ARCHITECTURAL DIVISION

The mission of the Architectural Division (Arch Div) is to promote the use and understanding of architectural fiber reinforced polymer products used in interior and exterior architectural construction applications. Division members are working together to develop building codes and standards for composites, and educate architects and specifiers on architectural composites advancements.

The Architectural Division's 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.

Activities and Achievements:

  • Introduced code language for composites into the 2009 and 2012 International Building Code (Section 2612) that provides building officials guidance for safe application of composites for interior and exterior building applications.
  • Published an Industry Guidelines and Recommended Practices for Fiberglass Reinforced Polymer Architectural Products.
  • Developed a Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) guide specification for architectural products based on the 2009 International Building Code provisions - Guide specification for Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composites - SECTION 06 80 00 - COMPOSITE FABRICATIONS.
  • Since 2014 organizes an extensive “Composites Pavilion” for the annual American Institute of Architects (AIA) conference to promote awareness and use of composite architectural composites used in building applications. See our Composites Pavilion site for additional details.

Current and Future Projects:

  • Education: Educate architects and building officials on composites products based on the International Building Code provisions and CSI guide specification.
  • Marketing: Securing and promoting an expanded Composites Pavilion for AIA 2015 (21 ACMA member companies are participating), along with utilizing AIA CES Certification to educate architects on FRP applications, including an educational session at the 2015 AIA Conference in Atlanta.
  • Standards Development: Updating a new Industry Guidelines and Recommended Practices for Fiberglass Reinforced Polymer Architectural Products. Develop and perform a fire testing program on composites to update language in the International Building Code that open new opportunities and applications.
  • Outreach: Develop partnerships with architectural programs at select colleges and universities to link the composites industry manufacturers with design and manufacturing schools.

Leader:

Chair: Bill Kreysler, Kreysler & Associates, Inc.

Cost of membership: 10% of ACMA Dues (Manufacturers Only)

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 Barber at abarber@acmanet.org.