Friday , 21 October 2016

Where To Find Construction Details On The Web

Good resources and precedents for construction details are hard to find. So, I’ve put together some of the most useful resources I have come across. As always, if you find anything useful that we haven’t mentioned, comment below or let us know so we can add it to the list.



Understanding Architectural Details

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Planning Portal – Accredited Construction Details (ACDs) for Part L

Go to ACDs

These details are to help the construction industry achieve the performance standards required to demonstrate compliance with the energy efficiency requirements of Part L of the Building Regs. They include details for Steel Frame, Timber Frame, Masonry Cavity, Masonry Internal and Masonry External. All downloadable pdf’s, very useful to keep in your own reference library.


Energy Saving Trust – Enhanced Construction Details (For Part L)

Go to ECDs

These take the ACDs to the next level, and are an improved performance to aim towards the requirements of Code for Sustainable Homes. Once again, all downloadable pdf’s, good to keep as future reference.


Architects Journal Buildings Library

The Architects Journal features some construction drawings, although you have to be a subscriber to access them. Your uni should be able to give you a username and password to do this. You can download the drawings as pdf’s which is good.

Go to AJ

Detail Magazine also offers great case studies and construction details and also have some online. The magazine is best though.


Go to SpecifiedBy

SpecifiedBy is a database of over 26,000 building products. Sign up once to access all the files you need, for thousands of products, in one place. They currently have the biggest library of BIM objects in the UK, including content created by Bimstore, National BIM Library and others.


One of the most useful resources I find is the manufacturers websites. Some are better than others but often offer great downloadable resources to help with your construction detailing. Here are a few:


Kalzip Construction Details

This link will take you to the pdf of the Kalzip Construction Details manual, aluminium roofing systems. Really useful details, and loads of them. Even better, you can visit thier website and download CAD drawings.

Kalzip Technical



Go to Decra

Decra offer lightweight tiling systems, very useful website with downloadable brochures, guides, and once again details in pdf and cad format.



Go to Langley

Langley offer a great range of detail drawings in pdf and cad format, from built up roofing, green roofing to liquid coating.



Go to Sto

Sto offer downloadable pdf illustrative details, and if you call them they will provide dwg files – if you chat them up a bit. Sto do render systems, rainscreen cladding and external wall insulation.



Kingspan Product Lit

Again, downloadable pdf’s of their insulation products and more.

Or go to the Kingspan Insulated Panels site to download Cad details.

Kingspan CAD Details


Visqueen – Tanking and Damp proof membranes

It is quite hard to find information about tanking, and dpms. Visqueen is a really useful site for getting good details but they tend to be in pdf format only. There isn’t a dedicated page, so find the product you are looking for and then click on ‘available downloads’.

Go to Visqueen


Velfac – Windows

Really useful standard interface details in both pdf and cad form.

Go to Velfac


There are hundreds more, but these are a good starting point. Happy Detailing!

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  1. This is so helpful! Cheers

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