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Behind the built environment lies a complicated series of legal regulations, created to specify
the minimum acceptable level of safety for constructed assemblies and products as they relate to the
construction and occupancy of buildings and structures. This is where product evaluation and
certification lies, as every building component specified must be shown to meet the applicable building
codes and to perform as equivalent to the prescriptive method outlined. This paper will explain two processes for manufacturers to demonstrate this compliance, as well as the costs and benefits of each. By making these distinctions clear, a product manufacturer will be able to optimize the process of product certification and significantly reduce the amount of time and money spent.

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Date Of Record Release 2009-04-13 14:24:21
Alternate Title A Comparison of Approaches to Building Product Approval
Description Behind the built environment lies a complicated series of legal regulations, created to specify
the minimum acceptable level of safety for constructed assemblies and products as they relate to the
construction and occupancy of buildings and structures. This is where product evaluation and
certification lies, as every building component specified must be shown to meet the applicable building
codes and to perform as equivalent to the prescriptive method outlined. This paper will explain two processes for manufacturers to demonstrate this compliance, as well as the costs and benefits of each. By making these distinctions clear, a product manufacturer will be able to optimize the process of product certification and significantly reduce the amount of time and money spent.
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Source Federation of American Scientists
Keyword Buildings, Regulations, Safety, Constructed assemblies, Constructed products, Building construction, Structures, Manufacturers
Date Of Record Creation 2009-04-13 14:17:26
Education Level
Date Last Modified 2009-08-05 12:35:50
Language English
Date Record Checked: 2009-04-13 00:00:00 (W3C-DTF)

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