Lighting and Electrical Plan Progress
With the layout of the HVAC equipment and ductwork now substantially complete in the Revit model (see my last blog post for details), I turned my attention this week to adding lighting and power to the project. Sequentially in construction, the installation of light fixtures, switches and power outlets will come after the mechanical and plumbing are in place, so I have made it a point to reflect this order of operations in my design process, holding off on completing any electrical drawings until the other disciplines are accounted for. The electrical drawings (similar to the HVAC plans) are for reference only with additional engineering calculations and code measures being the responsibility of the electrical contractor to provide and conform with. Nevertheless, the electrical drawing I created for the Starter Home 2.0 Pleasant Ridge project proved to be an incredibly helpful guide for the contractor in developing an accurate budget and layout for the lighting and power installations, making it well worth my while to include again in the drawing set for the SH2.0 Oakley house. The in-progress electrical drawing shown below highlights some of the key components of the system, which will ultimately include quantities, locations and descriptions for light fixtures, switches and outlets among other things. A cool bonus of working with artificial lighting in Revit is that it gives users the ability to generate interior perspectives of the home that accurately depict the quality of light in each individual space. Below is one such rendering looking from the dining area back towards the kitchen.