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The Way We Build Now by Andrew Orton

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Chapter Eight

Residential Buildings

The types of residential buildings that are included in this chapter are similar to apartment blocks and large housing schemes, except in the respect that they do not generally need to cater for permanent accommodation of family units and, therefore, are simpler to organize and plan. Looked at as structural entities, however, all these types of residential building are similar, because the subdivision of the floors, anyway at typical levels, allows use of the wall space for loadbearing elements. With the exception of those using a frame or staggered truss system, the buildings in this chapter all use the room dividing walls, themselves, as the loadbearing elements. If the walls are used as loadbearing elements, ...

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