Last edited 07 Sep 2020

Room data sheet

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[edit] Introduction

Room data sheets (RDS) give a detailed description of the finishes, fixtures and fittings, mechanical and electrical requirements that will be required for each room or space in a project, building, complex and so on.

Room data sheets can be used to communicate the client’s requirements for each room on a project. They can be prepared by room types or may define the requirements for each individual room. They may also include general requirements and guidance notes. They may be prepared by the client in the first instance, and then taken on and developed by the design team, sometimes to include actual specifications.

The sheets can then be issued to contractors along with drawings and specifications.

[edit] What is included in room data sheets?

They include information about the room including its name, number, location, and use and then detailed descriptions of all the finishes, fixtures and fittings, mechanical and electrical requirements and so on within the space. This information can vary greatly depending on the requirements and what type of space they are for, but some examples have been included below:

Finishes:

Mechanical services:

Electrical services:

  • Sockets and switches.
  • Lighting.
  • Sensors and alarms.
  • Data and communications outlets.
  • Special power requirements, such as window openers.
  • Audio visual connections.
  • Controls

Fixtures and fittings:

They might also include information about room type and dimensions, the activities it will house, it's expected or maximum occupancy, fire protection, structural loadings, and so on.

[edit] How do they aid in the design and construction process?

[edit] How are they created?

RDS can be create and formatted in more than one way. Typically, the final output has the information presented on one page per room (hence 'sheet'). However, if the project has more requirements, it could span multiple sheets per room.

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As the final output is required as a sheet, some RDSs are created in word processing programs with the user opening each sheet and inputting the relevant requirements.

Pros: This option is the easiest for users to understand and create.

Cons: This offers the least interoperability with other technology and data management.

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Some RDSs are contained in spreadsheets as tables. This allows for quick data entry, manipulation, and data management. Through the use of technology, this format can also allow the information to be reformatted into different layouts (such as single sheets) or connect the information into other databases and software. This can include importing and exporting the data from Building Information Models.

Pros: Easier for data entry and can imported/exported from other data systems.

Cons: This does not act as a single source of entry as multiple copies can exists. Until it is reformatted, the data can also be hard to read or understand.

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Some RDSs are managed through applications that store the information in a database. This can allow multiple people to have access to the information, to connect it with other applications and to output the data in multiple formats.

Pros: Can allow for multiple entry points. Allows for connection to other data systems. Can be cloud/web hosted.

Cons: Most technologically demanding and usually involves a larger investment cost.

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