ABCB Housing Provisions


Part 5.2 Masonry veneer

Part 5.2 Masonry veneer

(1) Part 5.2 is subject to the limitations set out in H1D5(1)(c).

(2) Part 5.2 need not be complied with if H1D5(1)(a) or (b) are complied with.

Masonry veneer walls must not be greater than 8.5 m in height when measured above the adjacent finished ground level.

(1) Except where excluded by (2), openings in masonry veneer must be spanned by steel lintels.

(2) Openings in masonry veneer not more than 500 mm wide need not be provided with a steel lintel provided the opening is adequately supported.

Damp-proof courses and flashing materials must be in accordance with 5.7.3 and 5.7.4.

Vertical articulation joints are to be installed in accordance with 5.6.8.

Where engaged piers are installed to support subfloor framing, they must comply with the provisions of this Part and be constructed as follows:

  1. Footings for piers must comply with Section 4.
  2. Engaged piers must not support more than a single storey with a roof framing span of not more than 12 m.
  3. Piers must be spaced at not more than 3 m centres with floor framing complying with—
    1. H1D6(3) for steel framing; and
    2. H1D6(4) for timber framing; and
    3. H1D6(5) for structural steel framing.
  4. Piers must be—
    1. not more than 1.2 m high; and
    2. a minimum thickness of 100 mm inclusive of mortar; and
    3. a width greater than the depth of the timber or steel section which it is supporting (see Figure 5.2.6).
  5. Notwithstanding (c), engaged piers must be located beneath—
    1. each side of window and door openings; and
    2. concentrated roof loads, inclusive of any roof beams and girder trusses.
  6. Piers must be tied or bonded to the external masonry wall, and where ties are used they must comply with 5.6.5.
  7. Piers formed from hollow-core masonry units must be filled with grout.
Figure 5.2.6 Engaged pier