The National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) and the International Code Council (ICC) are publishing the third edition of Inspection and Testing of Concrete Masonry Construction. Updated to reference both the 2003 and 2006 editions of the ICC’s International Building Code (IBC), the manual provides an in-depth look at masonry inspections with the use of photos, graphics, and checklists. It also includes new placement and testing information on self-consolidating grout, and provisions for continuous and periodic special inspections.

"Here in one volume are the 2003 and 2006 International Building Code requirements for inspection and testing of masonry structures and materials," said Dennis Graber, NCMA director of technical publications. "This publication is not only a terrific resource for field inspection and laboratory technicians, but also for designers as it contains a lot of the background information regarding the code requirements."

In addition to referencing the IBC, Inspection and Testing of Concrete Masonry Construction references requirements in the 2005 Building Code for Masonry Structures (ACI 530/ASCE 5/TMS 402) and Specifications for Masonry Structures (ACI 530.1/ASCE 6/TMC 602).

"This publication is a great tool for conducting consistent, high-quality inspections. It offers the best information on how to inspect masonry at various stages of construction," stated Mark Johnson, ICC senior vice president of business and product development. "It is a must-have tool for masonry designers and inspectors."

Available for purchase online at or by phone at 703-713-1900.