Archives for June, 2018

Building Code Changes for PA

As of October 1, 2018, Pennsylvania has adopted the 2015 version of the International Building Codes. PCMA is offering seminars to train on the “Changes to Masonry from the 2009 to the 2015 Building Codes.” Please click here for dates and locations.

This update of the IBC is good news for the concrete masonry industry as the 2015 version of the Building Codes allow for greater efficiencies for the masonry walls in many aspects which makes for a less costly wall with greater energy efficiency. This, combined with the favorable data on masonry in the new study “Initial Cost of Construction – Multi-Residential Structures”, can give the industry a significant advantage over wood and steel construction moving forward. This is also an opportunity for masonry to take advantage of projects that have traditionally gone to wood or steel.