To limit the probability of inadequate bearing area,
which could lead to:
- beams being unable to resist expected gravity or lateral
loads, which could lead to crushing of wood, or
- excessive stress on masonry units, which could lead
to compression failure of masonry units.
This is to limit the probability of compromised structural
integrity, which could lead to:
- structural failure of beams or masonry construction,
- where masonry construction is part of an environmental
separator, the excessive deformation, displacement or failure of required
environmental separation elements, which could lead to deterioration,
which could lead to further compromised structural integrity.
This is to limit the probability of structural collapse,
which could lead to harm to persons.