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Title: Responsibility, Durability, and Construction Requirements in ACI 318-14

Author(s): Terence C. Holland

Publication: Symposium Paper

Volume: 303


Appears on pages(s): 9-20

Keywords: building codes; building codes history; responsibility; durability; construction documents; construction requirements

DOI: 10.14359/51688121

Date: 6/1/2015

ACI 318, “Structural Concrete Building Code,” has been completely reorganized for the 2014 edition. While the technical provisions of most of the code have been unchanged, changes have been made in the provisions dealing with responsibility, durability, and construction. The responsibility for use of the code has been assigned to the licensed design professional (LDP.) Minor changes have been made to the durability provisions to clarify the intent of the code and to help the LDP select exposure classes. The most significant changes in ACI 318-2014 are in a new chapter that addresses construction requirements. Previously, construction provisions were located throughout the code. The new code is based upon the premise that the contractor should not have to search the code for construction requirements. Instead, all such requirements must be in the construction documents that are a part of the contract between the owner and the contractor. The new chapter makes the LDP responsible for writing the applicable design information and compliance requirements into the construction documents.