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 of beams or masonry
- where masonry construction is part of an environmental
separator, the displacement or failure of required environmental separation
elements, which could lead to deterioration, or
- an inability to resist expected loads, which could lead
- the excessive movement or deformation of walls, or
- the excessive deflection or vibration of floors.
This is to limit the probability of damage to the building.