The Architect's Studio Companion: Rules of Thumb for Preliminary Designby Edward Allen, Joseph Iano
The architect's favorite handbook—now in an up-to-date, new edition!
The Architect's Studio Companion is the labor-saving design resource that architects, engineers, and builders have relied on for years. Now in its Fifth Edition, this industry standard maintains its reputation as a reliable tool for the preliminary selecting, configuring, and sizing/b>… See more details below
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The architect's favorite handbook—now in an up-to-date, new edition!
The Architect's Studio Companion is the labor-saving design resource that architects, engineers, and builders have relied on for years. Now in its Fifth Edition, this industry standard maintains its reputation as a reliable tool for the preliminary selecting, configuring, and sizing of the structural, environmental, and life safety systems of a building. Bestselling authors Edward Allen and Joseph Iano reduce complex engineering and building code information to simple approximations that enable designers to lay out the fundamental systems of a building in a matter of minutes—without getting hung up on complicated technical concepts.
Complete with a convenient flex binding that lies flat for easy use, The Architect's Studio Companion, Fifth Edition gives you quick access to reliable rules of thumb that offer vital help for the preliminary design of: structural systems; heating, cooling, and electrical systems; building code height and area limits; exit stairways and other egress provisions; accessibility regulations; surface parking and structured parking garages; and daylight provisions. Additionally, this new edition gives you:
- The most current building codes in the United States and Canada
- New coverage of passive heating and cooling systems
- Guidelines for designing for natural ventilation
- Extensively updated structural design guidelines
Packed with useful information, The Architect's Studio Companion, Fifth Edition is the definitive resource that no architect should be without.
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HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
This book is your desktop technical advisor for the earliest stages of building design. It reduces complex engineering and building code information to simple formal and spatial approximations that are readily incorporated into initial design explorations. It does not replace building codes, detailed technical handbooks, and skilled consultants; it simply helps you prepare a buildable preliminary design as a realistic basis for the more detailed design development and consultations that will follow.
After you have used this book on several projects, you will have developed a pattern for its use that suits your own way of going about designing a building. The first time that you use it, there are two approaches you might take. One is simply to enter the book at any point that you wish, using the index tabs and following the logical paths indicated by the cross-references until your need for information is satisfied. Alternatively, you may wish to begin at the beginning, tracing the following steps as a means of finding the information you need while becoming familiar with the layout of the book.
1. Turn to the first section, Designing with Building Codes. Consult the information beginning on page 7 to determine which model building code to use as the basis for your project, and within that code, which Occupancy Group or Groups your building falls within. Make a note of the code and Occupancy Group for ready reference as you progress through the other sections of the bookÑ these pieces of information are your key to unlocking many dif-ferent kinds of information.
2. Move next to the secondsection, Designing the Structure. Read the brief passage concerning building code requirements on page 19. Refer to the Height and AreaTables in Designing with Height and Area Limitations that correspond to your building code and Occupancy Groups noted earlier. List fromthese tables the Construction Types you are permitted to use in your building.
3. Skim the explanation of Construction Types that begins on page 304. Add notes to your list of permitted Construction Types to help you remember which specific structural materials and systems are associated with each Construction Type.
4. Continue the process of selecting a structural system by returning to pages 20Ð 29, which will help you identify one or more specific structural systems that might be appropriate for the building you are designing. Be sure your choices fall within one or another of the Construction Types you previously identified as permitted under the appropriate building code.
5. Follow the page references given with each choice of structural system to learn in detail what each system looks like and what its potentials and limitations are. With the information found here, you can begin adding a structural plan and sections to the design for your building, complete with spacings and approximate sizes of all the members.
6. If you need help in laying out the overall structural system, turn to page 31 and the pages that follow for general advice on configuring a structural system.
7. When you are satisfied that you have a good initial scheme for the structure of your building, move to the third section, Designing Spaces for Mechanical and Electrical Services, which begins on page 137. Decide first whether your building falls into the "large" or "small" category. Follow the references to the pages that correspond to this category, where you will find help in selecting a heating and cooling system. Follow through this section as far as you want to go, learning more about the characteristics of each system that seems appropriate and determining the sizes and configurations of the spaces it requires. Work these spaces for the mechanical and electrical systems into your developing design.
8. Use the information beginning on page 223, Designing with Daylight, to evaluate the suitability of daylight illumination to your project and its potential benefits. If you decide that daylighting is appropriate for your building, this section of the book will help you determine the impact of such systems on your building's form, inter-nal layout, and envelope design.
9. With the help of the fifth section, Designing for Egress, which begins on page 243, modify the circulation scheme of your building to meet code requirements for emergency egress.
10. By this time you should be finding your way through the book with ease, using the index tabs as your primary guideposts and the cross-references as clues to where to look for answers to your next questions.
As you gain experience with this book, developing your own patterns of use and adding notations wherever they are useful to you, it will become a personal handbook uniquely suited to your own way of creating buildings.
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