Code Compliance

am‑cor System Conformance to the IBC, IRC, ASTM, UL, ICC, and other standards

Con­form­ance Over­view

The am‑cor Sys­tem™ is a pat­en­ted, pan­el­ized struc­tur­al sys­tem of con­struc­tion, com­posed of:

  • Port­land ce­ment
  • sand (build­ers sharp grade)
  • gal­van­ized cold rolled steel
  • gal­van­ized car­bon steel

These steel and ce­ment ma­ter­i­als, and meth­ods of fram­ing and place­ment, are covered un­der the fol­low­ing in­ter­na­tion­al build­ing codes:

  • IBC: In­ter­na­tion­al Build­ing Code
  • IRC: In­ter­na­tion­al Res­id­en­tial Code
  • ICBO: In­ter­na­tion­al Coun­cil of Build­ing Of­fi­cials

The build­ing codes above refer to the fol­low­ing ma­ter­i­al tests in their spe­cif­ic­a­tion of man­u­fac­ture, fab­ric­a­tion, and site as­sembly of am‑cor Kits. Ma­ter­i­als used in the am‑cor Sys­tem have been tested to de­term­ine their strength, dur­ab­il­ity, and res­ist­ance to de­teri­or­a­tion. Test re­ports are is­sued ac­cord­ing to the ASTM (Amer­ic­an Stand­ard Test Meth­od). All ma­ter­i­als con­form to ASTM man­u­fac­ture and qual­ity con­trol. Ma­ter­i­als are pro­duced and fab­ric­ated in­to Kits ac­cord­ing to re­cog­nized in­dustry stand­ar­ds, con­trolled by re­gistered in­dustry trade as­so­ci­ations:

  • AISC: Amer­ic­an In­sti­tu­te of Steel Con­struc­tion
  • ASSMA: Amer­ic­an Steel Stud Man­u­fac­tur­ers As­so­ci­ation
  • SFA: Steel Fram­ing Al­li­ance
  • PCA: Port­land Ce­ment As­so­ci­ation.

These am‑cor Kit ma­ter­i­als are rated as non-com­bust­ible. They are com­bined in as­sem­blies which have been rated as fire res­ist­ant by the:

  • UL: Un­der­writers Labor­at­ory
  • ICC: In­ter­na­tion­al Code Coun­cil

Steel, sand, and ce­ment do not out­gas, even un­der con­di­tions of ex­treme heat. They are im­per­vi­ous to ver­min, in­sects, ter­mites, mold, mil­dew, rot, and fungus. They con­trib­ute to high levels of IEQ (in­door en­vir­on­ment­al qual­ity), and do not emit VOCs (volat­ive or­gan­ic com­pounds).

Fi­nally, all am‑cor Kits are ar­chi­tec­tur­ally de­signed & en­gin­eered in ac­cord­ance to the struc­tur­al, dis­as­ter-res­ist­ance, fire-res­ist­ance, and liv­ing stand­ar­ds spe­ci­fied in the IBC.

Light Gauge Steel Fram­ing

  • Fram­ing De­tails & Test­ing Data, pub­lished by the SFA (Steel Fram­ing Al­li­ance)
  • IBC (In­ter­na­tion­al Build­ing Code) 2015
    • Chapter 22: Steel
      • Sec­tion 2210: Cold-Formed Steel
      • Sec­tion 2211: Cold-Formed Steel Light-Framed Con­struc­tion
  • IRC (In­ter­na­tion­al Res­id­en­tial Code) 2015
    • Sec­tion R505: Steel Floor Fram­ing
    • Sec­tion R603: Steel Wall Fram­ing
    • Sec­tion R804: Steel Roof Fram­ing
  • Di­et­rich Gal­van­ized Cold Rolled Steel Pro­files: ICBO ap­proved, re­port #784P

Ap­plic­a­tion of Ex­ter­i­or Ce­ment Coat

IBC 2015

  • Chapter 25 Gypsum Board Gypsum Pan­el Products & Plaster
  • Table 2507.2 Lath Plas­ter­ing Ma­ter­i­als & Ac­cessor­ies
  • Sec­tion 2505: Shear Wall Con­struc­tion
  • Sec­tion 2510: Lath­ing and Fur­ring for Ce­ment Plaster (Stucco)
  • Sec­tion 2512: Ex­ter­i­or Plaster
  • Table 2511.1.1: In­stall­a­tion of Plaster Con­struc­tion
    • ASTM C1063: Lath­ing and fur­ring (ce­ment plaster)
    • ASTM C926: Port­land ce­ment plaster
    • ASTM C754: Steel fram­ing

IRC 2015

  • Sec­tion R703.6: Ex­ter­i­or Plaster

ASTM Ref­er­en­ces

  • A 653/A 653M-04a: Spe­cif­ic­a­tion for Steel Sheet, Zinc-coated Gal­van­ized or Zinc-iron Al­loy-coated Gal­van­nealed by the Hot-dip Pro­cess
  • C754: Steel fram­ing
  • C847-00: Spe­cif­ic­a­tion for Met­al Lath
  • C926-98a: Spe­cif­ic­a­tion for Ap­plic­a­tion of Port­land Ce­ment Based-plaster
  • C954-00: Spe­cif­ic­a­tion for Steel Drill Screws for the Ap­plic­a­tion of Gypsum Pan­el Products or Met­al Plaster Bases to Steel Studs from 0.033 inch (0.84 mm) to 0.112 inch (2.84 mm) in Thick­ness
  • C955-03: Stand­ard Spe­cif­ic­a­tion for Load-bear­ing Trans­verse and Axi­al Steel Studs, Run­ners Tracks, and Bra­cing or Bridging, for Screw Ap­plic­a­tion of Gypsum Pan­el Products and Met­al Plaster Bases
  • C1007-04: Spe­cif­ic­a­tion for In­stall­a­tion of Load Bear­ing (Trans­verse and Axi­al) Steel Studs and Re­lated Ac­cessor­ies
  • C1063-03: Spe­cif­ic­a­tion for In­stall­a­tion of Lath­ing and Fur­ring to Re­ceive In­teri­or and Ex­ter­i­or Port­land Ce­ment Based Plaster
  • C1329-04: Spe­cif­ic­a­tion for Mor­tar Ce­ment

AISI Ref­er­en­ces

  • NAS-01: North Amer­ic­an Spe­cif­ic­a­tion for the Design of Cold-formed Steel Struc­tur­al Mem­bers, in­clud­ing 2004 Sup­ple­ment
  • Gen­er­al-04: Stand­ard for Cold-formed Steel Fram­ing-Gen­er­al Pro­vi­sions
  • Head­er-04: Stand­ard for Cold-formed Steel Fram­ing-Head­er Design
  • Lat­er­al-04: Stand­ard for Cold-formed Steel Fram­ing-Lat­er­al Design
  • PM-01: Stand­ard for Cold-formed Steel Fram­ing-Pre­script­ive Meth­od for One- and Two-fam­ily Dwell­ings, in­clud­ing 2004 Sup­ple­ment
  • Truss-04: Stand­ard for Cold-formed Steel Fram­ing-Truss Design
  • WSD-04: Stand­ard for Cold-formed Steel Fram­ing-Wall Stud Design
  • A 123/A 123M-02: Spe­cif­ic­a­tion for Zinc (Hot-dip Gal­van­ized) Coat­ing on Iron and Steel Products

Fire At­ten­u­ation

  • IBC 2003 & 2006: Chapter 25, Sec­tion 2506.0: Ce­ment Lath & Plaster
  • UL U409: 1 hr. WALL AS­SEMBLY
  • UL U431: 4 hr. WALL AS­SEMBLY