Model Answers on Building Design and Maintenance Issues Associated with Residential Properties

Level: Undergraduate | Grade: 2:2 | Approx. Word Count: 1,246

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Overview

Explain the typical component parts of a three storey house built in the early 2000s and present your views on how this construction can appropriately expanded and methods available to best address environmental issues.

As indicated in Figure 1 (see appendix), the 3 storey house envisaged is typically constructed around a framework of two layers of brick walls, with a cavity between, and laid on a concrete strip foundation and has a itched and tiled roof (Golland and Blake 2004). It will be noted from the diagram while the ground floor has a concrete, the second and third floors are supported by wooden joist. The third floor, which may comprise of one or two rooms accessed by stairs from the second floor occupies the roof space. Therefore, there will be a need to provide daylight access at this level. As indicated in the illustration, in this case Velux windows have been set into the roof for this purpose, although an alternative option may be to insert a dormer window, which will serve the dual purpose of providing light and height (Riley and Howard 2002).