California balcony/deck/ porch inspection law

“Now 15 percent of the load-bearing, exterior elements on apartment buildings and complexes with three or more units must be inspected every six years. Elements that must be inspected include balconies, decks, porches, stairs, walkways and entryways.”

By: Keith Burbank

POSTED: SEP 17 2018 10:19PM PDT

Gov. Brown signs balcony inspection law following deadly Berkeley collapse

By Bay City News Service, read the original story here.

Gov. Jerry Brown today signed a bill requiring inspections of apartment balconies, decks, outdoor stairs and elevated walkways to hopefully avoid deaths from collapses like the one in Berkeley in 2015.

At a birthday party in June 2015, six young people died when a fifth-story balcony collapsed, according to the office of state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, who co-authored the bill, Senate Bill 721.

An investigation revealed the balcony had been poorly sealed and became infested with dry rot and the builder had a history of lawsuits related to construction defects, Hill’s office said.

Now 15 percent of the load-bearing, exterior elements on apartment buildings and complexes with three or more units must be inspected every six years. 

Elements that must be inspected include balconies, decks, porches, stairs, walkways and entryways.

Those elements must be inspected if they extend beyond the building’s exterior walls and are six or more feet above the ground and get stability and support from wood or wood-based products. 

State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, was the other author of the bill. 

Read the bill here

What you should know about the 2018 National+ Deck Competition.

BUILDERS. MANUFACTURERS. SALES REPRESENTATIVES. LUMBERYARDS & DEALERS. THIS IS FOR YOU. 

The National+ Deck Competition has evolved over the years. As the association board of directors thought about the 9th annual Deck Competition, they reviewed the competition categories & with consideration to all membership categories, developed a few NEW project categories for members. Here is what you should know: 

DEADLINE TO ENTER: SEPTEMBER 10T, 2018 11:59PM EDT

EARLY BIRD RATE: ENDS AUGUST 27, 2018 11:59PM EDT

MANUFACTURERS: Must be a current member of NADRA

Manufacturer Category: Manufacturer members of wood and alternative decking materials, railing, fasteners, lighting, accessories, etc. The manufacturer member must enter the competition, not the builder. The builder must be a current member of NADRA. Projects may include residential or commercial projects. No price limit.

Associated fees: $150 before 8/28/18   /  $200 after 8/27/18

*Become a Sponsor of the 2018 National+ Deck Competition before September 1st. Learn more here

DEALERS / LUMBERYARDS: Must be a current member of NADRA

The Greatest Showroom: The Greatest Showroom is intended for lumberyards and dealers. This is an opportunity to showcase your over and under 3,000 sqft showroom displaying outdoor living products. Must include materials in the outdoor living industry, including decking or docks.

Associated fees: $100 before 8/28/18 / $150 after 8/27/18

BUILDERS / ARCHITECTS:  Must be a current member of NADRA

  • Wood Deck Under $25k: includes: Pressure Treated, Cedar, Redwood, Southern Pine, Ipe, Hardwoods, etc.
  • Alternative Deck Under $25k: includes: includes: cap-stock, composite, PVC, plastic, aluminum, vinyl, etc
  • Limitless Creation Under $25k: Any outdoor living project. Open to all materials. *If you have a spectacular project that has outstanding qualities that includes multiple categories, consider entering it into this category.
  • Wood Deck $25k – $50k
  • Alternative Deck $25k – $50k
  • Limitless Creation $25k – $50k
  • Wood Deck $50k – $100k
  • Alternative Deck $50k – $100k
  • Limitless Creation $50k – $100k
  • Wood Deck Over $100k
  • Alternative Deck Over $100k
  • Limitless Creation Over $100k
  • Open Porch: An open room attached to the outside of a house / building.
  • Closed Porch: An enclosed room attached to the outside of a house / building.
  • Dock: A structure extending alongshore or out from the shore into a body of water. Unique Feature: includes: fire pit, fireplace, pergola, pavilion, freestanding structure, underdecking, outdoor kitchen / bar, water feature, outdoor shower, etc.
  • Illumination: Projects that show the use of outdoor illumination of private gardens and public landscapes; for the enhancement and purposes of safety, nighttime aesthetics, accessibility, security, recreation and more.
  • Commercial Outdoor Living Project, to include a deck: Must be a commercial address such as a restaurant, boardwalk, Doctor’s Office, etc. * For builders only, not a category for Manufacturers.
  • Refurbished / Refinished Deck: Most of the existing framing, and the basic layout must be retained Staining of existing boards or new decking Before photo must be included as one of the photos uploaded

Associated fees: $75 before 8/28/18 / $125 after 8/27/18

NEW FOR 2018 – PROJECT PARTNERS: 

  • The idea behind this new category is to build camaraderie & support between all levels in the industry. If the “partners” agree to enter the project with you, they will pay their entry fee separately, and if it’s a winning project, during the awards ceremony – the entire team can walk up and each receive an award and recognition alongside you. 
  • A partner is defined as any NADRA member that was instrumental in a project entered into the 2018 National Deck Competition. 
  • A partner may be: 
    • A Manufacturer of: lighting, screws, framing, railing, footings, decking, underdecking, etc. 
    • Sales Representative
    • Dealer, Lumberyard
    • Architect / Builder / Designer
  • Upon entering the competition, a partner will select the “Partner Registration” category. 
  • The Builder must enter the National Deck Competition and provide partners with their “Project Name”. 
  • Upon entering the competition, a partner will include the “Project Name” that they are associated with. The entrant will be responsible for providing partners with their project name. This is a critical component of your entry. This is how NADRA HQ will identify your team. 
  • If the project wins a national award, the partners who entered alongside the entrant may walk up to receive their award and recognition during the awards dinner. 
  • All official partners will be recognized in NADRA news, blog, website, social media and various industry print and digital publications.

Become a Sponsor of the 2018 National+ Deck Competition before September 1st. Learn more here

To learn more about the competition, please download the Official Handbook 

NADRA CPAC Committee Chair presents at ISBBB 2018 Subtitle: The 15th International Symposium on Bioplastics

Biocomposites and Biorefining (ISBBB 2018) – Circular Economy for Bioproducts

I had the distinct honor to accept an invitation from the Wood Fiber Plastic Composite Committee (WPCC) to present to a global audience about NADRA CPAC and BrightClaim warranty claims solutions at the ISBBB 2018. http://isbbb.org/ This large group is made up of 100s of what I like to call “composite scientist/chiefs” who craft the cookbooks on how to make composite products for all types of applications – anything from compostable coffee pods, to lighter automotive parts, or even organic lights. Many have been working with composites since the 80s and early 90’s. These chefs carefully blend/bond/infuse recycled materials and biobased plastics. The result is less waste and competitive performing products. Let’s just call it Green Magic!

Attending my session on U.S. Composite Decking Products and role Warranties and NADRA CPAC were Scientists, manufactures, and academics, from multiples countries, including MFR producers in China.  The presentation reviewed the history of composite decking and the many challenges the U.S. composite decking market experienced with product performance. We then reviewed the resulting impact of slower growth and adoption when compared to other global markets. Multiple sources reporting that between only 15% to 20% of the decking currently sold in the U.S. is a type of composite. However, in other markets penetration rates are much higher, with one Canadian installer claiming that 90% of the decks they sell and install are composites. This same Canadian deck builder said the U.S. composite decking market lost about 10 years of growth due to warranty claims management issues. In fact, the China export market to Europe and North America saw a record breaking number in the year 2017, as mentioned by a lead from China. China composite decking production sales now exceeds North America’s.  Reviewing the prior current market place, the threat of regulation and how consumer’s demand a label to compare multiple products using a common and simple to understand way to compare product performance led the industry at large to appoint NADRA to create a Consumer Product Awareness Charter (CPAC). I presented the label’s testing methods and scale and I asked the general audience if they thought the CPAC label made sense to them as a way to helping grow sales and build more confidence in composite building products. The response was a resounding yes. Someone spoke-up saying  “CPAC’s

easy-to-understand label on key performances is a way to help composites sales in the U.S. and abroad.

Then I recapped about the importance of professional warranty claims management and some best practices and resulting benefits/rewards. Such as never leaving a customer with a claim wondering what comes next; the customer’s expectation can be exceeded and the problem de-escalated to appoint that brand credibility is actually strengthened. How carefully documenting of what product users, installers and sellers are saying and suggesting creates opportunities for innovation. The “Green Magic Chiefs” in the room totally got what I meant!

After the session, I was invited to attend an upcoming WPCC event in September, in China, to talk to multiple composite building product manufacturers about U.S. warranty claims

management and NADRA CPAC. I responded to questions about next steps of joining NADRA, CPAC and how NTA Inc. is currently testing multiple deck board products for the NADRA CPAC label that will be appearing in stores once testing is complete.

 

Andrew Clements

Chair, NADRA CPAC Committee

Exclusive Offer from NADRA – Composite Decking and Railing Industry Research Report

During the four months of 2018, Spectrum Consulting conducted research with the objective of providing clients with an extensive research report and overview of the composite decking and railing industry.  The information provided in the report details industry research from a variety of sources including in-depth interviews with leading distributors, suppliers and dealers.


Reports are offered by NADRA.

NADRA member companies receive a significant discount. A portion of revenues directly benefits NADRA.  Not a member or want more information? Call NADRA direct at:  215.679.4884



Marketplace Overview 

  • Size and growth of the market 2017/2016
  • 2018 forecast
  • Consumer trends
  • Decking overview
  • Market Segments in dollars sales
  • Estimated industry sales by region
  • Railing overview  (product types and trends)
  • Growth of the composite market in relation to Treated Lumber
  • Treated Lumber code change overview

Industry Supplier Overview      

  • Market share estimates by supplier
  •  Market place profile of the top three suppliers
  • Overview of second tier suppliers
  • The marketplace impact of contractor loyalty programs, distributor and dealer rebates
  • Challenges and opportunities for suppliers not among the top three

Status of the Two-Step Distributor Marketplace    

  • Key issue results from major distributor interviews
  • Distributor views of the decking and railing product category
  • Dealer brand loyalty
  • Distributor consolidation

The Home Center Marketplace and its Impact on the Industry    

  • Home center overview (Home Depot, Lowe’s, Menards)
  • The impact and implications of Home Center online sales and home site deliveries
  • The potential for Home Centers to grow sales at the expense of traditional lumberyards

BlueTarp Financial Releases Its 2018 1st Quarter  Building Supply Index

Index continues to hit all-time high, but delinquencies remain elevated

PORTLAND, ME – May 21, 2018 – BlueTarp Financial – the leading credit management company for B2B suppliers – released its Q1 2018 Building Supply Index. The Q1 2018 12-month trailing average, which accounts for seasonality, hit an all-time high at 130.66, up from 128.84 in Q4 2017.  The unadjusted view also remained high at 125.67 – a 5.6% increase from Q1 2017.

To interpret the index, values below 100 reflect recessionary or recovering performance.  Values above 100 reflect healthy economic activity.

Consumer confidence continues to be the main driver for the elevated index level, with that measure seeing an 8% increase from this time last year.

As a supplement to the Building Supply Index, BlueTarp conducts a quarterly survey of its contractors to gauge sentiment on the current and future state of the economy. Sixty percent of respondents expect the next 12-months to be “somewhat” or “significantly” improved. They are encouraged by an increase in jobs and customer spend, driven by consumer confidence, as well as proposed tax breaks for businesses.

“It’s clear from the index and survey, business is good,” said Scott Simpson, president and CEO of BlueTarp. “I’m a broken record on this, but delinquencies remain hovering at a level where a disruption will trigger a new wave of bad debt – beware.”

The report represents trends from 120,000 pro customers and more than 2,000 building material suppliers across the United States. It also incorporates macro-economic drivers including: building permits, construction spend and consumer confidence as reported monthly by the Census Bureau and The Conference Board.

Learn more at BlueTarp.com, or send them an inquiry through their NADRA member profile page HERE

Subscribe to additional content here. 

About BlueTarp Financial

BlueTarp Financial is a B2B credit management company serving more than 2,000 suppliers since 1998. BlueTarp pays suppliers upfront for their sales and protects them from credit risk so they can fund the growth of their business. Suppliers can customize their program by choosing to manage customer interactions as they do today, or select a full service option where BlueTarp handles customer service and collections. They can also grow sales with options for up to 90 day terms, credit lines up to $1M, and a loyalty rewards program. Learn more at BlueTarp.com, or send them an inquiry through their NADRA member profile page HERE

Kati Glidden
Marketing Manager
207.797.5900 x 9312
kglidden@bluetarp.com

Four Best Practices of A/R Automation That Cut Costs

My family has a clear, giant flower vase—I’m talking 2 feet high—that sits in the corner of the dining room. Every day, family members put any spare change we accumulate into the vase rather than bury it in dresser drawers or lose it. These quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies are both valuable and somewhat of an afterthought at the same time. In December each year, our kids love going to the local grocery store where we can dump the vase

intthe change vase where we save our spare changeo the Coinstar machine. The clink of the coins going in the machine is like a slot machine in reverse and the kids’ eyes are glued on the digital display rapidly rising with each pour of the vase into the machine. Every time, we’re flabbergasted to find our daily change amounts to hundreds of dollars. It feels like free money and quickly turns into a new book, a new toy, or new apps for their Kindles.

Most companies try to increase profitability by selling more or cutting expenses or both. Usually, expense cuts are about taking something a

way, which can often hurt customer experience, add to risk, or make the task of winning new customers more difficult. Your A/R program, however, is a gold mine of opportunity to delight your customers while saving you money in the process. It’s your own giant vase of hidden money.

The key to unlocking the money is to make it easy for your customers to pay you quickly. The following four best practices of A/R automation will lead you to significant savings while delighting your customers:

Enable Self-Serve with Online Customer Account Tools

online account tools help customers be more efficient

Your customers should have the ability to view purchases, download statements, dispute charges, and yes, pay online. It’s old hat for consumer purchases but strangely uncommon in the B2B world. Every action a consumer can take to self-serve means you aren’t paying someone to answer the call, research what they need, mail a statement, etc. By enabling them to pay online, you make life easier for your customer’s AP or bookkeeper, and you’ll get paid more quickly. By making all of their purchase and payment detail available 24/7, your customers will never be able to hide slow payment behind “I never got the invoice”. Finally – any question that can be answered within the customer portal means they’re not using your sales reps for help. And that’s where they often go first, isn’t it? Keep your sales reps selling, not doing customer service.

Accelerate Collections with Automated Notifications

Everyone has an email address and a smartphone. We look through these dozens of times a day. Why are you relying on the US Postal Service to drive your payment collection process? Set up automated email notifications to let your customers know what’s due and when. These can be statement due reminders, past due notices, account alerts, etc. With a click of a button, you can do for every customer what would take hours or days with phone calls. If you include a link to online account tools where they can pay – you made it simple to do what you need. An email isn’t intrusive or confrontational the way a collections call could be and it’s viewed by most as a helpful reminder. For those that don’t like them, make notifications configurable.

Improve Risk Reads and Account Set-Up with Online Instant Decisioning

Most merchants have a manual, judgmental underwriting process for B2B customers, if they do credit screening at all. The customer fills out the application and then someone manually pulls a credit bureau file, evaluates whether the applicant is creditworthy, and then decides whether to grant credit and how much. The whole process can take hours to days. Here’s an important insight: the vast majority of all applicants can be more effectively risk evaluated, instantaneously, with the right credit risk scoring models. Think of how much easier it is for the customer and less expensive for you to have the customer complete the application online in 3 minutes, get instantly approved, and have the account ready for any purchase right then and there.

Quickly and Accurately Allocate Payments with Algorithms

Matching payments to specific purchases occupies a TON of manual effort and cost for most merchants. It doesn’t have to be that way. Build algorithms to help match payments received to the lockbox with the proper customer and invoice they belong to. Over 80% of payments will likely be matched through this automation. Another win-win. These best practices will find advocates in the CFO, the credit manager, and the sales and marketing teams. They work in favor of what everyone wants, rather than desired by some and resisted by others. All of these best practices can be built yourself if you want to spend the time upfront to do so. Better, in our view, is to take advantage of the solutions that already exist in the marketplace and tailor them to your needs. Some are software providers where you can plug in modules compatible with your ERP. Others, like BlueTarp, build your customized program and manage it for you. Whatever you choose, I’m confident you’ll find that incorporating automation in the right areas will save you a lot of money while attracting new customers and keeping existing ones.

BlueTarp Financial

About the Author: 

BlueTarp helps B2B suppliers fund the growth of their business by paying them upfront for their sales and protecting them from credit risk. Customize your program by choosing to manage customer interactions as you do today, while we stay behind the scenes. Or, select a full-service option where we handle customer service and collections for you.

Learn more about NADRA members, Blue Tarp here

Deck Safety Marketing Resources now Available to Help Outdoor Living Industry Boost Business this Spring

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Michael Beaudry

Phone: 215-679-4884

Email: Info@NADRA.org


In honor of Deck Safety Month®, the North American Decking and Railing Association reminds professionals to take advantage of exclusive deck safety marketing resources along with press release templates, graphics, ads, social media content, flyers, and more.

Quakertown, PA – “With more than 50 million decks in the U.S., it is estimated that 25 million decks are past their useful life and need to be replaced or repaired.” Says Michael Beaudry, executive vice president of NADRA. This means big business opportunities for deck builders, remodelers, inspectors and contractors to promote deck inspections, ensuring homeowner safety while simultaneously building their own brand.

The North American Decking and Railing Association (NADRA) offers industry professionals and inspectors a breadth of resources, including a comprehensive toolkit, marketing materials, and inspection checklists.

“May is Deck Safety Month®-along with prime outdoor living season-and that presents a perfect chance for savvy pros to market their business,” says Beaudry.

The non-profit trade association offers the following resources for building professionals to leverage during Deck Safety Month® and throughout the year, including:

  • The 2018 official deck safety toolkit. This NADRA-member benefit includes:
    • Deck Safety Month® Logo
    • Check Your Deck® Logo
    • 2018 Deck Safety Ambassador Logo (for official ambassadors only) learn more here about the ambassador program
    • 10-point consumer checklist
    • Link to online deck inspection form
    • Social media content for your use
    • Customizable press release templates
    • Customizable flyer all about deck safety
    • Customizable social media, infographics, and web graphics
    • Tips and guidelines to make the most out of Deck Safety Month®
  • Deck Evaluation Form: A step-by-step guide to evaluating the integrity of the deck structure, stairs, surface, and railings. A downloadable form and online form (BETA) are available to members and non-members.
  • Certified inspector program: NADRA is working diligently with ASHI, The American Society of Home Inspectors, as well as, AIBD, The American Institute of Building Design. The associations are working towards educating and certifying thousands of industry professionals to meet the need for inspecting the millions of decks that are past their useful life. Classes are available for scheduling.
  • Deck Safety Ambassadors: Help spread the word about deck safety by becoming a Deck Safety Ambassador. Sponsors gain access to an exclusive Ambassador logo and marketing benefits to further promote their businesses.
  • Homeowner resources: Builders can download the 10-Point Deck Safety Consumer Checklist to pass along to customers. Though not a replacement for a professional deck inspection, the checklist can assist homeowners and provide reference during other times of the year.

“Communicating safe decking standards remains a top priority for NADRA,” Beaudry says. “We continue to focus our efforts on educating both pros and consumers on proper deck installation practices as well as on consistent deck inspections. At the same time, we know that deck safety offers professionals in the industry a great opportunity to market their business, so we’ve provided all of the tools to help them do just that.”


About NADRA:

The North American Decking and Railing Association is the voice of the decking industry, representing the interests of  deck builders, inspectors, manufacturers, dealers/distributors, lumberyards, wholesalers, retailers, and service providers alike. NADRA’s mission is to provide a unified source for the professional development, promotion, growth, and sustenance of the deck and railing building industry in North America so that members can exceed the expectations of their customers. Visit www.NADRA.org to access all of NADRA’s Deck Safety Month® resources.

Visit www.NADRA.org to access all of NADRA’s Deck Safety Month® resources for industry professionals. *You must be a current NADRA member to access the “toolkit”. Join NADRA today.

© Copyright 2018 North American Deck and Railing Association. All rights reserved.

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Check Your Deck® During Deck Safety Month® in May

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Michael Beaudry

Phone: 215-679-4884

Email: Info@NADRA.org


Check Your Deck® During Deck Safety Month® in May

QUAKERTOWN, PA – (April 24th, 2018) –The North American Deck and Railing Association declared May as Deck Safety Month®. Each year, NADRA raises awareness about the importance of checking your deck through a national deck safety campaign.

NADRA’s Deck Safety Campaign creates an opportunity to: Educate. Inspect. Correct; ultimately, helping to prevent injuries and bringing an awareness to the importance of regular deck inspections.

“Your roof has a life expectancy. Your windows have a life expectancy. What about your deck?” Says Michael Beaudry, executive vice president of NADRA. “Consider the snowfall accumulations from just this past year. These heavy loads cause additional stress on outdoor structures and create a need to evaluate. It’s time to Check Your Deck®!”

Just like other products exposed to the environment, over time your deck will need to be replaced. Asphalt shingles have a life expectancy of about 20 years*.  Aluminum and vinyl windows are expected to last 15-20 years*. Beaudry continues… “With more than 50 million decks in the U.S., it is estimated that 25 million decks are past their useful life and need to be replaced or repaired.”  It’s important for homeowners to check their deck on a yearly basis.

Educate: NADRA has created campaigns and educational programs, along with certifications for home inspectors, deck builders, remodelers, builders, code officials, engineers, architects, distributors, lumberyards and manufacturers to improve proper installation practices. NADRA’s Deck Evaluation/Certification Program has educated hundreds of Home Inspectors to help evaluate unsafe structures. Read more about the class here.

Inspect: Homeowners should consider a professional deck inspection. “A professional inspector will thoroughly examine your deck, provide information on your deck’s capacity limits, identify any dangerous problem areas and give you a map of what to keep your eye on in the future,” says Beaudry. Older decks require closer scrutiny and regular inspections. Many decks were built before code requirements were established to protect consumers. Some of these older decks may have deck-to-house attachments using only nails instead of the current recommended construction using deck tension hardware that greatly helps in the prevention of ledger failures. Deck inspection requires special knowledge, expertise and experience.

NADRA is working diligently with ASHI, The American Society of Home Inspectors, as well as, AIBD, The American Institute of Building Design. The associations are working towards educating and certifying thousands of industry professionals to meet the need for inspecting the millions of decks that are past their useful life. Homeowners can search for qualified inspectors at www.NADRA.org.

Correct: Through the evaluation and inspection of your deck, repairs and/ or replacement should be addressed. NADRA deck builders adhere to a strict code of ethics and are required to submit proof of licensing and insurance as required by their state. Homeowners can search for qualified deck builders at www.NADRA.org.


About NADRA:

The North American Decking and Railing Association is the voice of the decking industry, representing the interests of  deck builders, inspectors, manufacturers, dealers/distributors, lumberyards, wholesalers, retailers, and service providers alike. NADRA’s mission is to provide a unified source for the professional development, promotion, growth, and sustenance of the deck and railing building industry in North America so that members can exceed the expectations of their customers. Visit www.NADRA.org to access all of NADRA’s Deck Safety Month® resources.

*Source: National Association of HomeBuilders/Bank of America Home Equity, Study of Life Expectancy of Home Components 2/07.

© Copyright 2018 North American Deck and Railing Association. All rights reserved.

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NADRA is pleased to introduce the NADRA CPAC (Consumer Product Awareness Charter) program.

Dear NADRA Member,

As we have seen in many other industries, when consumers lack confidence due to some “bad eggs” the government often steps in to impose regulations.  The increasing media attention on frequent deck/balcony failures and increased deck code development programs point to and support an inherent lack of consumer and distributor confidence.

As “the independent”, association for the deck and railing industry, NADRA stands as an impartial advocate for our industry, and its consumers. Our reputation and unique position demanded we develop a “Consumer Awareness” program that would allow our industry leaders to help self-regulate our products through standardized testing protocols supported by independent external verification.

The program we have developed (supported by our team of technical advisors) over the last 5 years ensures you, our stakeholders can be directly involved in policing our industry to reduce and remove inferior products while establishing validation for quality decking manufacturers.  Additionally, it will finally give all of us an independent tool when interfacing with our consumers to aid in eliminating purchase anxiety and unrealistic consumer expectations that so often create the negative social media backlash, warranty claims, and the legal headaches we all abhor.

NADRA is pleased to introduce the NADRA CPAC (Consumer Product Awareness Charter) program.

The association would welcome your involvement in the program and input into the final stages of development and market-wide distribution. We have attached current information and registration forms for your review. Please reach out to myself, or NADRA HQ with questions, and we would be happy to discuss how to secure the greatest results utilizing this program in your business.

With your involvement we can make this an incredibly successful program for your company, and for our entire industry.

Get started right away, click this LINK  and register to preview your NADRA CPAC Information and registration form today.

( FYI:This link will take you to a short registration. You will receive a confirmation pop up followed by an email with the CPAC download )

At your service,
Matt Breyer 
President, North American Deck and Railing Association
484-256-2773

Michael Beaudry
Executive Director, NADRA
215-804-6679
info@NADRA.org

Major changes to ICC Guardrail Performance Criteria – Additional testing methods plus safety factor increased on AC-273

 

 

Update from NADRA’s Code Committee: 

You may have read this last week in our release revealing these new rules or criteria changes from ICC, however we feel it is necessary that we get the word out about these changes once more; and help bring clarity to the subject. This is an overhaul to AC-273 with big changes. These changes require manufactures and testing agencies alike to alter their testing methods to additional trials such as resembling “worse-case scenarios” to calculating scores with a grander safety factor. We urge everyone to take the time and get to know what is required; and contact your testing agency on how these changes will affect your railing (guardrail) program.  In addition, many in the industry have been discussing the likelihood that similar changes may be impending to AC-174; if you have any information on this please contact the NADRA code committee.

Your NADRA Code Committee has posted the statements of both NTA and ADI (Intertek) . See attached statements below:

Significant changes to ICC-ES AC273 for Handrail and Guards by NTA. Click to enlarge. 
Significant changes for metal guardrails ICC-EC acceptance criteria (Ac273) for metal guards by Intertek. Click to enlarge.