Non- load bearing

What is Non- load bearing

Definition of Non- load bearing in Construction

The term non-load bearing refers to any assembly that is not intended to support a structural load. Commonly used in residential construction to identify a partition that is not intended to support any load above, and is therefore a non- load bearing partition. The lack of structural support allows this type of partition to be removed from the structure, without any compromise of the structural integrity of the total structure. It is essential that professional contractors or engineers identify the non-load bearing partitions from the load bearing partitions that support the structure. The removal of a load bearing partition without the proper engineering will cause a compromise within the structural skeleton of the building. The term is used in other types of construction to represent any structure that is not used to support any loading, or is not structurally integral to the total structural design of the building or construction element.