Olin's Construction: Principles, Materials, and Methods / Edition 8

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Get the industry standard-updated for a new age of construction.

For more than fifty years, Construction has been the cornerstone reference in the field for architecture and construction professionals and students. This new edition, now called Olin's Construction after its original author, is an invaluable resource that will provide in-depth coverage for decades to come. You'll find the most up-to-date principles, materials, methods, codes, and standards used in the design and construction of contemporary residential, commercial, and institutional buildings.

Organized by the MasterFormat 2004 Edition, this edition:

  • Includes more than 1,200 informative illustrations, including 150 new images.
  • Features new information on sustainability and construction management.
  • Reflects the expanded adoption of the ICC? Codes.
  • Addresses everything from site preparation to concrete finishing, masonry design to plastic fabrications, waterproofing to sprinkler systems, air conditioning to heat conveyance.

Join the generations who have relied on this book to provide the vital descriptive information on how to design buildings, detail components, specify materials and product, and avoid common pitfalls.

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"This edition reflects the expanded adoption of the ICC codes and includes new information on sustainability and construction management." (Book News, February 2008)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471714057
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/3/2006
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 1232
  • Product dimensions: 8.78 (w) x 11.16 (h) x 2.38 (d)

Meet the Author

H. LESLIE SIMMONS, RA, CSI, is a construction consultant and specifications writer with more than fifty years of professional experience.

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Table of Contents


A Tribute.


Acknowledgments for the Eight Edition.


Chapter 1. Design and Contracting Requirements.

Chapter 2. Existing Conditions.

Chapter 3. Concrete.

Chapter 4. Masonry.

Chapter 5. Metals.

Chapter 6. Wood, Plastics, and Composites.

Chapter 7. Thermal and Moisture Protection.

Chapter 8. Openings.

Chapter 9. Finishes.

Chapter 10. Specialties.

Chapter 11. Equipment.

Chapter 12. Furnishings.

Chapter 13. Special Construction.

Chapter 14. Conveying Systems.

Chapter 15. Fire Suppression.

Chapter 16. Plumbing.

Chapter 17. Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC).

Chapter 18. Electrical.

Chapter 19. Communications.

Chapter 20. Electronic Safety and Security.

Chapter 21. Earthwork.

Chapter 22. Exterior Improvements.

Chapter 23. Utilities.

Chapter 24. Properties of Materials.

Chapter 25. The Metric System of Measurement.



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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2008

    Excellent but not all up to date

    This is an excellent resource, covering a huge number of topics. However, even though this latest edition has a 2007 copyright, it is obvious that some parts have long been neglected in the update. For example, there is meaningless discussion of various toilet types that are all obsolete, and discussion of 1.6 gal low flow units 'now the only ones allowed' is out of date. 1.2 gal units aren't even discussed. And, for fresh water plumbing, PEX isn't even included in the list of pipe/tubing types! You can learn a huge amount from this book, but don't trust its information to be up to date, and consult other sources before starting a project.

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