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.

Reminder to all Handrail and Guard Manufacturers

Reminder to all handrail and guard manufacturers, in June 2017 ICC-ES approved significant revisions to AC273, Acceptance Criteria for Handrails and Guards.  NADRA recommends if you have an evaluation or code report for your product in accordance with this acceptance criteria you should contact the agency providing the report on how these changes will affect you.

In addition, due to these changes in AC 273, your Code Committee is interested in your input for discussing possible similar updates to AC174.

If you have feedback and information on your positions please send into: info@nadra.org where it will be forwarded to the NADRA Code Committee.

DeckLok Verified to Meet (ICC-ES) Codes

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DeckLok Verified to Meet (ICC-ES) Codes

Gig Harbor, WA (July 29, 2015) – DeckLok, the patented lateral anchor system from Screw Products, Inc., recently received an updated ESR-2114 evaluation from ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) verifying  the bracket’s continued compliance with code requirements. This was based on a thorough examination of Screw Products, Inc. test reports, calculations, quality control methods and related product information.

According to ICC-ES President Shahin Moinian, “Screw Products, Inc. can now reference the evaluation report to ensure building officials and the building industry that the product meets I-Code requirements. Building departments have a long history of using evaluation reports, and ICC-ES operates as a technical resource with the highest quality of product review for the building department.”

“DeckLok is revolutionizing the deck industry,” adds Jim Miller, CEO of Screw Products, Inc. “This patented lateral anchor system strengthens the vulnerable connections between deck components by adding a bolted attachment at critical structural locations. Current deck fastening techniques rely on resistance to ‘pullout’ force… like using a nail to hold a crowbar. The DeckLok Advanced Lateral Anchor System creates stronger deck connections by redirecting the force of the load from ‘pullout’ to a connection in ‘shear’ at the deck floor joist.”

Building officials, architects, contractors, specifiers, designers and others commonly utilize ICC-ES Evaluation Reports to provide a basis for using or approving DeckLok in construction projects under IRC and IBC 2006, 2009 and 2012 Safety Code requirements. This includes ensuring both lateral pullout and rail post stability, while using current deck construction techniques and designs.

For more information on the patented DeckLok Lateral Anchor System please visit www.deck-lok.com or www.screw-products.com and/or call 1-877-844-8880.

About ICC-ES

A nonprofit, limited liability company, ICC-ES is the United States’ leading evaluation service for innovative building materials, components and systems. ICC-ES Evaluation Reports (ESRs), Building Product Listings and PMG Listings provide evidence that products and systems meet requirements of codes and technical standards. Reports from both listing programs are now accepted in Canada. ICC-ES is a subsidiary of the International Code Council® (ICC®). For more information, please visit www.icc-es.org.

About Screw Product, Inc. 

Screw Products, Inc. offers the ultimate interior and exterior fastening solutions for deck, construction lags, general purpose, drywall, cabinetry and finish work. This includes both DeckLok and RailLok, the ultimate patented lateral anchoring systems with newly updated ICC approvals.

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