The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a new guide for industrial loft buildings, recommending a mix of traditional and modern buildings.
The latest update to the Institute’s Industrial Design Guidelines (IDG) was published today and comes with the caveat that “the best options for a given space may be different for different people.”
“Industrial loft design is complex and requires the best of all worlds,” NIST says in the guide.
“A building with a wide range of styles, sizes, and materials, and many architectural elements, may offer more than one design solution, depending on what’s best for the space.”
While NIST has made clear that industrial loft design should be open to all building styles, it notes that there are different requirements for the different types of construction and the types of materials.
The guide notes that in terms of building materials, “traditional” industrial lofting “typically utilizes brick, stone, and brick mortar.”
But in terms for building form, “modern” industrial buildings use steel, aluminum, concrete, and other types of steel.
NIST also says that in order to maximize the space’s overall space, it “may be advantageous to consider whether the space is located at the base of a hill or a hilltop, or to place it in a low-slung, rectangular building with low setbacks.”
NIST is offering this guidance as a tool to help build industrial space, but also to help designers “address the needs of their clients.”
For a guide on what materials and construction methods should be used for industrial space in general, the guide offers three primary options: stone and brick, wood, and steel.
The wood option is the one that has the most appeal for many, but it is only offered to builders that want to build small spaces.
For those building a new building, NIST recommends building steel and brick instead.
It also recommends that the building have a minimum of 8,000 square feet of usable space for a full-time worker.
This is a list of the five most popular building types that are considered industrial loft building materials.
Nist’s Industrial Designs Guidelines are intended to help architects and building owners to create a “high quality” space that is open to different building styles.
It is also meant to help builders find suitable spaces for their building that “provide flexibility for their needs.”