ICC-ES Includes Environmental Performance as an “Added Value”

ICC-ES Includes Environmental Performance as an “Added Value”
Increasing demand for sustainable construction is leading more building product manufacturers to
seek independent verification of the sustainable features of their products.
“Green building is shifting from voluntary standards to mandatory codes,” ICC-ES Director of
Environmental Programs Rob Brooks said. “Code officials rely on independent verification of product
attributes to substantiate compliance to the code—whether it’s structural, fire, mechanical, plumbing or
environmental performance. We are seeing report holders add environmental performance to their
existing reports as an added value feature.”
The ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) addresses this need by evaluating the sustainable attributes of
building products to verify compliance eligibility based on the most widely accepted green building
codes, standards, guidelines and green rating systems. During the product evaluation, ICC-ES reviews
the production process to verify it meets specific sustainability targets. Where applicable, the report
includes a matrix of the product’s eligibility with green building codes, standards, guidelines and green
rating systems.
ICC-ES recently issued reports to Angelus Block Company (VAR-1018), Boise Cascade (VAR-
1017), Onduline S.A. (VAR-1016), Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies (AERT) (VAR-
1015) and Orco Block Company (VAR-1014).
A nonprofit, limited liability company, ICC-ES is the United States’ leading evaluation service for innovative
building materials, components and systems. The ICC-ES Evaluation Reports and PMG Listing Program provide
evidence that products and systems meet requirements in codes and standards. The ICC-ES SAVE Program
provides manufacturers with verification that their products meet specific sustainability targets defined by today’s
codes, standards and green rating systems. The program also takes into account codes such as the International
Green Construction Code® (IgCC®) and the California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen). ICC-ES is a
subsidiary of the International Code Council.
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