UL PRODUCT CATEGORY

Building Materials, AABM


GENERAL

Building materials include adhesives, coatings, acoustical materials and the like, investigated for surface burning characteristics, such as flame spread and smoke developed during fire exposure. Other building materials include prefabricated buildings, structural building products, gypsum board, fireplaces and chimneys, elevator equipment, and exiting equipment, such as exit signs, exit appliances, and emergency lighting and power equipment.

INVESTIGATION REQUIREMENTS AND STANDARDS

The scope of product sizes and ratings appearing in the general Guide Information for some product categories is intended to indicate the current range of certified products, however, it is not necessarily indicative of limitations for those certified products.

The standards used to investigate products are identified in the general Guide Information for each product category. There may not always be a published standard for investigating a product to determine its acceptability for certification. If no applicable standard is available, UL will exercise its judgment in the selection of applicable requirements from related standards and other sources to develop the requirements to cover uses and conditions for which specific requirements did not previously exist.

Products, equipment and construction materials certified by UL in accordance with international or regional standards only (e.g., products certified to an IEC or ISO standard) are intended for distribution, installation and use in areas of the world where the specified standards have been adopted and are in effect as national or regional standards.

INSTALLATION REQUIREMENTS

The limitations for the equipment as specified in the general Guide Information for each product category such as voltage and temperature limits, markings, special descriptions and installation provisions need to be noted prior to installation and use.

Equipment has been investigated with reference to risks to life and property and for conformity to the installation and use provisions of the applicable installation codes and standards of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and applicable model codes identified in the general Guide Information for each product category.

Some products are certified for uses not within the scope of nationally recognized installation codes and standards. Such products are investigated for the specifications or use conditions indicated in the general Guide Information for each product category.

These products are intended for installation subject to approval by the Authority Having Jurisdiction. Authorities Having Jurisdiction should be consulted before installation.

INSTRUCTIONS AND PRODUCT MARKINGS

These products are intended to be installed in accordance with the installation instructions provided with the product. It is critical that the cautionary statements and installation and operating instructions on the product and in accompanying literature be followed.

FIELD-MODIFIED OR REBUILT EQUIPMENT

An authorized use of the UL Mark is the manufacturer's declaration that a product was manufactured in accordance with the applicable certification requirements, and was in compliance with those requirements when it was shipped from the factory. When a product bearing a UL Mark is modified or rebuilt (including being refurbished, remanufactured, reconditioned or renovated) after it leaves the factory where the UL Mark was applied, UL does not know if the product continues to meet the applicable requirements unless the modification or rebuilding has been specifically investigated by UL. The only exceptions to this are when a UL-certified product has specific markings for field-installed equipment or the replacement of components, or when the individual product is addressed through one of the specific programs noted below.

Evidence that UL has specifically investigated the modification or rebuilding can only be demonstrated by a product that bears the UL Mark or label of one of UL's programs for modified or rebuilt equipment, which include:

UL Rebuilt Product Certifications — UL's rebuilt product certifications cover a wide range of product types. The general Guide Information for each product category with a rebuilt certification program identifies the applicable requirements and the specific marking for products rebuilt under the program. Only rebuilt products that bear the UL Mark together with the word "Rebuilt," "Refurbished," "Remanufactured," "Reconditioned" or "Renovated" have been investigated by UL to the applicable certification requirements.
UL Retrofit Certifications — UL's retrofit certifications include an investigation of all required component parts, including instructions, for retrofitting specific types of certified products in the field. Products investigated under this program bear a UL Mark together with the product identity including the word "Retrofit."
UL Field Evaluated Products — For products identified by the Authority Having Jurisdiction, owner, or other regulatory body as being acceptable to evaluate after installation or otherwise outside of the manufacturer's location, UL's Field Evaluation program addresses investigation to applicable product requirements based on the specific application and use location for the particular equipment. The specific equipment investigated under this program bears the UL Field Evaluation label.

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Last Updated on 2017-09-11
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