PATH - A Public Private Partnership for Advancing Housing Technology
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The building regulatory system in the United States can be very complicated and difficult to negotiate for anyone not intimately familiar with the process. PATH collaborates with the International Code Council (ICC) Evaluation Service, the ICC-ES, to help manufacturers address the issue of building code compliance.
The ICC-ES was established February 1, 2003, from a consolidation of the National Evaluation Service, ICBO Evaluation Service, SBCCI Public Safety Testing and Evaluation Services, and BOCAI evaluation services. PATH previously collaborated with NES, which was an independent, nonprofit organization that conducted a voluntary and advisory program for evaluation of building materials, products, and systems with respect to U.S. building codes.
International Code Council (ICC) - International Building Code and international residential code. The founders of the ICC are Building Officials and Code Administrators International, Inc. (BOCA), International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO), and Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc. (SBCCI).
The Evaluation Service has in development the following services in support of PATH and offers many other services in support of new technology acceptance:
The Technical Assistance Program assists building product manufacturers in understanding and addressing issues related to code compliance and acceptance early in the product development cycle.
Protocol for Durability Assessment of Building Products and Systems is an evaluation protocol that can guide the determination and statement of durability-related findings for both building products and assemblies of products.
Protocol for Insulating Concrete Form (ICF) will help manufacturers of ICF technology prepare for an evaluation of their technology, if they so choose, by the NES with respect to U.S. model building codes.
Protocol for Structural Insulated Panel (SIP) will help determine the acceptability of various SIP products in meeting building construction regulations and other issues that are important to the performance and acceptance of SIP technology. Development is underway with a draft expected in early 2002.
Introduction to U.S. Building Code Process describes the development, adoption, and implementation of building codes and standards. The document also describes how building technology research and development efforts are undertaken with a discussion on the integration of the two processes to facilitate the more timely introduction and use of new building technology. Availability is scheduled for 2002.
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Washington, DC 20410-0001
Content updated on 10/16/2003
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