Room Data Sheets and BriefBuilder

Room data sheets are comprehensive reviews of the specifications for all the spaces in a construction project. They are crucial for planning and communicating, design validation and change management.

They are usually prepared during the briefing (architectural programming in the US) phases of an architectural project. The primary audience for RDSs is the design team, which includes interior designers, architects, and various types of engineers. They translate the RDSs into spatial solutions for the various space types of the building.

They usually include general requirements as well as instructions. Ideally, the future tenants should be involved in this process through interviews and workshops. This will give the design team a better understanding of what their clients want from their space, like shoes that are resistant to slippage easy cleaning, and recycling.

The RDSs may also contain information about systems and elements such as flooring finishes that have specific requirements in relation to its durability as well as environmental conditions and warranty. In such instances, the data sheet would contain all the requirements that have to be met for this particular system/element.

BriefBuilder, a flexible database tool allows users to build room sheets of data quickly and easily. They can also alter the sheets to meet their specific needs. The tool is able to tag every piece of data with the same parameters that are linked to similar types of rooms making it simple to navigate and search for the required requirements. It is a tool that can be utilized by project stakeholders who do not use Revit. This bridges the gap for everyone in an organization.

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