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ICC-ES AC202 – Acceptance Criteria for Wood-based Studs


ICC-ES AC202 outlines the acceptance criteria for evaluating wood-based studs. These criteria are used within the ICC-ES evaluation report process to assess the structural performance and suitability of wood-based studs for use in construction projects.

The scope of ICC-ES AC202 includes:

  • Wood-based studs: this covers various types of engineered wood studs, such as laminated veneer lumber (LVL) studs, parallel strand lumber (PSL) studs, and laminated strand lumber (LSL) studs.
  • Structural performance: the criteria evaluate the stud’s ability to resist axial loads (compression and tension), lateral loads (bending), and combined loads.
  • Design values: the criteria establish methods for determining design values for various strength and stiffness properties of wood-based studs.
  • Testing requirements: the criteria specify the required tests and procedures for evaluating the structural performance of wood-based studs.
  • Evaluation report: the primary purpose of the criteria is to provide a standardized framework for evaluating wood-based studs and issuing ICC-ES evaluation reports.

It is important to note that ICC-ES AC202 is not a design standard. It does not provide design guidelines or instructions for using wood-based studs in construction. Its sole purpose is to establish the acceptance criteria for evaluating their structural performance within the ICC-ES evaluation report process.

ICC-ES AC202 Accredited Inspection Agency

Applied Testing & Geosciences, LLC is accredited for performing inspections using the ICC-ES AC202 acceptance criteria.

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wood-based stud; structural performance; axial load; lateral load; design value; evaluation report