Walls can be built on a footing which is below ground
level to provide it with some stability and stop it from overturning. They also
receive support from the steel frame, which they are connected to.
In warehouses, it is common for the perimeter wall to be
formed out of insulated cladding panels, supported on light gauge steel
sections spanning between the internal columns.
Where an industrial
unit is to be split into multiple chambers, internal walls are constructed,
sometimes taking support off the slab itself.
In these cases, the load from the wall must be considered in the slab
design and joints must be located to avoid sitting directly below wall lines to
avoid potential fixing issues, as well as to avoid problems related to slab
movement during drying shrinkage.