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Constructions systems used in India: Structural Masonry


Construction can be termed as the art and science to form objects, systems, or building something typical of an architectural structure.

Buildings are categorized into five different types of construction and are fire-resistive, non-combustible, ordinary, heavy timber, and wood-framed.

A combination of structures involving organization, technology, and design process collectively defines construction systems.

Different types of construction systems exist and these are used effectively to build anything that we see today to get it into the desired form and texture to attain the right strength. Concrete frame, steel frame, light gauge steel structures are some of the construction systems existing in India.

Here we shall discuss the most commonly used construction system in India, the "structural masonry".

Structural masonry is basically the practice of using masonry, brick, and stone in pre-defined and researched proportion to make the structure self-supportive with sufficient stabilization.

It is one of the oldest and reliable forms of building methodologies. Structural masonry was specifically popularised by Romans and the lifespan of these buildings by the same can count to even more than 500 years. Usage of structural masonry had led to a whole new era of architecture promising longevity, strength, and more.

Mentioned below are the different types of material-based masonry:

-Brick Masonry Construction.

-Stone Masonry Construction.

-Concrete Masonry Construction.

-Veneer Masonry Construction.

-Gabion Masonry Construction.

-Composite Masonry Construction.

Some of the advantages of using this method of structural masonry in construction are as follows.

- Increased fire protection

- Energy efficiency

- Noise control

- Durability of the structure

- Effective costing

- High resistance against rotting, infection, natural disasters and more.

Inability to relocate and alter easily with low tensile and flexural strength adds to the major disadvantage of using this method for construction

“Building is about getting around the obstacles that are presented to you.”

– Jeremy Renner


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