Term Definition
NIBS 0 likes
National Institute of Building Sciences
NIC 0 likes
Not in Contract
Niche 0 likes
A small concave cavity in a wall surface or panel, serving as a decorative element; also used for storing objects
Nickel 0 likes
A metallic element, number 28 on the Periodic Table; characterized by its ductility, malleability, silver-white color and corrosion resistance
Nickel Silver 0 likes
A metallic composite compound uniting 60% copper, 20% nickel and 20% zinc, known for its hardness and corrosion resistance; does not contain real silver
Nickel Steel 0 likes
A steel compound that consists mainly of nickel
Night Depository 0 likes
An opening in a building’s outside wall to enable the supply of materials to a business when it has closed for the day’s transactions
NIMBY 0 likes
Acronym for Not in My Back Yard; describes an owner’s opposition to a proposal to launch a valuable development such as a school, too close to the owner’s property
Nineteen-Inch Selvage 0 likes
A roofing sheet with 17 inch granule surface and a selvage edge that has a 19 inch non-granule-surface; Nineteen-inch selvage is also called a Split Sheet
Nipple1 like
Small pipe that has male threads on each end
Nipple, Bushed 1 like
See Bushed Nipple
Nipple, Offset2 likes
nipple, offset
See Offset Nipple
NIST 0 likes
National Institute of Standards & Technology
Nitrocellulose 0 likes
Compound employed widely in producing plastics and lacquers; produced when cellulose is treated with chemicals; see Cellulose Nitrate
Nitrogen Dioxide 0 likes
Slightly toxic gas (NO2) in smog and car exhaust fumes
NLGA 0 likes
The National Lumber Grades Authority
No-Fines Concrete 0 likes
A coarse concrete mixture
No-Frost Freezer1 like
no-frost freezer
A low-temperature refrigerator compartment that does not collect frost or ice on freezer surfaces or its contents
No-Hub Pipe1 like
no-hub pipe
Cast iron pipe manufactured without hubs and fastened with stainless steel and rubber
Noble Gas 0 likes
Gaseous element that very rarely combines with other elements, such as helium, neon, argon, krypton and radon; also called Inert Gas or Rare Gas
NOFMA 0 likes
National Oak Flooring Manufacturers Association
Nogging 0 likes
Filling brick between roof rafters to making the building windproof
Noil 0 likes
Short wool fibers that are separated from the long fibers by combing; a by-product in worsted yarn production
Noise 0 likes
An unwanted sound that irritates hearing
Noise Reduction 0 likes
Reducing the level of sound pressure by altering sound from a source or signal; can be achieved by installing an intervening wall
Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) 0 likes
Numerical rating on a scale from 0 to 1 to express how much sound a material absorbs
Nomenclature 0 likes
A system of names used for items in a specific science or art.
Nominal Dimension 0 likes
Size expressed in numbers as opposed to the real size; an approximation of the dimensions assigned to goods and materials as a convenience
Nominal Size 0 likes
The named size; the nominal size of a wood stud is 2 inches by 4 inches which is larger than the actual size
Nomogram 0 likes
A graph with three or more lines adjusted to scale and arranged so that a straight line intersects with any two lines at their acknowledged values, and intersects with the third line at the value of the related variable
Non-Agitating Unit 0 likes
A truck unit that transports ready-mixed concrete over short distances; does not provide agitation
Non-Automatic 0 likes
Action by personal or manual intervention is necessary
Non-Code Installation 0 likes
System or unit installation where there are no enforced local, state, or national codes
Non-Destructive Testing 0 likes
Testing of building materials so that the quality of the materials are not compromised
Non-Drying Oils 0 likes
Oils that don’t absorb oxygen from the air or change from a liquid to a solid, such as mineral oils
Non-Evaporable Water 0 likes
Water in concrete which is a permanent part of the concrete as a result of the chemically combination during cement hydration
Non-Ferrous Metal 0 likes
A metal that has no iron
Non-Grain-Raising Stain 0 likes
Wood stain that does not elevate wood grain; produced by dissolving dyes in a special solvent; also called NGR Stain
Non-Load Bearing Partition 0 likes
An unnecessary interior wall used to create compartments in a room
Non-Metallic Tubing1 like
non-metallic tubing
A round cross-section sheath tube manufactured from a moisture-resistant, flame-inhibiting materials
Non-Pressure Drainage 0 likes
Where downward sloping pipes in drainage are not full
Non-Rising Pin 1 like
See Fast Pin Hinge
Non-Shrink Grout1 like
non-shrink grout
Cement or epoxy based mix that fills the gap between bearing parts that does not diminish in size over time
Non-Shrink Grout, Nonmetallic 0 likes
Grout that contains no metallic substances and will not diminish in size over time
Non-Slip Terrazzo1 like
non-slip terrazzo
Portland cement and marble chip mixture on Portland cement and sand; coarsened with iron fillings, carborundum powder or dented while moist
Non-Slip Tile2 likes
non-slip tile
Tile having non-slip properties due to an abrasive mixture, abrasive particles, grooves or patterns in the surface, or may be due to a naturally occurring non-skid surface
Non-Volatile 0 likes
When a substance that does not evaporate at normal temperatures
Nonaxial 0 likes
At an angle to the long axis of a structural element
Nonbearing 0 likes
Something that does not support a load
Nonbearing Partition1 like
nonbearing partition
A divider that spans from floor to ceiling but does not support loads; only supports its own weight
Nonbearing Wall 0 likes
A wall that only supports its own weight
Noncombustible 0 likes
Any material that does not catch fire or facilitate combustion in air up to 1200° F when subjected to fire
Noncondensable Gas 0 likes
Gas that does not transform into a liquid
Nonconforming Use 0 likes
Land use that does not comply with the zoning code; applies primarily to land that was used for other purposes prior to the new zoning approval; the non-conforming use may continue as long as there is no interruption
Nonflammable 0 likes
Does not burn; incombustible
Nonfrosting Evaporator 0 likes
Evaporator that doesn’t gather frost on its surface
Nonrecourse Mortgage 0 likes
In this situation, the borrower is not personally liable and the lenders only solution is to foreclose the property when the borrower defaults on payment obligations
Nontoxic 0 likes
No poison involved
Nonvitreous 0 likes
Non-vitrified; unable to be changed into glass
Norm 0 likes
A standard or model that is considered normal in society; a customary situation
Normal Charge 0 likes
Partially gaseous and partially liquid thermal element charge in all functioning circumstances
Normal Consistency 0 likes
Milliliters of water per 100 grams of plaster or concrete comprising gypsum to yield a mortar of specific fluidity
Normal Fault 0 likes
As a result of tension, a block descends to the dip or through the slope of a fault plane
A defect that detracts from the functioning or perfection of something
Normal Weight Concrete 0 likes
Tough, high density concrete made from the same or similar density of aggregate
Norman Brick 0 likes
A 2-3/4 inch by 4 inch by 12 inch brick
North American Insulation Manufacturers Association 0 likes
44 Canal Center Plaza, #310, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, Tel: (703) 684-0084, Fax: (703) 684-0427, URL: www.naima.org/
North Pole 0 likes
Most northern point of the axis of rotation of the earth
Magnet pole pointing north
Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association 0 likes
4 Fundy Road, Falmouth, Maine 04105, Tel: (207) 829-6901, Fax: (207) 829-4293, URL: www.nelma.org/
Nosing 0 likes
Protruding edge of an architectural molding or drip or the rounded edge of a stair tread that projects horizontally
Nosing, Rubber 1 like
See Rubber Nosing
Not in Contract (NIC) 0 likes
Displayed on contract drawings to reference, but not part of the construction contract
Notary Public 1 like
A person who is legally authorized to certify the authenticity of documents and signatures; a notary
Notch 0 likes
A v-shaped cut or groove on the surface of a member
Notched Trowel1 like
notched trowel
A tile setters trowel with jagged edges that disperses bonding substances controlled by the teeth size and their spacing; also used in preparing durable flooring
Note 0 likes
Document describing the amount of debt and payment terms
Note Payable 0 likes
Amount owed due to a promissory note provided to a creditor
Note Receivable 0 likes
Promissory note provided by a customer to pay a specific amount of money to a business within a definite time frame
Notice 0 likes
Information delivered to someone
Notice of Cessation 0 likes
Written notice filed by an owner or their agent stating that there has been an absence of labor for a specific time, and defining the time left to exercise lien rights by those involved
Notice of Completion 0 likes
A written notification filed by an owner or their agent stating that a project is complete, and defining the time left to exercise lien rights by those involved
Notice of Non-responsibility 0 likes
When correctly recorded and displayed on the premises, this notice releases the owner from mechanic’s liens that have been placed on the property for work and materials ordered by lessees
Notice to Pay Rent or Quit 1 like
This document, which is required before a tenant is evicted, is a legal notice that is delivered to a tenant who has defaulted on rental payments
Notice to Proceed (NTP) 0 likes
This document is a written notice advising a contractor to continue with work under the terms of a contract
Novation 0 likes
Substituting a new legal responsibility for a previous one
Nozzle1 like
A component of a heating system that sprays fuel into a combustion chamber
NPA 0 likes
National Particleboard Association
NPVLA 2 likes
National Paint & Coatings Association
NRC 0 likes
Noise Reduction Coefficient
NRCA 0 likes
National Roofing Contractors Association
NRMCA 0 likes
National Ready Mixed Concrete Association
NRP 0 likes
Non-Rising Pin
NSF 0 likes
National Sanitation Foundation
NSPI 1 like
National Spa & Pool Institute
NTIS 0 likes
National Technical Information Service
NTMA 1 like
National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association
NTP 0 likes
Notice to Proceed
NTS 0 likes
Not to Scale
Nuclear Meter 0 likes
A device that discovers and measures moisture
Nurse Station Indicator 0 likes
A device at a nurse’s station that patients turn on when they need nursing assistance
Nursing Care Facility 0 likes
An institution that provides nursing care services to people needing constant care and attention 24 hours a day
Nut1 like
A small square or six-sided piece of flat material with a hole that enables the end of a bolt to connect and attach to keep it in place
Nut, Hex1 like
nut hex
See Hex Nut
NW 0 likes
No Weather; See Grade NW Brick
NWMA 1 like
National Woodwork Manufacturers Association
NWWDA 2 likes
National Wood Window & Door Association
Nylon 0 likes
A tough synthetic material used for textiles, food containers and industrial purposes
Nylon Carpet1 like
nylon carpet
A carpet manufactured from synthetic nylon fibers
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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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