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The New ICC-ES Building Code Report Scores NCFI Polyurethanes a Hat Trick
New building code report puts NCFI’s high performance spray foam insulation in rarefied air

Mount Airy, NC—A new report issued by the International Code Council Evaluation Service, ICC-ES, the body responsible for evaluating product compliance with ICC codes and standards used to construct residential and commercial buildings spells good news for NCFI Polyurethanes by scoring a hat-trick. The report, ESR-1615, certifies NCFI as the only manufacturer with products compliant for all residential and commercial building according to the 2009 International Building Code (IBC), International Residential Code (IRC), and International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), and certifies them for the latest Florida Building Code and for single and multi-story buildings located in High-Velocity Hurricane Wind Zones.

ICC-ES evaluates building products for compliance with building and construction code. ICC-ES does technical evaluations of building products, components, methods, and materials. The evaluation process culminates with the issuance of reports on code compliance and design/construction alternatives which are available free of charge to code officials, contractors, specifiers, architects, engineers, and anyone else with an interest in the building industry and construction. ESRs provide evidence that products and systems meet code requirements.

“Spray foam systems manufacturers, like NCFI, must test their products. ICC-ES does an excellent and much needed job of evaluating and reporting on the results,” says Steve Loftis, Manager of Codes and Compliance for NCFI. “They really help code officials and designers by boiling a huge pile of data down into a single line stating the products are, or in some cases are not, code compliant for certain applications.” Loftis continues, “In our case, the ESR certifies InsulStar and InsulBloc are code compliant for all residential and commercial buildings as insulation and vapor retarder. This provides designers with multiple functionality and performance with a single product and that opens up a world of design possibilities in all climatic conditions. We’ve worked hard to gain ESR certification and it means a great deal to our business.”

Nelson Clark, senior vice president of NCFI, sees the benefit for code officials, “ICC-ES acts as a third-party—a totally independent source—that validates code compliance claims. It’s a vital service in today’s growing building industry. We’re glad to have this highly professional, trusted organization confirm and validate our testing to let the code community and designers know InsulStar® and InsulBloc® are approved for all types of commercial and residential buildings.” Clark concludes, “We know our products are technically excellent for all kinds of building—we’ve been at this since 1967. It’s good to have the assurance of a prestigious independent testing body like the ICC-ES.”


For more information, or to arrange an interview on this subject contact:
Dale McGlothlin (202) 341-8615

About NCFI Polyurethanes, Inc.
NCFI was organized in 1964 by research chemist, Dr. H. W. Bradley and Barnhardt Manufacturing Company. NCFI is headquartered in Mt. Airy, NC and manufactures polyurethane foam chemical systems for spray foam-in-place insulation (SPF), roofing, marine floatation, packaging, specialty molding, and many other uses. The company also offers a complete line of flexible foams for furniture seating, transportation seating, bedding, carpet underlay, and packaging. NCFI has manufacturing plants in High Point and Hickory, N.C., Dalton, GA., and Salt Lake City, UT. To learn more about NCFI please visit

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