Some Consideration of Joints in the Building System

  • Forrest Wilson


Construction joints, control joints, and movement joints are joints required for building the structure. The remainder of the joints in buildings might be described as architectural joints placed for the convenience of the architect or builder in limiting the size of building components for visual or functional reasons. All joints are separated joints, including the interlocking types, but that term usually refers to joints that occur as a result of deliberate separation of adjacent components.


Building System Wall Panel Exterior Wall Control Joint Construction Joint 
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  1. Baker, M. C., “Recognition of Joints in the System” in Cracks, Movements and Joints in Building, National Research Council of Canada (1972), NRC 15477Google Scholar

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© Van Nostrand Reinhold Company Inc. 1984

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  • Forrest Wilson

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