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The Masonry Society (TMS)

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2013 MSJC Code, Specification and Commentaries —

Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structures (TMS 402/ACI 530/ASCE 5) and Specification for Masonry Structures (TMS 602/ACI 530.1/ASCE 6)

The 2013 edition of the national masonry design code and minimum specification is now available from The Masonry Society. It represents a major update from the 2011 edition both in technical requirements and in layout. This edition will be referenced by the 2015 International Building Code for the design and construction of structural masonry, veneer, and glass unit masonry. Many revisions and enhancements have been made to the 2013 Building Code Requirements and Specification for Masonry Structures including:

 

  • the addition of an Appendix on an optional limit design method for special reinforced masonry shear walls
  • a change to permit a moment magnifier approach for the design of reinforced clay, concrete masonry and autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC) masonry walls
  • a complete reformatting of the document into a more user friendly format
  • a new Chapter for the prescriptive design of masonry partition walls
  • movement of the empirical provisions into an Appendix
  • changes to the requirements for joint reinforcement and seismic clips for anchored veneer in SDC D, E, and F
  • revisions of design requirements for partially grouted shear walls

 

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TMS 403-13

Direct Design Handbook for Masonry Structures, 2013

from The Masonry Society

Direct Design Handbook for Masonry Structures (hereinafter referred to as the Handbook) was developed by The Masonry Society’s Design Practices Committee. This Handbook provides a direct procedure for the structural design of single-story, reinforced and unreinforced concrete masonry structures. The procedure is based on the strength design provisions of TMS 402-11/ACI 530-11/ASCE 5-11 Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structures and ASCE 7-10 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures. The document is applicable to both residential and commercial structures. So that users are required to do only minimal calculation, parameters are limited and design options are dictated. This Handbook applies to common structures over the vast majority of the United States including mapped ground snow loads up to 60 lb/ft2 (2.9 kPa), mapped basic wind speeds up to 200 mph (89.4 m/s), mapped seismic 0.2 second spectral response accelerations up to 3.0g, and mapped seismic 1.0 second spectral response accelerations up to 1.25g. This Handbook was developed as a consensus standard and written in mandatory language so that it may form a part of a legally adopted building code as an alternative to standards that address a much broader range of masonry construction. This Handbook was written so that architects, engineers, contractors, building officials, researchers, educators, suppliers, manufacturers and others may use the standard in their practice for various purposes.

Among the topics covered are reference standards, definitions and notations, site limitations, architectural limitations, loading limitations, material and construction requirements, direct design procedure, specifications, and details. The Commentary to this Handbook presents background analysis, details and committee considerations used to develop this Handbook. While not part of the legal requirements of this standardized Handbook, an Appendix providing an example of how to use the direct design procedure for a typical masonry building is provided following the Commentary.

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MDG 2016

Masonry Designers' Guide - 9th Edition

from the Council of Masonry Research and The Masonry Society

The 9th Edition of the Masonry Designers’ Guide, designated as the MDG-2016 so that readers know it is based on the 2016 TMS 402 and TMS 602 has been completely updated. Numerous additions and changes have been made, including a new Chapter on Reinforcement and Connectors, discussion and examples on new TMS 402-16 provisions, information related to masonry design requirements in the 2018 International Building Code (IBC), and updates related to new loading requirements in ASCE 7-16.

The MDG-2016 is an excellent resource for designers as well as students learning about masonry because it:

  • was developed by dozens of masonry experts who are familiar both with masonry design and with the Code requirements governing masonry’s use
  • includes over 110 practical examples of typical masonry buildings and components
  • provides practical tips on how to quickly and efficiently design typical masonry
  • includes drawings and photographs to illustrate concepts and procedures discussed

Topics covered in the 21 chapters of the MDG-2016 include masonry materials, testing, quality assurance, quality control, construction methods, structural design, seismic design, and using the TMS 402/602 with model Building Codes. A companion website has been created to provide users with additional resources including the complete MDG-2016 for reference (print protected, read only format), Excel spreadsheets used in some of the design examples and select technical notes on clay brick and concrete masonry that are often used by designers are included on this website.

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Standard Method for Determining Fire Resistance of Concrete and Masonry Construction Assemblies
(ACI/TMS 216.1-14)

Fire resistance of building elements is an important consideration in building design. While structural design considerations for concrete and masonry at ambient temperature conditions are addressed by ACI 318 and TMS 402/ACI 530/ASCE 5, respectively, these codes do not consider the impact of fire on concrete and masonry construction. This standard contains design and analytical procedures for determining the fire resistance of concrete and masonry members and building assemblies. Where differences occur in specific design requirements between this standard and ACI 318 and TMS 402/ACI 530/ASCE 5, as in the case of cover protection of steel reinforcement, the more stringent of the requirements shall apply.

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Standard Method for Determining the Sound Transmission Class Rating for Masonry Walls (TMS 0302-12)

Developed by the Codes and Standards Committee of The Masonry Society.

The updated version of this Standard provides minimum requirements for rating masonry walls for a sound transmission class (STC) and added for 2012 outdoor-indoor transmission class (OITC) based on field or laboratory testing or based on a calculation procedure.

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Standards for Architectural Cast Stone (TMS 404/504/604)

Standards for Architectural Cast Stone contains three standards and their commentaries:

TMS 404 covers the design of structures and assemblies incorporating or consisting of cast stone products and elements. Among the subjects covered are: definitions; contract documents; project drawings; design loads; material properties; strength and serviceability; analysis and design; section properties; reinforcement detailing; and quality assurance.

TMS 504 covers the fabrication of cast stone products and elements. Among the subjects covered are: ASTM standards; shop drawings; material properties; reinforcing steel; detailing; anchors; ties; corrosion protection; and delivery.

TMS 604 covers the installation of cast stone assemblies and elements. Among the subjects covered are: installation; construction; submittals; materials; mortars; masonry; quality assurance; inspection; and tolerances.

The Standards are written as legal documents so that they may be adopted by reference in building codes. The commentaries present background details, Committee considerations, and research data used to develop the standards. The commentaries are not mandatory and are for information of the user only.

These standards and their associated commentaries were developed by The Masonry Society’s Cast Stone Committee.

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Masonry Structures Behavior and Design, 4th Edition

from the Council for Masonry Research and The Masonry Society

Most widely used masonry textbook by Drysdale, Hamid and Baker completely updated to discuss new research findings and to reflect the design provisions in the 2016 MSJC Building Code and Specification for Masonry Structures.

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National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA)

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Basement Manual — Design and Construction Using
Concrete Masonry

from the National Concrete Masonry Association

The most comprehensive manual ever on concrete masonry basement construction with 200 pages of design and construction information. Covers all aspects of concrete masonry basement and foundation walls including: structural design and detailing, energy conservation and noise abatement, water penetration resistance, crack control, insect protection, soil gas resistance and construction requirements.

Member Price: $53
Non Member Price: $63

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Annotated Design and Construction Details for Concrete Masonry

by the National Concrete Masonry Association

Reduce design and detailing time and effort for concrete masonry. New and updated detailing manual boasts over 330 pages of details and commentary with details in multiple formats on CD.

Member Price: $108
Non Member Price: $118

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Inspection and Testing of Concrete Masonry Construction

from the National Concrete Masonry Association

This newly updated publication contains two parts: 1) Inspection in accordance with 2002 and 2005 MSJC as well as the International Building Code 2) Testing — step by step procedures for performing applicable ASTM testing procedures.

Member Price: $66
Non Member Price: $76

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NCMA Structural Masonry Design Software (CMS10 Ver. 7.2)

Concrete masonry and clay masonry software for allowable stress design and strength design according to 2005-2013 TMS 402/ACI 530/ASCE 5 or the 2006-2015 IBC . Includes reinforced and unreinforced walls, shear walls, columns, lintels, pilasters, custom face shell thicknesses, 14 & 16 inch units, interaction diagrams and much more.

Click here for download information for the free trial. Please read download information before clicking to download the trial version.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A FREE TRIAL VERSION OF THE SOFTWARE

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Discount price for design professionals: $299.00

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Design Tables for Concrete Masonry and Precast Concrete Lintels

from the National Concrete Masonry Association

Completely updated and expanded. Design tables for lintels spanning building openings by both allowable stress and strength design methods plus tables for design of precast lintels. Practical guidance on material specifications and loading conditions.

Member Price: $33
Non Member Price: $43

Masonry Institute of America (MIA)

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Reinforced Concrete Masonry Construction Inspector's Handbook, 9th Edition

(covers all aspects of masonry inspection from the Masonry Institute of America)

The most recognized information source written exclusively for masonry inspection. This book covers all aspects of reinforced concrete masonry construction and inspection. The materials are based on Code requirements and practical experience. The 9th edition incorporates the requirements of the 2015 International Building Code; the Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structures (TMS 402) and Specification for Masonry Structures (TMS 602). This nationally recognized publication is the primary source of information for understanding the material required for the Structural Masonry Inspection Certification Exam administered by ICC. Every inspector, designer, and contractor should have a copy of this important publication.

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Informational Guide to Grouting Masonry, 3rd Edition

by Masonry Institute of America

This latest version includes conformance and reference to the 2009 International Building Code and the 2008 Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structures (TMS 402-08/ACI 530-08/ASCE 5-08) and Specification for Masonry Structures TMS 602-08/ACI 530.1-08/ASCE 6-08).  Detailed explanations and application of High Lift Grouting and Low Lift Grouting procedures are presented and addresses information on: Admixtures; Slump of Grout; Grouting procedures; Ties; Positioners; Solid and Partially Grouted Walls.

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Masonry Fireplace and Chimney Handbook, 3rd Edition

Handbook includes building codes and energy requirements, design, specifications and construction data for residential masonry fireplaces. Also included is a section on masonry heaters. Based on the 2000 International Building Code.

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Marble and Stone Slab Veneer, 3rd Edition

by the Masonry Institute of America

The source book for stone slab veneer information. Covers all aspects an architect must know for the design and detailing of stone veneer. Includes design examples, code requirements, terminology, and more. Well illustrated with precise details.

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Masonry Veneer, 3rd Edition

James E. Amrhein, SE, by the Masonry Institute of America

This book guides the designer and installer in developing a quality masonry veneer system. It is a must for understanding what makes a veneer system work and is an essential tool for Architects, Designers, Building Officials, Inspectors, Masons and Masonry Contractors. Addresses information on: System Requirements, Materials, Details,Guide Specifications and more.

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Clear Water Repellent Treatments for Concrete Masonry

by the Masonry Institute of America and Concrete Masonry Association of California and Nevada
76-page publication explains methods for waterproofing concrete block masonry including quality control, sampling and testing as well as generic Guide Specification to assist the designer. Illustrations and details show how to enhance masonry's natural beauty.

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Indiana Limestone Institute of America (ILIA)

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INDIANA LIMESTONE HANDBOOK, 22ND EDITION

by the Indiana Limestone Institute of America, Inc.

Prime tool for use by architects and engineers in designing Indiana Limestone as cut stone. Includes details, specifications, treatment recommendations, anchor types and styles, wind load, tolerance and other charts and graphs.

Download Handbook at no cost.

Copyright ©2007 Indiana Limestone Institute
ILI is pleased to offer the publication free of charge for downloading from their web site, and welcomes comments and questions about its content.

Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA)

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Standard Practice for Bracing Masonry Walls Under Construction

from the Mason Contractors Association of America

The Standard Practice for Bracing Masonry Walls Under Construction was developed to provide mason contractors, general contractors, architects and engineers with a detailed definition of adequate bracing for masonry walls. The Standard was developed to clarify the existing OSHA code. It was written by engineers, mason contractors and others familiar with the masonry industry to provide for the health and safety of our industry's employees.

The Standard Practice for Bracing Masonry Walls provides:

  • Design requirements during the initial and intermediate periods
  • Design requirements for three different types of bracing systems - wood, steel pipe or cable
  • Tables and illustrations showing adequate bracing
  • Definitions of common wall bracing terms
  • Sample solutions to a number of design conditions
  • Commentary for further definition of the Standard

 

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Masonry Industry Council

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Hot & Cold Weather Masonry Construction

from the Masonry Industry Council

Advanced planning and careful preparation are key to successful masonry construction in periods of hot or cold weather. Changes in procedures may require additional equipment or supplies. This manual gives specifications regarding these special situations.

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Other Authors

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Masonry Instant Answers

by MIM member Rochelle Jaffe, SE, Ar, CCS, CSISM, of NTH Consultants

No-nonsense, informational format packed with charts, tables and figures — just
enough detail to get the job done. Perfectly sized for carrying on-site, this information dense resource covers: masonry units, mortar and grout reinforcement, masonry assembly bracing installation practices, hot and cold weather construction, code requirements for QA/QC, ASTM standard requirements for materials and testing. A portable quick reference that will help you do your job faster, easier, better and more economically.

Member Price:  $60
Non Member Price $70

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Masonry Basics

by MIM member Rochelle Jaffe, SE, Ar, CCS,CSISM, of NTH Consultants

This addresses fundamental information that anyone involved in masonry construction needs to know in order to use masonry appropriately. It covers
descriptions of material components along with each component’s unique contribution to the masonry wall assembly. Quality assurance and quality control are also discussed with common deficiencies identified.

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Are You Building a School or Liability?

by Chris Huckabee, AIA and Kyle Montgomery

Coauthored by a school architect and the executive director of the Texas Masonry Council, this publication addresses specific concerns of school planners, designers, contractors, administrators and parents. Focus is placed on use of total concrete masonry construction in K-12 schools.

Member Price:  $25
Non Member Price: $35