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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 their own benefits and limitations of use.  This article explores each type and provides examples and summary of output. Some notes to first understand: All tiers listed include a ‘tie-down…

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 rule in the International Building Code.  Building officials, architects, insurance companies, third party reviewers, even homeowners ask for them all the time, frequently refusing permits, insurance discounts, and product installations.…

Types of At-Grade Footings Explained

Here’s a description and illustrations we’ve created for footing types we frequently reference in our work for sunrooms, pergolas, carports, screen rooms, signs, and similar at-grade building component structures.   An isolated footing is used to support a single post. Isolated footings are independent footings which are provided for each support. they can be round…

When is a Miami Dade NOA or FL Product Approval required, and how do TER’s & Master Plans Fit In?

FIRST, A WORD ABOUT FLORIDA & THE IBC Florida is one of few states leading the Product Evaluation requirement.  Many other states accept documentation from Florida provided it meets the intended use in some form or another as the International Building Code has similar requirements. The Florida Building Code (Building commission rule 61G20-3.001) requires certain…

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 Report).  Typical reasons why TER’s aren’t approved include: No certification is provided that the product meets the job specific project requirements SOLUTION: A Design Professional needs to certify that the…

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 seal or a digital seal of the evaluating engineer to be valid for use by code.  This is a code requirement and necessary to maintain quality control, liability, and integrity…

What doesn’t a TER or Master Plan Sheet do?

FIRST, WHAT IS A TER? TER’s or Technical Evaluation Reports are evaluation of a product’s performance.  They are not intended to approve product for a specific application, but rather provide limiting values based on installation options. SO WHAT DOESN’T A TER DO? TER’s don’t provide the full assembly or installation of a product and should…

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. In the case of Engineering Express, we are evaluating the structural aspects of a product only. The authority for a qualified engineer to create a technical evaluation report is given…