Construction Series 1: Wall Construction Techniques

Seminar 1 of Wall construction

HLM Interiors / Mick Scherdel / Associate director

Why do we build walls?

To divide countries and define boundaries

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As defence mechanisms

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To protect and Create Cities

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To create building structures

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To clad buildings

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To create and divide spaces

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To define Building Journeys

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To define building journeys

1st Floor Plan
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Types of Wall

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The lines we draw within floor plans are all defining walls…

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What to consider when designing walls….

  • structural stability
  • wall loadings
  • retaining walls
  • structural walls in traditional construction
  • structural walls in timber frames
  • structural walls in steel frames
  • Weather resistance and thermal, insulation
  • solar shading methods
  • fire protection
  • security
  • flexibility
  • impact resistance and durability
  • noise transfer
  • acoustic treatment
  • hygiene
  • defining zones
  • privacy and screening
  • maintenance

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