Journal Entry For
Module 10 - Plumbing Systems
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Mar 5, 2022 7:47 AM
Mar 5, 2022 5:53 PM
- Plumbing system elements
- My plumbing elements include what is necessary for a typical restroom: toilets, sinks, and urinals.
- Piping systems
- The piping system consists of sanitary, hot water, and cold water pipes. To simplify the process, I had hot and cold pipes for each restroom and for the L-shaped building restrooms, the sanitary pipe was shared between them.
- Plumbing system challenges
- It was challenging to properly slope and connect the sanitary piping. It was also a tedious and iterative process to figure out how to create a shared sanitary pipe between two areas. I overcame this challenge by offsetting the view settings by about -5 ft to view the sanitary pipe in the floor plan views and by constantly switching to the 3D view to ensure the pipes were properly connected and in the right spaces.
- Lessons learned
- When I was in the conceptual design/planning stage of the project, I thought it would be adequate to only have restrooms on the first floors. I now realize that it would be more convenient for people on the second floor to have quick access to restrooms as well. When I started the module, I tried to create space for restrooms on the second floor (directly above those at the bottom), but it began to alter the mechanical zones and several other aspects of my design. At this point in the design process, I felt it would be best to leave the restrooms only on the first floor but I now understand the importance of careful planning during the preliminary design phase.
- After my module 9 check-in, I fixed the sizing of my HVAC system. I learned that it is more convenient to place multiple handlers on the rooftop rather than just one if the required airflow is high. Initially, I chose a single system with a high capacity, but I did not realize that it would lead to very deep ducts. I recently fixed the duct sizing so that it does not protrude, but if I had more time to refine the system, I would switch to a multiple handler design.