Glossary

 

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A

 

Acoustic Panels

A special type of board that is made from sound insulating materials and is used to absorb sound within a space.

Architectural Design

Focuses on the components of a structure and works to unify them into a coherent and functional whole.

B

 

Base Build

Often referred to in your lease as the existing condition of your space.

Building Consent

A type of consent that authorises an individual or organisation to carry out an activity that impacts the environment or other people.

 

Cabling

Can refer to a collection of cables or the process of installing them.

 

Decorating

Can often refer to painting but can also include wall coverings, such as wallpaper or other speciality materials applied to vertical surfaces.

Duct System

Collection of metal tubes that distributes air and is used in ventilation, heating, and air conditioning.

 E

 

Electrical Works

Anything related to lighting, power and security systems falls under this.

Emergency Lighting

Battery or independently powered lighting that is activated when there is a power outage.

Exposed concrete floor

Formed by grinding the top layer of the floor to give a rock-like finish to the surface. This smooth finish is completed with a sealer and is buffed for a polished look.

 

Fire Protection

Measures that are taken to mitigate the destructive impact of fires. This includes installing smoke detectors and fire sprinklers, in addition to passive fire protection, which involves sealing cavities to prevent a fire from spreading through to other spaces in a building. 

Fit out

The process of making an interior space suitable for occupation.

Flooring

Materials designed to cover the floor of a space. This can include carpet, tiles and laminate.

 

Glazing

Refers to the glass panels that have been fitted into a space, often found in meeting rooms and offices.

Glazing film

The material that is placed on glass to create imagery or privacy. The building code stipulates that all interior windows need to have glazing film for safety purposes.

 

Handover

The exciting date where the project delivery has been completed and you are able to take over your new space.

Hard fit out

The build-out and construction of an interior space including changes to flooring, plumbing, ceilings, partitions, air conditioning, joinery and electrical works

HVAC

Shortened for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, this system provides heating and cooling for buildings.

Hydraulic Works

The overall scope of work for plumbing and water services.

I 

 

Interior Design

The practise of planning and designing the enhancement of an interior space to make it healthier, more functional and aesthetically pleasing for the people using it.

Interior strip out

Demolishing the interior of a space, leaving only the base build components of the building.

J / K / L

 

Joinery

Custom-built cabinetry such as reception desks, storage solutions, kitchen cabinets and countertops.

Laminate Flooring

A type of synthetic flooring that simulates wood or stone flooring.

M / N / O

 

Operable Wall

A wall that is made up of a system of panels that move separately from one another but when fitted together form a continuous wall.

 P

 

Painting

Typically a three-coat system applied to walls or partitions, consisting of one base coat and two finished colour coats.

Partition

Interior walls installed to divide floor area and rooms. This includes an aluminium track, plasterboard and plastering.

Plumbing

All works related to the supply and drainage of water; typically for sinks, showers, water purification systems and dishwasher connections.

Preliminary Works

Works carried out in preparation for a fit out. Within the construction phase, this involves setting up a site, for example, by installing safety barriers and temporary power.

Procurement

Involves finding and purchasing goods and services from an external source.

Project Management

The practice of applying processes and skills to organise and oversee the entire delivery of a project. This can include but is not limited to, budget estimation, programming and organising subcontractors.

 Q

 

Quantity Survey

The process of estimating material and labour costs for a construction job, such as a fit out or refurbishment.

 R

 

Refurbishment

Updating an interior space to improve its appearance. 

Request for Information (RFI)

 A common process in construction that aims to clarify uncertainties and information gaps that may be found in drawings, specifications or other written documents.

Request for Proposal (RFP)

A document that is sent to contractors to request a formal proposal for a project. Included in this document are the pertinent details of the project, which can include drawings and specifications, costing, length of program, insurance requirements and safety expectations.

Resource Consent

A type of consent that authorises an individual or organisation to carry out an activity that impacts the environment or other people.

 S

 

Server room

A small room within an office space that houses IT equipment. Often these rooms require additional air conditioning due to the high heat load from the electronics.

Seismic Strengthening

Involves enhancing a structure to make it more resistant to seismic activity, ground movements and failures in the soil.

Site Manager

The person that oversees a construction site and is responsible for the day-to-day running of the project on-site.

Site Survey

The examination of a proposed site to gather data and information for the design, costing and planning stages of a project.

Soft fit out

The completion of an interior space with furnishings and finishings such as furniture, workstations, d├ęcor and artwork.

Specifications

A document that identifies manufactured materials and finishes for a project, along with the material performance standards and the method of installation.

Sub-contractor

An individual/business that completes a specific task under contract by the direction of the main contractor.

 T

 

Tender Evaluation

The process of assessing each tender that has been received during the tendering stage to identify the preferred tender.

Tender Submission

Document submitted by contractors to supply their goods and/or services in response to an invitation to tender. This may include information such as pricing, a proposed program and details about the respondent.

Tendering

The pricing process where contractors are invited to prepare quotes for their services within a project.

Terminations

When referring to an electrical scope of work the term 'termination' is used for referencing a power or data point.

Test & Commissioning

Testing, documenting and verifying that the system has been built to specification.

Trim

Finishings of a building such as floor skirting and covering joints.

 U

 

Utilities

Infrastructure services, typically including electricity, gas, water supply, sewage and communication services.

 V

 

Variation

An alteration to the plans or scope of works that had originally been agreed upon.

 W / X / Y / Z

 

Workstation

A piece of furniture, typically a desk, where an individual carries out their work from.

 

 

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