Recent establishment of a regional office in Canberra improves access to ICC-ES services for stakeholders in Australia, New Zealand, and the southern Indo-Pacific region.
Brea, CA – ICC Evaluation Service and the ICC Family of Solutions have announced the establishment of its Oceania regional office in Canberra, Australia, led by Neil Savery, Managing Director of ICC Oceania. The regional office brings the diverse services, skills, and expertise of ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) to address unmet needs in the region. ICC-ES will work jointly with ICC’s family of solutions to help promote building safety through collaboration with local authorities and the provision of solutions for practitioners within the building sector in Australia and New Zealand.
The scope of service of ICC-ES includes accreditations for product evaluation to the Australian and New Zealand building codes, which enables the use of Evaluation Service Reports (referred to as Evaluation Service Appraisal reports in the Oceania markets) as evidence of compliance with the Australian National Construction Code and the New Zealand Building Code. Additionally, ICC-ES is a JASANZ (Joint Accreditation Service of Australia and New Zealand) accredited Conformity Assessment Body for the WaterMark Certification Scheme, to serve plumbing product manufacturers marketing their products in Australia and recognized in New Zealand.
“Having a physical presence in the region allows for closer engagement with the regulatory authorities, manufacturers, design specifiers, and building officials and enables us to bring ICC conformity assessment solutions to markets that need them,” said Shahin Moinian, P.E., Executive Vice President of the ICC Conformity Assessment Group. “At ICC-ES, we believe that what we do helps save lives, and our work provides this benefit in Australia and New Zealand just as much as it does in the United States.”
“The product certifications and expert opinions available from ICC-ES have the potential to reframe the system under which innovative products and designs are assessed both in Australia and New Zealand,” said Savery. “In addition, the solutions and expertise available from the ICC family of solutions have the potential to make a huge impact in Australia, which is experiencing regulatory reform following a series of high-profile building failures.”
Savery comes to ICC Oceania from the Australian Building Codes Board, where he served as Chief Executive Officer for nine years. “His deep knowledge of the building regulations and stakeholders in Australia coupled with his passion to improve building safety will greatly benefit our partners in the region,” said ICC CEO Dominic Sims, CBO.
For more information about how to show compliance to local codes with an Evaluation Service Appraisal report and to learn more about the ICC family of solutions in the Oceania region, visit www.iccsafe.org/oceania.
ICC-ES is the 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 worldwide, including the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and the MENA region. ICC-ES is a member of the ICC family of solutions.
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