Associations and Regulations and Guidance
Accredited Construction Details ACDs for Part L
Energy Savings Trust Enhanced Construction Details
BRE Certified Thermal Details
The BRE have created a standard directory of approved details which allows users to search a wide range of thermal junction details.
Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Approved Details
Journals and Magazines
Architects Journal Buildings Library
The Architects Journal Buildings Library features some construction drawings, although you have to be a subscriber to access them. If you are a student, it is likely your university has a username and password for you to gain access. You can download the drawings as PDFs.Go to AJ Buildings Library
DETAIL magazine have made available over 3,000 of their DETAIL projects. You can search through the database by type, material etc and view the images and details associated with the projects. You can download the PDFs of the projects.
You have to have a subscription to Detail Inspiration, which is reduced in price for Detail magazine subscribers. Again, if you are a student it is likely that you will have access to this through your library.
CAD Detail Sites
Fastrackcad offers a comprehensive directory of top building component manufacturers who provide CAD drawings and BIM objects of their products.
CAD details provides manufacturer specific building product information ranging from SketchUp, Revit, CAD 2D and 3D to specifications, videos and images CADdetails.com hosts a mountain of information!Go to CADdetails.com
There is a huge range of suppliers and manufacturers who provide their cad details for free download. A few good ones to mention follow, but there are hundreds more.
Marley Eternit have a massive resource centre of cad details, brochures, technical manuals – well worth a visit.
LangleyGo to Langley
Langley offer a great range of detail drawings in pdf and cad format, from built up roofing, green roofing to liquid coating. You need to sign up to get access to the downloads.
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 Literature
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.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!
Of course, I couldn’t finish without mentioning our set of construction detailing books!
We have a range of three UK based Construction Detail Books called “Understanding Architectural Details” for both residential and commercial construction.
We also have a residential construction detailing book based on US codes and standards.
The books are packed full of details, in both 2d and 3d, PLUS you can download all the details as 2D cad files and 3D SketchUp files! Click on the links below to find out more.
Are you struggling with your construction drawings and detailing? Comment below and tell me what you find difficult or what details are hard to find and I’ll see if I can help.