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Concrete Repair Code Sets Standards

Thursday, June 16, 2016

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Highlighting the need for consistent practices in concrete repair, the American Concrete Institute has published what it calls “a major milestone” in the industry: A new code that focuses on evaluating, repairing and rehabilitating reinforced concrete buildings.

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Billed as "a major milestone in the industry"—not only is it the first material-specific set of requirements for concrete repair materials, but the code also serves as ACI’s first code specifically for repairing reinforced concrete.

ACI 562-16: Code Requirements for Evaluation, Repair, and Rehabilitation of Concrete Buildings and Commentary provides designers, engineers and concrete professionals with minimum performance requirements that address the unique nature of existing building construction, rather than specific formulas that must be followed in any situation, according to the ACI.

A Century in the Making

“While industry practices and technology have certainly progressed, these new concrete repair code requirements build upon nearly 100 years of ACI’s concrete repair knowledge and provide state-of-the-art, clearly defined, and uniform requirements to extend the service life of concrete structures,” said Ron G. Burg, P.E., executive vice president, American Concrete Institute. 

“ACI’s expert members have been developing technical guidance on concrete repair and rehabilitation since the 1920s when the first article on the repair of concrete structures appeared in the Institute’s technical journal,” added Burg. 

All Aspects Covered

Developed to work with the International Existing Building Code (IEBC) or to be adopted as a stand-alone code, the document covers all aspects of concrete repair programs, from conception to completion, including the basis for compliance, evaluation and analysis, design of structural repairs, durability and construction.

Specific criteria for assessment and design of repair and rehabilitation for varying levels of damage, deterioration, or faulty construction are also included in the document.

The code is available for automatic download or can be printed.

Further, the institute has launched an ACI 562 Concrete Repair Portal that features many accompanying resources, including informational videos and free on-demand presentations on the new code requirements.


Tagged categories: Building codes; Building facades; Certifications and standards; concrete; Concrete coatings and treatments; Designers; Engineers; Maintenance programs; Rehabilitation/Repair

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