PAGER - Common Building Types

Serbia

Precast concrete frame structure with concrete shear walls

This housing type is a prefabricated frame structure, consisting of precast concrete columns and other structural elements, e.g., waffle floor slabs, edge girders, stairs, and wall panels. The frame structure carries the gravity load, while shear walls are the main lateral load-resisting elements. The main feature of this technology is that the key structural elements are joined together by prestressing in two orthogonal horizontal directions. The technology has been used in Yugoslavia during the last 40 years under the proprietary name, IMS Building System, and it can be found in all major Yugoslav cities, including Belgrade, Novi Sad, and Nis. To date, around 400,000 housing units (approximately 2.5 million m² of the built area) have been constructed using this technology. Design applications include both residential housing and public buildings (e.g., hospitals). Seismic performance of the main IMS structural elements has undergone extensive experimental laboratory tests, and has also been tested in a few major earthquakes. Several buildings of this type sustained the effects of the 1968 Banja Luka earthquake without any damage.

Reference: EERI and IAEE\'s World Housing Encyclopedia (Report #68) - Radovan Dimitrijevic

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Precast concrete frame structure with concrete shear walls image

Confined masonry building with concrete floor slabs

This is a single-family residential construction found throughout urban and rural Yugoslavia during the past 30 years. The structural system consists of load-bearing masonry walls made of either brick, stone, or concrete block that are confined using reinforced-concrete posts and tie-beams. The walls are typically made of hollow clay tiles. Floor slabs are composed of prefabricated joists infilled with brick elements and topped with a cast-in-situ reinforced-concrete slab.

Reference: EERI and IAEE\'s World Housing Encyclopedia (Report #69) - Nikola Muravljov, Radovan Dimitrijevic

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Confined masonry building with concrete floor slabs image

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*Building types and their descriptions are taken from the World Housing Encyclopedia (WHE) database when available or based on additional research performed by the PAGER team. This information is provided with the understanding that it is not guaranteed to be correct or complete, and conclusions drawn from such information are the sole responsibility of the user.