Is Your Building Product Compliant with Current Building Codes?
All building products should have proper certification by a recognized agency such as the International Code Council (ICC). This certification allows building officials (permitting, inspectors, etc.) to be sure that the correct type of products are being used on a construction project. Agencies such as the ICC review third party testing to assure building products are compliant with the current building code. The certification will reference either the International Building Code (IBC) or International Residential Code (IRC). ICC requires annual renewal of certification and quarterly quality control audits.
It is not enough that a building products company has conducted third party testing-always confirm that the third party test results have been certified by a recognized agency such as the ICC.
In the case of CeDUR, our ICC approval is ESR 3838.
Background on the International Code Council (ICC)
ICC-ES came into being on February 1, 2003, when America's four building-product evaluation services officially combined their operations. The four "legacy" evaluation services that came together to form ICC-ES were the National Evaluation Service, Inc.; BOCAI Evaluation Services; ICBO Evaluation Service, Inc.; and SBCCI Public Service Testing and Evaluation Services, Inc. Through the legacy evaluation services, ICC-ES has a history that goes back more than 80 years.
ICC-ES is a nonprofit, limited liability company that does technical evaluations of building products, components, methods, and materials. The evaluation process culminates with the issuance of technical reports that, because they directly address the issue of code compliance, are extremely useful to both regulatory agencies and building-product manufacturers. Agencies use evaluation reports to help determine code compliance and enforce building regulations; manufacturers use reports as evidence that their products (and this is especially important if the products are new and innovative) meet code requirements and warrant regulatory approval. ICC-ES evaluation reports are public documents, available free of charge on the worldwide Web, not only to building regulators and manufacturers, but also to contractors, specifiers, architects, engineers, and anyone else with an interest in the building industry. All of these people look to ICC-ES evaluation reports for evidence that products and systems are code-compliant.
ICC-ES employs highly experienced evaluation specialists, licensed architects, and professional engineers with expertise in such specialized fields as civil, structural, fire protection, and mechanical engineering. Collectively, the ICC-ES technical staff has literally centuries of experience in evaluating construction products and technology.
The report process begins when a company submits an application for an evaluation report. The application is normally submitted with supporting data such as product information and test reports, along with appropriate fees to cover the cost of the evaluation. Once the application is received, ICC-ES assigns a member of its technical staff to evaluate the data and work with the applicant to make sure compliance is proven, before a report is issued, with either the building code or an ICC-ES acceptance criteria. (The latter documents are approved by an ICC-ES Evaluation Committee that is made up of building officials from across the United States.) Once the applicant has satisfactorily answered all questions raised by ICC-ES staff, and has fulfilled other applicable requirements, an evaluation report is issued and posted on the ICC-ES website—where it may be referenced by thousands of building departments and other interested parties.
New reports are issued for one year, after which they may be renewed at one- or two-year intervals, depending on the applicant's preference. Of course, report holders can apply at any time to have their reports revised.
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