Reinforced masonry shear walls are typically used in medium- to high-rise masonry buildings as part of the lateral force resisting system to provide the lateral strength, stiffness and energy dissipation capacity required to resist lateral loads arising from earthquakes or wind. Whether it is a new reinforced masonry building or an existing one, iEE is capable of providing effective engineering solutions that uses the state-of-the-art knowledge in this area.
Design Codes and Standards:
National Building Code of Canada (NBCC 2005, 2010, 2015)
American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE-7)
Canadian Standard Association CSA S304 "Design of Masonry Structures"
Masonry Standards Joint Committee's (MSJC) "Building Code Requirements and Specification for Masonry Structures" (TMS 402 / ACI 530 / ASCE 5)
Reinforced Masonry Structures
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The masonry industry was long been prejudiced against by the generalization of the poor seismic performance of unreinforced masonry. Nevertheless, reinforced masonry systems offer an effective seismic force resisting system that has less formwork than concrete construction and has potential as an energy efficient building system using the masonry block cells to circulate heated air. Despite the considerable size of reinforced masonry (RM) construction industry, there is still limited consulting companies that have expertise in the seismic design of RM buildings as compared to their counterpart, reinforced concrete (RC).