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  • Writer's pictureMark Turnquest, CIPM

The Structural Goals of House Construction

This is a broad view, the structural goals for a house are to safely transfer building loads (weights) through the foundation to the supporting soil. If, when loads of the house are combined, the house weighs more than the soil can support the house will sink until it reaches a point at which the soil can support the load. The house acts as a structural system resisting, dead loads, (weight of materials), live loads (weight impose by use and occupancy). Beams, studs, joist, and rafters act as a structural Skeleton and must be strong enough and stiff enough to resist these loads. Strength and stiffness are equally important for example, first-floor ceiling plaster would crack as occupants walked across a second-floor bedroom that was framed with bouncy floor joist.

Maybe the joist was strong enough if it did not break! However, the lack of stiffness leads to costly problems. The stiffness of structural members is limited by maximum allowable deflection. In other words how much a joist or rafter bends under the maximum expected load. Only live loads are used to calculate design values for stiffness.

It is with this understanding that we (GCC) deduced that ECO CONSTRUCTION, considering its monolithic methods has the best compelling performance of resistance to vertical and horizontal loads.

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