Technical

In this section we look at some of the more technical aspects to studying and working in architecture. Over the coming months I am working to develop this section of the site to provide more useful guides and resources for all your technical questions and problems.

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Technical

Detail Library – New Details June 2022

Detail Library – New Details June 2022

New Details This month is all about updates on the Detail Library! We have spent many months preparing for the new building regulations changes which go live this June. So, over the last few days we have been uploading all of our updated details to the library. We...

Detail Library – New Details May 2022

Detail Library – New Details May 2022

New Details This month we are excited to share a variety of flat roof details. We have had many of our members asking to see different types of flat roof finishes, along with drainage options - so that is exactly what we have produced for this month. They are all...

Underfloor Heating – A Brief Guide

Underfloor Heating – A Brief Guide

[update 2022]What is Underfloor Heating?  Underfloor heating uses a pipe or wire network, of either water or electrical systems to heat the floor. Underfloor heating is considered to offer improved energy efficiency, improved comfort and better interior choices than a...

Detail Library – New Details April 2022

Detail Library – New Details April 2022

New Details This month we are excited to share some new IQ Glass details. The Invisio structural glazing provides a modern alternative to framed curtain walling. It can be used to create large or long elevations of glazing. The system is thermally broken and therefore...

Flat Roof Guide

Flat Roof Guide

In this flat roof guide, we will look at the different aspects to consider when designing a flat roof. Many of the images in this guide are courtesy of NHBC. The NHBC provide detailed guides and standards for UK Housebuilders. The guidance document is extremely...

Detail Library – New Details March 2022

Detail Library – New Details March 2022

New Details This month we have added more loft conversion details to the library. These details feature standing seam zinc dormer details. They range from window heads and sills, dormer connections, abutments and ridge connections plus more! They are all available as...

Detail Library – New Details February 2022

Detail Library – New Details February 2022

New Details This month we have added a bumper set of details to the library. These details feature structural items, such as ridge/rafter connections, holding down straps, SIPs details, standard lintels and typical installations plus more! They are all available as 2D...

Types of Flat Roof Construction

Types of Flat Roof Construction

The following post includes excerpts from our book Understanding Architectural Details - Residential. A roof is considered to be flat when it has a slope of 10o or less to the horizontal, according to BS6229. A purposefully designed slope in the roof either through...

Passivhaus Roof Details

Passivhaus Roof Details

The following article contains excerpts, details and information from our book Understanding Passivhaus - The Simple Guide to Passivhaus Detailing and Design. The building fabric has a key role to play in achieving many of the requirements of a Passivhaus. The...

Detail Library – New Details January 2022

Detail Library – New Details January 2022

New Details This month we have added a bumper set of details to the library. These details feature material transitions. We explore the details between the materials such as brick, timber cladding, zinc and hung tile. We also look at how to transition those materials...

Acoustic design for mass timber buildings

Acoustic design for mass timber buildings

Marc Fuzellier-Hart is an acoustic consultant who created Atelier Crescendo in 2020. Marc specialises in building acoustic design but more precisely in performance venues and timber buildings. As well as working on building projects, Marc regularly creates content on...

Choosing the Right Type of Loft Conversion

Choosing the Right Type of Loft Conversion

Choosing the Right Type of Loft Conversion Loft conversions are a very popular way of gaining extra space as they can be an easier alternative to moving house or building an extension as no ground works are necessary. Loft conversions can be used for creating a new...

Detail Library – New Details for December

Detail Library – New Details for December

New Details This month we have added another selection of loft details to the library. These details focus on loft conversion dormers and feature some of the details in our new loft conversion book.  They are all available as 2D CAD drawings and 3D SketchUp drawings....

Detail Library – New Details for November

Detail Library – New Details for November

New Details This month we have added a selection of interior to the library. They are all available as 2D CAD drawings and 3D SketchUp drawings. All details are now available in Revit format too! This forms part of the pro plan. The new details are available to all...

Detail Library New Details for October

Detail Library New Details for October

New Details This month we have added a selection of loft details to the library. These details have been updated and added to and feature some of the details in our new loft conversion book. More are being added to the library soon. They are all available as 2D CAD...

New Book Out Now – Understanding Loft Conversions!

New Book Out Now – Understanding Loft Conversions!

We are very excited to announce our new book, Understanding Loft Conversions is out today!! The book is the latest in the Understanding Architectural Details Series and focuses on many different types of loft conversion details.  You can read more about the book by...

Detail Library – New Details for September

Detail Library – New Details for September

New Details   This month we have added a selection of external details to the library. The details consist of wall to roof junctions, showing hidden and recessed gutter solutions to external claddings such as standing seam zinc, timber cladding and clay tiles.  They...

Detail Post: Brick Bonds and Patterns

Detail Post: Brick Bonds and Patterns

Detail Post: Brick Bonds and Patterns Brick is one of the most common materials used in architecture. It’s inexpensive, durable and versatile. The brick detail can be an important feature to pay attention to when designing a building, due to the wide range of styles...

Detail Library – New Details for August

Detail Library – New Details for August

New Details - Interior Details This month we have added a selection of new interior details to the library. This selection of drawings include concealed frame doorsets in collaboration with Selo. We also include sliding pocket doors from Enigma. They are all available...

Detail Library – New Details for July

Detail Library – New Details for July

New Details - Timber Lift and Slide Doors This month we have added a selection of new details to the library. This selection of drawings include timber lift and slide doors in collaboration with Green Building Store. We also feature a number of configurations for...

Detail Library – New Details for June

Detail Library – New Details for June

New Details - Basement Details This month we have added a selection of new details to the library. This large selection of drawings include various versions and iterations of a basement detail. They include insulated basement details, non insulated basement details,...

Detail Library – New Details for May

Detail Library – New Details for May

New Details - Bifold door details and sliding door details This month we have added a selection of new details to the library. We have teamed up with IQ Glass to bring some great bifold door and sliding door details incorporating the Sieger Lux Bifold Doors and their...

Detail Library – New Details for April

Detail Library – New Details for April

New Details - Rooflights, Lanterns and Monopitch Glazing This month we have added a selection of new details to the library. They range from rooflight details, roof lantern details, monopitch glazing details, wall abutment details and glazed bay windows. They are all...

Detail Post: Rooflight Details

Detail Post: Rooflight Details

The rooflight details featured in this post are available to download from our Detail Library. The Detail Library features a large number of construction details available to download as 2D CAD drawings or 3D SketchUp drawings, and Revit versions coming very soon....

My favourite Tools and Resources

I have curated a list of some of the tools and resources I would strongly recommend for anyone studying or working in Architecture.