Retaining Walls Defined
When it comes to the construction of and regulations governing retaining walls, there are certain aspects that determine whether the structure follows the industrial-standard code, as stated by part K of SANS 10400.
These structures have important functions in the world of construction. They can be found at mountain passes, residential buildings that stand next to natural elevations, or areas with elevation changes. Meeting these standards when building any structure is key to ensuring that building inspections will be passed in terms of safety, stability, and structural integrity.
Retaining walls can improve the overall aesthetics of a constructed area too. These structures are commonly built with interlocking concrete blocks to ensure their strength and integrity. The primary function of such a structure is to resist the lateral displacement of a material mass, according to part K of SANS 10400. These regulations cover the structural strength and stability of walls constructed in South Africa and they ensure that such structures are built to withstand various specified loads and will not fail when performing their regular load-bearing duties.
In the case of retaining walls, the regulations state that the structure should be designed and built in such a way that that it can handle the pressure of soil and other materials pushing against it. By offering the necessary level of resistance, such a structure can hold natural slopes in place. This allows for other structures, such as buildings and roads, to be constructed without the risk of a landslide destroying them and endangering life. Since these structures retain soil, they cannot be regarded as minor building work, according to part A of SANS 10400. Therefore, a civil engineer should design them and determine their layout and height for optimal results.
Every retaining wall must meet the regulations set forth by SANS 10400. This includes the need for approved plans before the structure is built and it requires the builder to notify the local authority of their plans to build such a structure. Part K section 4.2.4 of SANS 10400 covers the free-standing boundary, garden, and retaining walls that must conform with the SABS standards to ensure such structures’ safety and stability. Therefore, when you set out to build this type of structure, you have to follow the correct guidelines and regulations to avoid the possibility of having to redesign or rebuild it.
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