A building is a permanent construction or structure that is built for human habitation. It may be for housing, commerce, industry, education, or other purpose. Questions pertaining to the history and construction of structures which house people at work or home are found in this category.
Asked in Engineering, Buildings, Cnidarians
What is an hydra form wall?
A Hydraform wall is a wall that is built using the Hydraform building blocks. Hydraform blocks are interlocking building blocks that is produced using a Hydraform block machine. Hydraform block machines utilises compressed earth method in creating building blocks, soil and cement is mixed and then compressed using the machine to manufacture high quality stabilised building blocks. Blocks are intelocking and require up to 70% less mortar than conventional bricks or blocks.
Asked in Buildings
Are dome homes difficult to maintain?
Dome homes are generally much easier to maintain than most "conventional" structures. The reason being is that the domes require less roofing to enclose the same amount of square footage as a rectangular structure and the roofing is subjected to much less stress from prolonged heat. The entire roof is never exposed to direct sunlight at the same time, therefore, the sun will "move across" the dome allowing the triangles to cool off as it does, thus preventing as much heat buildup as is prevelant in a flat or panel pitched roof. Also, the lack of an attic space greatly cuts down on convection heating of the exterior of the roof and the interior of the dome itself, not to mention that you get more useable space inside the home. The exterior walls are also easier to maintain because they are generally shorter and require less materials to cover, again, to incorporate the same square footage of space. Domes in general only require about 60% of the materials to build as compared to a rectangular structure of the same square footage. I have been involved with designing and building domes for over 30 years and people are constantly reporting to me that the maintenance costs are much less for the domes than for the home that they had before....and we aren't even considering the energy savings, which can be as much as 70%. Many have reported that the 30 year roofing that they purchased is actually lasting 30 years, or more. If a dome is properly constructed and roofed, then the maintenance costs will be considerably less than most homes being built today.
Asked in China and Chinese Territories, Buildings
What is the worlds largest monolithic statue?
Monolithic means something carved out of a single stone. The tallest monolithic statue is of Lord Bahubali (Jainism) located in Shravanbelgola in Karnataka, India which stands at 17 meters height built more than 1000 years ago on the instruction of a noble king. There are many more taller statues than this however none of them are monolithic.
Asked in Architecture, Buildings
The link between architectural design and climate?
Asked in Architecture, Buildings
What does gun loops mean?
A gun loop is a long-used military term that describes a simple, secure, reliable means of communications. It is simply WD-1 slash-wire ran between machine gun positions when in a defensive posture. We either use TA312 field telephones or C2328 remotes from the AN/GRA-39 as the comm device. The concept and term carried over into the communications guys vocab when they used the same method to tie in various comm sections at a particular camp. It is a closed network that allows private broadcasting and prevents chatter on the radios. "Attention on the gunloop" brings back lots of memories.
Do the majority of persons who were homeschooled homeschool their own children?
Yes, I was homeschooled through highschool. I have a third and a first grader who we are teaching at home. I am homeschooled. My parents were not and thought that school was a huge waste of their time. I did go to school for K-6 and I had the hardest time. I am glad I am homeschooled and I plan to homeschool my kids, when I have them. Yes there is alot of people that homeschool throughout the country. It is becoming more and more prevelant these days because of the inherent problems with the public school system. No, not a majority. Some homeschooled adults resented being home school because they missed out on the public school experience or so they thought. Its not a easy decision to home school because you must have a primary bread winner stay at home with the kids. You must check in with the state and school system to be sure your teaching the children properly and that the children are learning on the proper scale. Its tough but rewarding and its a personal choice.
Asked in Interior Design, Buildings
How do you know if someone's not at home from the outside view?
Asked in Buildings
Where can you find abandoned buildings in Oakland?
How many floors does the tallest building in the world have?
The Burj Khalifa (formerly Burj Dubai) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has a total of 209 floors above ground and is 828 meters/2717 feet tall. There are 163 habitable floors and 46 maintenance levels in the spire. If you count the 2 parking levels in the basement, then there are a total of 211 floors. It is interesting to note that while the tower is 828 meters tall, the top floor is located at 621.3 meters up (2,038 feet).
What are the advantages and disadvantages of renting or buying a home?
Advantages of renting a home: - Possible free utilities - Possible free water and electricity - Cheaper then buying a house Disadvantages of renting a home: - Possible unneeded costs and maintence, - Damaged house - Bills that should not be paid when owning a home. Advantages of buying a home: - Your own space to relax - Supporting a family - Having a secure base to call home Disadvantages of buying a home: - Depending on how much money you have, you can rack anything from $10k to $400k dollars in debt - Costs of maintenance of a house - Bills and Repairs - Self-maintenance - Cleaning your house Anyway you look at it, renting a home or buying a home has it's pro's and con's The best way to determine which is better is to do your reasearch, go with trusted landowners if you are renting, buy a home within your own financial limitations. Kind Regards, Anonymous Caretaker
Asked in Buildings
Can you depreciate painting your building?
Repairs, such as repainting the residential rental property, are currently deductible expenses. A repair keeps your property in good operating condition. It does not materially add to the value of your property or substantially prolong its life. Repainting your property inside or out, fixing gutters or floors, fixing leaks, plastering, and replacing broken windows are examples of repairs. If you make repairs as part of an extensive remodeling or restoration of your property, the whole job is an improvement. In that case, you should capitalize and depreciate the repair costs as the same class of property that you have restored or remodeled as discussed above. For more information, refer to Publication 527, Residential Rental Property, and Publication 946, How to Depreciate Property.
Asked in Interior Design, Buildings
Is national Building code mandatory?
This is a more complex question than it looks like. The short answer is that there is no single nationally uniform building code in the US, and it depends on where you are what code(s) you are required to adhere to. Both the state and the local governments can get involved, and if there's a difference you have to meet the more stringent one. Also, it's generally not mandatory that existing construction conform, merely that new construction do so (there are some specific exceptions... for example, you may not be legally required to put smoke detectors in your own home while you live there, but if you want to rent it or sell it, you probably WILL have to install them).
Asked by Nathaniel Lebsack in Buildings, Home Construction
What is a spite house?
A spite house is a building or home that’s been built or modified specifically to inconvenience or annoy the neighbors. One notable example is the Skinny House in Boston, Massachusetts. The story goes that two brothers fought over land they inherited from their father. While one of the brothers was away serving in the military, the other built a large home, leaving only a scrap of land left over that (he thought) was far too small to build on. When the second brother returned, he decided to construct a narrow house to spite his brother by blocking the sunlight and ruining his view.
Asked in Electrical Engineering, Solar Power, Buildings
If you use 1000 kwh in a month what size solar panel system do you need?
It depends on where you live. You want to know how much Sun you get (solar hours). If you live in Southern California or Arizona, you might get 6 hours per day. If you live in Northern CA or Oregon, it might be closer to 4. First, you take your 1,000 kWh/mo and divide that by 30 to get your kWh/day. 1,000 / 30 = 33.3 kWh/day Then you divide this by the number of solar hours per day your area gets. Let's say 5. 33.3 / 5 = 6.67 kW Last you need to adjust for real world inefficiencies. A good rule of thumb is to suppose approximately 75% - 80% inefficiencies. So increase your system a little. 6.67 kW / 0.75 = 8.9 kW. This is a fairly large residential system, but you can reasonably expect it to cover 100% of your electricity needs if you use 1,000 kWh per month. Want to know how much an 8.9 kW solar system might cost? Go to and play the solar calculator in the related link below. (Yes, it's free.)
How tall were the Twin Towers?
The 1 tower was 1,368 feet tall, the 2 tower was 1,362 feet tall. They were the tallest towers in the world until they were surpassed by the Sears Towers in Chicago. The Twin Towers were known and loved by NY and many other states and areas. Along with the Statue of liberty, the towers showed newcomers freedom, and that they were about to enter the land of the free. On September 11th, 2001 two hijacked airplanes were purposely crashed into both towers. It took approximately 3 years to fully clean up the wreckage of the two towers. People claimed to have still smelled smoke on their cloths, house, animals, in the air, etc. 15 of the 19 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia. Most of the 9/11 training took place in areas like Germany, and the United States (Florida, Arizona, etc). The Taliban, the 'government' of Afghanistan at the time, had nothing to do with the Sept 11 attacks. In fact, the U.S. Congress was funding the Taliban up through, I believe, May of that year, 2001, just months before the 9/11 attacks.
Asked by Justus Rau in Architecture, Buildings, Homelessness
What is hostile architecture?
Hostile architecture, also known as defensive architecture, is a design strategy that aims to restrict certain behaviors in public spaces. The most well-known example is installing pointy studs, dubbed “anti-homeless spikes,” on benches and windowsills to make sleeping or loitering on them uncomfortable. Other methods look to deter skateboarding, littering, and public urination. Proponents say that these architectural obstacles are necessary to prevent crime and maintain order in urban areas. However, critics argue that they target vulnerable populations and create a public safety concern for all members of society, especially children, seniors, and people with disabilities.