American Concrete Institute

ACI Reorganizes ACI 318-14: Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete

The American Concrete Institute (ACI) is finalizing a completely reorganized ACI 318-14: Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete. ACI 318 is one of the most essential and valuable standards with respect to the design of concrete structures, and is published every three years.

Scheduled for publication in late 2014, the reorganized 318-14 is organized from an engineer's perspective. By focusing on member design, ACI 318 requirements will flow more intuitively and have fewer cross-references.

Significant highlights include:

  • Greater ease of use
  • Improved logic and flow of information
  • Member-based organization to quickly locate relevant code information
  • Construction requirements centralized in one chapter

"This first major reorganization of ACI 318 since 1971 represents nearly a decade of work and will feature improved language and style consistency, more expansive use of tables and charts and be organized so that engineers have increased confidence they have satisfied all necessary code requirements," said Randall W. Poston, Ph.D., P.E., S.E., Chair, ACI Committee 318.

The United States and more than 22 countries around the world base their national building codes on all or part of ACI 318, and the document is used globally. ACI 318-14 will be available in English, Spanish and Chinese and in both U.S. Customary units and Systeme International (SI) units. In addition to the traditional printed copy, ACI 318-14 is expected to be available in various electronic formats for access on desktop, tablet and mobile devices.

The public comment period on ACI 318-14 will take place this spring, with users and stakeholders encouraged to review provisions and submit feedback.  This summer, ACI Committee 318 will address those comments.

"To aid engineers in transitioning to the member-based ACI 318-14, the American Concrete Institute will publish a transition key that maps provisions in ACI 318-14 to provisions in ACI 318-11, publish a Reinforced Concrete Design Manual consistent with provisions in ACI 318-14, host educational programs online and around the world and participate in industry conferences," Poston said. "Plus, ACI will share additional resources on its website www.concrete.org and on its Facebook and Twitter pages." 

To learn more about ACI 318-14, review sample chapters and the Table of Contents, obtain the schedule to publication and to register to receive notifications for the public comment period and when the published document is available, visit www.concrete.org/ACI318.

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