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Wall Systems | WBDG – Whole Building Design Guide

Introduction

The basic function of the envelope or enclosure of a building or structure is to protect the covered or otherwise conditioned interior spaces from the surrounding environment. This fundamental need for shelter is a concept that is as old as the recorded history of mankind. However, as our needs have evolved and technologies have advanced, the demand placed on designers to both understand, and integrate, a wide range of increasingly complex materials, components, and systems into the building enclosure has grown in equal proportion. This is particularly true when one considers the emerging threat of terrorism and the impact of that threat on the design and construction of the building enclosure. However, despite the recent emphasis on blast-resistant wall systems and hardening of the building enclosure (see the Blast Resistance section for additional information on this topic), uncontrolled rainwater penetration and moisture ingress remain two of the most

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Duplex House, Floor, & Home Building Plans

Here at Building Designs by Stockton we are able to provide award wining Duplex plan designs. These floor plans will feature styles from Traditional, Modern, Contemporary Craftsman, Bungalow, Victorian, Spanish/Mediterranean, Colonial, and Brownstone designs. These Duplex units are available in one, two, three, and four bedrooms. Our floor plans will provide efficient use of the space allowed for the square footage used. Our units vary in depth and width with the narrowest units starting at 12′-8″ wide. Many of these Duplex Plans will offer attached garages with some offering rear alley garage access. Please feel free to call us here at Building Designs by Stockton if you would like additional units added or deleted to the specific plans you may be interested in. We would be more than happy to discuss these changes with you.

Pre-Designed Plan Modifications: If small floor plan changes, such as enlarging a floor plan, modifying

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Exterior Building Enclosures: Design Process and Composition for Innovative Facades

Acknowledgments v

Chapter 1 Basics 1

Understanding the Basics 1

Process 2

Definition 2

Functions 3

Elements and Forces on the Exterior Enclosure 23

Design Principles 43

Basic Types 51

Interfaces of Enclosure Types 52

Summary 53

Chapter 2 Participants 55

Owner 58

Architect 62

Engineers 67

Design Team Resources: Material Suppliers, System Fabricators, and Specialty Fabricators 76

Builders 79

Summary 85

Chapter 3 Design Process 87

Step 1: Define and Establish Enclosure Goals 87

Step 2: Enclosure Concepts 89

Step 3: Research, Collection, and Analysis 92

Step 4: Schematic Design/Design Development: Enclosure System Development 97

Schematic Design 98

Design Development 105

Step 5: Construction Documents 117

Summary 134

Chapter 4 Construction 135

Step 6: Construction Process 135

Bidding or Tender: The Step In-Between 137

Paper Stage of Construction 139

Enclosures Detailed Primarily by the Architect 142

“Bricks and Mortar”Stage 144

Summary 149

Chapter 5 Brick Masonry 151

Overview 151

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Green Architecture: What Makes a Structure a “Living Building”?

Dear EarthTalk: I recently heard the term “living building”. Can you explain?
—Rebecca Gordon, Seattle, WA

Over the past couple of decades, architects and builders looking to green their projects turned to the addition of various piecemeal elements to save water here or cut down on electricity there. Those who added more than a few green touches could apply for and get certified by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) under its Leadership in Energy and Efficient Design (LEED) program. While these efforts have been laudable—essentially launching the green building industry as we know it today—they represent merely the infancy of what green building might someday become.

The concept of the “living building” has now emerged as a new ideal for design and construction. The Cascadia Region Green Building Council (CRGBC)—the Pacific Northwest chapter of the USGBC—defines a living building as a structure that “generates all of its own

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The Interior Design Building

Situated centrally in what is arguably the nations prime district for interior design, the 110 year-old Interior Design Building is home to some of the most celebrated interior design and antique merchants in the country. The seven floor property is located on the affluent Upper East Side of Manhattan, and caters to those who demand the highest quality décor and antiques.

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As some of the most distinguished antiques and interior design collectors and merchants in America, the merchants of the Interior Design Building set a precedent within the market. Each merchant showcases a distinctive and desirable collection, offering amongst the highest quality in the Nation.

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By housing merchants of similar specific interest and superior quality in the same seven floor building, space in the Interior Design Building offers more than just the advantages of prime location, an aesthetic environment and market proximity. Each antique

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35 Cool Building Facades Featuring Unconventional Design Strategies

The facade of a building is the first clue that tells us that structure has something special to offer. A cool facade is the representation of the architect’s creative vision and desire to desire to impress with something unique and out of the ordinary. With so many things that could stand out, you can always look forward to unexpected surprises.

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House 77 is a private home located in Portugal and designed by dIONISO LAB. It’s tall and narrow, squeezed in between two existing buildings and it has a facade covered by aluminum venetian blinds.

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The white shutters are placed at a fixed angle and allow the upstairs rooms to offer views of the surroundings while also maintaining a sense of privacy.

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Designed by x Architekten, this hair salon has a facade meant to act as

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H1 Building Code Compliance Tool

On 1st of January 2017 Clause H1 Fourth edition Amendment 3 came into force. It calls up the 2009 version of NZS4218 as Acceptable Solution for Clause H1. NZS4218:2004 including the Clause H1 replacement tables remained an Acceptable Solution until 30 May 2017.

From 1 June 2017 only NZS4218:2009 is the Acceptable Solution for Clause H1.

Below is a list of the most important changes in the new Clause H1:

  • The Acceptable Solution does explicitly exclude the use of foil insulation. (H1/AS1 1.0.2)
  • The maximum permitted area of skylights for using the NZS4218:2009 Schedule Method has been increased from 1.2m² to 1.5m² or 1.5% of the roof area, whichever is the larger. (NZS4218:2009 4.1.1(d))
  • Up to 3m² of glazing with an R-value of less than R-0.26 (“decorative glazing and louvers”) is permitted in the NZS4218:2009 Schedule Method. (NZS4218:2009 4.1.1(c))
  • The maximum of 50% glazing for using the NZS4218:2009 Calculation
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Building Envelope Design Guide – Introduction | WBDG

Introduction

Intended Audience and Subject Matter

The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS)–under contract from the Army Corps of Engineers, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, the US Air Force, the General Services Administration, the Department of Energy, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency—has developed this comprehensive federal guide for exterior envelope design and construction for institutional/office buildings.

The scope covers buildings constructed of steel, reinforced concrete, reinforced masonry and reinforced concrete masonry units and includes low-rise, mid-rise and high rise buildings. Typical buildings include administration (office) buildings of all sizes, from a small one-story base administration building to a twenty-story inner city agency office facility. Other building types include firehouses and police facilities, courthouses, military residences, many types of laboratories, various types of education buildings, hospitals, extended care facilities, clinics and many types of recreational buildings. Special use buildings such as airplane hangers, testing facilities, and stadiums, single family residences

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Exterior Wood, Inc. – Building Relationships

FOUNDED IN 1977,
EXTERIOR WOOD SET OUT TO DO SOMETHING
EXTRAORDINARY

   To supply
pressure-treated wood in a day when few saw the need to invest
in it.
 
   To find the highest quality lumber on the market, and turn it into
something even better.
 
   To place ourselves on the cutting edge of treatment technology.
 
   To handle one of the world’s greatest natural resources – wood –
with
respect for
our environment.
 
   To do all this while being honest, responsible, and considerate
toward
those
we work with.
 
 
Roughly three decades later, we’re leading the pressure-treatment

industry in both quality and inventory.

At Exterior Wood, we serve retail building
supply centers throughout the western United States and Canada.
We offer the region’s largest number of SKUs, or in other words,
the widest array of pressure treated products
. From the day we
receive a shipment of

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Contemporary Yet Timeless Exterior Design | Mosby Building Arts | Right Bath

In remodeling, it’s important to strike a balance between past trends, what’s trending at the moment and what will look good in the future. When updating your home’s exterior there are many things a homeowner can do to improve curb appeal. A recent trend in exterior remodeling is incorporating natural materials and elements to achieve a goal of contemporary yet timeless design.  Natural materials would generally consist of wood, stone, brick and their lookalikes.  Using these materials will add a feeling of stability and calmness to your home’s exterior.

Cedar home

For instance, using rough cut wooden beams (above) provides a rustic look which is popular in today’s design. Natural and artificial cedar shake siding can be used as on gables and dormers to add character to a home’s exterior.  Shake siding accents are both widely used in contemporary home construction and are a classic material made popular generations ago and still

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