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The latest updated edition of the #1 reference on building construction
For the nuts and bolts on building construction practices and materials, thousands of professionals and students of architecture, engineering, and construction technology have turned to Edward Allen and Joseph Iano's Fundamentals of Building Construction. This new Sixth Edition of the bestselling work provides the most up-to-date survey of the basic materials and methods ...
The latest updated edition of the #1 reference on building construction
For the nuts and bolts on building construction practices and materials, thousands of professionals and students of architecture, engineering, and construction technology have turned to Edward Allen and Joseph Iano's Fundamentals of Building Construction. This new Sixth Edition of the bestselling work provides the most up-to-date survey of the basic materials and methods that are used in contemporary building construction.
Using the latest building codes, standards, and developments in materials and technologies as its basis, this book covers the complete range of construction activities—from excavating and foundations to cladding and interior finishes—and examines common construction systems, such as light wood frame, masonry bearing wall, steel frame, and reinforced concrete construction.
This Sixth Edition has been fully updated and includes:
Fundamentals of Building Construction, Sixth Edition lays the foundation that every architect and construction professional needs to build a successful career.
Choosing Building Systems: Information Resources
ASTM, CSA, and ANSI
Construction Trade and Professional Associations MasterFormat
Choosing Building Systems: The Work of the Design
Choosing Building Systems: Constraints
Other Legal Constraints
A building begins as an idea in someone's mind, a desire for new and ample accommodations for a family, many families, an organization, or an enterprise. For any but the smallest of buildings, the next step for the owner of the prospective building is to engage, either directly or through a hired construction manager, the services of building design professionals. An architect helps to consolidate the owner's ideas about the new building, develops the form of the building, and assembles a group of engineering specialists to help work out concepts and details of foundations, structural support, and mechanical, electrical, and communications services.
This team of designers, working with the owner, then develops the scheme for the building in progressively finer degrees of detail. Drawings and written specifications are produced bythe architect-engineer design team to document how the building is to be made and of what. A general contractor is selected, either by negotiation or by competitive bidding. The general contractor hires subcontractors to carry out many specialized portions of the work. The drawings and specifications are submitted to the municipal inspector of buildings, who checks them for conformance with zoning ordinances and building codes before issuing a permit to build. Construction may then begin, with the building inspector, the architect, and the engineering consultants inspecting the work at frequent intervals to be sure that it is carried out according to plan.
Choosing Building Systems: Constraints
Although a building begins as an abstraction, it is built in a world of material realities. The designers of a building-the architects and engineers-work constantly from a knowledge of what is possible and what is not. They are able, on the one hand, to employ any of a limitless palette of building materials and any of a number of structural systems to produce a building of almost any desired form and texture. On the other hand, they are inescapably bound by certain physical limitations: how much land there is with which to work; how heavy a building the soil can support; how long a structural span is feasible; what sorts of materials will perform well in the given environment. They are also constrained by a construction budget and by a complex web of legal restrictions.
Those who work in the building professions need a broad understanding of many things, including people, climate, the physical principles by which buildings work, the technologies available for utilization in buildings, the legal restrictions on buildings, and the contractual arrangements under which buildings are built. This book is concerned primarily with the technologies of construction materials-what the materials are, how they are produced, what their properties are, and how they are crafted into buildings. These must be studied, however, with reference to many other factors that bear on the design of buildings, some of which require explanation here.
The legal restrictions on buildings begin with local zoning ordinances, which govern the types of activities that may take place on a given piece of land, how much of the land may be covered by the building or buildings, how far buildings must be set back from each of the property lines, how many parking spaces must be provided, how large a total floor area may be constructed, and how tall the building may be. In many cities, the zoning ordinances establish special center-city fire zones in which buildings may be built only of noncombustible materials. Copies of the zoning ordinances for a municipality are available for purchase or reference at the office of the building inspector or the planning department, or they may be consulted at public libraries.
In addition to its zoning ordinances, each local government also regulates building activity by means of a building code. The intent of a building code is to protect public health and safety, primarily against building fires, by setting a minimum standard of construction quality.
Most building codes in North America are based on one of several model building codes, standardized codes prepared by national organizations of local building code officials. Canada publishes its own model code, the National Building Code of Canada. In the United States, building codes are enacted and enforced at the state and local levels. At this writing, more and more local code jurisdictions throughout the United States are adopting as a model the International Building Code(r) (IBC), the first unified code in U.S. history, first published in March of 2000. Many jurisdictions, however, still base their codes on three earlier model codes that competed with one another: In the western United States and parts of the Midwest, most codes have been modeled after the Uniform Building Code (UBC). In the East and other areas of the Midwest, the BOCA National Building Code (BOCA) has been the model. The Standard Building Code (SBC) has been adopted by many southern and southeastern states. The IBC was written and issued by the cooperative efforts of the three organizations that formerly published these competing codes.
The establishment of a single model building code for the United States was welcome news to architects and engineers, who were weary of having to work to different standards in different parts of the country. However, their relief was not to last long, because the National Fire Protection Association, for reasons that are difficult to appreciate, issued the first edition of its own model building code in 2002, raising the possibility that it will be adopted in many code jurisdictions and thereby create a situation even more chaotic than before.
Building-code-related information in this book is based on the International Building Code (IBC). The IBC begins by defining occupancy groups for buildings as follows:
Groups A-1 through A-5 are Assembly occupancies: theaters, auditoriums, lecture halls, night clubs, restaurants, houses of worship, libraries, museums, sports arenas, and so on.
Group B is Business occupancies: banks, administrative offices, higher-education facilities, police and fire stations, post offices, professional offices, and the like.
Group E is Educational occupancies: schools for grades K through 12 and day care facilities.
Group F comprises industrial buildings.
Groups H-1 through H-5 are various types of High Hazard occupancies in which toxic, combustible, or explosive materials are present.
Groups I-1 through I-4 are Institutional occupancies in which occupants may not be able to save themselves during a fire or other emergency, such as health care and geriatric facilities and prisons.
Group M is Mercantile occupancies: stores, markets, service stations, and sales rooms.
Groups R-1 through R-4 are Residential occupancies, including apartment buildings, dormitories, fraternities and sororities, hotels, one- and two-family dwellings, and assisted-living facilities.
Group S-1 includes buildings for Storage of hazardous materials, and S-2, low-hazard storage.
Group U is Utility buildings. It comprises agricultural buildings, carports, greenhouses, sheds, stables, fences, tanks, towers, and other secondary buildings.
The IBC's purpose in establishing occupancy groups is to distinguish various degrees and qualities of need for safety in buildings. A hospital, in which many patients are bedridden and cannot escape a fire under their own power, must be built to a high standard of safety. A warehouse for masonry materials, which are noncombustible, is likely to be occupied by only a few people, all of them able bodied, and can be constructed to a lower standard. An elementary school requires more protection for its occupants than a university building. A theater needs special egress provisions to allow its many patrons to escape quickly, without stampeding, in an emergency.
These definitions of occupancy groups are followed by a set of definitions of construction types. At the head of this list (Type I) are highly fire-resistive kinds of construction such as masonry, reinforced concrete, and fire-protected steel. At the foot of it (Type V) are kinds of construction that are relatively combustible because they are framed with small wood members. In between are a range of construction types with varying levels of resistance to fire.
With occupancy groups and construction types carefully defined, the code proceeds to match the two, setting forth in a table which occupancy groups may be housed in which types of construction, and under what limitations of story height and area per floor. Figure 1.1 is reproduced from the International Building Code. It gives the maximum height in stories and the maximum area per floor for every possible combination of occupancy group and construction type. The maximum total floor area of a building under the IBC is three times the maximum area permitted for one floor. If the floor area for a single floor is unlimited, of course, the maximum floor area for the building is also unlimited.
This table concentrates a great deal of useful information into a very small space. A designer may enter it with a particular occupancy group in mind-an electronics plant, for example-and find out very quickly what types of construction will be permitted and what shape the plant may take. Under the IBC, an electronics plant belongs to Occupancy Group F-1, Factory, Moderate-Hazard Occupancy. Reading across the chart from left to right, we find immediately that this factory may be built to any desired size, without limit, using Type IA construction.
Type IA construction is defined in nearby tables in the IBC, one of which is reproduced here as Figure 1.2. Looking down the columns of this table under Type IA construction, we find a listing of the required fire resistance ratings, measured in hours, of the various parts of either a Type IA or a Type IB building. In a Type IA building, for example, we find on the first line that columns, girders, and trusses must be rated at 3 hours. The second line mandates a 3-hour resistance also for bearing walls, walls that serve to carry floors or roofs above. Nonbearing walls or partitions, which carry no load from above, are listed in the third line, which refers to Table 602, which gives fire resistance rating requirements based on the building's distance from other buildings. (Table 602 is included in Figure 1.2.) Floor construction and roof construction standards are defined in the last two lines of Table 601.
Looking across Table 601 in Figure 1.2, we can see that fire resistance rating requirements are highest for Type IA construction, decrease to 1 hour for Type VA, and finally to zero for Type VB.
Fire resistance ratings of many common construction components and assemblies are found in Section 7.19 of the IBC. Ratings for many more assemblies are tabulated in a variety of catalogs and handbooks issued by building material manufacturers, construction trade associations, and organizations concerned with fire protection of buildings. In each case, the ratings are derived from full-scale laboratory fire tests of building components carried out in accordance with Standard E119 of the American Society for Testing and Materials, to assure uniformity of results. (This fire test is described more fully in Chapter 22 of this book.) Figures 1.3-1.5 reproduce small sections of tables from catalogs and handbooks to illustrate how this type of information is presented.
It is not possible in this volume to reproduce a comprehensive listing of fire resistance ratings for every type of building component, but what can be said in a very general way (and with many exceptions) is that the higher the degree of fire resistance, the higher the cost. In general, therefore, buildings are built with the least level of fire resistance that is permitted by the applicable building code. The hypothetical electronics plant could be built using Type IA construction, but does it really need to be constructed to this high standard?
Let us suppose that the owners want the electronics plant to be a two-story building with 20,000 square feet on each floor. The table in Figure 1.1 makes it clear that it can be built of Type IB and Type IIA construction, but not of Type IIB, which permits only 15,500 square feet per floor. It can be built of Type IIIA or IV construction, but not of Type IIIB, VA, or VB.
Other factors come into play in these computations. If a building is protected throughout by an approved, fully automatic sprinkler system for suppression of fires, the IBC provides that the tabulated area may be quadrupled for a single-story building, and tripled for multistory buildings. A one-story increase in allowable height is also granted for most occupancies if a sprinkler system is installed. If the two-story, 20,000-square-foot electronics plant that we have been considering is provided with an approved automatic sprinkler system, a bit of arithmetic will show that it can be built of any construction type shown in Figure 1.1.
If more than a quarter of the building's perimeter walls face public ways or open spaces, an increase in area is granted in accordance with a simple formula. Additionally, if a building is divided by fire walls having the fire resistance ratings specified in another table (Figure 1.6), each portion of the building that is separated from the remainder of the building by fire walls may be considered as a separate building for purposes of computing its allowable area, which effectively permits the architect to create a building many times larger than Figure 1.1 would indicate.
The IBC also establishes standards for natural light; ventilation; means of emergency egress; structural design; floor, wall, ceiling, and roof construction; chimney construction; fire protection systems; accessibility of the building to disabled persons; energy efficiency; and many other important factors.
The building code is not the only code with which a new building must comply.
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Preface to the Sixth Edition xi
1 Making Buildings 3
Learning to Build 4
Buildings and the Environment 5
The Work of the Design Professional 11
The Work of the Construction Professional 19
Trends in the Delivery of Design and Construction Services 24
2 Foundations and Sitework 31
Foundation Requirements 32
Earth Materials 33
Sustainability of Foundations and the Building Site 39
Earthwork and Excavation 40
Protecting Foundations from Water, Heat Flow, and Radon Gas 66
Designing Foundations 77
Foundation Design and the Building Code 78
3 Wood 83
Sustainability of Wood 90
Wood Products 103
A Naturally Grown Structural Material 108
Plastic Lumber 110
Wood Panel Products 110
Wood Chemical Treatments 118
Wood Fasteners 120
Wood Product Adhesives and Formaldehyde 127
Prefabricated Wood Components 128
Types of Wood Construction 130
FROM CONCEPT TO REALITY 135
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4 Heavy Timber Frame
Fire-Resistive Heavy Timber Construction 142
Sustainability in Heavy Timber Construction 143
Heavy Timber in Other Construction Types 150
Lateral Bracing 152
Cross-Laminated Timber Construction 152
Accommodating Building Services 156
Wood-Concrete Composite Construction 156
Longer Spans in Heavy Timber 157
For Preliminary Design of Heavy Timber Structures 164
Heavy Timber and the Building Codes 164
Uniqueness of Heavy Timber Framing 165
5 Wood Light Frame Construction 171
Platform Frame 174
Sustainability in Wood Light Frame Construction 176
Foundations for Light Frame Structures 176
Building the Frame 184
Variations on Wood Light Frame Construction 219
For Preliminary Design of a Wood Light Frame Structure 222
Wood Light Frame Construction and the Building Codes 222
Uniqueness of Wood Light Frame Construction 224
6 Exterior Finishes for Wood Light Frame Construction 231
Protection from the Weather 232
Windows and Doors 240
Paints and Coatings 244
Corner Boards and Exterior Trim 257
Sealing Exterior Joints 258
Sustainability of Paints and Other Architectural Coatings 260
Exterior Painting, Finish Grading, and Landscaping 260
Exterior Construction 260
7 Interior Finishes for Wood Light Frame Construction 265
Completing the Building Enclosure 273
Sustainability of Insulation Materials for Wood Light Frame Construction 282
Wall and Ceiling Finish 285
Millwork and Finish Carpentry 285
Proportioning Fireplaces 286
Proportioning Stairs 300
Flooring and Ceramic Tile Work 302
Finishing Touches 304
8 Brick Masonry 309
Sustainability of Brick Masonry 316
Brick Masonry 316
Masonry Wall Construction 339
9 Stone and Concrete Masonry 349
Stone Masonry 350
Sustainability in Stone and Concrete Masonry 362
Concrete Masonry 370
Other Types of Masonry Units 381
Masonry Wall Construction 382
10 Masonry Wall Construction 387
Types of Masonry Walls 388
For Preliminary Design of a Loadbearing Masonry Structure 396
Spanning Systems for Masonry Bearing Wall Construction 396
Detailing Masonry Walls 400
Some Special Problems of Masonry Construction 406
Movement Joints in Buildings 408
Masonry Paving 414
Masonry and the Building Codes 415
Uniqueness of Masonry 415
11 Steel Frame Construction 421
The Material Steel 424
For Preliminary Design of a Steel Structure 427
Joining Steel Members 435
Details of Steel Framing 441
The Construction Process 451
Fire Protection of Steel Framing 468
Longer Spans and High-Capacity Columns in Steel 473
Fabric Structures 482
Industrialized Systems in Steel 486
Sustainability in Steel Frame Construction 487
Steel and the Building Codes 488
Uniqueness of Steel 488
12 Light Gauge Steel Frame Construction 499
The Concept of Light Gauge Steel Construction 500
Sustainability in Light Gauge Steel Framing 501
Light Gauge Steel Framing 502
Other Uses of Light Gauge Steel Framing 511
For Preliminary Design of a Light Gauge Steel Frame Structure 513
Insulating Light Gauge Steel Frame Structures 513
Advantages and Disadvantages of Steel Framing 514
Light Gauge Steel Framing and the Building Codes 514
Finishes for Light Gauge Steel Framing 514
Metals in Architecture 516
FROM CONCEPT TO REALITY 522
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13 Concrete Construction 527
Cement and Concrete 529
Sustainability in Concrete Construction 532
Making and Placing Concrete 535
Concrete Creep 555
ACI 301 560
Innovations in Concrete Construction 560
14 Sitecast Concrete Framing Systems 565
Casting a Concrete Slab on Grade 567
Casting a Concrete Wall 571
Casting a Concrete Column 577
One-Way Floor and Roof Framing Systems 578
Two-Way Floor and Roof Framing Systems 587
Other Uses of Sitecast Concrete 592
Sitecast Posttensioned Framing Systems 592
Selecting a Sitecast Concrete Framing System 594
Innovations in Sitecast Concrete Construction 594
For Preliminary Design of a Sitecast Concrete Structure 597
Architectural Concrete 600
Cutting Concrete, Stone, and Masonry 604
Longer Spans in Sitecast Concrete 608
Designing Economical Sitecast Concrete Buildings 611
Sitecast Concrete and the Building Codes 611
Uniqueness of Sitecast Concrete 612
15 Precast Concrete Framing Systems 621
Precast, Prestressed Concrete Structural Elements 624
For Preliminary Design of a Precast Concrete Structure 625
Assembly Concepts for Precast Concrete Buildings 626
Manufacture of Precast Concrete Structural Elements 627
Joining Precast Concrete Members 633
Fastening to Concrete 634
Composite Precast/Sitecast Concrete Construction 647
The Construction Process 647
Sustainability in Precast Concrete Construction 648
Precast Concrete and the Building Codes 649
Uniqueness of Precast Concrete 649
16 Roofing 661
Low-Slope Roofs 663
Building Enclosure Essentials: Thermal Insulation and Vapor Retarder 668
Steep Roofs 688
Sustainability in Roofing 702
Cool Roofs 702
Green Roofs 705
Photovoltaic Systems 706
Roofing and the Building Codes 707
Building Enclosure Essentials: Dissimilar Metals and the Galvanic Series 708
17 Glass and Glazing 717
The Material Glass 720
Sustainability of Glass 722
Glass and Energy 744
Glass and the Building Codes 747
FROM CONCEPT TO REALITY 750
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18 Windows and Doors 755
Plastics in Building Construction 766
Sustainability of Windows and Doors 777
Other Window and Door Requirements 783
19 Designing Exterior Wall Systems 791
Design Requirements for the Exterior Wall 792
Sustainability of Exterior Wall Systems 797
Conceptual Approaches to Watertightness in the Exterior Wall 798
Sealing Joints in the Exterior Wall 803
Loadbearing Walls and Curtain Walls 807
Building Enclosure Essentials: Air Barrier 808
The Exterior Wall and the Building Codes 812
20 Cladding with Masonry and Concrete 817
Masonry Veneer Curtain Walls 818
Stone Curtain Walls 825
Precast Concrete Curtain Walls 830
Exterior Insulation and Finish System 836
Keeping Water Out with Masonry and Concrete Cladding 840
FROM CONCEPT TO REALITY 842
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21 Cladding with Metal and Glass 847
Aluminum Extrusions 848
Sustainability of Aluminum Cladding Components 852
Aluminum and Glass Framing Systems 854
Double-Skin Facades 868
Sloped Glazing 869
The Curtain Wall Design and Construction Process 869
Metal Panel Cladding 871
22 Selecting Interior Finishes 877
Installation of Mechanical and Electrical Services 878
The Sequence of Interior Finishing Operations 880
Sustainability of Interior Finishes 882
Selecting Interior Finishes 883
Trends in Interior Finish Systems 888
23 Interior Walls and Partitions 891
Types of Interior Walls 892
Framed Partition Systems 893
Sustainability of Gypsum Products 898
Plaster Ornament 910
Masonry Partition Systems 924
Wall and Partition Facings 924
24 Finish Ceilings and Floors 931
Finish Ceilings 932
Types of Ceilings 932
Sustainability of Finish Ceilings and Floors 943
Finish Flooring 944
Types of Finish Flooring Materials 948
Flooring Thickness 961