NTA Newsletter Q1 2017

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More testing options now available for building product manufacturers

NTA has been accredited by the International Accreditation Service (IAS) since 2004. On February 21, 2017, the IAS awarded NTA an expanded scope that now includes ASTM D7032 and AC273.

ASTM D7032 is the specification for establishing performance ratings for wood-plastic composite and plastic lumber deck board, stair treads and guards. D7032 is referenced by the 2009, 2012 and 2015 International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IBC), which require all products to be labeled to show conformance to ASTM D7032.

NTA certification program IM 008.1 for Wood Plastic Composite Deck Board, Guardrail and Handrail fulfills all the requirements set out by the building codes. Additionally, the inclusion of AC273 in our scope will allow NTA to not only test and certify guards and handrails that are made of wood plastic composites, but also a variety of other materials, including metal.

In addition to offering a deckboard, guard and handrail certification program, the expanded scope goes along with the announcement by NADRA that NTA is working in conjunction with their CPAC committee (Consumer Product Awareness Charter) to develop a labeling program for outdoor products, including deck boards, guards and railings. The labels will contain information about the products various properties, like fade resistance and thermal retention.

Are you a deck board, guardrail or railing manufacturer? ContactNTA to find out more about our ability to test and certify your product.

An Optimist is the personification of spring

4 tips to help your plan review project stay on track

Keeping a project on track requires certain tasks to be completed at just the right time. Some of those tasks proceed simply and easily, while others require multiple steps and have the potential to create costly delays. For many of those tasks, having a checklist of the steps involved can be a big help. Plan review is one of those tasks where even a few simple “Tips” can help to maintain your schedule.

Below are four tips to help ensure your plan review stays on track and on time.

  • Check to make sure that the codes required, building occupancy, and structural specifications are all clearly indicated on the plans. Your reviewer will need this information so that your project can move forward with ease.
  • If the plan contains something different than previous projects, you might consider giving the plan reviewer a call in the preliminary stages. That way, if there is a code issue, it can be identified early.
  • Make sure no portion of the plans are missing. Your reviewer needs a complete set of plans to ensure compliance.
  • When you are sending in revisions, please indicate clearly what was changed or revised. This will help expedite your revision.

Keeping these simple tips in mind can prevent both yourself and your plan reviewer from lost time!

Did you know? Spring facts.

Did you know… that on the first day of spring, a person at the North Pole would see the sun skimming across the horizon, beginning six months of uninterrupted daylight. A person at the South Pole would see the sun skimming across the horizon, signaling the start of six months of darkness?

Or that children actually grow faster in the spring than during other times of the year?

If you’re a trivia buff, or just like reading interesting facts, take a look at this article with 43 Spring facts.

Chuck Osterday promoted to Director of Modular Services

NTA, Inc. is pleased to announce that Chuck Osterday has been promoted to the position of Director of Modular Services. Chuck has more than 40 years of experience in the modular industry. During that time he has become recognized as an expert in residential and commercial buildings, on-site installation, in-plant production and engineering, as well as quality control and state plan review and inspection programs.

“Chuck has always given 100% to NTA,” says David Tompos, NTA, Inc.’s President, “and his knowledge of production processes and codes will benefit our clients immensely.”

Chuck has been a valued member of the NTA family for 30 years, and looks forward to many more helping clients build the safest, highest quality structures possible.

North Carolina Inspector/Quality Auditor

We are seeking to fill several regional positions in North Carolina for Building Inspector / Quality Auditor. The main responsibilities will be to perform regularly scheduled, on site, in plant audits as requested by Regional Inspection Manager. Perform product sampling as requested and continually monitor client’s implementation of approved quality systems. Required Education: High School diploma or equivalent. Passing ICC Residential timed examinations in Building, Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing within 90 days of employment. Preferred Experience: Basic construction knowledge, state licenses or ICC certifications.

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