PCI opens Fire Resistance standard to comment, clarifies prescriptive vs. rational design

Sources: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago; CP staff

PCI is accepting comments through January 31 on the proposed Specification for Fire Resistance of Precast/Prestressed Concrete. The PCI MNL 124-18 standard will update 2011 design procedures and address two precast/prestressed concrete engineering approaches: “calculated” fire resistance, encompassing prescriptive provisions with tables for selecting concrete mass or protection of steel; and, “rational design,” a true fire resistance calculation procedure referenced in PCI manuals and the charter International Building Code (2000).

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Concrete interests ensure code provisions for taller wood buildings hit brick wall

Sources: CP staff; National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.

Convening in Memphis for International Code Council Committee Action Hearings, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and allied-industry representatives helped defeat a proposal allowing wood-framed structures up to nine stories—four higher than the 2015 International Building Code permits for such construction.

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ICC adds cost justification, cloud collaboration to code development

Source: International Code Council, Country Club Hills, Ill.

Leading to the 2018 International Building Code and International Residential Code, the 2015/2016/2017 Code Development Cycle will be the first full interval to use cdpACCESS, ICC’s cloud-based system for code change proposals and public comment submittals, floor modification submissions and online voting.

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Engineer-friendly ACI 318-14 debuts after code’s exhaustive reorganization

Sources: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

Gathering in Washington D.C. for its fall convention, ACI officially released the completely reorganized ACI 318-14: Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete, to be referenced in 2015 International Building Code.

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ACI opens 45-day 318-14 public review, adds social media twist

Sources: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

In accordance with its standardization procedure, ACI has opened public discussion for the completely reorganized ACI 318-14, “Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete and Commentary,” with comments on the document relayed through an official submittal form by June 17.

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