NFPA presents the 2022 Richard G. Biermann Award to Michael Johnston

June 6, 2022 – Each year at its annual Conference & Expo®, the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) presents a series of awards recognizing outstanding achievements in the industry. This year, Michael Johnston, the executive director of codes, standards, and safety at the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), received the Richard G. Biermann Award

Created in honor of Richard G. Biermann, former chair of the National Electrical Code® (NEC®) Correlating Committee, the award recognizes an outstanding volunteer who has demonstrated a commitment to actively contributing to the advancement of the NEC by furthering its development and/or promoting its implementation.

 Johnston is responsible for managing the codes, standards, and safety functions for NECA and is secretary of the NECA Codes and Standards Committee. His career includes work as a journeyman electrician, general foreman, and supervisor on residential, commercial, and industrial projects.

Johnston is immediate past chair and currently principal member of the NEC® Correlating Committee while continuing to serve as an active member of the NFPA Standards Council. He is also a member of and immediate past chair of the NFPA Electrical Section. Johnston holds a degree in business management from the University of Phoenix.

All NFPA 2022 award honorees received recognition at the NFPA Stars at Night gala, celebrating the brightest stars in fire and life safety. 

For this release and other announcements about NFPA initiatives, research and resources, please visit the NFPA press room.

Photo is available; please contact 

NFPA: 125 Years of Protecting People and Property
The National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) is a global self-funded nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property, and economic loss due to fire, electrical, and related hazards. The association began its work to solve the fire problem in a young, industrialized nation in 1896 and has since become a global force known for advancing safety worldwide. NFPA delivers information and knowledge through more than 325 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach, and advocacy, and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission. NFPA will formally celebrate its 125th anniversary at its Conference & Expo in Boston on June 6 – 9, 2022. For more information or to view NFPA codes and standards for free, visit

Contact: Lorraine Carli, Public Affairs Office: +1 617 984-7275