G. J. EDGELL British Ceramic Research Association Limited
R. C. DE VEKEY Building Research Establishment

Contemporary changes in both methods of construction and materials in domestic housing necessitate review of the empirical rules of design. A full-scale test house was constructed and four vertical loading tests carried out on the front and rear walls using hydraulic jacks at eaves level and, where appropriate, upper floor level. The deflections and strains are given and detailed observations made both during loading and at failure. Preliminary conclusions are drawn.