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MEDIA RELEASE PR36714

ICC Evaluation Service and Underwriters Laboratories, Globally Recognized Leaders in Product

Evaluation and Certification, Introduce Dual PMG Listing Program


NORTHBROOK, Ill., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --


    ICC Evaluation Service, Inc.(R) (ICC-ES(R)) 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.


    Jeff Smith, 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."


    Mark Johnson, 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."


    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."


    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:


    - 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 two

      highly reputable organizations.

    - Ready acceptance of products by authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs),

     

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 IPC

      or the UPC codes have been adopted. Additionally, products evaluated to 

      the National Plumbing Code of Canada (NPCC) are suitable for 

      installation in Canada. The International Code Council(R) (ICC(R)), 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 in 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,

through:


    - 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 kind


      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.


    The International Code Council(R) (ICC(R)), 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.


    UL's drinking water and plumbing product certification program is fully accredited in the United States and

Canada and is recognized by the U.S. EPA as well as all states and cities in the United States 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.


    For more information on the ICC/ES - UL Dual PMG Listing Program visit


es.org/pmg


    You many also contact: Tom Bowman at 1-847-664-3796 or

Thomas.A.Bowman@us.ul.com or Richard Beck at 1-800-423-6587, ext. 5690 or

rbeck@icc-es.org


    About ICC Evaluation Service(R)

    A nonprofit, public-benefit corporation, ICC-ES(R) is the United States' leading evaluation service for

innovative building materials, components and systems. The ICC-ES(R) Evaluation Reports(R) and PMG(TM)

Listing Program provide evidence that products and systems meet requirements in codes and standards. The

ICC-ES(R) 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(R) is a subsidiary of the International Code Council(R). For more information about ICC-

ES(R) PMG (TM) Listings, visit



    About Underwriters Laboratories

    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 www.ul.com/water.


     SOURCE: ICC Evaluation Service; Underwriters Laboratories


    CONTACT: Chris Suttile of GolinHarris

             +1-312-729-4224

             csuttile@golinharris.com, for UL; or 


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             Greg West of ICC-ES

             +1-562-699-0543

             gwest@iccsafe.org




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