Design Guidelines


Dalhousie University Design Guidelines provide assistance to consultants during the planning, and design phases of the University’s expansion and renovations.  The Guidelines do not relieve a consultant from any professional responsibility, duty or due diligence to design elegant, functional, efficient and low maintenance facilities.

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These documents provide design guidelines only, and are not intended for use, in whole or in part, as a specification. Do not copy the guidelines verbatim in specifications or in notes on drawings. Refer questions and comments regarding the content and use of these documents to the Dalhousie University Project Manager.  The Guidelines are intended to be read in conjunction with the local codes and regulations, and in no way are to be considered as a code replacement. The codes and regulations represent the minimum acceptable standard. Where the technical design requirements differ from the building codes and other applicable codes and standards, the more stringent of the codes shall be applied.

Part 1    Part 2  
[PDF - 639 KB]
  Division 01

General Requirements [PDF -  1.3 MB]

Responsibility Matrix [PDF - 75 KB]

2. Autocad Standards
a. Autocad Template
b. Autocad Plotstyle
  Division 08 Door Hardware Openings
3. Life Cycle Standards - Coming Soon!     Division 10 Signage (2015)[PDF - 1.3 MB]
4. Commissioning   Division 14 Conveying Equipment [PDF - 185 KB]  
5. Active Transportation   Division 21 Fire Suppression
6. Space Planning   Division 22 Plumbing [PDF 257 KB]  
7. Custodial [PDF - 67 KB]   Division 23 

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning

Div 23(a) - HVAC Design Guidelines 2020 02 28 (02) [PDF 415 KB]

Div 23(b) - Mechanical Identification Standard 2020 07 10 (1) [PDF - 352 KB]

8. Laboratory Design Standard [PDF - 603 KB]   Division 25

Integrated Automation 

d. Lab and Fumehood Control System Standards

9. Certificate of Substantial Performance Template [MS Word - 35 KB]
  Division 26 Electrical [PDF - 923 KB]

  Division 27 Communications 
    Division 28

Electronic Safety and Security

a.Building Security Performance Guideline

b.Building Security & Access Control - Application Guidelines [PDF - 324 KB]

c. Security Technical Guidelines - (Heartland)  [PDF - 2.2 MB]

d. Security - Technical Guidelines - (Genetec)  [PDF - 2.8 MB]

    Division 32

Exterior Improvements

a.Landscaping [PDF - 5.1 MB]