bonding components are intended to


work in concert with telecommunications pathways and spaces (ANSI/TIA/EIA 569-A),
cabling (ANSI/TIA/EIA 568-B.1-B.3), and administration (ANSI/EIA/TIA-606), including,
when present:

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a) Telecommunications Entrance Facility (TEF);


b) Telecommunications Equipment Room (TER);
c) Telecommunications Room (TR);
e) Telecommunications cable and connecting hardware;
f) Telecommunications labeling and record keeping.

4.2.3 Although the electrical closet and associated panelboard(s) are not part of the
telecommunications infrastructure, they are depicted in this Standard because they are
integral to the telecommunications grounding and bonding system.

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5 COMPONENTS OF THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS


GROUNDING (EARTHING) AND BONDING INFRASTRUCTURE

5.1 General
5.1.1 This section describes the characteristics of the major components of the
telecommunications grounding and bonding infrastructure.

5.1.2 All grounding and bonding connectors shall be listed by a nationally recognized
testing laboratory (NRTL) as required by the NEC.

Note: Connectors are listed for the application (e.g., above ground or direct
buried.)

5.1.3 All grounding and bonding conductors shall be copper and may be insulated.
When conductors are insulated, they shall be listed for the application. The minimum
bonding conductor size shall be a No. 6 AWG.

Note: Conductors are listed for the space in which they are intended to be
placed, such as riser systems or plenum spaces.

5.1.4 Grounding and bonding conductors should not be placed in ferrous metallic
conduit. If it is necessary to place grounding and bonding conductors in ferrous metallic
conduit that exceeds 1 m (3 ft) in length, the conductors shall be bonded to each end of
the conduit using a grounding bushing or a No. 6 AWG conductor, minimum.

5.1.5 Labeling, color-coding, and marking

5.1.5.1 Each telecommunications grounding and bonding conductor shall be labeled.


Labels shall be located on conductors as close as practicable to their point of
termination in a readable position. Labels shall be nonmetallic and include the
information depicted in figure 5.1-1. Refer to ANSI/TIA/EIA 606 for additional labeling
requirements.

IF THIS CONNECTOR OR CABLE IS


LOOSE OR MUST BE REMOVED,
PLEASE CALL THE BUILDING
TELECOMMUNICATIONS
MANAGER

Figure 5.1-1 Label for grounding and bonding conductors

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5.1.5.2 The Bonding Conductor for Telecommunications, each telecommunications


bonding backbone (TBB) conductor, and each grounding equalizer (GE), shall be green
or marked with a distinctive green color.

5.2 The telecommunications main grounding busbar (TMGB)

5.2.1 The telecommunications main grounding busbar (TMGB) serves as the dedicated
extension of the building grounding electrode system for the telecommunications
infrastructure. The TMGB also serves as the central attachment point for the
telecommunications bonding backbone(s) (TBB) and equipment. Typically, there should
be a single TMGB per building.

Note: For buildings with more than one electrical service entrance, each of
which serves telecommunications equipment, the user is urged to consult with a
licensed engineer.

5.2.2 The ideal location of the TMGB is in the telecommunications entrance facility.
However, the TMGB should be located to minimize the length of the bonding conductor
for telecommunications.

5.2.3 The TMGB should serve telecommunications equipment that is located within the
same room or space.

5.2.4 Extensions of the TMGB (i.e., other telecommunications busbars in other


telecommunications spaces) shall be TGBs.

5.2.5 Description of the telecommunications main grounding busbar (TMGB)

5.2.5.1 The TMGB shall:

a) be a predrilled copper busbar provided with holes for use with standard sized
lugs;
b) be sized in accordance with the immediate application requirements and with
consideration of future growth;
c) have minimum dimensions of 6 mm (0.25 in) thick x 100 mm (4 in) wide and
variable in length;
d) be listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory.

5.2.5.2 It is desirable that the busbar be electrotin plated for reduced contact
resistance. If not plated, the busbar shall be cleaned prior to fastening of conductors
and an anti-oxidant should be applied to the contact area to control corrosion and
reduce contact resistance.

Figure 5.2-1 depicts a typical TMGB.

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16 mm 8 mm
(5/8 in) (5/16 in) 13 mm 11 mm dia. (7/16 in), typ
typ typ dia. (1/2 in) 25 mm (1 in)

100 mm
(4 in)
min.

50 mm 29 mm
29 mm 11 mm dia.
(1-1/8 in)
(1-1/8 in) (2 in) (7/16 in)
typ
typ mounting holes, typ
Figure 5.2-1 Typical telecommunications main grounding busbar (TMGB)

5.2.6 Bonding to a panelboard for telecommunications equipment

5.2.6.1 Where a panelboard (electrical power panel) is located in the same room or
space as the TMGB that panelboards alternating current equipment ground (ACEG)
bus (when equipped) or the panelboard enclosure shall be bonded to the TMGB.

5.2.6.2 The TMGB shall be as close to the panelboard as practicable and shall be
installed to maintain clearances required by applicable electrical codes.

5.2.7 Connections to the telecommunications main grounding busbar (TMGB)

5.2.7.1 The connections of the bonding conductor for telecommunications and the TBB
to the TMGB shall utilize exothermic welding, listed compression two-hole lugs, suitable
and equivalent one hole non-twisting lugs, or other irreversible compression type
connections. Two-hole lugs are preferred.

5.2.7.2 The connection of conductors for bonding telecommunications equipment to the


TMGB shall utilize exothermic welding, listed compression lugs, or other irreversible
compression type connections. Two-hole lugs are preferred.

5.2.7.3 All metallic raceways for telecommunications cabling located within the same
room or space as the TMGB shall be bonded to the TMGB. However for metallic
pathways containing grounding conductors where the pathway is bonded to the
grounding conductor, no additional bond to the TMGB is required.

5.2.8 Installation requirements

5.2.8.1 The TMGB shall be insulated from its support. A minimum of 50 mm (2 in)
separation from the wall is recommended to allow access to the rear of the busbar.

5.2.8.2 The TMGB shall be located such that it is accessible to telecommunications


personnel. A practical location for the TMGB is to the side of the panelboard (where
provided). The mounting height of the TMGB should be adjusted to accommodate

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overhead or underfloor cable routing. Also see 6.2.1.

5.3 Bonding conductor for telecommunications


5.3.1 Bonding to the service equipment (power) ground

The bonding conductor for telecommunications shall bond the TMGB to the service
equipment (power) ground. Figure 5.3-1 schematically depicts this connection to the
service equipment (power) ground.

Electrical Entrance Telecommunications


Facility Entrance Facility

Service
Equipment
TBB
N
Equipment
G TMGB
Bonding
conductor for
Grounding telecommunications
Electrode Outside the scope of this Standard
Conductor
Within the scope of this Standard

Figure 5.3-1 Bonding to the service equipment (power) ground

5.3.2 Sizing the bonding conductor for telecommunications

The bonding conductor for telecommunications shall be, as a minimum, the same size
as the TBB.

5.4 The telecommunications bonding backbone (TBB) and the


grounding equalizer (GE)
5.4.1 The TBB is a conductor that interconnects all TGBs with the TMGB.

5.4.2 The TBB originates at the TMGB extends throughout the building using the
telecommunications backbone pathways, and connects to the TGBs in all
telecommunications rooms and equipment rooms. The GE interconnects multiple TBBs.

5.4.3 Description of the telecommunications bonding backbone (TBB) and the


grounding equalizer (GE)

5.4.3.1 The TBB should be designed with consideration given to the type of building
construction, building size, general telecommunications requirements, and the

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configuration of the telecommunications pathways and spaces. Specifically, the design


of a TBB shall:

--be consistent with the design of the telecommunications backbone cabling


system;
--permit multiple TBBs as dictated by the building size;
--address routing to minimize the lengths of the TBBs.

5.4.3.2 The interior water piping system of the building shall not be used as a TBB.

5.4.3.3 The metallic cable shield shall not be used as a TBB.

5.4.3.4 Whenever two or more TBBs are used within a multistory building, the TBBs
shall be bonded together with a GE (formerly known as telecommunications bonding
backbone interconnecting bonding conductor) at the top floor and at a minimum of every
third floor in between. The GE shall be sized as specified in 5.4.4.1.

5.4.4 Bonding and sizing the telecommunications bonding backbone (TBB)

5.4.4.1 The TBB shall be a copper conductor. The minimum TBB conductor size shall
be a No. 6 AWG. The TBB should be sized at 2 kcmil per linear foot of
conductor length up to a maximum size of 3/0 AWG. The TBB may be
insulated. If the TBB is insulated, the insulation shall meet the fire ratings of its
pathway. The sizing of the TBB is not intended to account for the reduction or
control of electromagnetic interference.

Sizing of the TBB


TBB length TBB Size (AWG)
linear m (ft)
less than 4 (13) 6
4 6 (14 20) 4
6 8 (21 26) 3
8 10 (27 33) 2
10 13 (34 41) 1
13 16 (42 52) 1/0
16 20 (53 66) 2/0
greater than 20 (66) 3/0

Figure 5.4.4.1 - Sizing of the TBB

5.4.4.2 The TBB shall be connected to the TMGB as specified in 5.2.7.1. The intended
function of a TBB is to reduce or equalize potential differences between
telecommunications systems. While the TBB will carry some current under ac power
ground fault conditions, it is not intended to provide the only ground fault return path. A
TBB is not intended to serve as the only conductor providing a ground fault current
return path.

5.4.5 Installation considerations

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5.4.5.1 The TBB conductors shall be installed and protected from physical and
mechanical damage.

5.4.5.2 The TBB conductors should be installed without splices. Where splices are
necessary, the number of splices should be a minimum and they shall be accessible and
located in telecommunications spaces. Joined segments of a TBB shall be connected
using exothermic welding, irreversible compression-type connectors, or equivalent. All
joints shall be adequately supported and protected from damage.

5.5 The telecommunications grounding busbar (TGB)


The TGB is the grounding connection point for telecommunications systems and
equipment in the area served by that telecommunications room or equipment room.

5.5.1 Description of the telecommunications grounding busbar (TGB)

5.5.1.1 The TGB shall:

--be a predrilled copper busbar provided with holes for use with standard sized
lugs, and
--have minimum dimensions of 6 mm (0.25 in) thick x 50 mm (2 in) wide and
variable length to meet the application requirements and with consideration of
future growth.
-- be listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory.

5.5.1.2 It is desirable that the busbar be electrotin-plated for reduced contact


resistance. If not plated, the busbar shall be cleaned prior to fastening the conductors to
the busbar, and an anti-oxidant should be applied to the contact area to control
corrosion and reduce contact resistance.

Figure 5.5-1 depicts a typical telecommunications grounding busbar (TGB).


11 mm 13 mm
8 mm
(7/16 in) (1/2 in)
(5/16 in) 11 mm
16 mm dia.
dia. (7/16 in) dia.
(5/8 in)

25 mm
(1 in)
50 mm
(2 in)

29 mm mounting holes
(1-1/8 in)

Figure 5.5-1 Typical telecommunications grounding busbar (TGB)

5.5.2 Bonds to the telecommunications grounding busbar (TGB)

5.5.2.1 The TBBs and other TGBs within the same space shall be bonded to the TGB
with a conductor the same size as the TBB.

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5.5.2.2 The bonding conductor between a TBB and a TGB shall be continuous and
routed in the shortest possible straight-line path.

5.5.2.3 Where a panelboard (electrical power panel) for telecommunications equipment


is located within the same room or space as the TGB, that panelboards ACEG bus
(when equipped) or the panelboard enclosure shall be bonded to the TGB.

5.5.2.4 The TGB shall be as close to the panelboard as is practicable and shall be
installed to maintain clearances required by applicable electrical codes.

5.5.2.5 Where a panelboard for telecommunications equipment is not located within the
same room or space as the TGB, consideration should be given to bonding the
panelboards ACEG bus (when equipped) or the enclosure to the TGB.

5.5.2.6 The TGB shall be bonded to the GE where required per 5.4.3.4.

5.5.2.7 All metallic raceways for telecommunications cabling located within the same
room or space as the TGB shall be bonded to the TGB.

5.5.3 Connections to the telecommunications grounding busbar (TGB)

5.5.3.1 Connections of the TBB and the GE to the TGB shall utilize exothermic weld
connections, listed compression two hole lugs connectors, suitable and equivalent one-
hole non-twisting lugs or other irreversible compression type connectors. Two-hole
connectors are preferred.

5.5.4 Installation considerations

5.5.4.1 The TGB shall be insulated from its support. A minimum of 50 mm (2 in)
separation from the wall is recommended to allow access to the rear of the busbar.

5.5.4.2 A practical location for the TGB is to the side of the panelboard (where
provided). The vertical location of the TGB should take into consideration whether the
bonding conductors are routed in an access floor or overhead cable tray.

5.6 Bonding to the metal building frame


5.6.1 All connectors used for bonding to the metal frame of a building shall be listed for
the intended purpose.

5.6.2 In a metal frame (structural steel) building, where the steel framework is readily
accessible within the room; each TGB and TMGB shall be bonded to the vertical steel
metal frame using a minimum No. 6 AWG conductor.

5.6.3 Where the metal frame is external to the room and readily accessible, the metal
frame should be bonded to the TGB or TMGB with a minimum No. 6 AWG conductor.

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5.6.4 When practicable because of shorter distances and, where horizontal steel
members are permanently electrically bonded to vertical column members, the TGB
may be bonded to these horizontal members in lieu of the vertical column members.

5.6.5 This Standard does not require bonding of the steel bars of a reinforced concrete
building to the TGB or TBB.

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6 TELECOMMUNICATIONS ENTRANCE FACILITY

6.1 General
6.1.1 The telecommunications entrance facility (TEF) is the entrance point (room or
space within the building) where:
-- the telecommunications facilities enter,
-- the joining of inter- and intrabuilding backbone facilities takes place, and
-- the grounding (earthing) of these facilities is accomplished.

The TEF may also include antenna cable entrances, and electronic equipment serving
telecommunications functions.

6.1.2 It is desirable that all utilities enter the building in close proximity to each other.
Refer to Annex B.

6.2 Placing the telecommunications main grounding busbar


(TMGB)
6.2.1. The TEF is the desirable location for the telecommunications main grounding
busbar (TMGB). The TMGB may also serve as the telecommunications grounding
busbar (TGB) for equipment in the TEF.

6.2.2 The TMGB should be placed to provide for the shortest and straightest routing of
the primary protector grounding conductor. See Annex B.

6.2.3 The TMGB is the common point in the TEF for all telecommunications grounding
connections in that room or space.

6.2.4 The TMGB shall be placed as close as practicable to the panelboard for
telecommunications equipment and shall be installed to maintain clearances required by
applicable electrical codes.

6.2.5 When a panelboard for telecommunications equipment is not installed in the TEF,
the TMGB should be located near the backbone cabling and associated terminations.
In addition, the TMGB should be located so that the bonding conductor for
telecommunications is as short and straight as possible.

6.3 Other attachments to the telecommunications main


grounding busbar (TMGB)
6.3.1 The primary protector grounding conductor shall be connected to the TMGB.
This conductor is intended to conduct lightning and ac fault currents from the
telecommunication primary protectors. A minimum of 300 mm (1 ft) separation shall be
maintained between this insulated conductor and any dc power cables, switchboard

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cable, or high frequency cables, even when placed in rigid metal conduit or EMT. Also
see 5.2.8.2.

6.3.2 When the outside plant cables in the TEF incorporate a cable shield isolation gap,
the cable shield on the building side of the gap shall be bonded to the TMGB.

6.3.3 In buildings where the backbone cable incorporates a shield or metallic member,
this shield or metallic member shall be bonded to the TMGB or TGB.

6.3.4 Telecommunications primary protectors for the interbuilding backbone cables


shall be bonded to the TMGB.

6.3.5 All metallic pathways for telecommunications cabling located within the same
room or space as the TMGB shall be bonded to the TMGB. However, for metallic
pathways containing grounding conductors where the pathway is bonded to the
grounding conductor, no additional bond to the TMGB is required.

6.4 Other grounding busbars


The TMGB is intended to be the location for connecting grounding busbars incorporated
in telecommunications equipment located in the TEF (e.g., multiplexer or optical fiber
termination equipment).

6.5 Other service entrances


Where antenna cables enter a building, the point of entry should be treated as an
entrance facility. Where an entrance facility is located at the roof, a TGB shall be
provided in accordance with entrance facility requirements.

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7 TELECOMMUNICATIONS ROOM AND EQUIPMENT ROOM

7.1 General
Each telecommunications room and equipment room shall contain a
telecommunications grounding busbar (TGB). The TGB shall be located inside the
room. The TGB shall be located so as to provide the greatest flexibility and accessibility
for telecommunications system grounding, (minimizing lengths and number of bends of
the bonding conductor to the TGB, but within the constraints of Clause 5).

7.2 Multiple telecommunications grounding busbars (TGBs)


Multiple TGBs may be installed within the same telecommunications room to aid in
minimizing bonding conductor lengths and terminating space. In all cases, multiple
TGBs within a room shall be bonded together with a conductor the same size as the
TBB or with splice bars.

7.3 Placing the telecommunications grounding busbar (TGB)


The TGB shall be placed per 5.5.2.4. Where a panelboard for telecommunications
equipment is not installed in the telecommunications room, the TGB should be located
near the backbone cabling and associated terminations. In addition, the TGB should be
placed to provide for the shortest and straightest routing of the grounding conductors.

7.4 Other connections to telecommunications grounding busbar


(TGB)
7.4.1 In buildings where the backbone telecommunications cabling incorporates a
shield or metallic member, this shield or metallic member shall be bonded to the TGB
where the cables are terminated or where pairs are broken out.

7.4.2 All metallic pathways for telecommunications cabling located within the same
room or space as the TGB shall be bonded to the TGB. However, for metallic pathways
containing grounding conductors where the pathway is bonded to the grounding
conductor, no additional bond to the TGB is required.

7.4.3 Short metallic pathways (e.g. wall and floor sleeves) are not required to be
bonded.

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8 WORK AREA
Work area grounding is beyond the scope of this Standard. For information, refer to
Annex D.

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9 TOWERS AND ANTENNAS

9.1 General
For minimum tower and antenna grounding specifications refer to Annex C
(Informative). It is anticipated that the requirements in this Standard, which address
grounding for commercial buildings, will differ from commercial service provider
requirements, which are specified in T1.313-1998. The document T1.313-1998
specifications support a very robust level of service appropriate to a service provider.
Users of this Standard are encouraged to refer to T1.313-1998 where robust service
requirements exist.

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Annex A (informative)

Cross-reference of terms

Preferred terms Other industry terms


used in this Standard
Building Principal Ground (BPG)
Telecommunications Main CO GRD Bus
Grounding Busbar (TMGB) COG
Facility Ground
Main Earthing Terminal (MET)
Master Ground Bar (MGB)
OPGPB
PGP Bus
Principal Ground Point (PGP)
Reference Point 0 (RP0
Zero Potential Reference Point)
Telecommunications Grounding Extended Reference Point 0 (Extended RP0)
Busbar (TGB) Floor Ground Bar (FGB)
Approved Floor Ground
Telecommunications Bonding Equalizer
Backbone (TBB) Equalizing Conductor
Grounding Equalizer (GE)
Vertical Equalizer
Vertical Ground Riser
Grounding Equalizer (GE) Horizontal Equalizer
Telecommunications Bonding Backbone
Interconnecting Bonding Conductor (TBBIBC)

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Annex B (informative)

Telecommunications electrical protection primary protector


grounding
B.1 Telecommunications network plant is often subject to electrical disturbances arising
from lightning and commercial ac power line faults. To help safeguard persons and
property from the effects of these disturbances, primary telecommunications electrical
protection is placed at the telecommunications entrance to the building or structure by
the network telecommunications utility access provider. The National Electrical Code
(NEC) specifies the minimum primary protection requirements, and states that the
primary protector shall be located in, on, or immediately adjacent to the structure or
building served and as close as practicable to the point at which the exposed conductors
enter or attach. The network telecommunications utilities, in addition to conforming to
the NEC requirements, also provide primary telecommunications electrical protection
where they deem their network plant potentially exposed to lightning or commercial ac
power disturbances. One exception is urban areas where tall, steel-framed buildings
provide shielding from lightning, the large mass of underground metallic structures
dissipates lightning energy, and power conductors are placed underground in conduit
separate from telecommunications conductors. In such areas, primary
telecommunications electrical protection is generally not necessary as there is no
lightning or power exposure.

B.2 A critical consideration when placing the primary protector is the length of the
primary protector grounding conductor. The primary protector grounding (earthing)
conductor provides the grounding path between the primary protector ground terminal
and the building or structure power grounding electrode system. During a lightning
event to the network telecommunications plant, substantial voltages can be developed in
the primary protector grounding conductor. The magnitude of the voltage is dependent
both on the waveshape of the lightning surge and the impedance of the grounding
conductor which is directly proportional to conductor length. For this reason, network
telecommunications utility practices recommend:

-- Locating the telecommunications entrance as close as practicable to the power


entrance to minimize the length of the primary protector grounding conductor. The NEC
also emphasizes this by requiring a means for intersystem bonding between power and
other systems, such as telecommunications systems.

-- Placing the primary protector to allow for the shortest and most direct routing
of the primary protector grounding conductor.

B.3 While the telecommunications network is only one means by which lightning
voltages can be introduced into a building or structure (power phase conductors, the
power neutral conductor, and a strike to the building itself are others), maximum effort
should be made to keep the primary protector grounding conductor as short as possible.
This may be accomplished by locating the primary protector in close proximity to the
power service entrance at the building or structure. In addition to the primary protector
grounding conductor, the overall conductor path between the primary protector and the
power service ground should be kept as short as possible. This path may include the
Bonding Conductor for Telecommunications as illustrated in Figures 2.1-1 and 2.1-2 of

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this Standard. The length of the Bonding Conductor for Telecommunications may be
minimized by locating the telecommunications main grounding busbar (TMGB) as close
as practicable to the electrical entrance facility.

B.4 Requirements for telecommunications electrical protection, grounding and bonding


at building or structure entrances are contained in the NEC, Chapter 8, Communications
Systems. Additional detailed electrical protection, grounding and bonding
considerations and criteria are contained in ANSI T1.318-1994, Electrical Protection
Applied to Telecommunications Network Plant at Entrances to Customer Structures or
Buildings. The reader is directed to these documents for guidance regarding the
primary protector, and the placement, routing, and length of the primary protector
grounding conductor

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Annex C (informative)

Towers and antennas

C.1 General
This section describes specific electrical protection considerations for antenna support
structures (towers).

C.2 Antenna locations


C.2.1 Antennas can be mounted on wood or metal supports. In some cases, the
antenna support structures (towers) are mounted on the roof of a building. Mounting
towers or antennas on a roof could damage the structural integrity of the building and/or
void the warranty of the roof.

C.2.2 Occasionally, the antenna might be mounted on the side wall of a building or on a
parapet wall using special braces or supports.

C.2.3 The presence of an antenna and its supporting structure on the roof of a building
is not expected to significantly increase the probability of lightning striking the building.
However, if lightning does strike, the antenna and its supporting tower may be the focal
point of the strike.

C.3 Types of support structures

Typical antenna support structures (towers) include:


-- guyed metallic,
-- self-supporting metallic,
-- wooden structures (poles).

The towers can be installed at grade level (surface), on building roofs or side walls.

C.3.1 Guyed metallic towers

These are structures with upright support members (legs) mounted on a foundation or
pier that require multiple anchors and down guys.

C.3.2 Self-Supporting metallic towers

These are free-standing structures with upright support members (legs) mounted on a
foundation or pier that need no other supporting elements.

C.3.3 Wooden structures (poles)

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These are either free-standing or guyed structures either mounted on a foundation or


partially buried.

C.4 Structure grounding requirements

C.4.1 All towers and satellite dish mountings should have a grounding electrode system
consisting of a ground ring and ground rods.

C.4.2 A #2 AWG solid, bare copper (SBC) conductor should be buried around the
tower at a minimum depth of 760 mm (30 in) below grade, and at least 610 mm (24 in)
from the base of the tower or mounting. The ends of the #2 AWG conductor should be
connected using exothermic welding or a listed connector to form a continuous ring.

C.4.3 Driven ground rods minimum 2.5 m (8 ft) in length and 16 mm (5/8 in) diameter
should be placed at the base of each tower leg, a minimum of 460 mm (18 in) below
grade. The connection of the ground rods to the ground ring should be accomplished
using exothermic welding or listed connectors. Ground rods should be copper, copper
clad steel, stainless steel, or zinc clad steel.

C.4.4 The base of each tower leg should be bonded to the ground ring with a #2 AWG
conductor. The bonding conductor should be as short and straight as possible.

C.4.5 The metallic frame supporting a satellite dish should be bonded to the ground
ring with a #2 AWG conductor, which should be as short and straight as possible.

C.4.6 For monopole or guyed towers, there should be at least two ground rods, driven a
minimum of 25 mm (1 in) below grade, equally spaced, and connected to the ground
ring using exothermic welding or listed connectors. Grounds of monopole tower
mounted antennas should be connected to the ground ring with a #2 AWG SBC
conductor using exothermic welding or listed connectors.

C.4.7 The tower ground ring should be bonded to the equipment building ground ring,
described in clause C.11.1 with at least two #2 AWG SBC conductors buried at a
minimum depth of 760 mm (30 in) between the tower and building ground rings.

C.4.8 If there is a metal fence within 1.8 m (6 ft) of the tower, the tower ground ring
should be bonded to the fence with a #2 AWG SBC conductor.

C.4.9 Similar rules apply for bonding a monopole or satellite-mounting ground ring to
the equipment building ground ring or fence.

C.5 Sites with wood poles

C.5.1 In some cases, a site consists only of a wood pole supporting the antenna and
the radio equipment cabinet.

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C.5.2 All wood poles should have a #2 AWG SBC vertical ground wire terminating in
either ground rods, or radials.

C.5.3 Common bonding and grounding principles used on separate building and tower
sites also apply in this case. In addition, the following requirements must be met:

C.5.3.1 Any electric power conduit should extend and terminate above any telephone
attachment (cable, wire, or drop) at a point where the weatherhead is near the power
circuit attachments or warning light.

C.5.4 The conduit from the weatherhead to the power meter should be at least 6 m (20
ft) long. This aids the operation of the power arrester at the weatherhead.

C.6 Roof-mounted towers

C.6.1 When the antenna support or tower is mounted on the roof of a building, a
grounding system should be designed that meets the following clauses:

C.6.1.1 Uses regular lightning protection cables and hardware following the
recommendations of the NPFA-780 Standard for the Installation of Lightning Protection
Systems.

C.6.1.2 Places a wire ring (roof ring) around the antenna support or tower.

C.6.1.3 Connects the tower base footings to the:

-- Tower ground ring.


-- Waveguide, or coaxial, outer conductor.
-- Lighting AC branch circuit metallic conduit and green wire (ACEG).
-- Lightning arrester ground.

C.6.1.4 Connects:

-- Antenna metal members to the tower or antenna support structure.


-- Antenna support structure to ring.
-- Lightning protection system perimeter wires.
-- Ring to any other metallic object on the roof within flashover range.

NOTE: Coordinate the lightning protection system of the building and the
grounding system for the tower.

C.7 Down conductors

C.7.1 A roof-mounted tower or antenna mast of any size should have at least two down
conductors from opposite sides of the roof ground ring down the building wall to connect
to either a buried ground ring around the building (preferred), or two or more rods.

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C.7.2 Additional down conductors are needed for each 30 m (100 ft) of building length.

NOTE: These down conductors are in addition to the ones used in the lightning
protection system.

C.8 Roof conductors

C.8.1 Roof conductors should be supported every 1 m (3 ft) using either no-nail paste
down cable fasteners, or pan-type base ridge cable supporters.

C.9 Radial grounding conductors

C.9.1 Radials should be provided if ground rods cannot be driven and it is not feasible
to drill. When radial grounding conductors are necessary, the following should be used
to determine requirements:

C.9.1.1 When towers are constructed on sites where bedrock prevents placing ground
rods, a network of buried grounding conductors should be provided radiating from each
base of the antenna and building corner and connecting to the ground rings.

C.9.2 When radial grounding conductors are required a #2 AWG SBC conductor
connected to the ground ring and buried at least 760 mm (30 in) below grade level
should be used.

C.9.3 If adequate contact cannot be reached with the soil at 7.6 m (25 ft), extend each
radial wire as far as necessary to obtain the desired resistance. The conductor length
should not be less than 7.6 m (25 ft).

NOTE: Low resistance in radial grounding arrangements is desirable but not


essential. Low resistance in the dissipating path of strike currents into the earth
is of secondary importance when compared to the major objective of controlling
voltage gradients and voltage differences between structures close to the radio
equipment.

C.10 Waveguide and coaxial cable grounding requirements

C.10.1 Waveguide and coaxial cable shields should be bonded to the tower at the top
and bottom of the tower. If the tower is greater than 60 m (200 ft) in height, the
waveguide or coax shield should also be bonded at the tower midpoint or every 15 m
(50 ft).

C.10.2 Where the waveguide or coaxial cable enters the building, the waveguide or
coaxial shield should be bonded to the buildings external grounding electrode system
with a #2 AWG conductor. Once inside the building, the waveguide or coaxial cable
shield should be bonded to the buildings interior grounding electrode system, using a
#2 AWG conductor, as close as practical to the entrance.

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C.10.3 If there is a metallic waveguide or coaxial cable entrance plate, the entrance
plate should be bonded to both the exterior and interior grounding system with a #2
AWG conductor. The waveguide or coaxial cable shield should be bonded to the
metallic entrance plate on both the outside and inside of the building with a #2 AWG
conductor.

C.10.4 The coaxial cable should be protected by a lightning surge arrester, which is
bonded to the exterior grounding electrode system with the proper size grounding
conductor specified by the manufacturer.

C.10.5 If the tower is lighted, the conduit for the lighting power conductors should be
bonded and grounded as described for waveguide and coaxial cable shields.

C.11 Equipment building grounding requirements

C.11.1 When the equipment building is located atop a building, grounding for externally
mounted system metallic components including antennas, cabling, conduits, cable trays,
entry ports, window frames and door frames is a critical requirement. Externally
mounted wireless components should be grounded to the building lightning protection
system, which may include bonding to down conductors or building steel, or may employ
an independent system to achieve adequate grounding.

C.11.2 Special grounding procedures should be followed for buildings that house radio
equipment. Radio equipment buildings should have an exterior ground ring consisting
of #2 AWG bare wire buried a minimum of 760 mm (30 in) below grade and at least 610
mm (2 ft) from any portion of the structure. The ends of the wire should be joined with
an exothermic connection or listed connectors to form a continuous ring.

C.11.3 Ground rods, driven to a minimum cover depth of 460 mm (18 in) should be
placed at 3 - 4.5 m (10 15 ft) intervals and connected directly to the ground ring with
exothermic connections or listed connectors.

C.11.4 The equipment building ground ring should be bonded to the tower ground ring,
described in section C.4, with at least two #2 AWG SBC conductors.

C.11.5 If there is a metal fence within 1.8 m (6 ft) of the building, the building ground
ring should be bonded to the fence with a #2 AWG SBC conductor.

C.11.6 Radio equipment buildings with nonmetallic walls should have an interior ground
ring consisting of a #2 AWG conductor mounted, with nonmetallic connections, to the
interior wall within 0.3 m (1 ft) of the ceiling.

C.11.7 Radio equipment buildings with metallic walls should have an interior ground
ring consisting of a #2 AWG conductor mounted directly to the interior wall within 0.3 m
(1 ft) of the ceiling.

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C.11.8 The interior ground ring should be bonded to the exterior ground ring with #2
AWG conductor, routed as straight as possible, using exothermic connections or listed
connectors.

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Annex D (informative)

Work Area

D.1 Co-location of electrical power and telecommunications


grounding facilities

D.1.1 Telecommunications equipment is often connected to both the electrical power


and telecommunications grounding systems. It is important that both grounding
systems be at the same reference potential. This is critical for implementation of
shielded/screened twisted pair cabling systems. ANSI/TIA/EIA 568-B.1-B.3 limits the
potential difference between power and telecommunications ground references to a
maximum of 1 volt for shielded/screened cable applications.

D.2 Electrical protection for operator-type equipment positions


D.2.1 High technology devices are increasingly being implemented at the work area,
including one or more computers, phones, printers, etc. In communications-intensive
operations, personnel may wear voice headsets connected to headset interface
equipment in addition to the typical work area devices.

At these locations, personnel use a variety of electronic equipment including a headset,


headset interface equipment, other electronic equipment such as a computer keyboard
and Video Display Terminal (VDT), and the work station furniture. Frequently,
workstations are arranged in clusters consisting of several positions. These positions
are typically used at reservation bureaus, telemarketing agencies, and such. Refer to
Figure D.2-1.

D.2.2 Operator-type equipment positions (workstations) should be grounded in


accordance with T1.321-1995 Electrical Protection for Network Operator-type
Equipment Positions.

D.2.3 Electrical disturbances may appear at operator-type equipment positions arising


either from electrostatic discharge (ESD), or from sources that are internal or external to
the building such as lightning or ac power disturbances.

Standard T1.321-1995 Electrical Protection for Network Operator-type Equipment


Positions covers new installations of network operator-type equipment positions in which
personnel are required to access a computer terminal keyboard while continually
wearing a headset. This standard presents measures that are intended to help to
control ESD in the network operator-type environment. Standard T1.321 also presents
additional measures that are intended to help minimize the effects of lightning, surges
from commercial ac power lines, and power switching operations, both at the facility
(building) level and at the network operator-type equipment position. These measures
provide for equipotential bonding and grounding at the TEF and the power entrance
facility (PEF), as well as for equipotential bonding and grounding, where necessary, and
electrical protection at the network operator-type equipment positions. Although

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standard T1.321 deals specifically with network locations, the measures outlined in the
standard are applicable to non-network installations, as well as at existing installations.

D.2.4 The electrical protection measures included in standard T1.321 are intended to
minimize potential differences at the network operator-type equipment position (work
station) but are not intended to guarantee against damage or injury that may result from
ESD or other similar occurrences.

D.2.5 General electrical safety and protection requirements that may be applied to work
areas are contained in the NEC.

ACEG provided in
supply cords.

branch circuit outlet box

Video
Electrical External surge
closet protective device

Processor/
Telecommunications controller
Room
Headset
Equipment interface

Position bonding
TGB terminal
External
secondary
Telecommunications protector unit
Room Bond to
furniture
TBB
Bond to
building steel
Electrical
service Telecommunications
entrance entrance facility

TC equipment
TMGB

Bonding conductor
for telecommunications

Metal Frame of Building

Fig.D.2-1 Electrical protection for operator-type equipment positions

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Annex E (informative)

References

E.1 ANSI/IEEE 1100 Recommended Practice for Power and Grounding Sensitive
Electronic Equipment in Industrial and Commercial Power Systems (also known as IEEE
Emerald Book), Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

E.2 BICSI Telecommunications Distribution Methods Manual, BICSI.

E.3 EIA EP-7B, Style Manual for Standards and Publications, Electronic Industries
Association.

E.4 T1.313-1998 Electrical Protection for Telecommunications Central Offices


and Similar Type Facilities

E.5 CSA-T529-M91, Design Guidelines for Telecommunications Wiring Systems in


Commercial Buildings;

E.6 CSA-T530-M90, Building Facilities, Design Guidelines for Telecommunications;

E.7 CSA-T528-M93, Building Facilities and Wiring/Cabling for Telecommunications,


Design Guidelines for Administration.

E.8 The National Communications System (NCS), Technical Information Bulletin (TIB)
92.15, Grounding and Bonding for Commercial and Government Buildings Conforming
to Telecommunications Infrastructure Standards - A Background Report.

E.9 MIL-STD-188-124B, Military Standard Grounding, Bonding and Shielding.

E.10 Military Handbook 419A, Grounding, Bonding, and Shielding for Electronic
Equipment and Facilities, Volumes 1 & 2.

E.11 T1.318-1999 Electrical Protection Applied to Telecommunications Network


Plant at Entrances to Customer Structures or Buildings.

E.12 International Special Committee on Radio Interference (CISPR) Publication 22.

E.13 T1.321-1995 (R 2000) Electrical Protection for Network Operator-type


Equipment Positions.

E.14 ANSI/NPFA-780-1997 Standard for the Installation of Lightning Protection


Systems

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For additional information about references, contact the respective organizations at the
following addresses:

ANSI American National Standards Institute


430 Broadway
New York, NY 10018 USA
(212) 642-4900

ATIS Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions


1200 G Street, NW
Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202)628-6380

BICSI BICSI
8610 Hidden River Pkwy.
Tampa, FL 33637-1000 USA
(813) 979-1991

EIA Electronic Industry Alliance


2500 Wilson Blvd., Suite 400
Arlington, VA 22201 USA
(703) 907-7500

IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers


445 Hoes Lane
PO Box 1331
Piscataway, NJ 08855-1331 USA
(800) 678 IEEE

NFPA National Fire Protection Association


1 Batterymarch Park
Quincy, MA 02269 USA

TIA Telecommunications Industry Association


2500 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201 USA
(703) 907-7706

UL Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.


333 Pfingsten Road
Northbrook, IL 60062 USA
(847) 272-8800

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