Week 10 - Constructing Environments What is detailing? Detailing is regarding how materials are combined to form the final product such as a building (Newton, 2013c) Some detailing considerations other than waterproofing and thermal insulation:
Acoustics : insulating the interior from outside noise, and containing noise within a room Movements: accommodating movements Health and Safety: such as handrails, and balusters to ensure Ability to age gracefully Presence Repairable surfaces and resistance to damage Clean-ability of surfaces: for ease of maintenance Maintenance access: as in the instance that repairs need to be made Constructability: for ease of construction at an affordable expense (Newton, 2013c)
General principles for constructability by Edward Allen: A detail should be able to be detailed without hassle Small Inaccuracies and minor mistakes should be forgiven with regard to a detail A detail needs to be based on efficient use of tools, labour and construction facilities (Newton, 2013c) Details noticed on the site visit to the pavilion:
Chimney: the fire place is visible both from the interior of the building and the exterior. There is a skylight roofing the chimney. Sarking: visible in blue. It is a waterproofing, that protects the buildingâ€™s boundaries from water penetration. Columns: they are vertical loadbearing members, that transfer the loads from the roof to the foundation Steel rods: they are used for reinforcing concrete, as concrete has poor tensile strength. This gives the concrete the ability to face tension forces. A rendered concrete wall: formwork is used to give the wall its shape. Formwork is also known as false work. An origon finish is used on the wall. To get this finish the timber origon is naied to the wall while the cement is semi-plastic. It gives the wall a texture
Concrete block wall: concrete is a durable material. It handles high compressive strength and is inexpensive. Since it is durable it allows the building to age gracefully. Furthermore as it is fire resistant the health and safety of the building is enhanced. It is readily available and not custommade which reduces the cost incurred in purchasing. Therefore it fulfils one of Edward Allenâ€™s principals of constructability (Newton,2013a; Ching 2013b). ceiling: on the image to the left you see the cavity that is behind the ceiling, which is used for storing electrical and hydraulic services. The wire seen hanging is for lighting. Perlins: the roof sits on the perlins
Tongue and groove boards: they are used in this instance to line the wall. The building is a timber stud wall construction. To line those walls this material is used. They are attached to the timber battans of the stud wall. It is also used as flooring in other instances. Sound and heat insulation in wall and ceiling: sound insulation allows the noises in outside the building to not be heard within the building. Similary it contains the noise inside the building in the interior of the building so that it is not heard from those who are outside (Ching 2008a; Newton 2013b)
Aluminium box section extrusions: it is the head section of a window. It attaches the glass of the windows to the building.
References Ching, F 2008a, ‘Chapter 7: Moisture and Thermal Protection’, Building construction illustrated, 4th ed, New Jersey: Wiley and Sons Inc Ching, F 2008b, ‘Chapter 12: Notes on Materials’, Building construction illustrated, 4th ed, New Jersey: Wiley and Sons Inc Newton, C. 2013a. Week 04. Material: Concrete. [podcast] 12/08. Available at: http://app.lms.unimelb.edu.au/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_tab_group_id=_5_1&url=%2Fwebapps%2Fblac kboard%2Fexecute%2Flauncher%3Ftype%3DCourse%26id%3D_262 Newton, C. 2013b. Week 09. Detailing for heat and moisture. [podcast] 12/08. Available at: http://app.lms.unimelb.edu.au/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_tab_group_id=_5_1&url=%2Fwebapps%2Fblac kboard%2Fexecute%2Flauncher%3Ftype%3DCourse%26id%3D_262371_1%26url%3D Newton, C. 2013c. Week 10. Construction Detailing. [podcast] 12/08. Available at: