Launches Certification Program for Tornado-Resistant Products
The ETL SEMKO division of Intertek Group plc has launched a tornado-resistant
product certification program in accordance with applicable requirements
of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National
Storm Shelter Association (NSSA). The program is designed to assist
manufacturers in determining if products are fit for use in tornado-prone
areas of the United States. The program's first certification was
issued to Windsor Republic Doors.
Intertek says it is the first independent testing laboratory to
introduce a certification program for tornado-resistant products.
As part of the program, testing will be conducted to applicable
requirements of FEMA and the NSSA and will help to determine products'
wind pressure load resistance, debris impact resistance, structural
integrity and door and latching device capacity, according to the
"Safeguarding consumers and their property is at the heart
of what we do," said Jeff Turcotte, vice president, building
products, Intertek. "Introducing this program to product manufacturers
ultimately provides consumers, buyers and specifiers with much needed
assurance of product compliance."
Windsor Republic Doors' Model 3070 Door Assembly and Model 6270
Door Pair Assembly bear Intertek's proprietary WH Mark, showing
compliance with FEMA's National Performance Criteria for Tornado
Shelters and NSSA's Standard for Design, Construction and Performance
of Storm Shelters.
"Windsor Republic Doors is dedicated to providing our customers
with products that best meet their severe weather resistance needs,"
said Jason W. Lisewski, director of product engineering at Windsor
Republic Doors. "By partnering with the industry experts at
Intertek we feel this program will help us to continue to meet that