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An introduction to the art of building, it has been revised and updated to reflect changes in the industry. Describes the materials used since ancient times--wood, stone, brick and the techniques by which they are made into buildings today--before proceeding to structural steel, reinforced and prestressed concrete, float glass, extruded aluminum, advanced gypsum products, synthetic rubber compounds and plastics. Deals with whole systems of building including foundations, framing, roofing, interiors, electrical and mechanical systems. Each chapter contains a summary, list of key terms and concepts, review questions and references. Illustrated with over 300 line drawings and 700 photographs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470381007
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/24/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward Allen, FAIS, has taught for more than thirty-five years as a faculty member at Yale University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and as an invited guest at institutions in the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia. He has designed more than fifty constructed buildings and is the best-selling author of The Architect's Studio Companion, Architectural Detailing, Form and Forces, and Fundamentals of Residential Construction, all published by Wiley.

Joseph Iano is an author, illustrator, and architect whose experience includes professional practice, teaching design and technology in numerous schools of architecture, and work in the construction trades. He has collaborated with Edward Allen on numerous publications over a span of more than twenty-five years. Currently, he heads a Seattle firm that provides technical and quality management consulting to architects and others in the design and construction industry.

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Table of Contents

Getting Started with the Exercises.

1. Making Buildings.

1.1 Building Code Restrictions.

1.2 Green Building Rating Systems.

1.3 Observing Construction.

1.4 The Project Team.

2. Foundations.

2.1 Waterproofing and Drainage.

2.2 Soil Types and Bearing Capacities.

2.3 Foundation and Slope Support Systems.

3. Wood.

3.1 Working with Wood-Part I.

3.2 Working with Wood-Part II.

4. Heavy Timber Frame Construction.

4.1 Heavy Timber Framing.

5. Wood Light Frame Construction.

5.1 Laying Out Floor Framing.

5.2 Laying Out Wall Framing.

5.3 Working with Pitched Roofs.

5.4 Designing Roof Framing.

6. Exterior Finishes for Wood Light Frame Construction.

6.1 Exterior Detailing.

7. Interior Finishes for Wood Light Frame Construction.

7.1 Proportioning Fireplaces.

7.2 Proportioning Stairs.

7.3 Platform Frame Design Project.

8. Brick Masonry.

8.1 Selecting Bricks and Mortar.

8.2 Brick Bonds.

8.3 Masonry Dimensioning.

8.4 Lintels and Arches.

9. Stone and Concrete Masonry.

9.1 Selecting Concrete Masonry Units.

9.2 Stone Masonry.

10. Masonry Wall Construction.

10.1 Movement Joints in Masonry Construction.

10.2 Masonry Cavity Wall Detailing.

11. Steel Frame Construction.

11.1 Steel Structural Shapes.

11.2 Steel Framing Plans.

11.3 Detailing Steel Constructions.

11.4 Steel Frame Design Exercise.

12. Light Gauge Steel Frame Construction.

12.1 Light Gauge Steel Framing Details.

13. Concrete Construction.

13.1 Detailing Concrete Reinforcing Bars.

14. Sitecast Concrete Framing Systems.

14.1 Sitecast Concrete Framing Systems.

14.2 Architectural Concrete.

15. Precast Concrete Framing Systems.

15.1 Precast Concrete Framing Systems.

15.2 Detailing Precast Concrete Framing.

16. Roofing.

16.1 Low-Slope Roof Drainage.

16.2 Low-Slope Roof Detailing.

17. Glass and Glazing.

17.1 Selecting Glass and Glazing.

18. Windows and Doors.

18.1 Selecting Windows and Doors.

19. Designing Exterior Wall Systems.

19.1 Rainscreen Cladding and Scalant Joint Design.

20. Cladding with Masonry and Concrete.

20.1 Masonry Cladding Design.

21. Cladding with Metal and Glass.

21.1 Aluminum Extrusions.

22. Selecting Interior Finishes.

22.1 Selecting Interior Finish Systems.

23. Interior Walls and Partitions.

23.1 Detailing Wall Finishes.

24. Finish Ceilings and Floors.

Detailing Floor and Ceiling Finishes.

Teach Yourself to Build.

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