Designing masonry construction is straightforward with much technical guidance available. For many situations structural design can rely on simple, readily available tables. The inherent properties of masonry – robustness, acoustic qualities, fire resistance – allows masonry itself to perform many functions without necessarily relying on subsequent finishes. 

This makes masonry structures more forgiving to adaptation and alteration throughout their lifetime – In other words providing performance during and after building works that might otherwise compromise acoustic or fire performance.