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Guide to Residential Concrete Construction ACI 332.1R-06 2

Guide to Residential Concrete Construction ACI 332.1R-06


Concrete is the most widely used construction materialthroughout the world. Concrete is used in commercialstructures, transportation, water and waste management,public works, farm construction, and utility and residentialstructures. Based on the amount of concrete produced foreach of these categories, residential construction accountsfor the second largest application of concrete.

This guide provides practical information about theconstruction of quality residential concrete. It coversconcrete work for one- and two-family dwellings with amaximum height of two stories above grade and a basementthat is either cast-in-place or placed as precast elements.Information on materials, proportions, production, delivery,and testing is provided. Separate chapters on footings, walls,and slabs provide information on subgrade, forms, reinforce-ment, placement, consolidation, finishing, and curing.Special considerations regarding insulation and hot and coldweather are included. Common problems and their repair arealso addressed.

The discussion of specific design provisionsand all drawings provided by this guide are intended to offerillustrations of typical practice and should not be interpretedas meeting the requirements of specific codes or projectspecifications. Applicable codes and construction documentstake precedence over the information contained in thisdocument.Information not presented in this guide includes above-grade concrete walls, deep foundation systems (such as piles,drilled piers, or caissons), free-standing retaining walls (>4 ft[1.2 m]), post-tensioned slabs-on-ground, and elevatedconcrete slabs. Information on the use of lightweightconcrete is not covered in this guide. Guidance is availablefor these elements in other ACI documents.

This guide alsodoes not cover loading and design for seismic forces with theexception of guidance on types of connections between thesill plate and foundation wall commonly used in higherseismic design categories. Additional information onseismic loading and design can be found in the InternationalResidential Code (IRC).

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