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Title: CODES: Evaluation Reports

Very elementary question:

When are Evaluation Reports required to exist for a product or system before that product or system can be specified for a project governed by the Building Code? That is, are ERs required for any such usage regardless of the circumstances, or are they simply for the convenience of the Building Official (or, looked at another way, for the manufacturer) so that he doesn't have to spend a lot of time reviewing products for compliance?

If an ER doesn't exist, but as often happens the manufacturer has supplied plenty of data such that one can feel comfortable in specifying it for an application where the loads are known, etc., what are you allowed to do? May you specify it and hope the BO just waves a hand at it?



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