Navigating the complexities of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems for permit applications can be daunting. This post aims to simplify the process by providing an in-depth “MEP Comments Action Plan.” It begins with a breakdown of MEP comments received from a permit office for a split A/C system installation. Each comment is dissected and explained in layman’s terms, accompanied by a comprehensive glossary of technical terms and acronyms. The “MEP Comments Action Plan” also includes a detailed table summarizing each comment and the corresponding action required to address it. For those who find the task too technical or complex, the post further provides a guide on finding professional help to implement the action plan efficiently and economically. This guide is a resource for anyone struggling with MEP comments, making the process of permit application for split A/C systems smoother and more manageable.
Welcome to Owner Built Design, your professional partner in residential architectural projects. As a seasoned architect based in Hawaii, I offer tailored services to residential designers and drafters. If you’re seeking professional oversight, precise calculations, and an architect’s stamp for your projects, you’re in the right place. We believe in the power of collaboration and work closely with you throughout the design process, ensuring your project meets all necessary standards and regulations. Our goal is to bring your architectural vision to life while ensuring structural integrity and compliance with local building codes. Choose Owner Built Design for a partnership that values your unique creative vision and provides the expert guidance you need to succeed. Let’s create beautiful, safe, and compliant residential designs together.
Building for resilience is becoming more critical than ever before in Hawaii, as natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, tsunamis, and earthquakes are increasing in frequency and intensity due to climate change. Architects play a vital role in designing buildings that can withstand natural disasters and protect people’s lives and property. Building for resilience is a design approach that emphasizes the ability of buildings and communities to withstand and recover from natural disasters. It involves integrating a range of design strategies and technologies that aim to enhance the durability, safety, and adaptability of buildings to changing environmental conditions. By using materials that are resistant to natural disasters, designing buildings that meet or exceed local building codes and standards, incorporating building systems that are resilient to natural disasters, and designing buildings that are sustainable and energy-efficient, architects can help protect Hawaii from the impacts of natural disasters.
An owner-builder is someone who takes on the role of both the contractor and the homeowner in a construction project. This means they are responsible for managing the entire process, from obtaining the necessary permits and approvals, to hiring subcontractors and purchasing materials. Being an owner-builder can be a rewarding experience, as it allows individuals to have greater control over the project and potentially save money. However, it also requires a significant amount of time, effort, and knowledge to be successful. Owner-builders need to have a good understanding of construction practices, safety regulations, and building codes, as well as strong project management and communication skills. It’s important for owner-builders to be realistic about their abilities and the scope of the project, and to be prepared for the challenges and potential setbacks that may arise.
Construction observation is a critical part of the architectural process, as it ensures that a project is built according to the design and specifications provided by the architect. During construction, the architect’s primary role is to ensure that the project is built according to the design and specifications provided. This includes monitoring the work of the contractor to ensure that it meets the requirements outlined in the contract documents. Additionally, the architect is responsible for verifying that the contractor has the necessary performance and labor/material bonds, as well as acceptable insurance. In addition to the primary responsibilities outlined above, architects also have several other responsibilities during construction. This includes monitoring conformance to sustainability requirements, as well as verifying the issuance of a certificate of occupancy by the building official.
Working with the Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting can be a challenging and frustrating experience. Learn more about the permit process, delays in the permit process, lack of transparency and communication from the DPP, as well as the impact of the ePlans process on builders and contractors on my website.