Reading House Plans & Construction Drawings


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Course Overview

Reading House Plans and Construction Drawings is for builders, tradespeople, site managers, estimators, and project managers as well as real estate agents, home appraisers, home inspectors, and building inspectors. This course is a comprehensive overview of construction drawings, ideal for those with little or no experience. By the end, you will be able to use house plans to find trade information and perform simple material take offs. Course topics also include an overview of the design process, architectural and engineering scales, floor plans and elevations.

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Learning Objectives

Module 1: Overview

  • Demonstrate an elementary knowledge of plan reading as it relates to home construction

  • Describe how construction drawings are used for effective communication 

  • Explain how to navigate a set of construction drawings 

Module 2: Floor Plans

  • Explain the purpose of plan drawings

  • Interpret common architectural symbols and abbreviations

  • Locate and identify key features in the plan view

Module 3: Elevations, Sections & Details

  • Explain the purpose of elevation, section, and detail drawings

  • List the information provided by elevation, section, and detail drawings

  • Demonstrate how to extract basic specifications and information from construction drawings

Course Details

  • Reading House Plans & Construction Drawings takes 5 to 8 hours to complete (including review time and quizzes)

  • Like all BHE courses, you have access for a full 12 months.

  • The course is best viewed on a laptop or desktop. 

  • Sales within Canada are subject to GST/HST

Completing this course qualifies you for:

BC Housing: 4 Continuing Professional Development Points

BPI: 2 Continuing Education Units

NAHB: 4 hours of Continuing Education for CAPS, CGA, CGB, CGR, GMB, GMR