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About the ES & IRL Cooperation

ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES), the premier product evaluation/listing agency in North America, and Innovation Research Lab (IRL), one of the most respected product testing/research labs, have entered into a cooperation agreement in order to better serve the manufacturers of building and plumbing products.

This relationship will enable ICC-ES to bring testing, evaluation and listing under "one" roof, essentially creating a "one-stop" agency. A key benefit will be the availability of a front-end test plan, agreed upon by all parties, which will speed up the listing and evaluation report process. It will also minimize delays in obtaining testing data. This cooperative agreement covers a wide range of products in the built environment.

Applicants remain free to continue to use any accredited testing lab in connection with evaluation reports and product listings. However, ICC-ES encourages applicants to take advantage of our new relationship with Innovation Research Labs. We are confident that having Innovation Research Labs serve as your guide and advocate through the evaluation process will further our goal of providing the best client experience in the industry.



Scope of Testing

  • Air, Water & Vapor Barriers
  • Cladding
  • Doors
  • Fasteners
  • Roofing Accessories
  • Wall Coverings
  • Windows
  • Floor/Deck Systems
  • Flooring Materials
  • Manufactured Wood
  • Plastic Lumber
  • Roofing Materials
  • Wall Systems
  • Plumbing Products


Flow Chart

• Initial contact made with either ICC-ES or IRL.
• Review of the product and establishing a protocol for testing and time estimate.

• Application for ICC-ES Report or Listing.
• Statement of work is generated.

• ICC-ES & IRL coordinates on testing requirements and project scope.

• IRL conducts required tests and submits data to ICC-ES for evaluation.

• ICC-ES finalizes Report or Listing.
• ICC-ES issues Evaluation Report or Listing and publishes report.



Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the primary goal of this cooperative agreement?
A: To create a “one-stop shop” for evaluation, certification, inspection, and testing of building/products, and to thereby enhance the client experience in the area of conformity assessment in the built environment.

Q: Have ICC-ES and Innovation Research Labs merged?
A: No. We have entered into a cooperative agreement that defines our respective roles.

Q: What are the benefits of this arrangement to me as a manufacturer?
A: It will provide a streamlined, predictable process and enhance communication between the testing body, the evaluation body, and the client. Notably, this “one-stop shop” process is designed to result in a mutually-agreeable test plan early in the application process. We anticipate that the process will be faster, similar to ICC-ES’ expedited service.

Q: If I want testing and evaluation, whom do I contact?
A: You may contact either organization. To reach ICC-ES, you may contact Michael Temesvary, Director of Sales and Partnerships, at (800) 423-6587, ext. 3877, Eileen Prado, Sales Executive, at (800) 423-6587, ext. 7738, Dawn LaFleur-Qualley, Director of Plumbing, Mechanical and Gas (PMG), at (800) 423-6587, ext. 3772 or you may contact our Connect+ Customer Care department at (800) 423-6587, ext. 1. To reach Innovation Research Labs, you may contact Tom Kenney, VP Engineering & Research, at (800) 638-8556, ext. 6246.

Q: Do I have to have all of the testing conducted through this cooperation?
A: No. You remain free to continue to use any accredited testing lab in connection with evaluation reports and product listings. However, we believe that utilizing Innovation Research Labs will speed up the report process.

Q: Will this arrangement mean that I pay a higher fee?
A: No. In fact, we hope that you would realize costs savings through a shortened timeline for evaluation and testing and a more predictable process overall.

Q: What other services will be available through this cooperation?
A: Innovation Research Labs offers a full suite of market research services to support your product development process, which become available to customers through this cooperation.

Q: What if there are tests that I need that Innovation Research Labs is not able to perform?
A: ICC-ES and Innovation Research Labs have access to a network of subcontracted laboratories that offer a large list of testing capabilities for products in the built environment, with the convenience of a single point-of-contact for coordination and guidance through the process.

Q: If I choose not to use Innovation Research Labs for testing, will this slow down the evaluation process for my report?
A: No. Those reports will continue to be done under our standard process.




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. The ICC-ES Environmental Programs issue VAR environmental reports that verify a product meets specific sustainability targets defined by today’s codes, standards, green rating systems and ICC-ES environmental criteria. The Environmental Programs now offer Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), to meet global market demand for science-based, transparent, quality-assured information about a product’s environmental performance. ICC-ES is a member of the ICC Family of Companies. For more information, please visit www.icc-es.org.

About Innovation Research Labs
Innovation Research Labs is the premier accredited product testing laboratory servicing the building industry, with over 50 years of experience helping product manufacturers successfully bring new and innovative products to market. Its comprehensive product testing services cover a wide variety of performance characteristics, from structural performance, to durability, to energy efficiency. Products bearing the Research Labs’ mark provide manufacturers confidence of in-field acceptance by builders and code officials. In addition to its product testing and certification services, Innovation Research Labs also provides manufacturers a complementary suite of market research services, both qualitative and quantitative, to provide the necessary customer insights and usability assessments throughout the product development life cycle.