This reference book of industry Guidelines was prepared by the Architectural Division, a specialty industry committee of the Composites Growth Initiative of the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA).
The purpose of these industry Guidelines is to provide accurate information to architects, engineers, specifiers, and owners. This information assists in the planning, preparation of specifications, design, execution, and supervision of the manufacture and installation of Fiber-Reinforced-Polymer (FRP) composites architectural products.
The goal of these Guidelines is to provide an understanding of FRP products to further ensure high-quality parts and components as well as uniform procedures. Such procedures will facilitate coordination between the architectural community and the FRP manufacturer of the composites products used in new construction, rehabilitation, historical restoration, furnishing, and other unique applications in the construction environment.
An additional purpose of this guide is to assist the architect, engineer, specifier, and building code official in designing and evaluating non-load bearing FRP composite parts. It is by no means intended to be a comprehensive design guide and covers only the most fundamental combinations of fiber, resin, and assembly details. For more comprehensive analysis tools refer to the appendices or seek the advice of one of the many licensed engineers experienced in the design and engineering of composites products.