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CLMA wins major codes change.

The Composite Lumber Manufacturers Association (CLMA) reports that it won approval of a major codes change initiative at the International Code Council (ICC) Code Development hearing in May. Back in September, CLMA had proposed a code change to the International Residential Code (IRC) that would add ASTM D 7032-04, Standard Specification for Establishing Performance Ratings for Wood-Plastic Composite Boards and Guardrail Systems. The ICC Residential Building and Energy Code Development Committee approved the proposal and referred it for final action at the May hearings. The Committee's referral indicated that composite wood products are an option for builders and should be part of the IRC. Final approval was granted in May, adding ASTM D 7032-04 to the IRC, which will require wood-plastic composites to comply with a consensus standard that contains performance requirements for structural and fire testing. The changes will be published later this year in the 2007 Supplement to the 2006 International Codes, and will be incorporated into the 2009 International Codes. Once published and adopted by local and state jurisdictions, the industry will have greater flexibility in demonstrating to building officials and inspectors in the field that composite lumber products comply with building codes.
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Title Annotation:CODES, STANDARDS, & REGULATIONS; The Composite Lumber Manufacturers Association
Publication:Forest Products Journal
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 1, 2007
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