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.

ADI Appointed Distributor for Fortress Railing Products

February 10, 2012 | Minneapolis, MN based Absolute Distribution, Inc. (ADI, and Richardson, TX based Fortress Railing Products ( announce their partnership to distribute Fortress Railing Products in the upper Midwest.

Absolute Distribution, Inc. (ADI) located in Minneapolis, MN is a marketer and two step distributor of decking related specialty products to independent lumber dealers, building centers and home improvement centers. ADI’s focus is on outdoor living related products that enhance the outdoor living experience for the end user.

“ADI has developed an unparalleled reputation for its superior service with specialty products and bringing value to their market,” said Erik Flick, Railing Division Manager of Fortress Railing Products, “and we are excited about cultivating a strong partnership with ADI.”

With over 40 years of combined experience in building products supply and design, Fortress Railing Products is dedicated to manufacturing innovative and quality railing products. In 2012, Fortress Railing Products unveiled new additions to its existing product lines. The new Fortress Al13 aluminum railing system offers first of its kind pre-welded aluminum system, while FortressAccents Post Caps & LED Lighting provides an integrated outdoor accent lighting system for customizing virtually any outdoor space.

“We are very excited to bring Fortress Railing Products to our dealers in the Midwest markets to help grow their businesses. Fortress has hit a home run with their Al13 Aluminum panels and Fortress Accents deck lighting.,” said Roland Pfender, President of ADI, “and our ADI team is energized and looks forward to a fruitful and lasting partnership with Fortress Railing Products.”

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