KLAMATH FALLS, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--JELD-WEN announced today that its MiraTEC® Treated Exterior Composite Trim received Evaluation Report (ESR-3043) from the ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES), becoming the first, and only, wood composite trim to earn this important third-party distinction. The report was achieved following rigorous testing of key physical property and performance criteria by ICC-ES. It provides further evidence that MiraTEC Trim meets strict requirements and technical standards for critical building codes in residential and light commercial construction.
“Building departments have a long history of using evaluation reports, and ICC-ES operates as a technical resource for the building department. Final approval of building products is always in the hands of the local regulatory agency.”
“In addition to receiving the ICC-ES report, JELD-WEN commissioned independent, third-party testing1 of competitive trim products, such as hardboard, oriented strand board (OSB) and wood, to the property performance requirements of the ICC-ES Acceptance Criteria (AC424). The tests revealed these products cannot meet the performance criteria established in the evaluation report,” said Peggie Bolan, vice president of sales, building products, for JELD-WEN, manufacturer of MiraTEC. “Collectively, these tests demonstrate that MiraTEC is a distinctly different exterior trim product with exceptional characteristics. MiraTEC is a truly unique trim product because it is not wood, it is not plastic, and it is not OSB or hardboard. Yet, it combines many of the most desired physical features and demanding performance attributes found in these products.”
Architects, contractors, specifiers, building officials and others use evaluation reports to provide a basis for choosing or approving products in construction projects under the International Building Code® (IBC), the International Residential Code® (IRC) and a host of other building codes.
“ICC-ES Evaluation Report ESR-3043 ensures building officials and the building industry that MiraTEC meets I-Code requirements,” ICC-ES President Shahin Moinian said. “Building departments have a long history of using evaluation reports, and ICC-ES operates as a technical resource for the building department. Final approval of building products is always in the hands of the local regulatory agency.”
ICC-ES, which is the United States’ leading evaluation service for innovative building materials, components and systems, thoroughly examined MiraTEC trim for code-compliance based on 12 physical property and performance criteria: thickness swelling, water absorption, nail-head pull through, lateral nail resistance, modulus of rupture, hardness, impact, accelerated aging based on percent thickness swell, accelerated aging based on percent strength retention, weatherability of substrate, decay resistance and moisture content.
Beyond performance testing, AC424 was subjected to several public hearings by the ICC-ES Evaluation Committee, which is comprised entirely of code officials. The acceptance criteria was developed by ICC technical staff and took into consideration public comments from industry sources, including Louisiana-Pacific, American Wood Protection Association, Composite Panel Association, termite experts and others.
“Receiving the ICC-ES Evaluation Report offers another level of confidence to home building and remodeling professionals that MiraTEC trim is manufactured to high-quality standards and meets critical code requirements,” Bolan said. “We are proud that MiraTEC is the first and only exterior composite trim to receive an ICC-ES Evaluation Report.”
For more than a decade MiraTEC trim has been a preferred choice among many home builders and remodelers. It features a wood grain texture on one side and a contemporary, smooth finish on the other. As an engineered wood composite trim, MiraTEC trim serves as a functional, economical alternative to PVC, fiber cement, wood, OSB and hardboard. MiraTEC is also backed by a 50-year warranty that covers hail damage, delamination, decomposition due to fungal growth, splitting and cracking, excessive swelling and buckling, as well as damage from termites. No fiber cement, OSB, or fiber substrate/hardboard trim product available offers this level of protection.
For additional information, access the ICC-ES Evaluation Report (ESR-3043), which describes the test methods used and the ICC-ES Acceptance Criteria (AC424). ICC-ES is a subsidiary of the International Code Council.
1 FPInnovations (formerly Forintek), Quebec, January 2013
JELD-WEN is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of windows and doors. JELD-WEN has 20,000 employees across more than 100 locations in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia. The company’s extensive product offering encompasses windows, exterior doors, interior doors and related building products that are sold globally through multiple distribution channels, including retail home centers, wholesale distributors and building products dealers. JELD-WEN has been an ENERGY STAR Partner since 1998. For more information on JELD-WEN, visit www.jeld-wen.com.