Question on the apparent conflict between the section of the Fl code in 2122 requiring attachment of masonry to adjacent columns and beams and the requirements of TMS 402 B.3.2 prohibiting attachment of masonry walls for participating infill.
The prohibition to connecting infill masonry to the surrounding frame in TMS 402-16 Section B.3.2 only applies to in-plane forces in participating infills. The reason is explained in the commentary for that sections which explains that this is to prevent the connectors from causing ""premature damage along the boundaries of the infill under in-plane loading (Dawe and Seah (1989a))"".
The Florida code is requiring connection for out of plane loading from wind which is also required by Section B.3.3 of TMS 402.
Jerry Painter, FASTM
Don Beers, PE, GC
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