This is the fourth edition of CSA A23.4, Precast concrete - Materials and construction.
It supersedes the previous edition, published in 2000 together with CSA A251 in a single volume under the title Precast Concrete - Materials and Construction/Qualification Code for Architectural and Structural Precast Concrete Products. The 2000 edition superseded the editions of CSA A23.4 published in 1994 and 1978.
This Standard specifies requirements for materials and methods for the manufacture, transportation, and installation of architectural, structural, and specialty precast concrete products. Note: This Standard should be specified for precast concrete elements used in segmental construction.
1.2 Shop drawings
This Standard specifies the requirements, in addition to those specified in CSA A23.3, for precast concrete shop drawings.
1.3 Architectural precast concrete
This Standard deals with the structural adequacy and architectural finishes of architectural precast concrete.
Where this Standard states that the content of a clause is required to conform to a referenced Standard and additional clauses of this Standard, and there is a conflict between the referenced Standard and the requirements of this Standard, the requirements of this Standard take precedence.
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