Adding to the long list of benefits of having an Evaluation Service Report (ESR), manufacturers can now also use ICC-ES ESRs to facilitate market entry in Australia.
ESRs produced by ICC-ES can be considered by authorities having jurisdiction in Australia, at their discretion, as achieving evidence of suitability under provision A5.2 in National Construction Code (NCC). ESRs are similar to European Technical Assessments (ETAs) which the Australian Engineered Fastener and Anchor Council (AEFAC) accepts for performance-based design.
The NCC provides the minimum necessary requirements for safety, health, amenity and sustainability in the design and construction of new buildings (and new building work in existing buildings) throughout Australia. Fundamentals of the International Building Code (used in the U.S) are aligned with requirements of the NCC, allowing for a synchronized evaluation process.
As a subsidiary of the International Code Council, the ICC-ES Building Product Evaluation Program is backed by the knowledge and expertise of the Code Council’s industry alliances. In addition to Australia and New Zealand’s certification, ICC-ES also offers a full range of certification activities for both the United States and Canada. For more information about this program, contact Qiaoli Meng, ICC-ES PMG Staff Engineer at 1-800-423-6587, ext. 3777, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.