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Substructure The structure below ground, up to and including the damp proof course (DPC)
Superstructure Everything above the substructure, including walls, floors and roofing
Secondary Element Elements which are not essential to the building’s strength or structure, but provide a particular function, such as completing openings in walls, etc.
Superstructure Everything above the substructure, including walls, floors and roofing
Primary Element These are the main supporting, enclosing and protecting elements of the superstructure. They divide space and provide floor-to-floor access.
Timber frame construction The inner skin is a timber frame clad in timber sheet material, covered in a breathable membrane to prevent water and moisture penetrating the timber. The outer skin is usually face brickwork.
Profiles Used to provide a guide for setting out foundations. Usually made up from timber sections they provide a datum to set the direction and width of a foundation.
Building footprint The ground area covered by a building
Metal stud partitions Non-load bearing internal walls. They are similar to timber stud walls, except metal studs are used and the plasterboard is screwed to the studding.
Timber stud walling This form of internal wall can also be load bearing if thicker timbers are used. As with metal stud partitions sound/thermal qualities can be improved with the addition of insulation or different types of plasterboard.
Solid brick walling Walls built from traditional brick. They contain no cavity and will therefore be used for boundary walls, etc. The absence of a cavity can be noted by the use of ‘Flemish’ or ‘English’ bond.
Grounds lats Timber battens which are fixed to an uneven wall to provide a flat surface, onto which plasterboard is attached and a plaster finish applied.
Thermal insulation Polystyrene, Polyurethane and Glass fibre are all examples of:
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