Three Reasons Why You Should Specify Mezzanine Flooring Panels Backed by an Independent Validation Report
Not all construction products are created equal. That's why jurisdictions throughout the United States and Canada rely on standards, such as the International Building Code (IBC), International Residential Code (IRC) and UL Fire-Resistance Ratings, when evaluating a proposed structure during the permitting process.
But with hundreds of thousands of construction materials and products available in the market, it's simply not possible for each of these standards to include them all in their documentation. That's why independent organizations—like the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) provide third-party validation that products such as ResinDek® composite engineered wood flooring panels meet these requirements.
IAPMO's Uniform Evaluation Service (UES) (itself accredited by ANSI) evaluates a product's suitability for use in Types I-V construction and as part of a fire-resistance rated assembly when properly installed. The evaluation includes a review of the material's physical, structural, surface burning, fire-resistance and ignition properties, then documents it in a single report that is easy for building officials to reference.
But what does this mean for you when your next project includes installing flooring panels over corrugated metal in a mezzanine, industrial work or equipment platform, pick module or self-storage facility?
There are three key reasons why it matters if the flooring is backed by an independent validation report:
- Time Savings. Having readily-available documentation from an organization that is widely known and trusted by code officials saves time in the permitting process. If a building official is not familiar with a product, a document such as IAPMO's UES Report provides a single resource that that details all the relevant testing data, as well as lists all the requirements for code acceptance.
- One-Stop Verification of Code Compliance. In addition to serving as an independent validator of all third-party testing conducted on a product like ResinDek, these reports quickly and concisely document all the qualifying supporting data that building officials need to ensure that the product satisfies—or is equivalent to—specific building code and fire resistance requirements. A building official does not have to search for or review multiple sources, meaning fewer hold ups in the permitting process.
- Confirmation of Continued Validity. Reputable third-party evaluation service providers, like IAPMO, require an annual audit be performed on each issued report. This renewal practice ensures that the product in question continues to meet the same codes and standards. It also offers the manufacturer an opportunity to add new results from additional fire and impact testing on both existing and new products. That assures building officials that they are reviewing the most up-to-date information.
For all these reasons, ResinDek has been evaluated and verified in a UES Report from IAPMO. The report is currently available in two versions: one each for the United States and Canada. Both can be accessed, here. Have questions, or want to know more about ResinDek engineered flooring panels? Call us at 513.722.5560.
Posted on November 14, 2019