The Steel Stud Manufacturers Association passed a comprehensive code compliance certification and quality assurance program for non-structural products at its recent Membership Meeting.
The Steel Stud Manufacturers Association passed
a comprehensive code compliance certification and quality assurance program for
non-structural products at its recent Membership Meeting. The program clarifies
the 2009 International Building Code intentions for standard and proprietary
products. Key issues are addressed in the program including structural property
requirements for non-composite design, gypsum strength and definitions of
nonstandard coatings. After several reviews of the program SSMA membership
approved the program by a substantial margin.
“Anyone who manufactures, distributes or installs these products will benefit
from the completion and implementation of this program, because it removes any
confusion about the intent of the various components of the International
Building Code 2009. Architects and owners can expect top performance from the
products included in the SSMA program, whether standard or proprietary,” said
newly appointed SSMA Chair Chip Gardner.
Program details will be posted to the SSMA Web site as they become available.
Registrations for the program will begin in early 2011.
“SSMA’s structural code compliance program has led the industry since its
inception, and has set the benchmark for the non-structural program,” said Don
Allen, SSMA technical director. “SSMA is dedicated to delivering quality
products that are safe for construction and meet or exceed the current product
standards and specifications-the addition of the non-structural program is a
major achievement toward that mission.”