Glossary

sheet piling
it is the a sheet that provides for a continious barrier in the ground Daniel 12/18/14
shelf angle
it is a steel angle that supports the weight of brick above it, and transfers that weight into the structure Daniel 12/18/14
weephole it is a small opening that allows water to drain from within a brick(not every brick usually 24″ O.C) Daniel 12/18/14
caulking is one of several different processes to seal joints or seams in various structures. Daniel 12/16/14
polyethylene vapor barrier
it is a vapor diffusion 0.03 permeability Daniel 12/16/14
cavity wall consists of two skins separated by a hollow space Daniel 12/16/14
backfill refilling an excavation hole with material dug out of it Daniel 12/15/14
polystyrene most widely used plastics; yet poor barrier for oxygen and water vapor Daniel 12/15/14
splash block a masonry block placed on the ground below a downspout to keep away water away from building Daniel 12/15/14
bacarrat I always knew baccarat as a card game, and a new hotel at 53rd street by MoMa. Its like a crystalline material Daniel 12/10/14
MEP mechanical, electrical, plumbing. Also HVAC: heating,ventilating, air conditioning Daniel 12/10/14
Bulkhead talking about stairs; it is a outside access to for stairs at roof Daniel 12/10/14
Narrow Street
is the length of a street that is less than 75 feet Michelle 9/9/14
Wide Street
is the length of a street that is wider than 75 feet Michelle 9/9/14
Zoning describes the control by authority of the use of land, and of the buildings thereon. Areas of land are divided by appropriate authorities into zones within which various uses are permitted.( source: Wikipedia) Michelle 9/9/14
Occupancy the amount of people in a room at one particular moment. Melissa 9/3/14
Prefabricated houses are specialist dwelling types of prefabricated building, which are manufactured off-site in advance, usually in standard sections that can be easily shipped and assembled. (source: Wikipedia) Michelle 9/3/14
Stair is a construction designed to bridge a large vertical distance by dividing it into smaller vertical distances, called steps. (source: Wikipedia) Michelle 9/3/14
ADA American with Disabilities Act- prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation, communications, and governmental activities. The ADA also establishes requirements for telecommunications relay services. (source: US Department of Labor) Michelle 9/3/14
Building Envelope is the physical separators between the conditioned and unconditioned environment of a building including the resistance to air, water, heat, light, and noise transfer. (source: Wikipedia) Michelle 9/1/14
H.V.A.C  ( heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) is the technology of indoor and vehicular environmental comfort. Michelle 9/1/14
Thermal Bridge is a fundamental of heat transfer where a penetration of the insulation layer by a highly conductive or non insulating material takes place in the separation between the interior and exterior environments of a building assembly.  (source: Wikipedia) Michelle 9/1/14
FAR Also known as Floor area ratio. FAR is used to measure the intensity of the site being developed. The ratio is generated by dividing the building area by the lot area. Melissa 9/1/14
Schematic Design Schematic design is the portion of the design in which one performs a site analysis. One also develops the overall shape or concept of building. Melissa 9/1/14
Inventory A complete documentation of a property and its relevant surroundings. This may also include the contents or a building Melissa 9/1/14

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