Work Begins for New Poly
by Kellie A. Schroeder
The Moulding & Millwork Producers Association (MMPA),
comprised of manufacturers of wood, MDF and PVC/polyurethane (poly) mouldings
and millwork, is gearing up for its latest program directly benefiting
its PVC/poly manufacturing members. The MMPA Poly Blends Group is in the
midst of moving forward with two important endeavors: a code compliance
project and a product certification program.
Getting Involved in Code Compliance
The code compliance project would equate to MMPA members receiving a MMPA
group evaluation report for building code compliance purposes. The product
certification program would create a marketable product certification
program for the MMPA poly members. After one year of meetings, the Poly
Group voted to move forward on both task items and now that the decision
has been made, resolution to the initial project outlines will be made
final during the MMPA’s 47th Summer Business Meeting. This will take place
in Asheville, N.C., August 10-14, 2010, at the Grove Park Inn Resort and
| Building materials on a jobsite are being scrutinized more heavily by
building code inspectors than ever before. This is especially true with
the advancement of green building products, increased regulations of fire
prevention methods and newer technologies in building products materials,
among other items. Questions come up often from building code inspectors
about these new building products and having a code compliance report
takes those questions away as it gives the manufacturers’ finished goods
carte blanche access to a jobsite.
The MMPA Poly Blends Group met in a series of face-to-face meetings and
teleconferences during the past year, analyzing the best direction to
take. It considered the multiple types of poly moulding and millwork manufacturers
that have joined the association and would have a vested interest in the
projects. The Poly Blends Group has decided to pursue a Code Compliance
Research Report (CCRR) from Architectural Testing Institute (ATI). A CCRR
is synonymous with an ICC-ESR for exhibiting building code compliance.
The CCRR will provide building code compliance for the current versions
of the International Building Code and the International Residential Code.
How to Get Involved
The report will be held in the name of the MMPA, and participation is
optional for MMPA member companies. The costs of the CCRR, project timeline
and outcomes have been identified for the participants. Any MMPA member
company opting to take part will have their company name and list of products
they desire to be evaluated to code listed on the report. Any MMPA member
company that wants to pursue this must give official word of their participation
to the association office by June 1, 2010, by calling 530/661-9591.
In addition to the CCRR, the Poly Blends Group will create a product certification
program. The key benefit here is the certification achieves allowing the
PVC/poly manufacturing member to have its product quality verified by
a third-party accredited inspection agency. Once the MMPA PVC/poly manufacturing
members have their products certified, then this becomes a marketable
trait that consumers will desire. Creating a marketable certification
will boost consumer confidence as they will know that an MMPA-certified
product is a good one.
The certification program’s initial steps will begin at our meeting this
August. The Poly Blends Group will be staging special sessions throughout
the meeting solely directed to launching the CCRR and product certification
program. There will be several objectives and decisions that need to be
made by the PVC/poly members of the association. Participation in this
program is optional for MMPA manufacturing members. With the birthing
of both projects taking place just weeks away, PVC/poly moulding and millwork
manufacturers should not hesitate and move on their decision to be a part
of the Poly Blends Group immediately.
It is not hard to expect that any manufacturer participating during the
onset of these two projects will be ahead of the curve on so many levels.
It is the desire of the MMPA’s Poly Blends Group to begin this project
with as many participants as possible so all PVC/poly manufacturing members
will have a voice in the final outcome of both tasks.
Kellie Schroeder, CMP, CAE, is executive vice president
of the Moulding and Millwork Producers Association. She may be reached
at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her opinions are solely her own and do not necessarily
reflect those of this magazine
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