I am building a 16 ft tall masonry wall with a bond beam at the top and it supports hollow core slabs. The superintendent says that the code requires an intermediate horz. bond beam at 8 ft. Is that correct?
No, that is incorrect. There is no code, state or national, that requires a bond beam at 8 ft in non-seismic zones. The FBC 6th Ed. specifically exempts Florida from ANY seismic considerations so the seismic issue cannot apply. Florida's seismic category would not require intermediate bond beams in any case.
A designer might choose to include bond beams at an intermediate location but that would be a design choice NOT a codes issue.
Jerry Painter, FASTM
Don Beers, PE, GC
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