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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Passivhaus Foundation Details

Passivhaus Foundation Details

Passivhaus Foundation Details The following article contains details and information from our book Understanding Passivhaus - The Simple Guide to Passivhaus Detailing and Design. Passivhaus Foundation Design   Passivhaus standards require high levels of...

Technical Drawing: Layout

Technical Drawing: Layout

Technical Drawing : Layout In part one of our technical drawing series, we will look at Layout. How should a drawing be composed, and what sort of information do we need to show on our architectural drawings?   Architectural drawings can be produced on varying...

Technical Drawing: Series Introduction

Technical Drawing: Series Introduction

Welcome to our new Technical Drawing Series!   Over this series we will be exploring the world of technical drawing for architecture, construction and interior design.    We will be looking at best practice for producing drawings. The architect or designers...

Detail Post – Green Roof Details

Detail Post – Green Roof Details

This green roof details post includes excerpts and details from our book Understanding Architectural Details - Residential. Introduction to Green Roof Details A green or living roof is a flat or low pitched roof with a layer of planting over the waterproofing...

Detail Post – Window Details

Detail Post – Window Details

This timber cladding details post includes excerpts and details from our book Understanding Architectural Details - Residential. Introduction to Window Details Approved Document Part A states that the number, size and position of openings should not impair the...

Detail Post – Rainscreen Cladding Details

Detail Post – Rainscreen Cladding Details

Rainscreen Cladding Details[lwptoc] This is a follow on post from our previous post Cladding Details - if you haven’t seen that already please   check it out. The following post includes excerpts from our book Understanding Architectural Details - Commercial....

CAD Drawing Template Download North American version

CAD Drawing Template Download North American version

This CAD drawing template provides you with a great starting point for your drawings. This North American CAD template is in IMPERIAL units! AutoCAD 2010 or later. How many times have you opened a new drawing and spent too much time searching for the correct layers to...

Detail Post – Cladding Details

Detail Post – Cladding Details

The following post includes excerpts from our book Understanding Architectural Details - Commercial. Introduction to Cladding Details   Cladding Details - Functional Requirements   There are a wide variety of walling and cladding systems available for commercial and...

Standard Brick Sizes

Standard Brick Sizes

A guide to standard brick sizes and bonds   When it comes to standard brick sizes, there are quite a few more variations than you may have initially thought. Not only do standard brick sizes vary from country to country, we also have different ways of building...

How to get better at architectural detailing 101

How to get better at architectural detailing 101

How to get Better at Architectural Detailing Drawing construction details is a key skill of an architect or technologist at any level, but many find it is difficult to learn and improve on.  Students in particular have a hard time building their detailing skills. In...

How to Calculate Stairs

How to Calculate Stairs

How to Calculate Stairs Working out stairs can sometimes be a bit of a headache. In this article we are going to look at how to calculate stairs, the quick and easy way to work out your stair requirements. First, take a look at the regulations that we can use as a...

Detail Post: Floor Details

Detail Post: Floor Details

The following post includes excerpts from our book Understanding Architectural Details - Residential. Introduction to Floor Details The most common materials used for the construction of ground and upper floors tend to be concrete or timber. Required span, resistance...

Metric Data 12 – Standard Door Sizes

Metric Data 12 – Standard Door Sizes

In this part of our Metric Data series we are looking at standard door sizes.   You could say this post title “Standard Door Sizes” is a little misleading. Technically speaking there are no standard door sizes but rather most common sizes or most popular. Here we...

Metric Data 11 – Accessible Bathroom and WC

Metric Data 11 – Accessible Bathroom and WC

Accessible Bathroom and WC in Dwellings In this section of our Metric Data series we will look at accessible sanitary facilities. This refers to designing wheelchair accessible bathrooms and wheelchair accessible WCs.   You can download the PDF of this post by...

Detail Post – Flat Roof Details

Detail Post – Flat Roof Details

The following post includes excerpts from our book Understanding Architectural Details - Residential. Introduction to Flat Roof Details The roof is a key element of the building structure, providing protection from the elements and has a vital role in reducing heat...

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.