Okeena’s Vocab

  1. WET WALL – a structural wall used for housing plumbing pipes for fixtures like sinks, dishwashers, toilets
  2. TRUSS – a framework typically consisting of rafters, posts and struts, supporting a roof, bridge, or other structure
  3. CURTAIN WALL – the outer facade of a building that is a non structural, light weight material, that basically keeps the weather out and occupants in
  4. SHEAR WALL – structural system composed of braced panels to counter the effects of lateral loads on a structure
  5. LATERAL BRACING – structural support that aids in keeping a structure from twisting
  6. NODE – an area in which people can congregate in order to make a decision e.g a lobby, the area above or below a stair/escalator
  7. SMOKE CURTAIN – prevents smoke from spreading in an atrium from floor to floor
  8. GRANDFATHERED – the term given to a structure that can not meet current code since it was built to the code of its own time
  9. VARIANCE – when permission is asked to do something that is either not specified by code or goes against the code
  10. BLOCK – a command used in autocad that aids in the repeatation of an item e.g column, window, door
  11. CO-ORDINATE SYSTEM – this is a system that uses co-ordinates that determine the position of a point or geometry in space
  12. WORLD CO-ORDINATE SYSTEM – used in autocad it can not be altered by the user
  13. USER CO-ORDINATE SYSTEM – used in autocad it can be changed by the user 
  14. NARROW STREET – is a street less than 75 feet wide
  15. WIDE STREET – is a street more than 75 feet wide
  16. LINTEL – the horizontal support of either timber, stone, or steel across the top of a door or window
  17. WEEP HOLE – or weep brick is a small opening that allows water to drain from within an assembly