Having an independent evaluation of a building product (by way of an Appraisal) is one endorsed by Governments in Great Britain, Nordic countries, European countries, and by non-government organisations such as the ICC Evaluation Service (of the USA), BRANZ, BEAL and others. An appraisal is a process by which a) the performance of products and their components are evaluated (tested) and b) the ongoing risks associated with the use of the product and components are managed by way of a product quality plan. Such an assessment will also assess the practicality and ease of installation.
BEAL have developed an appraisal info pack (download below), which outlines and explains the Appraisal process in graphic and word form. An application form and confidentiality agreement form are available for download too.
A BEAL Appraisal and the approved logo stating “Building Code Compliant” with a unique appraisal number, can only be issued when there is a ‘Building Product Quality Plan’ that ensures that the product or system will continue to be installed and maintained as required by the manufacturer’s instructions.