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04 November 2009

Barrier Testifies on Proposed ICC Code Change

Barrier Technology's National Sales Manager, Jim Dukart, attended the International Code Council (ICC) Annual Conference and Code Development Hearings in Baltimore, MD, last week to present Barrier opposition to a code change proposal to alter the definition of fire-retardant-treated wood (FRTW) as used in building code requirements.

The proposed code change, offered by Hoover Treated Wood products, attempted to constrict the definition of FRTW to pressure-treated only products (Hoover's products are pressure-treated with fire-retardant chemicals), rather than to include products that are manufactured using alternative , ecologically friendly methods of application such as Blazeguard's inert, inorganic Pyrotite formulation.

The full proposed code change, S201 - 09/10 can be seen by clicking here:

Barrier opposed and opposes the change, primarily on the grounds that product definitions never have been and should not be concerned with method of manufacture, but rather with tested and verified performance criteria.

Barrier's full statement regarding proposed change S 201 - 09/10 can be see here.

Dukart was one of five individuals who spoke in opposition to the change, and after further testimony and some IBC Structural Committee deliberations, the proposed code change was disapproved on a unanimous vote, 14-0.

Later in the week, the same code change proposal - S 201 - 09/10, Part II - was heard by the IBC's Residential Building and Energy Committee, with similar comments from both proponents and opponents.

This committee also disapproved the proposed code change, this time by a vote of 10-0.

ICC Code Hearings will continue through November 11, 2009. For more information, including hearings results or a live Webcast, click here.

Barrier will continue to monitor proposed building code alterations as they affect fire-retardant treated wood, and will continue to blog on pertinent developments in this area.


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Barrier develops, manufactures, and markets proprietary fire resistant building materials designed to help protect people and property from the destruction of fire. Barrier's award-winning BlazeguardĀ® structural wood panels exceed International Building Code requirements in every targeted fire test and application. BlazeguardĀ® is coated with Barrier's patented, non-toxic, non-combustible Pyrotite formulation, which releases water when exposed to the heat of fire.