Say what?


Architects and engineers can be guilty of smattering their conversations with in-house jargon. At Box™, we favour plain speaking but nevertheless there are a number of terms we use on a regular basis. So here’s a mini Box™ Dictionary so we’re all on the same page…

Engineered timber: Where wood is processed in order to enhance its structural properties. Glulam (glued and laminated) timber beams are one example and used in the Box structural system.

Clerestory windows: Are usually smaller-sized windows slivered high up in a wall in order to let in light but maintain privacy.

FFL = Acronym for Finished Floor Level. Basically, the level of the floor will be once it has any overlay added.

Transom and mullion: These are glazing terms and refer to parts of a window/sliding door frame. The transom is the horizontal structural bar (and a good idea to ensure it doesn’t block a view at sitting down height) while the mullions are the vertical elements (the fewer the better).

Soldier pile: A stand-alone pile (usually steel) that is buried in the ground and works to provide stability. Not to be confused with a standard pile that helps to hold up the house.

Rectilinear: Think buildings with straight lines. Pretty much another way of saying ‘Box-like’.

And finally….Herpetologist! If you’re building on Waiheke (as many of our clients are) you’ll be interested in this one. A herpetologist studies lizards and geckos. On Waiheke, a new requirement for resource consent has been introduced whereby some building sites need a herpetologist report. Yup, someone comes and sits on the land for an hour and sees how many lizards they can spot. Following that, Box™ may be asked to provide a lizard management plan.