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Demonstrating compliance with building codes is becoming increasingly complex in today's fast moving world. Design professionals and specifiers look favorably to manufacturers who can provide accurate and useful information to keep projects on schedule. CBUCK's Code Evaluation Research Reports (CERR) program provides clear, concise data on uses and compliance to code criteria within the scope of the report. These reports are useful in presenting your quality product to owners, design professionals, contractors and building officials.

The building codes prescribe compliance for quality, strength, effectiveness, thermal properties, fire resistance, durability, and safety. The acceptance criteria for any single component and/or assembly depends on its intended use; category; and often subcategory; per the building code volumes, with reference standards for application in a specific project. Both codes (FBC & IBC) each contain well over 2000 pages, plus over 800 reference standards which contain additional reference standards. The codes also issue annual supplements. The 2006 supplement to the FBC 2004 contains 300 pages plus new/revised standards. The 2007 "Supplement" to just the 2006 IBC Building Code volume is 200 pages. Researching the current codes for these requirements is an important service that CBUCK Engineering offers manufacturers.

The International Code Council Evaluation Service also offers evaluations of building products for code compliance. An ICC-ES Report is well recognized nationally and CBUCK is experienced in processing these applications. ICC-ES Reports do require considerable lead time and financial investment.

Building officials are charged with the duty and the power to interpret the code, approve and issue permits. They base their decisions on the submittal documents for demonstrating compliance to the building code for each project based on intended use and application of products and methods. Independent third party validations carry a high credibility. Research reports validate complex data and summarize performance for permitting. Both the IBC and FBC refer to research reports in code section 104 as a method of demonstrating code compliance data to building officials.

CBUCK is experienced in the area of third party Florida Product Approvals and currently has hundreds of approved evaluation reports for the mandatory envelope categories in the Florida Product Approvals System and Miami-Dade Notice of Acceptance. The need for manufacturers to stay current with code requirements and offer more competitive product performance, prompted CBUCK to begin the Code Evaluation Research Reports (CERR) program. Code Evaluation Research Reports by an independent third party are intended to expedite building official's approval of building products not in the mandatory approval program and for Florida code standards of envelope products that are outside the structural scope.

CBUCK is well versed in the International Building Code and the Florida Building Code, including Miami-Dade High Velocity Hurricane Zone requirements. Jimmy Buckner, P.E., SECB, who founded CBUCK Engineering in 1998, was formerly president of a design and build general construction firm for 23 years after working for a national building product manufacturer for 4 years. Jimmy understands that the most profitable projects are those that are well designed, avoid permit delays and are completed ahead of schedule. CBUCK recognizes the time value of expediting the technical information for successful projects.

CBUCK is a Florida certified engineering firm with a Florida registered product approval evaluation & validation engineer as well as a Miami-Dade NOA approved test engineer. Assisting Manufacturers move their products to market is our mission.

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