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Building and it's Components - General

Building Construction Types and it's Components - General

Here I just briefing about building, its structure, loads transferred to the foundations, site selection for construction, site plan, bye – laws, types of buildings on regular basis starting with this article.

A Building is a structure consists of components like Foundation, walls, floors, roofs, beams, staircase, doors and windows related with each other. Building construction types are :

Load Bearing Wall: which always rest on the foundation taken deep in to the earth. It transfers all loads including its self-weight, loads from slab, beams, and columns along with live load to the load of the superstructure (Structure built above Ground level) on the subsoil on which it rests. In order to give more stability at the base, wider footings will be provided for these load bearing walls.

Partition Wall: This is not a load bearing wall, which will not take any load of superstructure. It is an enclosure used for rooms and just act as a screen wall separation, rests above the floor level.

As per Types of Structural system the buildings can be classified as follows

In general the structural systems of buildings or types of buildings in Civil Engineering are : –

It is the structural system of building consists of floors, slabs and beams with load bearing walls. Buildings up to 3 floors in general can go for load bearing structure. Here the thickness of walls at upper floors are less compared to lower floors and as a result, more carpet area is available at upper floors.

It is the structural system of building consists slabs and beams supported by number of columns in a systematic pattern. Here the loads from slabs are transferred to the cross beams or secondary beams, which in turn transfer it to main beams through junctions. These main beams transferred entire grid system load to the respective columns and finally to the footings. All the walls are resting over plinth beams and not over any foundations which means, no foundation is necessary for any wall. E.g.: All high raised buildings and multi-storeyed buildings.

This is the structure built with the combination of both load bearing structure as well as framed structure. Here all external walls will be considered as load bearing walls and all intermediate points will be supported by columns. This type is best suitable for, where building having large spans such as industrial buildings, halls, auditoriums, warehouses etc.

building construction types examples
Composite structure
Framed structure
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building construction types
So, Load bearing structure, Framed structure and Composite structures are the examples for  building construction types
We understood clearly all types of structures, for giving more clarity we can compare load bearing walls with RC Framed structure in the following table:

Classification of Loads coming over foundations

The 3 types of loads are

1. Dead Load

This is the load of the material or self-weight of the materials used for the different parts of building like floors, walls, roofs, staircase, beams etc. These loads are permanent in nature.
Self-weight of different materials in Weight in Kg/m3

2. Live Load

This is also called as superimposed load and it is the movable load on the floor and is variable. E.g. all loads of movable items including furniture, shelves, Kitchen items, Electronics etc.
Live loads for floors of different types of buildings in Weight in kg/m2

3. Wind Load

Wind load is an important aspect and should not be neglected while designing high rise buildings. The exposed surfaces of sides and roofs of such buildings are subjected to wind pressure and its effect is to reduce the pressure on the foundation on the windward side (direction or side of wind is blowing) directly and to increase the pressure on the foundation on the leeward side.(opposite direction or side of wind is blowing) For calculating wind pressure the following formula maybe adopted
P = KV2,

Where P = Wind pressure in Kg/m2

V = Velocity of wind in Kmph

K = Coefficient depends on wind speed, temperature of air and shape of structure.

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