The Architectural Division is one of ACMA's Composites Growth Initiative (CGI) Committees. This specialty industry committee focused on growing composites in various market segments and manufacturing processes. By changing codes and creating specifications, the Architectural Division is working to make fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites an acceptable alternative to traditional materials, such as concrete, steel and aluminum. Additionally, the Division is finding ways to educate architects and building officials about composites in architectural applications.
The mission of the Architectural Division is to promote the use and understanding of architectural fiber reinforced polymers (FRP) composites in construction.
There are currently 40 companies that belong to ACMA's Architectural Division. Twenty are manufacturer; the remaining 20 are material suppliers, distributors, consultants, academics and end users.
ACMA Staff LiaisonAndrew Huber
Manager, CGI Committees
P: 703 -682-1653
Launching a Composites Pavilion at the 2014 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Conference
The Architectural Division will be launching a 4,500 square foot Composites Pavilion at the 2014 AIA Conference, June 26-28 in Chicago. The AIA show attracts more than 25,000 architects, designers, and specifiers who are particularly interested in the innovative materials and unique designs that are allmarks of composite materials, and this Pavilion allows ACMA member companies to showcase their products and gain exposure for the composites industry.
The companies participating in the Pavilion are:
For more information or to join the Composites Pavilion, contact Andrew Huber at Ahuber@acmanet.org.
Expanded the use of FRP composites through the 2009 International Building Code (IBC)
The Architectural Divisions greatest achievement to date was to update the International Code Council's (ICC) 2009 and 2012 International Building Code (IBC). The update explicitly permits the use of fiber reinforced polymers (FRP) composites in interior and exterior building construction. The IBC is the primary Building Code used through the United States.
ACMA began the process to update the IBC in 2007 after it was recognized that the IBC does not have a specific Section/Chapter for FRP composites. Architectural Division members appeared before the ICC several times to argue the Division's proposed changes before the ICC Fire Committee code officials. The updated IBC code was published in March 2009 including section 2612, "Fiber Reinforced Polymer and Fiberglass Reinforced Polymer", officially making FRP composites part of the IBC code.
Through this change, FRP composites became a recognized part of the architectural community and it increased the awareness of FRP composites generally. The code change provides standardized regulations and testing for the industry and will decrease the "special approvals" required as had been done in the past. However, the Architectural Division recognizes that more work is needed including new applications and tests.
Become a Member
The Architectural Division is open to any member of the American Composites Manufacturers Association interested in growing the composites architectural market segment. Manufacturers pay 10% of their ACMA membership dues to be a part of the Division. All funds raised by the Division are reserved exclusively for projects voted on by the Division membership. For more information or to apply for membership, please contact Andrew Huber.