2014 Codes for Structural Concrete Published
According to their website, the new building codes for structural concrete will be published by ACI during mid 2014. Click here to get the latest information from the ACI’s own website. The ACI (American Concrete Institute) are considered to be the most authoritative voice when it comes to the use of concrete in construction and engineering.
The standard under question is “ACI 318-14: Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete”. This completely revised standard updates the previous version ACI-318-11, which hasn’t changed particularly since the 1971 version was released. So if you have any version dated after 1971, you should think about upgrading when the new version is published.
Constructive Translations expects to see the revised standard cause ripples and gradually create changes in other standards in the US, UK, Europe and worldwide. Many of the world’s standards regarding concrete are based on the ACI version, any significant changes to the ACI documents should be quite significant. Keep an eye on the standards published in other countries as we expect they may gradually adopt the changes from this standard.
According to the ACI’s website, the benefits will be as follows:
When designing a member, such as a column, all relevant design and detailing requirements will be noted within that member chapter. Member chapter information has a parallel arrangement of design and detailing requirements across each member chapter. Thus, similar topics, such as minimum reinforcement, will be consistently located in every member chapter.
Requirements that apply to the entire building structure, such as load factors, or are common to several members, such as rebar development lengths, are collected into several “toolbox” chapters. These “toolbox” chapters are simply used as handy reference information for member and system chapters. All construction requirements related to code compliance or if required by design, are now collected in a single chapter. The engineer can review this single chapter to ensure that construction documents are in compliance with the code.
The code language and presentation of related information has also been refreshed. The reorganized code includes dozens of concise tables that will increase the engineer’s speed of understanding. Code language has been edited for consistency; ensuring that terms and symbols carry the same meaning from chapter to chapter.