accel-E™ STEP System Is Found in Compliance With IBC and IRC Codes

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A Code Compliance Research Report (CCRR) has been issued for the accel-E™ STEP (Steel Thermal Efficient Panel) wall system. The new report shows that the accel-E™ STEP system is in compliance with both the 2006 International Building Code (IBC) and the 2006 International Residential Code (IRC).

A Code Compliance Research Report (CCRR) has been issued for the accel-E™ STEP (Steel Thermal Efficient Panel) wall system. The new report shows that the accel-E™ STEP system is in compliance with both the 2006 International Building Code (IBC) and the 2006 International Residential Code (IRC).

"A Code Compliance Research Report is essential for providing building officials the information they need to determine that a structure complies with their local code requirements," said Andy Claypole, president of ACCELERATED Building Technologies, LLC, which developed and markets the new system. "The new report provides designers and contractors with the necessary documentation for them to specify and install this innovative wall panel system on both commercial and residential structures."

The accel-E™ STEP Code Compliance Research Report (CCRR-0121) encompasses the panel's structural performance, fire resistance, acoustical and thermal properties. The report was issued by Architectural Testing Inc. and is available on the company's Web site at http://www.archtest.com. It is also available at the ACCELERATED Building Technologies Web site, http://www.accbt.com.

"The CCRR provides the evidence, technical information and professional evaluation that building officials need to determine that the accel-E™ system complies with both the IBC and IRC codes," Claypole added.

The accel-E STEP wall system replaces traditional framing, insulation and sheathing components with strong, energy-efficient structural insulating panels. The panels are formed using a proprietary production technology, which fuses the steel framing components and expandable polystyrene (EPS) together to create lightweight, easy-to-handle panels.

The new STEP panels offer a number of advantages over traditional framing techniques and other panel systems, Claypole said. Since the EPS insulation is fused to the structural steel framing, air gaps are eliminated, allowing the STEP system to offer tested thermal values that surpasses the thermal performance of other framing techniques. In addition, the STEP system's superior joint design eliminates gaps that can allow air penetration.

Since the panels are designed specifically to each project's specifications, on-site labor, waste and disposal costs are greatly reduced. Window and door openings are precut for quick on-site installation. An open cavity on the panel's interior accommodates mechanical, electrical and plumbing system components.

The accel-E system also provides important long-term benefits, especially in reducing the building's heating and cooling costs. The panels are environmentally friendly, sustainable and recyclable, which makes them a contributor to LEED® points.

The accel-E™ panels are produced in thicknesses of 5½ and 8 inches. Panels can be any height, limited only by the mode of transport. The materials used in the panels resist mold, mildew, termites and other insects.

"The new CCRR report is very welcome news, since it now makes it possible for the accel-E™ panel to be installed in virtually every building jurisdiction," Claypole concluded.

ACCELERATED Building Technologies, LLC, was formed by two leading building materials manufacturers, combining the talent, resources and knowledge of Dietrich Metal Framing and NOVA Chemicals. The company draws on NOVA Chemicals' extensive experience in expandable polystyrene (EPS) technology, and the cold-formed steel framing expertise of Dietrich Metal Framing, a Worthington Industries Company. For more information, contact Andy Claypole, president, or Jeff Peskowitz, director of marketing, at 412-490-5037; or visit the company's Web site at http://www.accbt.com.

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