May 23, 2012, Glenview, IL - A new white paper from the Metal Construction Association (MCA) addresses how the architect or designer can be assured that construction products for their building project meet established performance and safety standards. The one-page "Does Your Delivered Building Material Actually Meet Code Requirements?" is available as a pdf document at no charge on the MCA website.
The paper describes the three most common approaches for assuring that the product does meet all the requirements: test reports, specific test listing/labeling reports and model building code listing/labeling reports. The white paper was written by members of the MCA's Metal Composite Material Fabricator Council and includes a chart to simplify the three approaches discussed.
"We thought this white paper was important to produce, since many of the test reports typically given in the field were being misused, " said Bill Yannetti, senior manager technical service with Mitsubishi Plastics Composites America, Inc. and a MCA member. "As responsible manufacturers, we needed to take it one step further. With the code listing being the responsibility of the architects or designer, we wanted to educate this group that they should demand that their supplier has proof that the product tested is the one that was bought and that it actually meets all the requirements."
A complete list and description of MCA's highly respected technical materials, including this white paper, are available at www.metalconstruction.org/pubs/. Most documents are downloadable free from the site.
About the Metal Construction Association
The Metal Construction Association brings together a diverse industry for the purpose of expanding the use of metal in construction through marketing, research and technology and education. Companies involved in MCA gain tremendous benefit from association activities that focus on research, codes and standards, market development, and technical programs. Driving MCA's market development efforts is The Metal Initiative (www.themetalinitiative.com), which is a program to increase the use of metal materials in construction through the education of the building and design communities about the benefits of metal.
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