Successful cold weather masonry construction requires knowledge of code requirements, workforce and planning capabilities, along with the capacity to be flexible and innovative. Building codes mandate certain procedures when constructing masonry during cold weather when the ambient air temperature is 400F and below. The requirements are grouped within temperature ranges, and while the provisions are prescriptive in nature, there is considerable latitude given for the contractor to use individual methods to satisfy the code requirements. This is in recognition of the wide variety of winter construction site conditions possible, and the fact that material, equipment and methods of construction technology advance rapidly.

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