A reinforced bond beam shall be provided in masonry walls at the top of the wall and at each floor level of each exterior wall. Masonry walls not extending to the roof line shall have a bond beam at the top of the wall.
Bond beams shall be one of the following:
- 8 inches thick × 8 inches high masonry.
8 inches thick × 12 inches high masonry.8 inches thick × 16 inches high masonry.8 inches thick × 24 inches high masonry.8 inchesthick × 32 inches high masonry.
- Precast units certified by the manufacturer for the uplift loads as set forth in the standard used for design of the building as specified in Section R301.2.1.1. Precast units shall be installed in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications, and approved by the building official.