When you are dealing with a design build project, there are many jargons you might encounter throughout your project. These jargons can be intimidating to someone without an in-depth knowledge of this field. Even if you have a general understanding of the industry, being introduced to new terms can throw you off guard and cause confusion. Architects and engineers can be guilty of smattering their conversations with in-house jargon. At Box™, we favour plain speaking but nevertheless there are a number of terms we use on a regular basis. So here’s a mini Box™ Dictionary so we’re all on the same page.
- Engineered timber: Where wood is processed in order to enhance its structural properties. Glulam (glued and laminated) timber beams are one example and used in the Box structural system.
- Clerestory windows: Are usually smaller-sized windows slivered high up in a wall in order to let in light but maintain privacy.
- FFL = Acronym for Finished Floor Level. Basically, the level of the floor will be once it has any overlay added.
- Transom and mullion: These are glazing terms and refer to parts of a window/sliding door frame. The transom is the horizontal structural bar (and a good idea to ensure it doesn’t block a view at sitting down height) while the mullions are the vertical elements (the fewer the better).
- Soldier pile: A stand-alone pile (usually steel) that is buried in the ground and works to provide stability. Not to be confused with a standard pile that helps to hold up the house.
- Rectilinear: Think buildings with straight lines. Pretty much another way of saying ‘Box-like’.
And finally….Herpetologist! If you’re building on Waiheke, New Zealand (as many of our clients are) you’ll be interested in this one. A herpetologist studies lizards and geckos. On Waiheke, a new requirement for resource consent has been introduced whereby some building sites need a herpetologist report. Yup, someone comes and sits on the land for an hour and sees how many lizards they can spot. Following that, Box™ may be asked to provide a lizard management plan.
Do you ever feel like your architects and engineers are speaking a different language? If so, you’re not alone! The construction industry has its own unique set of terms and phrases that can be confusing for those outside the field. We’ve compiled a list of terms used by the Auckland architects – Box™, along with their definitions, to help you make sense of it all.