2008/11: 8th international seminar on structural masonry / paper
A FLEXIBLE AND FUNCTIONAL REINFORCED MASONRY CONSTRUCTION SYSTEM FOR RESIDENTIAL APARTMENTS
The use of reinforced masonry is negligible when compared to any other construction techniques in Turkey. Traditional construction techniques are generally framed structues or frames combined with shear walls in which all have plastered and painted clay brick infill walls and facades. This paper introduces the use of reinforced masonry and focuses on the advantages of using reinforced masonry against framed structure models with clay brick infill walls with the help of an award winning project in Turkey named NP12. NP12 as the first residential 4 storey reinforced masonry structure complex in Turkey plays an important role in introducing this method of construction. The architectural advantages of using this system, its seismic behaviour, insulation, combination of different materials, flexibility and structural code requirements are presented.