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Architectural Plans

Posted by: Hi-Tech | Posted on: November 9th, 2012

Architecture is a field comprising of three important phases such as planning, designing and construction of residential and commercial building projects. Architectural plans are vital in the proper design and make of the physical buildings. The plans help in the creative coordination of the various aspects of any constructional project such as the technology, materials to be used and the daylighting features etc. In addition to the technical aspects, the architectural plans also include other concepts such as scheduling and cost estimating. The professional who is associated with developing the wide variety of architectural plans is known as an architect and s/he plays an important role in transforming a well planned project design into a successful physical output.

Different Components Of The Architectural Designs

The architectural plans are mainly implemented in the design and construction of buildings. Different types of designing procedures are being worked out to give rise to a well drafted plan. These are:

  • Schematic design
  • Designing using computer simulations
  • Design of the various features and systems
  • Designing for daylighing

Schematic design: In the schematic design phase, architectural programming is being carried out. In the programming, the relationship between all the functionalities of a particular building project is established and the specific needs and requirements for each and every function of a building are outlined.

Effective programming successfully reduces the gross square footage area of the building thereby saving space, and increase the energy savings by enhancing the thermal control mechanisms of the building.

Designing using computer simulations: The thermal control mechanisms of a particular architectural project are dependent on the relationship between the internal loads and the external environment of the building. And the fact is that both the external environment and the internal loads change from time to time, according to seasons.

By the help of the computer simulations, it is being possible to accurately predict the energy performance of the project by studying the dynamic relationship between the external environment and the internal system and loads.

The design of the various features and systems: The architectural plans also include the design of special features such as passive solar design, solar shading, glare controlling mechanisms, selection of glazing varieties and calculation of proper shading angles etc.

Designing for daylighting: Daylighting is an important concept to be considered in the architectural projects and it imparts proper living conditions and comfort to the dwellers. The daylighting design includes various considerations like the window design, installation of light shelves and implementation of different toplighting strategies.

Benefits Of Well Structured Architectural Plans

The architects make use of the improvised technologies and procedures such as building information modeling in order to coordinate different designs and create significant architectural plans. Proper architectural plans benefit in the following way:

  • Reduces disruption in the on-site performance.
  • Results in fully optimized phases of the construction project.
  • Effectively minimizes the operating time of equipments.
  • Minimizes the environmental impacts during the construction phase.

Effectively reduces the wastes by carefully estimating the materials to be used.

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