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Stability of Buildings

The importance of stability and the resistance to horizontal forces imposed on a building often do not receive the same attention as does the analysis for vertical forces. For all structures, it is essential that there be a path passing through clearly defined structural members by which the stabilising forces and horizontal forces may be transmitted to the foundations. Assumptions are often made in column design which allow the effective heights to be reduced on the basis that one or both ends are ‘properly restrained in position and direction’. These are often of doubtful validity. B.H. Fisher