The American Concrete Institute’s 318 Building Code Requirements go through an update every six years, but the changes that will be unveiled later this year in the 2014 version are much more significant than typical. ACI 318 chairman Randy Poston spent some time with us describing the changes.

After an extensive review of the previous code, Committee 318 defined the concerns that engineers and contractors had. One of the things they heard frequently was that designers wanted a code that better reflected the design and construction process. Although all the elements were in the 2008 code, it wasn’t always clear where to go to find the applicable provisions. The biggest change, therefore, was a complete reorganization that is more intuitive and that more closely reflects the way buildings are designed and constructed.

The committee spent a lot of time addressing the needs of the contractor and the impact on the construction process will be significant in a positive way. In previous codes it was unclear whether certain provisions were the responsibility of the design professional or the contractor. That has been changed so that now Chapter 26 addresses all of the construction requirements. It will be very clear what the contractor needs to do to satisfy ACI 318 requirements and this closes up a gap in the code that will greatly benefit contractors.

To watch Bill Palmer’s interview with Randy Poston, click here.