W. TEMPLETON, G. J. EDGELL British Ceramic Research Limited
and R. C. DE VEKEY
Building Research Establishment

Accidental-damage loadings to a domestic house were simulated by removing the masonry between lower window openings when load was being applied at both first floor and upstairs ceiling level. The masonry was removed both from the front wall which supported the loaded floor and from the rear wall where the floor spanned parallel to it. In neither case was there any collapse due to the damage and there was evidence of a redistribution in the support to the load.