Monthly Archives: September 2018

Fire Marshals and Fire Chiefs oppose tall wood code changes

September 28, 2018

NCMA eNews September 27, 2018 The National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) has released a position opposing the pending building code changes to allow taller wood construction. The proposed changes would increase height, area, and story allowances for tall wood buildings based in part on “professional judgment.” The State Fire Marshals have called for…
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Structural Masonry Design Webinar Series from NWCMA

September 27, 2018

The Northwest Concrete Masonry Association is sponsoring a three-part webinar series on reinforced masonry design. It will focus on the requirements of the 2015 IBC and 2013 TMS 402/ACI 530 codes. Both working stress and strength design of reinforced concrete masonry will be covered. Learn how to use and interpret the building code through masonry…
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NCMA Solutions Center: Can concrete masonry be used to build foundation walls?

September 25, 2018

NCMA eNews September 20, 2018 Yes. Concrete masonry is a durable and energy efficient material that also has the strength to be used in constructing foundation walls. CMU foundation walls are built on concrete footings and is properly detailed to prevent any moisture infiltration. For more details on concrete masonry foundation walls, see TEK 5-3A…
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Construction cost study: New cities available

September 25, 2018

NCMA eNews September 20, 2018 More than 20 new cities across the U.S. and Canada have been added to the construction cost comparison study available at buildingstudies.org. The original study included three cities, and since initial release additional studies have been performed from coast to coast. The results of the studies show that concrete masonry…
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