The VMC Group Publishes VMA 1826 Certification Standard for Seismic Certification of Nonstructural Building Components

The VMC Group is pleased to announce the availability of their VMA 1826 Certification Standard for Seismic Certification of Nonstructural Building Components. The standard is now available for download at http://www.ibcapproval.com/Approval-Standards.

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VMA 1826 Certification Standard for Seismic Certification of Nonstructural Building Components.

VMA 1826 Certification Standard for Seismic Certification of Nonstructural Building Components.

“The VMA 1826 Certification Standard for Seismic Certification of Nonstructural Building Components is the culmination of over 14 years of Special Seismic Certification testing experience.

Bloomingdale, NJ (PRWEB) September 04, 2014

The VMC Group is pleased to announce the availability of their VMA 1826 Certification Standard for Seismic Certification of Nonstructural Building Components. The standard is now available for download at http://www.ibcapproval.com/Approval-Standards. The VMA 1826 Standard delineates the process by which The VMC Group’s Engineering Services Division certifies products for compliance with the International Building Code®, the requirements of the manufacturer and the path for continued compliance.

“Our certification process is precise and controlled,” states John Wilson, Jr., CEO of The VMC Group. “The VMA 1826 Certification Standard for Seismic Certification of Nonstructural Building Components is the culmination of over 14 years of Special Seismic Certification testing experience. Since 2000, we have completed more than 900 shake table tests for nonstructural building components. The VMA 1826 Standard is our way of defining the scope of work so that all aspects of the process are understood by the client and the industry at the onset of the project. Special Seismic Certification saves lives in a seismic event, therefore the process is stringent and each and every applicant should understand this when starting the VMA application process. Obtaining IBC® Certification is a way to ensure that during seismic events, critical equipment maintains its structural integrity and functionality. Manufacturers who invest in this process are at the forefront of ensuring the country’s safety.”

The VMC Group’s Engineering Services Division launched http://www.ibcapproval.com last year as a resource to engineers looking to specify products that comply with the International Building Code®. The site exemplifies the pioneering spirit The VMC Group exhibited when it became the first organization to receive independent recognition as a Certified Seismic Qualification Agency. Since that time, The VMC Group has worked with some of the largest OEMs in the world to issue Special Seismic Certification for products in the HVAC and power generation industries.                            
VMA 1826 approval is limited to components that require Special Seismic Certification in accordance with IBC® chapters 16 & 17, ASCE7-10 section 13.2.2 and ICC-ES AC156 or components that require Special Seismic Certification. All successfully completed VMA numbers are posted on the homepage of http://www.ibcapproval.com.

http://www.ibcapproval.com also offers manufacturers interested in obtaining Special Seismic Certification everything they need to know about the VMA certification process, including a Pre-Approval information section; A section devoted to the VMA Approval Process which features details on The VMC Group’s exclusive 10-Stage IBC®/OSHPD Signature Implementation Methodology™ and an opportunity to start the process by downloading the VMA 1826 Special Seismic Certification application.

The VMC Group’s Engineering Services Division, is a Seismic Qualification Program for equipment manufacturers. Products that successfully complete this preapproval process will receive a VMA Number and a Certificate of Compliance indicating that after a Design Earthquake, the Designated Seismic System shall maintain structural integrity and functionality.

For nearly ten decades, The VMC Group has been recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacture of vibration isolation and seismic energy management technologies. The VMC Group and their Engineering Services Division have been providing IBC® Certification for Fortune 500 companies and manufacturers of HVAC, power generation and fire protection systems for 10 years.

For more information on The VMC Group products or The VMC Group’s Engineering Services Division please visit http://www.TheVMCGroup.com. For more information on The VMC Group’s IBC Certification Services, please visit http://www.ibcapproval.com today or call 800-569-8423.


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VMA 1826 Certification Standard for Seismic Certification of Nonstructural Building Components.