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WE EVALUATE BUILDING PRODUCTS TO ENSURE THEY PERFORM HOW YOU INTENDED THEM TO.
Whether it is regulatory and code compliance for permit or optimal product performance, product evaluations are extremely beneficial.
Though there are similarities from one evaluation to another, the expertise of the evaluating organization can significantly impact the usefulness of the evaluation process.
Our talented team of product evaluation experts can assist you with the design & certification of your manufactured products to achieve certifications from multiple approval entities.
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Performance Limitations for Mechanical Equipment & TER Certifications
Summary of Building Code & Research Intent The intent & provisions of the 2018 International Building Code (IBC), 2018 International Residential Code (IRC) & 2020
Pros and Cons of Obtaining a Florida Statewide Approval Vs A Miami Dade Approval and how a TER fits in
Two common means of product evaluations in Florida are Florida Statewide Approvals (FSA’s) and Miami-Dade Notices of Acceptance (NOA’s). To help determine whether these evaluations
How Do I Get Approval To Substitute Glass Type-Interlayer On My Product Evaluation?
If you are a manufacturer with a Florida or Miami Dade Approval, or if you are trying to install a tested and approved large missile
How To Use Master Plans – TER’s – Calculator Reports Purchased From Engineering Express
READ BELOW BEFORE USING NON SITE-SPECIFIC PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONSFROM ENGINEERING EXPRESS FOR YOUR PROJECT General Information About Non Site-Specific Plans: Certified Performance Evaluations (also referred to
What are editorial changes to products registered in the Florida Product Approval System?
Editorial changes are permitted within the state product approval system when an approved product is modified but no additional uploads are needed, and there is
I need to create an NOA / product approval for my product. What’s the process?
Start by reading our articles about product approvals by Clicking Here. You’ll learn when they’re really needed, what information we need, how they help, and
Can you help me with Florida Product approval or Miami Dade NOA information?
If you need to find a Florida Approval number please visit FloridaProductApprovals.com For a Miami Dade NOA please visit MiamiDadeApprovals.com You can search them both
About Door Product Pressure Ratings and Water Infiltration
QUESTION: Why do certain door products rate a certain p.s.f like -60/+60 then lower ratings are shown throughout the product approval? Usually, the higher
What are Limitations of Small & Large Missile Impact Designs?
We are frequently asked what are the limitations applied on Small Missile Impact and Large Missile Impact products. Engineering Express takes into consideration the following
What are the requirements for using ASTM Missile Level E in Florida (2021 updated)?
In the 7th Edition Florida Building Code (2020), missile level E is valid in and outside of the HVHZ (Broward and Dade Counties) when it
Is a large missile impact window or door automatically approved for small missile impact?
Overview Changes to the 2020 Florida Building Code for Porous Impact Protection Devices Porous Impact Protective Systems: ASTM E1996-12A brought a significant change to Porous
Miami Dade NOA Revision vs Renewal & Fees Explained
As of January, 2021, here is an explanation from Miami Dade County’s Product Approval System (Product Control) on the differences, timeframes, and fees for their
Can you substitute spacers for insulating glass units (IGU)?
The question of whether or not an installer can substitute the spacer that separates the outer from the inner glazing on an insulating glass unit
What are porosity and closure angles when defining a porous building opening?
Explanation: In the event of a high wind event, it is the concern of building codes ASCE-7 and ASTM specifications that windows and doors don’t
Tet laboratories have been combined into our Online Directory. The information contained herein is offered as an unbiased list of firms and services that
2020 FBC Product Evaluation Updates
There are many updates to the Florida Building Code 7th Edition (2020), but several of them directly impact structural building component product evaluations. A similar
Proof Florida Product Approvals and NOA’s Don’t Require The Original Engineering Seal
We frequently get asked to re-seal our product approvals after they have been approved by the state. They are validated by comparing them to the
Technical Evaluation Report – TER – Types of Product Evaluations Typically Performed By Engineering Express
Engineering Express provides structural design evaluations of various types of mechanical equipment exposed to weather. There are four (4) evaluation types typically performed, each with
Florida Statewide Approvals (FSA) – Quality Assurance and Validator Requirements
About Validators & Quality Assurance Compliance It is often asked of us to explain the validator and quality assurance requirements of the Florida Statewide Product
Starter List in Evaluating Your Building Component For Product Approvals & TER’s
Designers and manufacturers create building products based on how they think people will use them and conditions they will resist through their life cycle. To
PRODUCT APPROVALS ARE NOT ALWAYS REQUIRED! HERE’S WHY:
HERE’S 3 MYTHS ABOUT PRODUCT APPROVALS: Background: Product evaluations (sometimes called “product approvals”, “ICC reports”, NOA’s or similar) for building components are the general
When is an Engineer Seal Required, Why Do We Write ‘Draft’ on Unsealed Work, And About Digital Seals
In Florida (as well as many states): If an engineer produces a drawing that is not a final plan, it needs to be sealed and
Case Study: Phantom Screens – Is a Florida Product Approval Required?
Product Approvals for building components are the general rule in Florida. Building officials, architects, insurance companies, even homeowners ask for them all the time, frequently
Can a Building Inspector or Plan Reviewer Deny The Use of a TER or Master Plan Sheet?
DENIED – YES OR NO? While plan reviewers, inspectors, and other building officials have the authority to question any document submitted if the document complies
FLORIDA PRODUCT APPROVAL AND MIAMI DADE NOA REQUIREMENTS
WHEN IS A FLORIDA PRODUCT APPROVAL OR MIAMI DADE NOA REQUIRED & HOW TER’S AND PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONS FIT IN FIRST, A WORD ABOUT FLORIDA PRODUCT
What do I do if a TER or Master Plan isn’t enough for a permit?
THE BUILDING DEPARTMENT WON’T ACCEPT MY TECHNICAL EVALUATION REPORT (TER)? Sometimes, municipalities or contract documents require more information than just submitting a TER (Technical Evaluation
How do I get a Certified TER or Master Plan Sheet?
FIRST, WHAT’S A CERTIFIED TER & Master Plan Sheet? TER’s or Technical Evaluation Reports and Master Plan Sheets must bear the original signature and raised
What doesn’t a TER or Master Plan Sheet do?
FIRST, WHAT IS A TER? TER’s or Technical Evaluation Reports are evaluations of a product’s performance. They are not intended to approve products for a
What is a TER and how is it used for permitting?
A TER or Technical Evaluation Report, is an engineering evaluation based on testing and/or rational analysis for the performance of a building product or component.