ICC Evaluation Service and Underwriters Laboratories, Globally Recognized
Leaders in Product Evaluation and Certification, Introduce Dual PMG Listing


<p>NORTHBROOK, Ill., <chron>Oct. 29</chron> /CNW/ -- ICC Evaluation Service, Inc.® (ICC-ES®) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) have established a Dual PMG Listing Program for plumbing, mechanical, and fuel gas (PMG) products. The purpose of the program is to provide code officials and construction professionals with a reliable means to verify that PMG products comply with applicable codes and standards.</p>
<p><person>Jeff Smith</person>, General Manager of UL's Global Water & Food Business, announced the program by saying, "This strategic alliance leverages the shared strengths of UL and ICC-ES: credibility, integrity, technical expertise, and brand recognition.  The dual PMG listing program provides manufacturers and regulators with a one-stop resource for determining the code compliance and standards compliance of PMG products. We at UL are excited to be working with ICC-ES to bring added value and convenience to this industry."</p>
<p><person>Mark Johnson</person>, president of ICC-ES, observed, "UL's reputation for product safety, combined with ICC-ES's nearly eighty years of experience in evaluating products for code compliance, means this program will provide regulators and manufacturers with a service of outstanding quality. The program will also be recognized globally."</p>
<p>John LaTorra, Building and Inspection Manager, Redwood City, CA explained, "Developing alliances and combining strengths is critical to our industry. This cooperation will provide the code official with complete confidence that the listed product complies with the requirements of the recognized standard in the code."</p>
<p>Manufacturers of PMG products who take advantage of this alliance will benefit from the combined strengths of ICC-ES and UL. Specifically, the program will provide:</p>

    --  A comprehensive scheme for the testing, inspection, certification, and
        listing of PMG products, with independent listings covering both code
        compliance and compliance with applicable technical standards, from
        highly reputable organizations.
    --  Ready acceptance of products by authorities having jurisdiction
        due to the high recognition of the ICC-ES and UL marks.
    --  Ability to leverage the strength of the ICC-ES and UL brands.
    --  A choice in service providers to show compliance through listing to
        both the International Plumbing Code (IPC) and the Uniform Plumbing
        Code (UPC).
    --  Acceptance of products nationally and internationally, wherever the
        or the UPC codes have been adopted. Additionally, products evaluated
        the National Plumbing Code of Canada (NPCC) are suitable for
        installation in Canada.  The International Code Council® (ICC®), the
        parent organization of ICC-ES, publishes the International Plumbing,
        Mechanical and Fuel Gas Codes, which to-date have been adopted in 47
        states at either the state or local jurisdiction level and countries
        including Mexico, Jamaica, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.
    --  Demonstration of product compliance to the new low-lead requirements
        the California Health and Safety Code.
    --  Demonstration of product compliance to the U.S. EPA WaterSense(SM)
        requirements (as applicable).
    --  An easier way of doing business, through one point of contact for both
        ICC-ES and UL listings.
    --  Wider exposure for PMG products, through the network of ICC-ES and UL
        customers, media channels, and corporate partnerships.

    --  Use of both the trusted ICC-ES PMG Mark and the highly regarded UL
        Plumbing Mark.

    Code officials, will also benefit from the Dual PMG Listing Program,
    --  Added assurance that PMG products meet the rigorous testing and
        evaluation requirements of both ICC-ES and UL.
    --  Simultaneous posting of approved products on the websites of both
        ICC-ES and UL.

    --  Access to UL's code correlation database, the only database of its
        in the industry (www.ul.com/regulators/codelink).  This database
        directly connects the listings with specific code sections, to assist
        AHJs in the acceptance of certified products, and allow designers and
        installers to readily find code-complying products.

<p>The International Code Council® (ICC®), the parent company of ICC-ES, publishes the International Plumbing, Mechanical and Fuel Gas Codes, which have been adopted in 47 states at either the state or local level.  Between them, ICC and ICC-ES have on staff a full range of PMG product experts, and professional engineers with product evaluation experience.  For anyone interested in PMG products, and the compliance of those products with codes and standards, ICC and ICC-ES offer a full range of resources -- from code books and electronic media, to specialized training and certification services.  And now there is also a dual PMG listing program with UL that will ease the approval of PMG products for use in the field.</p>
<p>UL's drinking water and plumbing product certification program is fully accredited in the <location>United States</location> and <location>Canada</location> and is recognized by the U.S. EPA as well as all states and cities in the <location>United States</location> that have adopted their own water product certification requirements. Serving manufacturers around the world, UL tests and certifies drinking water treatment chemical additives, system components (fixture fittings, valves and gaskets, tanks and coatings), treatment units (chillers, coolers, and water softeners), and plastic piping system components and related materials.  UL is also is an approved certifier of water products that meet the criteria of the EPA's WaterSense(SM) program, which identifies and promotes the use of water-efficient products.</p>
<p>For more information on the ICC/ES - UL Dual PMG Listing Program visit <a href="http://www.ul.com/global/eng/pages/corporate/contactus/faq/industries/plumbingag">http://www.ul.com/global/eng/pages/corporate/contactus/faq/industries/plumbingag</a> reement/ or</p>

<p>You many also contact: <person>Tom Bowman</person> at 1-847-664-3796 or <a href="mailto:Thomas.A.Bowman@us.ul.com">Thomas.A.Bowman@us.ul.com</a> or <person>Richard Beck</person> at 1-800-423-6587, ext. 5690 or <a href="mailto:rbeck@icc-es.org">rbeck@icc-es.org</a></p>

    About ICC Evaluation Service®
<p>A nonprofit, public-benefit corporation, ICC-ES® is the <location>United States</location>' leading evaluation service for innovative building materials, components and systems. The ICC-ES® Evaluation Reports® and PMG(TM) Listing Program provide evidence that products and systems meet requirements in codes and standards. The ICC-ES® SAVE(TM) Program provides verification that products have been independently verified as having the sustainable attributes claimed by the manufacturer to develop and advance sustainable design and construction. ICC-ES® is a subsidiary of the International Code Council®.   For more information about ICC-ES®  PMG (TM) Listings, visit <a href="http://www.icc-es.org/pmg">www.icc-es.org/pmg</a> .</p>

    About Underwriters Laboratories
<p>Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is an independent product safety certification organization that has been testing products and writing Standards for Safety for over a century. UL evaluates more than 19,000 types of products, components, materials and systems, with 20 billion UL Marks appearing on 72,000 manufacturers' products each year. UL's worldwide family of companies and network of service providers includes 64 laboratory, testing and certification facilities serving customers in 98 countries. For more information on UL's water programs and services, visit <a href="http://www.ul.com/water">www.ul.com/water</a>.</p>


For further information: For further information: Chris Suttile of GolinHarris, +1-312-729-4224, csuttile@golinharris.com, for UL; or Greg West of ICC-ES, +1-562-699-0543, gwest@iccsafe.org Web Site: http://www.ul.com http://www.icc-es.org

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