TMS 402/602 Building Code Requirements and Specification for Masonry Structures

TMS 402/602-22TMS 402/602 Building Code Requirements and Specification for Masonry Structures contains two standards and their commentaries: Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structures (TMS 402) and Specification for Masonry Structures (TMS 602). The Standards are written as legal documents so that they may be adopted by reference in building codes. The Code (TMS 402) covers the design and construction of masonry structures while the Specification (TMS 602) is concerned with minimum construction requirements for masonry in structures. The commentaries present background details, Committee considerations, and research data used to develop the standards. The commentaries are not mandatory and are for information of the user only.

These standards are produced by The Masonry’s Society’s TMS 402/602 Committee and were formerly developed through the joint sponsorship of The Masonry Society (TMS), the American Concrete Institute (ACI), and the Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (SEI/ASCE) through the Masonry Standards Joint Committee (MSJC). In late 2013, ACI and ASCE relinquished their rights to these standards to TMS who has served as the lead sponsor of the Standards for a number of years. Since then, the Committee has operated solely under the sponsorship of The Masonry Society, and the Committee’s name, and the names of the standards, were re-designated.

Read more about the TMS 402/602 Committee or view a list of other TMS committees here.

Available Editions TMS 402/602

View errata for past editions of TMS 402/602.

TMS 402/602-22TMS 402/602-22 Now Available!

The new 2022 edition of  TMS 402/602 has been updated throughout for new referenced standards, including ASCE/SEI 7-22 and numerous ASTM Standards. Other major changes to include:

  • New, more rational, masonry veneer provisions
  • New Appendix D on composite reinforcement in masonry
  • Updated and refined provisions throughout, including compression-controlled section requirements

2016 to 2022 Cross Reference Lists

TMS 402/602-22 Night School:
Review of the New Standards and Changes Made

During this five-part Night School webinar series, masonry experts and Committee leaders will review the new standards and changes made since the 2016 edition. These standards will form the basis for masonry design provisions in the 2024 International Building Code and other model building codes and include some major new provisions that include a new appendix on masonry partition walls reinforced with Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer (GFRP) reinforcement, completely revised anchored and adhered veneer provisions, and enhancements throughout the standards.

Register for all five sessions to receive: 10% discount on registration + 10% discount on a print or electronic copy of TMS 402/602-22


Online Subscription Access

The Masonry Society (TMS) and HighWire announce a development partnership on a web-based version of two TMS Standards [TMS 402 (Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structures) and TMS 602 (Specification for Masonry Structures)]. This platform will enable subscribers to access the document’s provisions easily with significant added content such as commentary, design examples, references, and more. When complete, the system will be integrated into TMS’s existing website. Options to offer multiple “seats” will be available to firms and classes. In general terms, this project will develop an online platform similar to ASCE 7 Online and other hosted content platforms being developed by many standards organizations.

Over the next few months, TMS and HighWire will develop the site for the 2016 and 2022 editions of the TMS 402/602 standards. Additional content including past editions of these standards and possible other TMS standards is being considered. After testing, TMS and HighWire are targeting release in early 2023.

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