EIFS has been approved for inclusion in the 2009 International Building Code and International Residential Code, EIMA announced. The final adoption occurred in mid-September at the 2008 International Code Council’s Annual Conference & Final Action Hearings in Minneapolis.
The approval is the culmination of more than six years of effort.
“This action validates the product and removes ambiguities in the
interpretation of what EIFS are, and how they are implemented into the building
code construction process,” said EIMA’s Executive Director Steve Klamke, adding
manufacturers BASF, Dryvit, Parex and Sto contributed time to
“The acceptance of EIFS into the IBC and IRC is a long time coming and we are
very pleased,” said David Boivin, president of Sto and sits on the EIMA board
of directors. “We thank the members of the EIFS community who have been
diligently working to satisfy the requirements of the ICC. The recognition
clearly removes any remaining hurdles for full acknowledgement by the building
industry that EIFS is the cladding of choice.”
Klamke said in a press release that the achievement grew out of efforts of the
Technical Advisory Committee since EIMA’s accreditation as an ANSI standards
organization in 1999.
EIMA Reports ICC Accepts EIFS
November 1, 2008