What is an ICC Evaluation Report and Why does it matter?
Generally an ICC Evaluation is a report that outlines how a specific product meets a set of building requirements. These reports are important because some products that claim to meet code requirements in fact do not. When an ICC Evalauation is avaiable you can be sure that the product has been throughly tested to ensure that it meets code requirements.
Who is the ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES)?
ICC-ES is a nonprofit, limited liability company that does technical evaluations of building products, components, methods, and materials. The evaluation process culminates with the issuance of technical reports that, because they directly address the issue of code compliance, are extremely useful to both regulatory agencies and building-product manufacturers. Agencies use evaluation reports to help determine code compliance and enforce building regulations; manufacturers use reports as evidence that their products ... meet code requirements and warrant regulatory approval. ICC-ES evaluation reports are public documents, available free of charge on the worldwide Web, not only to building regulators and manufacturers, but also to contractors, specifiers, architects, engineers, and anyone else with an interest in the building industry. All of these people look to ICC-ES evaluation reports for evidence that products and systems are code-compliant. (http://www.icc-es.org/Help/about.shtml)