Technical Publications

Publications on concrete technology

Concrete Design Handbook and Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures are two key publications produced by the Cement Association of Canada which can be purchased on-line.

Concrete Design Handbook

Concrete Design Handbook – 4th Edition

The 4th Edition of the Concrete Design Handbook, the premier guide for concrete design in Canada, covers many aspects of the structural design of conventionally reinforced and prestressed concrete buildings. Written by the members of the CSA A23.3 Technical Committee, it offers a comprehensive analysis of the CSA Group standard A23.3-14, Design of concrete structures, and addresses the design of reinforced concrete structural elements in accordance with the Standard. The Concrete Design Handbook also includes a complete copy of the CSA Group A23.3-14 design standard ($225 VALUE), and the Explanatory Notes to the Standard.

This new edition reflects changes made to the CSA Group standard A23.3-14 and aligns with the 2015 National Building Code of Canada. It supersedes the 3rd Edition printed in 2006.

In order to keep the volume of the Handbook to a reasonable size, a number of the design aids which form part of this Handbook are not included in the printed version but are now available as a free download below. The files may be downloaded for each of the Chapters noted below separately or as one comprehensive file.

The 4th Edition can be purchased through Orderline. in Toronto. Orders for students and bookstores, please call 1-888-361-0003 or email [email protected] This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pricing for the 4th Edition of the Concrete Design Handbook, soft cover and PDF formats:

  • Retail $230
  • Students $181, Academics, Affiliates/Allied Industry

Note: Prices are in Canadian dollars and exclude applicable taxes, shipping and handling. Visa, MasterCard and American Express accepted.

Concrete Design Handbook – Errata

Printing errata for the 3rd and 4th Editions of the Concrete Design Handbook are available through the links below.


Kosmatka, B. Kerkhoff, R. R. D. Hooton, and R. J McGrath

EB101 – Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures, 8th Canadian Edition ‒ Now also available in digital format!

The ”Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures, The Guide to Applications, Methods, and Materials” has been the industry’s primary reference on concrete technology for over 85 years. The revised 8th Canadian edition (2011) is a concise reference on concrete, that includes the many advances that occurred since the last edition was published in 2002. The text is backed by over 95 years of research by the Portland Cement Association and the Cement Association of Canada. It reflects information on standards, specifications, test methods and guides of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), ASTM International (ASTM), the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the American Concrete Institute (ACI), and the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA).

This book presents the properties of concrete as required in concrete construction, including strength and durability. All concrete ingredients (cementing materials, water, aggregates, chemical admixtures, and fibres) are reviewed for their optimal use in designing and proportioning concrete mixtures. The use of concrete from design to batching, mixing, transporting, placing, consolidating, finishing, and curing is addressed. This edition has added two new chapters covering “sustainability” and “durability”.

Additionally, new information has been included in Chapter 3 on Portland-limestone cements that are now included in CSA cement and concrete standards. Manufacturing Portland-limestone cement reduces CO2 emissions by up to 10% over that of regular portland cement.

This comprehensive manual benefits personnel from ready-mixed concrete producers, concrete contractors, and material suppliers and is a reference publication for many national and provincial certification programs. Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures also meets the growing needs of architects, engineers, builders, and students. This book is a “must have” for anyone involved with concrete.

Pricing  — NEW

  • Softcover and online PDF bundle: $70
  • Online PDF only:  $65
  • Students, Academics/Course Instructors, Affiliate/Allied Industry can take advantage of a discounted price. Click here to obtain your discount code and complete your order.
    • Softcover and online PDF bundle: $63
    • Online PDF only:  $58
  • Purchase of 10 or more units ‒ A discounted price will automatically be applied to your purchase. Click here to place your order.
    • Softcover and online PDF bundle: $63 per unit
    • Online PDF only:  $58 per unit

The 8th Edition can be purchased through Orderline Inc.

Note: Online PDF is digital rights managed (DRM). Prices are in Canadian dollars and exclude provincial sales taxes, shipping and handling. Visa, MasterCard and American Express accepted.