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Replacing two outside brick walls with double glazed doors (structure req compliance)

Discussion in 'Building Regulations and Planning Permission' started by guesxy, 29 Oct 2019.

  1. guesxy

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    Hi,


    Thinking of replacing the two outside walls (L shaped relative to each other) of my workshop with double glazed doors/windows. One nook - workshop is under the garage (the house is on a hill, so garage is at ground level, workshop under that), I am not sure if the window frame are designed to bear the same support load as a normal internal brick/aeroc wall, or a lentil will need to be put in place for the whole length of the new frame?

    Only at the intersection of the L shape, the old brick wall structure will remain in place.

    So overall the window to surface are will be over 50%, so energy efficiency will be a question, given the washing machine and dryer are inside, but no heating is in the room.
    Thats without the additional complication of the garage one level above.

    Any advice on the type of windows that might be required and the load reqs for the new doors/windows replacing the current walls? I know I probably need to speak to a construction engineer prior to builders will start :)


    Thanks!
     
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  3. johnny2007

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    You should speak to a structural engineer.
    Or you could try and see if it holds up...
     
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    You need to design the steelwork to fully support the garage -assume the windows and doors will support no load at all.

    The load will need to provide lateral stability as well.
     
  5. Really just confirming what others have said but window frames are not loadbearing and a structural engineer is needed particularly on an L shaped glazed wall to design the corner pier and lintels.
    - or collapses :!:
     
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    Brickwork and lintels. Not really any need for a structural engineer, and he wont be able to answer the energy efficiency question either.
     
  8. - not so sure about that in this case :!:
    - who said they would :?:
     
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    The OP
     
  10. guesxy

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    Oh the energy efficiency one, did not think structural engineer will answer that :D That is probably a question for frame/window makers... otherwise thanks for confirming my initial thoughts - get one structural engineer on site :D
     
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