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IAQ 1 like
Indoor Air Quality
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International Building Code
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International Conference of Building Officials
ICC 0 likes
International Code Council
Interstate Commerce Commission
Ice Cream Cabinet 2 likes
Commercial refrigerator operating at roughly 0° F (-18° C) where ice cream is stored
Ice Dam 1 like
An ice obstruction along a roof’s eaves due to refreezing of water from melting snow on the roof surface
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Ice Maker
An appliance used to freeze water into ice chunks, crushed ice, or ice cubes
Ice Melting Equivalent 0 likes
Quantity of heat absorbed by melting ice at 32° F (0° C) is 144 BTUs per pound of ice or 288,000 BTUs per ton; also called Ice Melting Effect
Ice Storage Bin1 like
ice storage bin
A container which stores ice and preserves its solid state
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Inside Diameter
Inside Dimension
Idiot Stick 3 likes
See Layout Stick and Story Pole
Idler 1 like
A pulley on belt drives to ensure correct belt tension and eradicate belt vibration
Ignition Transformer2 likes
ignition transformer
Transformer that yields a high-voltage current; employed in heating systems to ignite fuel by providing a spark gap
IIAR 0 likes
International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration
IIC 0 likes
Impact Insulation Class
IL 0 likes
Intensity Level
ILIA 1 like
Indiana Limestone Institute of America, Inc
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Opposing or against the law
Illiquid 1 like
Lacking liquid assets
Illuminate 0 likes
Light up, make bright, usually with electrical lighting
Ilmenite 1 like
Mineral used principally to produce titanium oxide
IMC 0 likes
Intermediate Metal Conduit
IME 0 likes
Ice Melting Equivalent
Ice Melting Effect
IMI 0 likes
International Masonry Institute
Immeasurable 0 likes
Not able to be measured; immense
Immiscibility 0 likes
Incapable of being mixed or being homogeneous
Immune 0 likes
Invulnerable and not subject to legal process
Impact 0 likes
The action of one object hitting another, or the force with which an object hits another
Impact Barrier 0 likes
An obstruction built to resist dynamic loading on a surface
Impact Insulation Class (IIC) 0 likes
Rating for the sound insulating performance of a floor or ceiling
Impasto 0 likes
Applying pigment thickly to canvas or another surface to ensure the painting stands out
Impedance 0 likes
Resistance to electrical flow in an alternating current electrical circuit
Impeller3 likes
A blade of a pumping apparatus; propeller type fitting that produces suction when rotated
Imperial Gallon 0 likes
Unit of volume measure used in Great Britain and Canada, for 277.42 cubic inches and weighing 10 pounds; unlike the U.S. gallon of 231 cubic inches and 8.33 pounds in weight
Imperial Units 0 likes
See United States Customary Systems
Impermeability 0 likes
The resistance asphalt pavement has to air and water moving into or through it
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Not permitting the passage of liquid, gas or other fluids; impervious
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Not letting water or moisture pass through or be absorbed; generally zero absorption, other than for floor and wall tiles that are considered impervious up to 0.5 percent water absorption
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Tile designated by water absorption of 0.5 percent or less
Imperviousness 1 like
Resisting penetration of moisture
Implied Contract 1 like
A non-verbal contract
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A promise not expressed in a contract, but implied from other circumstances
Implied Indemnity 1 like
Obligation to indemnify from the circumstances of the parties involved, but not from the content of a contract
Implied Warranty 0 likes
A non-verbal promise usually associated with the quality of goods, implied from the circumstances of a sale
Imported Marble1 like
imported marble
Marble brought in from another country, state or area
Impossibility 0 likes
Contract law doctrine that forgives performance which has become physically impossible
Impreg 0 likes
Wood that has been saturated with synthetic resin to greatly diminish swelling and shrinking
Impregnate 2 likes
To saturate, fill, or permeate one substance with another, such as wood with chemicals
Imprest Cash Fund 1 like
A petty cash fund for minor disbursements, occasionally restored to its original amount by transferring the monies for disbursements from the general cash account
Improvements 0 likes
TI’S or Tenant Improvements
New construction or remodel work: see TI’S
Enhancements to the property value including buildings, paving, fencing, and landscaping
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Three Top Characteristics of A Successful Architect

commercial architectureArchitecture is a lucrative, competitive industry. The successful architect must be creative, efficient, attentive to details, and able to operate under strict budgets and looming project deadlines. Commercial architects must be even more disciplined and organized than architects in the residential sector. We will discuss the top three characteristics of a successful architect to stand out and move ahead of the in the commercial architecture industry.

1. Creativity

Perhaps the most critical characteristic of a successful architect is creativity. As a successful architect, your creative ideas must also be practical and achievable within specific deadlines, defined budgets and meet your client’s expectations. You may have designed the best 17th century inspired office building complete with moat and drawbridge, but the reality is that it will most likely never see the light of day in the real world. You must combine creativity with conservative, practical, and modern design techniques that will not only meet the demand and the intended purpose of the building project, but also financial projections and client satisfaction. In essence, a quality you must possess to be a successful architect is what can only be defined as “controlled creativity”. As an architect, you are rarely going to be given a blank check and complete creative license over a project. The key is to walk the fine line between creative, practical, and budget considerations. Once you master this critical skill, you will be a much more professional,  productive architect.

2. Organization

A top-tier successful architect must understand and demonstrate organization. With all of the project details, client requests, budget constraints, building codes, project deadlines, and last minute updates and changes, organization is absolutely critical. Even with modern technologies such as tablets, smart phones, and modern software, a successful architect must be organized and detail oriented in all facets of the project from start to finish. This is especially true in commercial architecture. Businesses and corporations tend to be less flexible with time schedules and budgets than residential customers. The old adage “time is money” has never been more important when dealing with a commercial property client. Impeccable organization is a key to ensuring each project is completed on time, within the budget, and to the client’s satisfaction.

3. Communication

A successful architect must be well spoken and professional in presentations and interactions with potential and current clients. To be more specific, by communicating details assertively, ensuring mutual understanding, and reaching clear agreements, you will mitigate unnecessary conflict and promote healthy client relationships. Your clients will be more receptive to your ideas when your verbal and written communication skills are sharp and professional. Excellent communication skills will impact your ability to sell your services to prospective clients, and promote your clients’ faith in you as a professional in your field. Take advantage of the opportunity to employ your communication skills in writing.  Network with other architects via online forums and blogs dedicated to modern design to stay informed of the trends in architecture as a whole. Make sure you use these media to learn as much as you can each and every day about the architecture industry.  You will then stay on top of changing industry standards, changes in building materials, and modern design trends. We have discussed the most important qualities of a successful architect in this article. Obviously these qualities are not the only deciding factors in a successful architecture career, whether residential or commercial, but they are the most important qualities to adopt, possess, and improve upon every day to insure a lasting career in architecture. If you combine the three top qualities of a successful architect that we have talked about in this article, you are on track to a meaningful, inspirational, and successful career.

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