A common misconception in the fireplace industry is that Acucraft products are not tested, certified, listed, or come with labels. Well, that couldn’t be further from the truth!
Acucraft is the only custom fireplace manufacturer in the world with the ability to third party test and label every gas fireplace for our customers by partnering with a Third-Party Certification Body, LabTest Certification, Inc.
LabTest Certification, Inc.is a third-party certification body, testing laboratory, and inspection body who tests and certifies different kinds of products categories. LabTest provides product testing and certification to national and international standards in the areas of electrical, hazardous locations, EMC, gas, plumbing, marine, solar, energy efficiency, building materials, as well as environmental testing.
Founded in 2003, LabTest became an Accredited Certification Body / Testing Laboratory in 2007. Their headquarters is based in Delta, BC with two additional locations in Canada and the United States (Las Vegas, NV). With strategic partners worldwide, LabTest is able to provide local testing for international markets.
Acucraft has worked with LabTest for over 5 years for our testing and certification needs. In summer 2017 Acucraft officially partnered with LabTest and developed an approved in-house lab to test & certify fireplaces ourselves.
Our Third Party Certification testing can be done with any standard or custom gas fireplace and comes with a testing report & label listed with the third party ANSI Accreditation Agency. Every Acucraft fireplace is safety tested prior to leaving our factory. This test is similar to our Third Party Certification test but does not come with a label and is not a listed product.
What Types of Testing Do We Do?
Acucraft is authorized to conduct 3rd Party Certification testing to ANSI Z21.97 and Z21.50 standards; we are also able to test to Canadian standards CSA 2.41-2017 and CSA 2.22-2016. A label, full listing, and report is provided with every 3rd Party Certified fireplace.
Acucraft Factory Tests all custom and standard gas fireplaces before they are shipped to their final location. This test is very similar to the 3rd Party Certification testing but does not come with a label, listing or report.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: What Is ANSI?
A: ANSI is a 501(c)3 private, not-for-profit organization. ANSI stands for the American National Standards Institute. The Institute oversees the creation and use of thousands of norms and guidelines that directly impact businesses in nearly every sector. Their mission is To enhance both global competitiveness of U.S. business and the U.S. quality of life by promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment systems, and safeguarding their integrity.
Q: What is Certification?
A: Certification is the process of testing and evaluating products to demonstrate that they meet the minimum requirements of applicable industry set safety and/or performance standards of the country they will be entering.
Q: Why do I need to test and certify my fireplace or fire feature?
A: Per local codes and regulations, products are required to be tested and certified (listed) by accredited bodies to show that they meet the minimum requirements of industry set safety and performance standards.
Q: What does the LC Certification Mark stand for?
A: The LC Mark states that a product is compliant with applicable industry set standards and meets the minimum safety and/or performance requirements requested by the standard(s).
Q: Is an approval / certification issued by LabTest equivalent to an approval / certification issued by CSA or UL?
A: Yes. The certification by LabTest is the same type of testing completed by CSA and UL.
Q: What is UL?
A: UL is a third party testing agency and is one of many testing agencies that test products. The term “UL” is often used to describe any product that is safety tested to strict standards set forth by different testing agencies and jurisdictions.
Products that are affixed with the Certification Mark have been found to be compliant with the applicable standard(s) for the specific product type. These products have undergone industry set safety and performance requirements.
Acucraft products are tested and certified to one, or both, of the following standards:
ANSI Z21.50-2016 / CSA 2.22-2016 – Vented Decorative Gas Appliances
ANSI Z21.97-2017 / CSA 2.41-2017 – Outdoor Decorative Gas Appliances
Any indoor or outdoor gas product can be tested by Acucraft, in-house, to meet ANSI standards.
Sample Approved Installation Manual
Sample Approved Rating Label
Sample Approved Listing Report