Technical Guidance Note (Level 2, No. 6): Designing a laterally loaded masonry wall

Author: The Institution of Structural Engineers

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1 June 2013

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Technical Guidance Note (Level 2, No. 6): Designing a laterally loaded masonry wall

Technical Guidance Note (Level 2, No. 6): Designing a laterally loaded masonry wall
The Structural Engineer
Author

The Institution of Structural Engineers

Date published

1 June 2013

Author

The Institution of Structural Engineers

Price

Standard: £9
Members/Subscribers: Free

This note concerns the design of masonry walls subject to lateral loads (i.e., those used as a cladding element). It discusses material assessment, restraint, geometry and exposure conditions.

Introduction

Until relatively recently, masonry was the major load bearing component in a building structure. With the advent of steel and concrete frame technologies, masonry has become a part of a building’s cladding envelope and as such is more prone to being exposed to lateral loads than vertical ones.

This Technical Guidance Note concerns the design of masonry walls that are subject to lateral loads i.e. they are being used as a cladding element. It will discuss the way in which the material is assessed against how it is
being restrained and its geometry. All of these factors have an impact on the design of masonry walls as well as the mortar within them and the exposure conditions. This is discussed in Technical Guidance Note 27 (Level 1) and should be read in conjunction with this guide.

(This article was updated in October 2016 to reflect errata issued since its original publication.)

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