CSTB Training to Begin in March

ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) announced an agreement in 2007 with France’s Centre Scientifique et Technique du Batiment (CSTB) aimed at fostering recognition of products going to China from the U.S., and coming to the U.S. from China. In March of this year, ICC-ES will begin training at the CSTB offices in Paris on the ICC-ES product-evaluation system as well as areas such as U.S. standards, evaluation criteria and building codes. The primary purpose of “training the trainers” of CSTB is to ensure that any building product, regardless of origin, satisfies code requirements and can gain the coveted ICC-ES evaluation report.

As ICC-ES gains international recognition for being the technical source for building products entering the U.S. construction market, ICC-ES is making a concerted effort to help the code official, product manufacturers and the construction industry by entering into agreements with international organizations that result in a level playing field through applying consistent requirements to manufacturers of building products seeking ICC-ES recognition. ICC-ES and CSTB are working together to improve the product approval processes for manufacturers in the United States, Europe and China.

ICC Evaluation Service is the United States’ leader in performing technical evaluations of building products, components, methods and materials as they relate to building codes. ICC-ES is a subsidiary of the International Code Council (ICC), which develops and maintains the International Codes that regulate residential, commercial and industrial building construction in the U.S. The primary purpose of an ICC-ES report is to provide information for those charged with enforcing codes to determine compliance of new and innovative products with the objective of promoting safety in the built environment. Within this environment, participation of the building industry is key to its success.

CSTB is a state-owned commercial and industrial organization under the supervision of the French Ministry of Housing. With, as its end goal, the improvement of people’s well-being and safety in buildings, CSTB has four complementary fields of expertise: research, high-tech engineering, quality assessment and knowledge dissemination. CSTB works in partnership with building manufacturers and professionals, under totally independent conditions guided by ethics that are based on independence, professionalism and scientific rigor.