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BRINC BP Announces ICC-ES Approval for ThermalBuck

BRINC Building Products, Inc. is proud to announce the publication of the International Code Council Evaluation Services, LLC (ICC-ES) Evaluation Report ESR-3753 for ThermalBuck, Division: 07 00 00 – THERMAL and MOISTURE PROTECTION, Section: 07 21 00 – Thermal Insulation. The properties evaluated by the ICC-ES are as follows:

  • Thermal Resistance (R-value)
  • Surface-Burning Characteristics
  • Physical Properties

The completed evaluation report for BRINC BP confirms that ThermalBuck complies with the thermal insulation requirements of the following codes:

  • 2015, 2012 and 2009 International Building Code® (IBC)
  • 2015, 2012 and 2009 International Residential Code® (IRC)
  • 2015, 2012, and 2009 International Energy Conservation Code® (IECC)

This confirmation, as evidenced in ICC-ES Evaluation Report ESR-3753, provides guidance and assurance to code officials, architects, builders, and energy consultants that ThermalBuck will perform effectively as thermal insulation under the applicable codes.

“ThermalBuck’s innovative design provides a simple, energy-efficient solution for the challenge of installing windows with continuous insulation, and limits thermal bridging in the building envelope.”

-John Brooks, President of BRINC BP

The ICC-ESR provides third-party verification that individual products meet the rigorous requirements of the International Codes.  The ICC-ESR Evaluation Report is confirmed evidence of a product’s code compliance, as well as a summary of relevant installation requirements and testing references. ICC-ES is an independent subsidiary of the ICC, which was developed in 2003 when four national building product evaluation services combined forces to provide consistent, professional evaluation of building components, products, methods, and materials.

Code is Not a Four-Letter Word…

One thing you realize pretty quickly while researching building codes, is that there is a lot more information out there, than there is time to read it.

ICC – International Code Council

The starting point for all building code information is the ICC, International Code Council, whose mission is: to provide the highest quality codes, standards, products and services for all concerned with the safety and performance of the built environment. 

The ICC develops the most comprehensive guide to building safety and fire codes used across the U.S. Each individual state operates uniquely in their legislative process to adopt codes, and code adoption isn’t necessarily statewide. Local governments can make their own decisions, and states can pick and choose what sections they want to adopt, change, or remove completely. Wondering how it works in your state?  Start with this code adoption process by state link.

International Code Adoption by State

The next logical step is to find out which codes they adopted through their process. Start with the  International Codes-Adoption by State chart (updated May 2016), which lists each of the states and U.S. territories, and which codes they have adopted. Energy code, residential code, mechanical code – you name it. If it’s related to building, it’s regulated, and it’s on this list.

Once you know which version of the code the state has accepted, the nitty-gritty research begins. Detailed publications for each state are available for purchase through the ICC. They also have a great feature called “toolkits“, which offers federal, state, and local overviews. A link called “Who to Call?” lists each state’s Chapters, Board Liaisons, and Government Relations Representative.

Which Codes Matter?

Of course the short answer is – all of them.  But it really depends on what answers you’re looking for. Read more