C+S March 2020 Vol. 6 Issue 3 (web)

About ICC-ES ICC-ES Evaluation Reports (ESRs), Building Product Listings and PMGListings provide evidence that products and systems meet require- ments of codes and technical standards. The ICC-ES Environmental Programs issue VAR environmental reports that verify a product meets specific sustainability targets defined by today’s codes, standards, green rating systems, and ICC-ES Environmental criteria. The Envi- ronmental Programs now offer Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), to meet global market demand for science-based, transparent, quality-assured information about a product’s environmental perfor- mance. ICC-ES is a member of the International Code Council Family of Companies. For more information, please visit www.icc-es.org. About DIBt DIBt is the German approval body for non-regulated construction products and techniques. As a provider of services and public func- tions, DIBt fulfills a large range of technical and regulatory tasks in the field of construction. These include, among others, granting national technical approvals, issuing European Technical Assessments (ETAs), granting structural design type approvals, recognizing and notifying independent third-party bodies as well as performing market surveil- lance responsibilities. DIBt is also mandated to prepare and publish the official Technical Building Rules and to keep them up-to-date. Learn more at www.dibt.de. About the International Code Council The International Code Council is a member-focused association dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global mar- kets choose the International Codes. WILLIAM GOULD, P.E., CDT, CCCA is a licensed Civil Engineer with 30 years of technical, management and leadership experience. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is a Certified Construction Document Technologist (CDT) and Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA). Bill is active within the engineering community and serves on a number of industry technical commit- tees, including AISI, APA and ASTM. He is currently the Senior Vice President of Engineering & Technical Services at ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES), a subsidiary of the International Code Council (ICC).

The primary purpose of ICC-ES evaluation reports is to provide build- ing code officials with evidence of code compliance in accordance with Section 104.11 of the IBC. The primary benefit of ICC-ES evaluation reports to the manufacturer is to facilitate approval of their products by local building code officials. Evaluation reports, listings and approv- als thus indirectly help the manufacturers grow their business through recognition under the IBC. Evaluation reports also provide peace of mind to design professionals that the product has been independently reviewed by an ISO/IEC 17065 accredited conformity assessment body with expertise in evaluating the specific product. A lot of work goes on behind the scenes in development of an AC from the manufac- turer, ICC-ES staff and other interested parties including the proponent manufacturer. As part of the ICC-ES evaluation process, surveillance inspections of the product manufacturing are also done for the life of the evaluation report. This ensures continuous compliance of the prod- uct with the ICC-ES AC and IBC requirements. “We are very proud to be part of this alliance of evaluation experts, working collaboratively to help reduce any code conformity issues manufacturers may face, in both the United States and Europe,” said ICC-ES President Shahin Moinian, P.E. “Together, we will increase efficiency in product evalu- ation and testing.” The collaboration between ICC-ES and DIBt is unique. It has allowed for sharing of manufacturer test data and associated analyses in order to establish compliance with the ICC-ES AC and EAD simultaneously. HALFEN was able to obtain an ESR and ETA under a unified testing and analysis program through the cooperative effort of ICC-ES and DIBt. In the end, the process was very efficient saving both time and money. Other manufacturers seeking evaluation reports for compliance with the I-codes can work directly with ICC-ES as usual if they intend to market and sell their products in the U.S. If manufacturers also want to obtain an ETA to increase their global market reach, the MOU be- tween ICC-ES and DIBt allows for a collaborative project with both evaluation agencies, streamlining the process for dual certifications in the U.S. and Europe. Manufacturers interested in applying for an ICC-ES evaluation report may contact Michael Temesvary, P.E. at (800)423-6587 ext. 3877 mtemesvary@icc-es.org.


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