The FlexLock Wall System

The FlexLock Wall System

Building Code Compliance

Codes and Their Purpose

A model building code is a set of rules that specify the minimum acceptable level of safety for constructed objects such as buildings and nonbuilding structures. The main purpose of the building codes is to protect public health, safety, and general welfare as they relate to the construction and occupancy of buildings and structures.

FlexLock and the IBC

Building codes do not anticipate innovation, but only respond to it. As a result, most new construction technologies begin outside the code. While post-tensioning does exist in the codes, dry-stack masonry does not. Consequently, FlexLock does not fall under the IBC at this time. Under a special committee, The Masonry Society has written codes for dry-stack masonry to be integrated into the IBC allowing all dry-stack systems to fall under the IBC. These proposed codes are undergoing revision and balloting at this time. It is expected that within the next year or two, these codes will be adopted by the IBC.

Providing Support for Alternate Materials and Methods

Through our licensees, Cercorp will provide to the specifier, builder, contractor, or developer the necessary documentation to show that FlexLock meets and/or exceeds the standards prescribed in the codes in terms of suitability, quality, strength, effectiveness, fire resistance, durability, and safety.

FlexLock and Building Codes

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Even though dry-stack standards have not been adopted by the IBC, it is still possible to build with FlexLock under the provision of "alternate materials or methods" (also known as: "special structures"). This is very common. Municipal codes give building officials the authority to approve the use of any alternate material, design, or construction method if the building official determines the following:

(a) that the proposed alternate material, design, or construction method would comply with the Masonry Regulations;

(b) that the proposed alternate material, design, or construction method is at least equivalent to the standards prescribed in the

applicable regulation in terms of suitability, quality, strength, effectiveness, fire resistance, durability, safety; and

(c) that sufficient evidence has been submitted to substantiate any claims that may be made regarding the use of any proposed

alternate material, design, or construction method.

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