Low strength load bearing masonry refers to walls constructed with non-erodible walling units such as stone, burnt clay brick, solid block, stabilized soil blocks etc., in mud mortar. Locally available masonry has been used as a construction material since ancient times and can be found all over the world, be it in residential houses, palaces, temples or important community and cultural buildings. With the advent of new construction materials and techniques, the use of these materials has substantially decreased in the last few decades, however it is still used abundantly for residential buildings in rural and remote areas of Nepal.
Hima Shrestha, Suman Pradhan, Ramesh Guragain
National Society for Earthquake Technology-Nepal (NSET)