1. SERVICES INTO & OUT OF A BUILDING
In today’s construction industry there have been many developments with regard to how buildings are constructed and more importantly how they perform in the time that they are used. This also is concerned with the way in which buildings are designed and how important components such as services are incorporated into the initial concept and developed further into a final design.
When a brief is given to an Architect or Project Manger allowances have to be made for services entering and exiting at various points. To some extents these are what could be called the ‘bones’ in which designers should work around, implementing the necessities such as water supply and disposal of waste etc. Once such measures are in place then the design can be ‘built’ upon and worked around to achieve the desired affect from the client’s brief. The services of any building big or small should be considered constantly throughout the design of a project otherwise this could cause adverse affects upon prices and budgets submitted.
Not only are services important regards design but obviously they provide inhabitants or people who use the building with good sanitation through waste disposal and ventilation, power for lighting, appliances etc and gas for cooking. Services have now become even more strictly governed by health and safety where certain minimum standards have to be met to the approval of the local authority. A great deal of compliance with the building regulations has to be carried out also where designers will co-operate with building control officers to incorporate a high degree of service systems into the final design. Within the current building regulations compliance has to be made regarding Approved Document L2 – Conservation of fuel and power. In this document it states: “The person responsible for achieving compliance should provide a report, or obtain ...