ICC Evaluation Service, Inc. (ICC-ES), a subsidiary of the International Code Council (ICC), provides technical evaluation of building products, components, methods, and materials. STANDARD DIRECTIONS Ecolite looked to ICC-ES to verify that its composite steel stud and concrete shell wall panels met building code requirements for quality, strength, effectiveness, safety, durability, and fire resistance (Fig. 1).
evaluation Service Helps innovative Products enter Market ecolite Concrete turns to iCC evaluation Service, inc., to demonstrate code compliance by marion maguire A lthough building green is foremost in the minds of many people, code professionals are responsible for ensuring that sustainable products are up to code and worked with Ecolite to develop Acceptance Criteria 282, “Acceptance Criteria for Thin Shell, Cementitious-Coated, Cold-Formed Steel Stud Wall Panels,”1 which was used to meet the same requirements for strength, reliability, and conduct an objective evaluation of its product. The longevity as more conventional solutions. When Ecolite Acceptance Criteria documents are approved by an ICC-ES Concrete USA, Inc. (Ecolite) developed Ecolite’s stud- Evaluation Committee made up of building officials from framed lightweight concrete wall panels, it knew that the across the U.S. Then, ICC-ES staff evaluated and verified product was an alternative to what is covered by the the data developed for Ecolite by an independent test lab code. Because the panels could not be designed using to ensure that it met the criteria. The end result was prescriptive code requirements alone, performance was evaluation report ESR-12592 that verified compliance. based purely on manufacturer studies. ICC Evaluation Service, Inc. (ICC-ES), a subsidiary of the International Code Council® (ICC®), provides technical evaluation of building products, components, methods, and materials. The organization helps manufacturers such as Ecolite by developing the acceptance criteria that a product must meet to be considered a product that meets the intent of the code. After tests or calculations are performed by a third party to demonstrate that the product meets the acceptance criteria, the organization reviews the information and writes a report stating whether the pr
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