Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Please read the CS -Week 8 Assignment carefully. To make your portfolio presentation simpler, I do not require you to produce different material for the studio final then is requested for the portfolio review. If any of these requirements are unclear, please ask.
Deadline: End of week. I will accept postings until October 1, 2007.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Remember that your final deliverables include:
1) Building Services – MEP Plan / Information:
A written description of the mechanical system chosen for the building and an explanation of how this system contributes to the green design strategies for the project.
2) An Environmental Features Drawing:
describes the primary green design features of the building. This drawing usually includes annotated diagrammatic plans or sections showing how green features work at different seasons of the year.
If you are struggling with this, talk to me. If you want me to review what you've done so far, talk to me.
-Foundation and Ground-
-Foundation and Exterior Wall-
-Exterior Wall and Window-
-Exterior Wall and Upper Level Floors-
-Exterior Wall: structure, air barrier, insulation, vapor barrier, flush-mounted devices-
-Exterior Wall and Roof-
Details answer also the questions such as:
-Material: size and composition, texture, surface, edge, et cetera-
-Geometry: sizes and relative locations-
-Gravity: how does it stand up/how is it fastened-
-Energy: how are the different micro climates separated-
-Water: how do we keep water from penetrating and how do we get water back out, if the system failed-
-Constructability: what is the sequence for putting it together-
Most of these questions can be answered fairly easily:
Materials are a matter of choice and availability, sizes of elements and members follow again availability criteria and structural limitations. The weight (gravity) needs to be carried to a foundation via a system of fasteners and frames of increasing sizes. The insulation needs to be of appropriate thickness and material and ideally make its way uninterrupted from a few feet below grade as well as below the ground floor slab all the way to the roof. Waterproofing is first done by shedding as much as possible: roof overhangs, stacking material to allow water to be brought “down and out”, and then with a secondary plane in the wall (and roof) construction, where water that made it thru the first layer can be collected and guided again “down and out”.
There is certainly a whole other layer of technical questions that need be addressed:
Compatibility of metals, air barrier, vapor barrier, expansion, workman ship tolerances et cetera.
In every detail sketch, at least the four big ones: Material, Gravity, Energy and Water need to be addressed.