A structure is one in which the members are arranged in such a way that the weights, loads & forces are transmitted to the foundations by the cheapest means consistent with the intended use and nature of the structure.
There are two types of structures:
- Masonry Structures.
- Frame structure.
In typical masonry construction, the main loads are transfer to the foundations via the internal load bearing wall. The external skin serves to provide weather protection and aesthetic quality.
In masonry structure, there is heavy reliance on the skills of the site worker and on wet trades, e.g. brick laying, plastering etc. Quality control is highly dependent upon the labor used and the quality of supervision on site.