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Codes and the "Quick-Code" Reference Column
Code Reference Column in Load Tables in the Printed Catalog
The alpha-numeric “Code Reference numbers” that appear in the “Code Reference” column in load tables throughout C-2013 catalog are intended to identify products listed in evaluation agency reports, typically called “code reports”, and the specific reports that cover them. The letter designates which evaluation agency from which the report was obtained. The Code reference column, used in conjunction with the Code Reference Key Chart, indicates which code listing applies to a product. The reference numbers also clearly identify:
Where a model has been submitted for listing (160) or does not have an evaluation report listing (170), Simpson can supply complete test data to support our published loads. Please contact Simpson Strong-Tie for a copy of our product test documentation at (800) 925-5099. Product acceptance may be obtained through the Alternate Methods and Materials section of the applicable building code.
Some loads and applications may not be covered in the code report and specific reductions and restrictions may be required by other product evaluation agencies. See the relevant product page or visit the product evaluation agencies' web sites for the current evaluation reports.
Simpson Strong-Tie® connectors are recognized by most product evaluation agencies. Agencies that recognize some or all of our products include ICC-ES (formerly ICBO, BOCA, SBCCI); IAPMO UES; the City of Los Angeles, California; and State of Florida.
Multiple types of ICC-ES evaluation reports are shown in the Code Reference Key Chart. ICC-ES NER, ICC-ES ER, and ICC-ES ESR reports are referred to as Legacy Reports and have been obtained over the years to verify that Simpson Strong-Tie products are in compliance with the code. These Legacy reports were evaluated under the 1997 UBC and/or the 2000 IBC codes. In order to obtain evaluation for the newer I-codes, manufacturers must submit for ICC-ES ESR reports.
Simpson Strong-Tie currently maintains more than 50 ICC-ES "ESR" and IAPMO UES ER reports evaluated to the 2006/2009/2012 IBC and IRC. We continue to submit product information to ICC-ES in order to receive additional reports in compliance with these codes.
To help understand which of our stamped and welded connector products are listed in an ESR report, we have obtained an ICC-ES index evaluation services report, ICC ESR-2523, for these products. This report is a reference document to other ESR reports held by Simpson Strong-Tie and will be updated frequently by ICC-ES as new stamped and welded connector evaluation services reports are issued or converted. Please visit the comprehensive list of code reports for the latest information or contact ICC Evaluation Services at www.icc-es.org
IAPMO Uniform Evaluation Service has been evaluating products for over 80 years and has the same ANSI accreditation as ICC Evaluation Services for evaluating structural building products to the building codes. IAPMO UES began evaluating structural building products in 2004, utilizing licensed structural engineers to perform quality reviews, and currently are reviewing many other manufacturers’ products. Please visit the comprehensive list of code reports for the latest information or contact IAPMO Uniform Evaluation Services at www.iapmoes.org.
In November 2007 the Department of State Architecture, California, issued a revised IR 23-1. The Revised Interpretation of Regulation addresses and clarifies issues relating to Pre-fabricated Wood Construction Connectors. IR 23-1 defines the Purpose and Scope and clarifies Listing Requirements, Acceptable Load Capacities, Design Requirements, Installation Requirements and Connector Fabrication which addresses corrosion resistant material and/or coatings. Please contact the DSA at www.dsa.dgs.ca.gov/Publications/default.htm for more information.
On October 1, 2003, the State of Florida’s Statewide Product Approval System became effective. The purpose of this system is to provide a single product evaluation and approval system that applies statewide to operate in coordination with the Florida Building Code. This Florida product evaluation and approval system is governed by Florida Statutes, Chapter 553, Section 553.842. Since this law specifies that the product approval system is to apply statewide, Notice of Acceptance are no longer necessary where a product has a statewide approval that is applicable in the High Velocity Hurricane Zone (HVHZ) and is installed in accordance with its conditions of use.