What Is Super Structure? and Difference B/w Load Bearing & Framed Structure

What Is Super Structure?

The above portion the ground level and under the ground floor level is known as plinth.
The portion above the ground floor level it’s known as super structure. It includes walls, columns, beams, floors, roofs, doors, windows, lintels, staircases. In this chapter types of super structures based on the method of load transfer is first presented and then the various components are discussed giving their functions and types.


It’s Two type

  1. Load Bearing Structures
  2. Framed Structures.

Load Bearing Structures-

In this type of structure the load on the structure is transferred vertically downward through walls. Loads from roof and floors gets transferred to wall and then wall has to transfer these loads as well as self weight. Such constructions are used in residential buildings where dimension of rooms is less. Residential buildings up to ground + 2 floors can be built economically with such structures.

Framed Structures-

In this type of structures a frame work of columns, beams and floors are built first. Then walls are built to partion the living area. The walls are subjected to self-weight only. This type of super structures are required when number of stories in a building is more and also when larger areas are to be covered free from walls. Below paragraph shows the comparison between R.C.C. framed structures and load bearing structures.

load bearing and frame structure

Difference between load bearing and framed structure.

    • Construction cost is less.
    • Suitable up to three stories.
    • Walls are thicker and hence floor area is reduced.
    • Slow construction work.
    • Not possible to alter the position of walls, after the construction.
    • Resistance to earthquake is poor.


    • Construction cost is more.
    • Suitable for any number of stories.
    • Walls are thinner and hence more floor area available for use.
    • Construction speed is fast.
    • Position of walls may be changed, whenever necessary.
    • Resistance to earthquake forces is good.

Difference Between Load Bearing Wall and Partition Wall


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