Developed design documentation
Developed design documentation elaborates on the preliminary design by adding additional levels of detail to what had been defined before. It will contain most of the information that will allow construction of the house, such as dimensions and technical information, but there is still some room for final changes and improvements. The document should include:
  • plans, elevations and sections of the building 
  • specifications and schedules of the main components, defining performance and/or material standards
  • a cost plan showing the capital and life cycle costs for the main components
  • a statement of how the Design Brief and performance criteria are being met.
Detailed design documentation
Detailed design documentation is the most important set of documents designers will prepare for clients, as these are the documents that are submitted to the council for a building consent​ or resource consent application. Builders will also base their tender proposals on this documentation, and use it for construction. It contains:
  • plans, elevations, sections and details of all the construction components
  • coordinated input from sub-consultants and services designs​, which is incorporated into architectural drawings
  • specifications and schedules of all the components, defining the performance and/or material standards
  • a detailed cost plan showing the capital and life cycle costs for all components.
Tender documents
With the exception of the cost plan, all the documents produced by designers for the detailed design are submitted to contractors for the tendering process. A Request for Proposal should also be included. This is a letter that outlines the conditions of the tender, the type of construction contract, and instructions for the contractors to respond to the invitation.​
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