CARY, NC -- Ply Gem Stone announced that its manufactured stone and brick products received evaluation report (ESR-3170) from ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES), providing evidence that its products are code compliant for the building industry. Building officials, architects, contractors, specifiers, designers and others utilize the ICC-ES Evaluation Reports to provide a basis for using or approving products in construction projects following the International Building Code(R) (IBC) and International Residential Code® (IRC).
ICC-ES thoroughly examined Ply Gem Stone's product information, test reports, calculations, quality control methods and other factors to ensure the product is code compliant. Through evaluation report ESR-3170, Ply Gem Stone manufactured stone and brick products were assessed for specific criteria including veneer composition, strength, durability and installation.
"Earning ICC-ES evaluation on Ply Gem Stone products is a testament to our efforts of providing superior products to the home building and remodeling industry," said David Barrett, president, Ply Gem Stone. "With an ICC-ES Evaluation Report customers can rest assured that they are working with some of the highest quality stone and brick veneer products on the market."
Ply Gem Stone, which offers an assortment of manufactured stone and brick veneers in nine styles, is one of many Ply Gem cladding products to be ICC-ES evaluated. Vinyl and aluminum siding from Ply Gem's siding group brands have also been issued ICC-ES evaluation reports, available at http://www.icc-es.org/Evaluation_Reports/index.shtml. For a low maintenance, code compliant exterior, Ply Gem Stone products can be combined with Ply Gem siding products for a mixed material look through The Designed Exterior by Ply Gem. On www.designedexterior.com, builders, contractors, architects and homeowners can find inspirational visuals for architecturally-inspired stone veneer applications.
ICC-ES President Mark Johnson explains why ICC-ES Evaluation Reports are so important. "Ply Gem Stone can now reference the evaluation report to ensure building officials and the building industry that the product meets I-Code requirements," Johnson said. "Building departments have a long history of using evaluation reports, and ICC-ES operates as a technical resource for the building department. Final approval of building products is always in the hands of the local regulatory agency."
ICC-ES is the United States' leading source of technical information on building products and building technology for code compliance. A nonprofit, limited liability company, ICC-ES performs technical evaluations of building products, components, methods and materials. The evaluation process culminates with the issuance of reports on compliance with the major U.S. building codes, which are available at www.icc-es.org.
ICC-ES is a subsidiary of the International Code Council, a membership association dedicated to building safety and fire prevention that develops the codes used to construct residential and commercial buildings, including homes and schools. Most U.S. cities, counties and states that adopt codes choose the International Codes developed by the International Code Council.
For more information on ICC-ES, visit http://www.icc-es.org. For more information on Ply Gem Stone products, visit www.plygemstone.com.