With the ArCADia BIM 3D architect actually construct the entire construction plan. This also applies to electrical planning, which is why you can easily take care of the design of circuit diagrams and building technology. This gives you the opportunity to realize your own ideas and thus easily set up connections and co. In your new dream home yourself.
This is how electrical planning works
You don’t have to be an architect or an electrical engineer to take over the electrical planning using the ArCADia BIM 3D Architect. Instead, working with the software is understandable and self-explanatory even for laypeople. This is the first time you start planning your floor plan. You go into 2D mode and simply draw the existing or desired walls. Because electrical planning is not carried out per se for new buildings. This can also be required in the course of a renovation and can therefore be carried out using our software. After you have set the floor plan, you decide how to proceed. Because thanks to the flexibility within the ArCADia BIM 3D Architect, the electrical planning can be carried out both before and after the design of the rooms. You can therefore plan the individual rooms down to the last detail and then design the circuit diagram. But for the sake of clarity, you should already have a role model in advance. You can therefore coordinate the availability and arrangement of sockets with the facility. The actual implementation of the electrical planning is very easy. Because the ArCADia BIM 3D Architect provides you with numerous symbols for creating the circuit diagram. In this way you can draw in the entire building technology.
This must be taken into account when planning the electrical system
There is always work and structure behind a meaningful and high-quality electrical plan. Therefore you should think about a concept before planning with the ArCADia BIM 3D Architect. It makes sense to set up the construction plan with the desired furniture. However, it can also be done the other way round. In this case, make all connections in the course of the electrical planning and set up the rooms accordingly. In order to do this accurately, the software offers you a large catalog with numerous objects for the facility. Alternatively, you can simply import the items you want into the software and use them.
However, electrical planning must be carried out not only in terms of furnishings and interiors, but also in relation to use and everyday requirements. In this way, you can determine in advance how many connections are required for electricity, internet and the like. You can orientate yourself on DIN 18015-2. This specifies the minimum equipment and can therefore be used for an approximate classification. In this way, you can integrate your own needs on the basis of this and create an individual electrical plan in no time at all.
Assistance with planning
You will never be left in the lurch when planning your dream home. Because we are at your side for all points. You can reach us flexibly by phone or via our customer service using the contact form. As a user of the ArCADia BIM 3D Architect, this assistance is completely free of charge.
The ArCADia software enables you to plan and visualize all architectural projects. Among other things, you can plan your room layout and create technical aspects of the building project such as building technology or circuit diagrams. In addition, the ArCADia BIM 3D architect can be used to carry out the complete electrical planning. Best of all, you can do all of this yourself and save yourself the cost of an architect.
Important steps before electrical planning
First of all, you need the floor plan of your property, which you can also create in ArCADia BIM 3D Architect. Simply place the outer walls in the desired places. In the next step, you can now devote yourself to the room layout. Now that your floor plan is ready, draw in the interior walls. Now it is up to you whether you want to continue with the electrical planning at this point or whether you want to think about the furnishing of the individual rooms first. The latter makes electrical planning easier for you later, because it is easier for you to prevent connections or sockets from being covered by furniture.
This is how you carry out the electrical planning using the CAD software
In ArCADia BIM 3D Architect you will find a special tool area for electrical planning. This has all the necessary tools and enables you to run smoothly. In addition, the software offers an object catalog which makes planning easier for you. Here you will find various elements for building technology, circuit diagrams, sanitary facilities and heating, which are available for download.
This is how you determine how many electrical connections you should plan for
The number and arrangement of the electrical connections are essential in order to be able to produce a smooth power supply for all electrical devices. In order to avoid unpleasant surprises during your construction project, you should consider as early as possible where you will later accommodate which devices or building technology. As soon as the room layout has been determined, you can use the electrical software to plan the electrical installations for each individual room. Make sure that the connections and sockets are not obstructed by furniture. You should therefore import the layout plan with furniture, if available, in order to get an idea of where you will later have free space for connections or sockets. Otherwise there is a risk that you will end up with too few available connections or sockets.
The number of connections
Although the law does not define how many electrical connections you need, you can use the recommendations according to DIN 18015-2 for the minimum equipment for different rooms. This is a standard for buildings used for residential purposes. Please note, however, that DIN 18015 is only a recommendation and your actual requirements may vary depending on your individual requirements.
The DIN 18015 standard provides the following connections for the kitchen: one connection for the stove, two more for lighting, three light switches, five sockets, one connection each for a dishwasher, hot water device, lighting for the kitchenette, telephone, internet and antenna and 2 sockets for fridge and freezer.
According to the DIN 18015 standard, your living room should have at least the following connections: three connections for lighting, two light switches, four sockets and one connection each for TV, radio, telephone and internet.
Plan for an electrical connection for ceiling and wall lighting in the bathroom. In addition, your bathroom should have two light switches and three sockets.
Bedroom and children’s room
The DIN 18015 standard recommends planning identical electrical connections for bedrooms and children’s rooms in order to make these rooms interchangeable. You should therefore provide the following connections: three connections for lighting, two light switches, one connection each for TV, radio, internet and telephone and at least 4 sockets.
Your utility room should have at least seven sockets, three of which are for the washing machine, dryer and ironing area.
Garden and terrace
There is also a DIN 18015 standard for outside areas in the form of gardens or terraces. Two connections for lighting with a switch and three sockets, one of which should have power, are recommended.
The number of circuits
Finally, the question of the number of circuits needs to be clarified. Depending on your living space, you should plan between three (for 50 square meters of living space) and seven (for living areas of over 125 square meters) power circuits. Sockets and lighting must have separate electrical circuits. In addition, a circuit may not supply more than six sockets with power.
We would be happy to assist you with any questions both before and after purchasing the CAD software. Please use our contact form for this. If you already have ArCADia BIM 3D Architect, support is free of charge for you.
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