The manual focuses on structures that do not rely on bending in masonry for their overall stability (eg sway frame buildings), although the design of individual masonry elements subject to lateral loading and involving bending for their resistance, is included. Specifically, the manual covers:
choice of structural form (and conceptual design)
Choice of materials
General principles of limit state design for masonry walls and columns
Design of loadbearing masonry
Design of laterally loaded masonry (and masonry infill panels to framed structures)
Details and construction
Design for fire
Design for accidental damage
Nationally Determined Parameters from the UK National Annex have informed the design formulae presented.
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