To limit the probability that foundations will settle
under expected building loads, which could lead to foundations cracking,
which could lead to damage to the foundation or the superstructure.
This is to limit the probability of compromised structural
integrity, which could lead to:
- structural failure,
- where elements support or are part of an environmental
separator, the displacement or failure of required environmental separation
elements, which could lead to the deterioration of building elements,
- an inability to resist expected loads, which could lead
- the excessive deformation or deflection of walls, or
- the excessive deflection or vibration of floors.
This is to limit the probability of:
- the space being unsuitable for its intended use, or
- damage to the building.