As dry as they might seem at times, even small changes in building codes and standards can have big impacts. That’s why IMI has leadership roles in key code organizations and regulatory bodies, and is actively involved in code research and development. Whether it’s chairing the Masonry Standards Joint Committee or training local code inspectors, IMI staff know codes.
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One welcome change coming to the 2012 IBC is referencing to the 2011 MSJC inspection tables, rather than a second set of QA tables. It gives more direct control over masonry inspection provisions.
Permitting highly cored brick in ASTM C216 didn’t pass ASTM. As further options are considered, IMI will keep the voice of the contractor and craftworker heard.
ASTM Committee C15 Manufactured Masonry Units (including IMI) is writing new standards for fly ash masonry units.
An IMI-led task group on self-consolidating grout got it added to ASTM C476, which means more options for grouted masonry.
USGBC approved another IMI education course, the Sustainable Masonry Certification Program for contractors. Read the release
The IECC is under public review for final code in 2011. IMI submitted industry comments.
Recent code victories include favorable changes in lippage, grout joint sizes and floor flatness; the big one is getting exterior porcelain tile in the IBC.
Tile Code Update
Bottom line: with more shared responsibility for the entire system, proper installation by well-trained craftworkers is more important than ever.
CODE Alphabet Soup
ANSI : American National Standards Institute
ASTM : This voluntary standards development organization offers market-oriented technical standards for materials, products, systems, and services.
IBC: International Building Code
IECC : International Energy Conservation Code
ICC : International Code Council develops the codes and standards used to construct residential and commercial buildings.
MSJC : Masonry Standards Joint Committee