The past half decade has seen increasing cooperation among various industry interests to advance the common cause of masonry. ACI 530/ASCE 5 BUILDING CODE One major milestone of the past half decade was the implementation of the ACI 530/ASCE 5 Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structures and ACI 530.1/ASCE 6 Specifications for Masonry Structures. The 530 Code is significant chiefly for making masonry design and construction procedures more uniform than they had been previously. STRICTER SEISMIC-DESIGN REQUIREMENTS In 1991, after further investigation into the seismic performance of buildings in various soil regions, the Building Seismic Safety Council updated its Recommended Provisions for the Development of Seismic Regulations for New Buildings. FOCUS ON RESEARCH The masonry industry in the United States has been criticized for lack of research investment and innovation when compared with its European counterparts. But in the past few years, this has started to change. EDUCATING THE EDUCATORS The realization that architecture and engineering students often graduate without having taken a single course in masonry has prompted the industry to mobilize. In 1987, The Masonry Society (TMS), Brick Institute of America (BIA), and National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) sponsored the first in a series of university professors' workshops. In the ensuing five years, interest and participation in these workshops has grown. INDUSTRY GROUPS BAND TOGETHER Trade associations serving the masonry industry have come to realize that through cooperation, they can make their industry more competitive. In 1990, NCMA and the Masonry Contractors Association of America (MCAA) merged their previously separate expositions to form one industry-wide trade show, Masonry Expo. Also in 1992, BIA and NABD decided to merge their conventions and the NABD brick show into one convention and brick show.