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IAPMO IBT Obtains Recognition from Florida Building Commission as an Approved Testing Laboratory

Ontario, Calif. (April 25, 2016) — The IAPMO Institute of Building Technology (IBT) has obtained approval from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (FL DBPR) as a Product Testing Laboratory.
 
FL DBPR provides product approval in the following eight (8) categories as described in Rule 61G20-3. This rule covers the approval of products for compliance with the structural requirements of the Florida Building Code:
(a)    Panel Walls
(b)    Exterior Doors
(c)    Roofing Products
(d)    Skylights
(e)    Windows
(f)     Shutters
(g)    Structural Components
(h)    Impact Protective Systems
 
Manufacturers can now have their products tested at IAPMO IBT and submit the test report to FL DBPR in order to obtain statewide product approval in Florida.
 
The Florida Product Approval System was established in 2003 as a means of providing “accountability; a higher standard of practice for product evaluations; and uniformity and consistency of enforcement statewide,” as stated on the FL DBPR website.
 
Further information on this program may be found at www.floridabuilding.org.

 
IAPMO Enjoys Successful Showing at KBIS 2016, IBS Shows

Las Vegas (Jan. 26, 2016) — IAPMO R&T, North America’s premier third-party certification body for plumbing and mechanical products, IAPMO R&T Lab, IAPMO EGS, IAPMO’s Uniform Evaluation Service (UES), and IAPMO’s Institute of Building Technology (IBT) recently concluded the 2016 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and the co-located NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas. KBIS is one of the largest trade events in the United States, bringing together kitchen and bath dealers, designers, architects, remodelers, wholesalers, and custom builders for residential and commercial kitchens and bathrooms.

The IAPMO Group booths, in the North and Central Halls, were busy as representatives promoted a comprehensive menu of product testing and conformity assessment services available throughout North America – the United States, Canada and Mexico – the only provider accredited to offer such coverage.

“As always, we have just concluded another successful year at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas with a tremendous outcome,” said Dave Viola, IAPMO’s Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Business Strategy. “IAPMO R&T’s booth was very busy with plumbing industry professionals stopping by and inquiring about our Uniform Plumbing Code® (UPC) certification. Many manufacturers also took the opportunity to sign up with our UPC certification program. It was a great feeling to know that after many years in the plumbing industry, our UPC certification continues to be the certification mark of choice in the industry.”

IAPMO UES, widely recognized as the most efficient and credible provider of code reports for building products, encountered great interest in its services for manufacturers seeking rapid speed to market for their innovative new building products.

“We were thrilled with the response UES received at the 2016 IBS, which far exceeded our expectations,” Viola said. “Our reception couldn’t have been better, and the booth traffic was the best we’ve ever seen at an IBS. It looks like 2016 is shaping up to be a wonderful year for the building industry.”

The Institute of Building Technology (IBT), a division of IAPMO R&T Lab, generated great interest with its ability to provide testing services to a wide variety of building materials.

“This was the first time for IBT at KBIS/IBS, and the response was tremendous," Viola said.

KBIS 2017 and IBS will be held Jan. 10-12, 2017, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. For more information, direct your web browser to www.kbis.com.

IAPMO’s certification marks of conformity carry the organization’s more than 70-year reputation for integrity and accountability and are readily recognized throughout North America. For more details about IAPMO’s services, please visit www.iapmo.org.

Sponsor of the Uniform Codes, IAPMO® – The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials – works in concert with government and industry for safe, sanitary plumbing and mechanical systems. Learn more about IAPMO at www.iapmo.org.


Sanjay ‘Jay’ Mishra Selected to Head IAPMO Institute of Building Technology (IBT)

Ontario, Calif. (Aug. 31, 2015) — The IAPMO Group is pleased to announce that Sanjay “Jay” Mishra will be heading The IAPMO Institute of Building Technology (IBT), a division of IAPMO R&T Lab, as vice president of Building Product Testing.

Mishra comes to IAPMO after 24 years as vice president of RADCO in Long Beach, Calif., where he managed the company’s testing laboratory and code coordination activities. His has spent more than two decades designing, analyzing, and reporting on all aspects of physical compliance testing of building products for code bodies and federal/state regulatory approval. He also created procedures for manufacturers’ quality assurance programs, represented clients as an expert witness in cases related to water damage, weathering, and structural design, and was also the chief information officer at RADCO, handling all aspects of IT-related functions.

Since 1990, Mishra has authored numerous technical test reports for submittal and acceptance by federal, state, and city governments and agencies nationwide.

“We are thrilled to be adding such a well-known and respected name within the building product industry to the IAPMO family,” said IAPMO CEO GP Russ Chaney. “Jay’s two-plus decades of experience and expertise in the areas of testing and quality assurance — running a laboratory and developing testing programs for compliance — will be a valuable asset as we continue to expand not only throughout the United States, but also around the world.”

Mishra will focus his energies on establishing IBT as a great resource for providing consulting, R&D and testing services to the building industry. He will oversee all aspects of designing and implementing the capabilities of IBT, and has been instrumental in obtaining accreditation for a wide variety of methodologies. Mishra earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bangalore University in India and a Master of Science degree in Technological Systems Management from State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Society for Testing & Materials.

"This is a very exciting time in our industry, and the synergies created by our diverse business units will allow us to provide a wealth of consulting and testing services to our customers," Mishra said.

For more information on IBT, direct your web browser to www.iapmoibt.org.

The IAPMO Institute of Building Technology (IBT) is a division of IAPMO R&T Lab, a nationally recognized testing laboratory accredited to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 (General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories) by ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB). IBT provides consulting and accredited testing services to the building products industry.