Use ICC Evaluation Services' Evaluation Reports for Broader Acceptance

posted Dec 27, 2012, 3:03 PM by TimberLogic LLC   [ updated Jan 6, 2013, 8:34 AM ]

ICC Evaluation Services (www.icc-es.org)

One way to improve the ability of your building product or system to gain approvals through building departments is to follow the Acceptance Criteria (AC) developed by ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES).  The various AC’s generally follow ANSI consensus procedures and incorporated contributions from ICC-ES staff, industry participants, and other experts.  These reports not only help building officials understand building methods and materials, but they support acceptance by design professionals and other organizations that use the product.

While there are a couple of competitive organizations (e.g., IAMPO, Architectural Testing) that provide similar services, Rob’s affiliation and experience with ICC has been fruitful in producing quality results.  As a member of the ICC-ES Advisory Committee, Rob also has participated in efforts to improve the services of ICC-ES. 

Examples of the results produced by the TimberLogic team (Rob, Ed and Alex) include AC233, Alternate Dowel-type Threaded Fasteners that has led to OMG/FastenMaster’s ESR-1078 and its updates.

Just as in the evaluation of a green certification, quality assurance is extremely important in this process.  One of the single most expensive elements of a submittal for an evaluation report can be the Quality Assurance Program.  The ICC-ES AC for quality control programs is clear and very detailed.  The importance of a third-party verification and enforcement of an on-going quality control program is required to insure that the evaluation report reflects performance of the product that is manufactured.  Changes made to the product without due process through the Quality Assurance Program can void the report.