It has come to our attention that many of our coating competitors are actively pursuing business by offering a lower price, promises of AC456 compliance, and general twisting of words and facts including that AC456 is an option and NO BIG DEAL!! At IFTI, AC456 is NOT an option. This post below will convince you that IFTI is doing everything we can to earn AND PROTECT your business.
We believe the way to earn your business is not just by offering competitive pricing, but to ensure peace of mind and confidence that the use of our products will have the full support of building code officials and AHJs reducing liability on all your jobs. This is one of the major benefits of a Code Compliance Evaluation Report. This is why IFTI DC315 has not only proven it meets code through 3rd party audited assembly testing with one Code Compliant Evaluation Report, we’ve tripled that assurance with 3. That’s right, IFTI DC315 now has three Evaluation Reports, ICC-ES ESR-3702, Intertek CCRR-1076 and IAPMO UES ER-0499! Why all three? Because at IFTI, nothing is more important than life safety and protecting you from liability! IFTI had 3 of the leading Code Compliance Evaluation Report issuers review the process to ensure quality and consistency of DC315 and the 100+ laboratory tested and approved assemblies over every major SPF brand. ICC-ES, IAPMO, and Intertek all arrived at the same conclusion, that DC315 meets all applicable IBC and IRC codes, including AC456!!! Let’s talk about AC456.
Most all SPF systems on the market today carry a Code Compliance Evaluation Report based on AC377. The report is a guide to the building code officials and AHJs letting them know the SPF systems are under a 3rd party quality control system and have been 3rd party tested and verified to meet the latest ICC building codes. Until a couple years ago, this same assurance did not exist for the coating used to protect the inhabitants during a fire. Talk about a Life Safety HOLE that needed to be filled. With the help of ICC-ES and the urging of Fire Marshals, Building Code Officials, and AHJs, IFTI spearheaded the creation of AC456, the acceptance criteria that describes how an intumescent thermal barrier coating is to be quality controlled and tested to ensure code compliance. Once drafted, the ICC-ES unanimously passed the new AC456 9-0! Once approved, the industry was given 2 years to comply with AC456 or their intumescent thermal barrier tested assembly listings would be removed from ALL Code Compliance Evaluation Reports, Period!! A simple concept but the testing is not! AC456 requires that the coating USED FOR TESTING must:
- Be manufactured in a facility that meets Acceptance Criteria for Quality Documentation (AC10)
- Be listed and part of an ongoing 3rd party inspection program that meets Acceptance Criteria for Inspections and Inspection Agencies (AC304)
- The testing must be carried out at accredited labs and the test reports must meet Acceptance Criteria for Test Reports (AC85)
- The product must also meet tight physical properties testing for solids content, viscosity and weight per gallon to ensure the tested application rate can be met in a repetitive and verifiable manner
- The product must be part of an ongoing 3rd party inspection program by an accredited AC85 compliant inspection agency today, tomorrow and as long as the tests remain in place.
Did you know this new criterion takes full effect in September of 2017, less than 90 days away? Also, would you be surprised that DC315 is the only intumescent coating that complies (3 different times we may add)? Makes you wonder what the other manufacturers are hiding? Just review that list above again. Be sure of one thing, Code Officials, Fire Marshals and AHJs will be expecting to see code compliant coating Evaluation Reports listing all approved assemblies.
PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL IFTI! We will make ourselves available for online webinars, meetings, or calls with only one purpose in mind, offering you and your interested parties the facts, the truth, and 3rd party independent contacts you can contact to validate everything we say. This is not a game of he said she said, miss direction, and miss leading documents and conversation, this is about life safety, code compliance and reducing liability, period. Thank you for your support. We will continue to do all we can to continue to earn your business and partnership and never stop our testing as we have said since day one, “The Proof is in the Testing.”