Architectural Concepts

Building Area Square Footage Calculations
Architects must understand definitions for building area calculations due to the effect on legal contracts and governmental regulations. Definitions for the various types of area calculations are discussed.
Properties of Light
Light is critical for architects to understand. This article provides a great overview of how light works, how it is measured, and how architects can use it to benefit their designs.
Architectural Acoustics - Controlling Sound
Learn about the best ways to control sound in buildings. Know when to absorb, block, or cover unwanted noise.
Acceptable Room Sound Levels
This article provides a description of the various background noise criteria for buildings and rooms, including a table of acceptable noise levels for a number of different space types.
Shielding in Buildings
High tech buildings may require electromagnetic or radiation shielding to protect people and equipment. Learn about the various methods of blocking unwanted waves.
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