The wood-plastic composite lumber industry has notched another victory, winning approval for code changes at the International Code Council's code development final action hearings - a move likely to open further opportunities for composite products with both code officials and customers.
In September, the Washington-based Composite Lumber Manufacturers Association proposed a change to ICC's International Residential Code to add ASTM D 7032-04, a standard specification to establish performance ratings for composite boards and guardrail systems, according to a CLMA news release.
The recent ICC approval means the new provisions will be written into the 2009 international codes, which should make it easier for manufacturers and dealers of composites to move their products in the marketplace. Meantime, the new language will be included in the 2007 supplement to the 2006 international codes.
``It gives a significant amount of credibility to the market for a very valid product,'' said John Woestman, CLMA's director of codes and regulatory affairs, in a June 8 telephone interview. ``On one hand, the manufacturer knows what yardstick they need to attain. Code officials can quickly verify that the product is ready for use.
``It brings some advantage to the customer, which should result in a positive effect for manufacturers.''