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Functional Facades

Veronica R, Other • Aug 15

A building's facade is often the most important aspect of design. The facade is the first thing that people see, and in recent years, innovative facade designs and systems have created some of the world's most interesting facades. Today, facades also provide functi... Read More


Brutalist Buildings - Beasts

Veronica R, Other • Aug 9

The brutalism movement of architecture that became popular all over the world from the '50s to the '70s was started by Le Corbusier. This became the style of choice with governmental, educational, and institutional buildings as well as low-cost housing, libraries,... Read More


Container Architecture

Veronica R, Other • Aug 8

Container architecture, also known as cargotecture, is a form of architecture using steel or aluminum shipping containers as a structural element. These containers, which have been used to build permanent and temporary residential and commercial spaces, have become... Read More

Garry B, Technician

This idea and practice has been around since the early 80's. It is the basis for all offshore accommodation and was developed from old railway carriages which were used on the first oil / gas rigs. Various companies worldwide specialise in containerised accommodation which are stand alone or in any multitude of configurations. They fit everyt...


Converting Shipping Containe

Veronica R, Other • Aug 4

Building with shipping containers has fast become a popular way to create residential and commercial spaces. Not only are containers trendy, but they are readily available and environmentally friendly. Although most shipping container structures look simple, a lot... Read More


Constructing facades for dif

Veronica R, Other • Aug 3

For a building to have a facade that maximizes energy efficiency while providing a comfortable environment for its occupants, each facade may be designed in a way that is best suitable based on the climate. In the United States, these climates are divided into zone... Read More

Carol H, Other

covers almost everything that's necessary to consider and serve as guiding principles of facade design. But sometimes in climates that are let's say in tropical climates, facade that completely opens to the outside where inside and outside relationship is created could be the best solution to maximize the advantages of letting in air and ligh...


When buildings become breath

Veronica R, Other • Jul 28

The Biomimicry Institute in the United States defines biomimicry as "an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature's time-tested patterns and strategies." It applies not only to architecture, but in fie... Read More

Carol H, Other

I think adding biomimicry application in structural, engineering of buildings and facades such as exoskeleton skin are also being practiced well. Santiago Calatrava uses elements in nature and repeats them such as ribbing to create structural systems as an example. In engineering, a train engineer designed the japan's bullet trains inspired b...


Bamboo as a Construction Mat

Veronica R, Other • Jul 7

Bamboo as a construction material is traditionally associated with the cultures of Central and South America, Asia and the South Pacific. It can be used to build entire homes and other structures that are earthquake-resistant and can survive strong winds and storms... Read More

Lucia R, Architect

What about toxicity? To make bamboo planks (for flooring, facades, etc) they sometimes use toxic urea formaldehyde resin adhesives, which are highly volatile, and can be detrimental for the inhabitants' health.


Building with Aluminum Panel

Veronica R, Other • Jul 7

Aluminum, which is often referred to as a "miracle metal," is the second most widely used metal in building after steel. First, used as decorative detailing and then in roofing, flashing and wall panels, it is now considered as a construction material tha... Read More

Mohamed H, Other

Aluminum cladding pannels are very beautiful and give a finger print to building if designer used appropriate design, thought it is one of the most problem s of ACP is the worst fire fighting cladding material and it can be scratched by building users


Passive Cooling Techniques

Veronica R, Other • Jul 5

Passive cooling is a way of designing a building that focuses on improving indoor heat to a comfortable level with little or no energy consumption. This is often done through non-mechanical conditioning solutions that involve preventing heat from entering the buildi... Read More

Alexander I, Engineer

Who will mandate it? Your government? Are you really that happy with the governments' performance? It should be an OPTION explained by the architect or the builder of the advantages of having it. Don't we have enough "stuff" mandated for us already? 3 More Answers


Creating a Rooftop Garden

Veronica R, Other • Jun 30

A building with a roof that is partially or completely covered with plants is known as a green roof, eco-roof, vegetated roof, or living roof. The three types of green roofs, which were developed in Germany in the 1960s, are intensive roofs, semi-intensive and exten... Read More

jay p, Engineer

We need family water filter plant Thank you


Insulation Methods for Shipp

Veronica R, Other • Jun 29

A shipping container used as a residential or commercial space needs be insulated well if it is not designed in such a way that it cools or heats itself. This is especially true in areas with extremely hot or cold weather. You can properly insulate a container usin... Read More


Spray foam all the way. Then frame a wall inside the unit to hang Gyp and contain wires and plumbing. Anything else framed to the wall such as Z studs would transmit heat/cold. Any batts or ridgid insulation would create an airspace between insulation and steel shell which would allow for condensation to form inside your wall. I have little e... 3 More Answers


Converting barns into modern

Anthony M, Engineer • Jun 18

Barns have been used for centuries as housing for livestock and as storage sections for farm produce. Eradication of farming has left these structures barely in use. Thus, as designers, we have the responsibility to convert these available spaces to modernized human... Read More

John G, Architect

Old barn's cladding is not intended to be weatherproof so in truth, you must disassemble the enter wall surface, build proper insulated wall, and replace the wood cladding as decoration. Many of the existing boards will have to be discarded as well. The typical detail involves clips of metal studs protruding beyond a couple of layers of build...


How to strengthen timber fra

Anthony M, Engineer • Jun 16

Timber framed houses are considered to be weak and can easily be damaged on the onset of an earthquake or any other natural catastrophe. To prevent such scenarios one is advised to put into place structural modifications to strengthen the wooden frame. When building... Read More

Roy H, Engineer

Timber framed housing has performed extremely well here in Christchurch, New Zealand during the Canterbury Earthquakes in 2010. We design these homes to handle seismic loads and the solutions usually consist of braced wall panels from plasterboard, plywood or steel frames. The main area for attention is the connection to the roof and floor st... 4 More Answers


How to construct curved wood

Anthony M, Engineer • Jun 16

Wood has been used in the construction sector for an extended period. This has helped in coming up with great ideas of manipulating the regular appearance of the plain wood structure to more sophisticated and stylish designs. There are some ways to curve timber. How... Read More

Peter B, Manufacturer

Weiland offers curved products to blend into and complement the beauty of the surrounding architecture. Our All Wood, Aluminum Wood and All Aluminum products offer a high quality craftsmanship and blend well with the indoor/outdoor lifestyle. The curved doors can be built as tall as 12 feet high and as wide as needed depending on weight. Chec...


Making a good glass roofing

Anthony M, Engineer • Jun 10

The evolution of glass technology means roofing, glass extensions and sun pipes can flood dark areas of the house with light thus increasing the feeling of space and simultaneously providing an uninterrupted view of the garden and the immediate environment. Natural... Read More


How to properly install floa

Anthony M, Engineer • Jun 9

A floating roof is a type of roof that is installed in storage tanks which are used in the oil refinery and petrochemical industry. The floating roof floats directly on top of the stored material. This eliminates the possibility of a flammable atmosphere. It also ac... Read More

Dan N, Other

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How To Install Solid Wooden

Anthony M, Engineer • Jun 8

Wooden floors are part of the elements that make a house to look exquisite. The installation procedures for wooden floors require the expertise of professionals. This is because; the processes involved are delicate and require an individual to practice extra care. L... Read More