Home Innovation Research Labs has joined with ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES)—the premier building product evaluation/listing agency in North America—to better serve the manufacturers of building and plumbing products seeking evaluation reports or listing/labeling services.

This cooperation will improve the testing/evaluation/listing process for manufacturers, reduce the time from application submission to publication of an ICC-ES evaluation report, and make the overall process much more predictable in terms of the required time and cost. Manu­facturers will be able to develop a test plan more quickly with Home Innovation’s deca­des of experience and know­ledge of both the code and testing sides of the equation. Home Innovation (dba, Innovation Research Labs) will serve as a manufacturer’s guide and advocate through the process, minimizing delays in test plan development, approval, and implementation, resulting in high-­quality evaluation reports. The cooperation was developed to benefit manufac­turers of all products in the built environ­ment, from inno­vative building products, to more typical plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas, and swimming pool products.

“For years, ICC-ES has offered high-­quality product evaluations that code officials trust,” says International Code Council CEO Dominic Sims. “Now with product testing available through this cooperation, and the guidance of Innovation Research Labs, ICC-ES clients will experience a further reduction in time to market.”

Michael Luzier, president and CEO of Innovation Research Labs, says the joint venture will enable building product manufacturers “to move innovative products into the marketplace more quickly and efficiently, allowing them to be more responsive to the needs of builders and developers, as well as increasingly discerning consumers.”

While applicants remain free to use the accredited test lab of their choice in connection with evaluation reports and product listings, ICC-ES encourages appli­cants to take advantage of its new relationship with Innovation Research Labs. For more information, contact Tom Kenney, Home Innovation’s vice president of engineering and research, at 800.638.8556, ext. 6246.