The International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) and APA - The Engineered Wood Association have published the first Joint Evaluation Report for engineered wood products. ESR-1301 demonstrates LP SmartSide® Precision Lap Siding and LP SmartSide Precision Panel Siding's compliance with major model building codes and evaluates the products' properties for exterior siding and structural uses.
Joint Evaluation Reports provide engineered wood manufacturers with an efficient way to apply for technical evaluations with both ICC-ES and APA. The reports combine the strengths of ICCES Evaluation Service Reports (ESR) and APA Product Reports (PR), which have both been widely accepted by building officials and regulators in the U.S.
"This partnership between ICC-ES and APA provides a direct path for recognition of engineered wood products for code acceptance," said Kurt Stochlia, ICC-ES Vice President of External Affairs. "Joint Evaluation Reports are a good example of how these two organizations are working together to provide clear, concise information to building officials and the design community."
The joint reports will serve as an alternative to the current product evaluation system being used by many engineered wood product manufacturers. Previously, products were evaluated separately by ICC-ES and APA, resulting in individual ESR and Product Reports.
"We are very pleased to reach agreement with ICC-ES in eliminating duplication of efforts between the ICC-ES ESR and APA Product Report," said BJ Yeh, APA Director of Technical Services. "These Joint Evaluation Reports will enhance the value of both organizations to building officials, designers, and manufacturers by providing consolidated product evaluation information in accordance with the building codes."
Both ICC-ES and APA are certification bodies accredited under International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards. APA is also recognized as a National Standards Developer accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), an accredited inspection agency, and an accredited testing laboratory.
Joint Evaluation Reports are available for free download from www.icc-es.org and www.apawood.org.
A nonprofit, limited liability company, ICC-ES is the United States' leading evaluation service for innovative building materials, components and systems. ICC-ES Evaluation Reports (ESRs), Building Product Listings and PMG Listings provide evidence that products and systems meet requirements 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 Environmental Programs now offer Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) to meet global market demand for science-based, transparent, quality-assured information about a product's environmental performance. ICC-ES is a subsidiary of the International Code Council® (ICC®). For more information, please visit www.icc-es.org.
APA is a leading independent third-party certification body that certifies engineered wood products and systems to recognized standards. The APA mark is recognized and accepted by manufacturers, architects, specifiers and building officials worldwide. The product certification function of APA is accredited in the United States and Canada by International Accreditation Service, Inc. and the Standards Council of Canada, respectively, among others. For more information, please visit www.apawood.org.