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A nonbuilding structure, also referred to simply as a structure, refers to any body or system of connected parts used to support a load that was not designed for continuous human occupancy. The term is used by architects, structural engineers, and mechanical engineers to distinctly identify built structures that are not buildings.

Examples

* Aerial lift pylon * Aqueduct (water supply) * Avalanche dam * BarriersPrasad, Deo K.. ''Designing with solar power: a source book for building integrated photovoltaics (BiPV''). Mulgrave, Vic.: Images ;, 2005. Print. * Blast furnaces * Boat lifts * Brick kilns * Bridges and bridge-like structures (aqueducts, overpasses, trestles, viaducts, etc.) * Bus stops * Canal * Carport * Chimneys and flue-gas stacks * Coke ovens * Communications tower * Covered bridgesKunreuther, Howard, and Richard J. Roth. Paying the price the status and role of insurance against natural disasters in the United States. Washington, D.C.: Joseph Henry Press, 1998. Print. * Cranes * Dams * Dock (maritime) * Dolphin (structure) * Electricity grid * Ferris wheels * Ferry slip * Flume * Fortification * Fractionating towers * Gates * Handrails * Hayrack * Hay barrack * Headframe * Infrastructure * Lattice tower * Marina * Monuments * Oil depot * Offshore oil platforms (except for the production and housing facilities) * Piers * Radio masts and towers * Railroads * Ramada (shelter) * Roads * Roller coasters * Retaining walls * Silos * Snow shed * Storage tanks * Street lights * Street signs * Swimming pools * Structures designed to support, contain or convey liquid or gaseous matter, including ** Cooling towers ** Distillation equipment and structural supports at chemical and petrochemical plants and oil refineries * Tank farm * Towers of some types * Tramways and Aerial tramways * Transmission towers * Triumphal arch * Tunnels * Underwater habitat * Watercraft * Water towers * Wharves

Exceptions

Some structures that are occupied periodically and would otherwise be considered ''nonbuilding structures'' are categorized as "buildings" for life and fire safety purposes: * Aviation control towers * Factories * Kiosks * Lighthouses * Outhouses * Power stations * Refineries * Warehouses

See also

* Architectural structure

References

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