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Concrete Masonry Codes, Standards, and Specifications

This presentation introduces the various codes, standards, and specifications that govern concrete masonry units, materials, design, and construction. Specific topics include ASTM standards for materials, Building Code Requirements and Specification for Masonry Structures (TMS 402 and 602), and the relationship between these documents and the International Building Code (IBC). Typical specification formats and resources are also discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the various reference standards used for concrete masonry materials and structures
  2. Understand the requirements for products and materials used in concrete masonry construction.
  3. Review and understand the basic code requirements for design and construction of concrete masonry.
  4. Understand the commonly used guide specifications for concrete masonry construction and resources available for preparing specifications for concrete masonry.

Keywords: concrete masonry, masonry standards, ASTM standards, specifications, building codes.