The American Concrete Institute released one of its best-selling publications, 530-08: Building Code Requirements and Specification for Masonry Structures and Related Commentaries.

This publication is published by the Masonry Standards Joint Committee (MSJC), consisting of The Masonry Society (TMS), American Concrete Institute (ACI), and the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

This publication is a must-have for masonry professionals, as it covers the design and construction of masonry structures, and is written in a format that may be adopted by reference in a legally adopted building code.

Highlights and updates to the 2008 edition include: quality, inspection, testing, and placement of materials; the placing, bonding, and anchoring of masonry; and the placement of grout and reinforcement. This specification is intended to be referenced in the project specifications. Individual project requirements may supplement the provisions of this specification.

As always, members of ACI receive a discount on all ACI publications. This document can be ordered by calling 248-848-3800 or in the online bookstore at