Using Evaluation Service Reports (ESR), Product Approvals, Notices of Acceptance and Similar Reports

Without regard to the building category, we are often tasked with selecting products in conjunction with our design specifications. For structural engineers, it might be a particular type of concrete enhancement such as polypropylene, glass or steel fibers. It might be a window that has to meet impact requirements.

In any case there is a myriad to materials and processes that we as engineers have to deal with. ESR’s and similar are available for assistance in evaluating material and installations.

Here is a link to the International Code Council’s Evaluation Service where numerous reports are available and categorized for convenience:


Take a look…you might be surprised how helpful this info can be.