August 29, 2005
International Barrier Technology Receives Final Report from the International Code Congress, Expanding Market for Blazeguard® Products
Building Code Changes Benefit Proprietary Fire Resistant Building Materials Company
Watkins, MN; Vancouver, BC, August 29, 2005 - International Barrier Technology Inc. (“Barrier”) (IBTGF: OTCBB; IBH: TSXV), a manufacturer of proprietary fire resistant building materials, is pleased to announce that it has received the long anticipated International Code Congress Evaluation Services Report (ICC-ESR) for its PyrotiteÔ based BlazeguardÒ products. The evaluation services report enables Barrier to market its products throughout the US and other parts of the world where the newly adopted International Building Code (IBC) is being used to dictate building specifications.
Prior to the release of the ICC-ESR for Blazeguard, Barrier was restricted in its ability to market the product in the Western US where the Uniform Building Code had been the required standard. “We are extremely pleased that the process of evaluation for our products has been completed by the ICC”, reports Dr. Michael D. Huddy, Barrier’s President. Barrier can make immediate use of the report and begin the process of introducing Blazeguard projects in the Western US. Additionally, the report expands upon the current applications for Blazeguard by now allowing it to be specified (treated on both panel faces) for roof deck applications in Type I and Type II non-combustible commercial construction projects all over the US.
The new report replaces the former BOCA and SBCCI reports that were used to sanction Blazeguard’s use in the former Standard and National Building Code geographies. “When the IBC was developed and selected to replace the former US model building codes, the challenge became to consolidate our former reports into a single, all encompassing report“, says Huddy. “The ICC is very thorough in its analysis and the process takes a considerable amount of time and effort on the manufacturers’ part, as well as the professional staff of ICC-ES. Once the process is complete, however, it gives the manufacturer the ability to present their products with solid credibility to building code officials and architects.” Barrier anticipates increased sales at a time when capacity is being tripled in the plant with the start-up of a new, highly automated production line. “The timing could not be better”, says Huddy.
About International Barrier Technology Inc.
International Barrier Technology, Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets proprietary fire resistant building materials. Its patented, non-combustible, non-toxic Pyrotite formulation has an extraordinary capability: It releases water when exposed to the heat of fire. Barrier's award-winning Blazeguard® wood panels exceed International Building Code requirements in every targeted fire test and application, and uniquely combine properties that increase panel strength and minimize environmental and human impact. Pyrotite has potential applications for engineered wood products, paint, plastics, and expanded polystyrene.
Barrier is part of the DJ Building Materials Index (US).
About the International Code Congress (ICC-ES)
ICC-ES is a nonprofit, public-benefit corporation that does technical evaluations of building products, components, methods, and materials. The evaluation process culminates with the issuance of reports on code compliance, which are made available free of charge, on the worldwide Web, to building regulators, contractors, specifiers, architects, engineers, and anyone else with an interest in the building industry and construction. These people look to ICC-ES evaluation reports for evidence that products and systems meet code requirements.
ICC-ES came into being on February 1, 2003, when America's four building-product evaluation services officially combined their operations. The four "legacy" evaluation services that came together to form ICC-ES were the National Evaluation Service, Inc.; BOCAI Evaluation Services; ICBO Evaluation Service, Inc.; and SBCCI Public Service Testing and Evaluation Services, Inc. Through the legacy evaluation services, ICC-ES has a history that goes back more than seventy years.
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