Building Construction Illustrated / Edition 4 available in Paperback
The classic visual guide to the basics of building construction, now with the most current information
For nearly three decades, Building Construction Illustrated has offered an outstanding introduction to the principles of building construction. This new edition of the revered classic remains as relevant as everproviding the latest information in Francis D.K. Ching's signature style. Its rich and comprehensive approach clearly presents all of the basic concepts underlying building construction and equips readers with useful guidelines for approaching virtually any new materials or techniques they may encounter.
Laying out the material and structural choices available, it provides a full understanding of how these choices affect a building's form and dimensions. Complete with more than 1,000 illustrations, the book moves through each of the key stages of the design process, from site selection to building components, mechanical systems, and finishes.
- Illustrated throughout with clear and accurate drawings that present the state of the art in construction processes and materials
- Updated and revised to include the latest knowledge on sustainability, incorporation of building systems, and use of new materials
- Archetypal drawings offer clear inspiration for designers and drafters
- Reflects the most current building codes and CSI Master Format numbering scheme
With its comprehensive and lucid presentation of everything from foundations and floor systems to finish work, Building Construction Illustrated, Fourth Edition equips students and professionals in all areas of architecture and construction with useful guidelines for approaching virtually any new materials or techniques they may encounter in building planning, design, and construction.
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About the Author
FRANCIS D.K. CHING is Professor Emeritus of Architecture at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is the bestselling author and coauthor of numerous architecture and design books, including Architectural Graphics; Building Codes Illustrated; Architecture: Form, Space, and Order; A Visual Dictionary of Architecture; A Global History of Architecture; Building Structures Illustrated; and Design Drawing. Mr. Ching's works have been translated into more than eleven languages and are recognized for their clear explanations and graphic presentations of complex material.
Table of ContentsThe Building Site.
Moisture and Thermal Protection.
Doors and Windows.
Mechanical and Electrical Systems.
Notes on Materials.
The first edition of this illustrated guide to building construction introduced students and builders of architecture to the fundamental principles that govern how buildings are erected. The second edition provided a more expansive survey of building construction by adding coverage of structural steel, reinforced concrete, and curtain wall systems. This third edition remains a comprehensive introduction to the principles underlying building construction, refines the graphic format and organization of the first two editions, and incorporates the following changes.
- Chapter 2 expands the discussion of structural principles, elements, and systems.
- Chapter 3 includes coverage of pile and caisson foundation systems.
- Chapters 4, 5, and 6 are reorganized to conform more closely to the Masterformat system established by The Constructions Specifications Institute (CSI) for organizing construction information.
- Chapter 7 now includes coverage of external cladding and siding systems, while Chapter 10 focuses on interior finishes.
- CSI Masterformat section numbers are referenced wherever they apply to a building material or construction activity.
- The Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines are provided not only in the Appendix but integrated as well throughout the various chapters wherever appropriate.
It would be nearly impossible to cover all building materials and construction techniques, but the information presented herein should be applicable to most residential and commercial construction situations encountered today. Construction techniques continue to adjust to the development of new building materials, products, and standards. What does not change are the fundamental principles that underlie building construction. This illustrated guide focuses on these principles which can serve as guideposts when evaluating and applying new information encountered in the planning, design, and construction of a building.
Each building element, component, or system is described in terms of its end use. The specific form, quality, capability, and availability of an element or component will vary with manufacturer and locale. It is therefore important to always follow the manufacturer's recommendation in the use of a material or product and to pay careful attention to the building code requirements in effect for the use and location of a planned building. It is the user's responsibility to ascertain the appropriateness of the information contained in this handbook and to judge its fitness for any particular purpose. Seek the expert advice of a professional when needed.
The International System of Units is an internationally accepted system of coherent physical units, using the meter, kilogram, second, ampere, kelvin, and candela as the base units of length, mass, time, electric current, temperature, and luminous intensity. To acquaint the reader with the International System of Units, metric equivalents are provided throughout this book according to the following conventions:
- All whole numbers in parentheses indicate millimeters unless otherwise noted.
- Dimensions 3 inches and greater are rounded to the nearest multiple of 5 millimeters.
- Nominal dimensions are directly converted; for example, a nominal 2x4 is converted to 51 x 100 even though its actual 1-1/2" x 3-1/2" dimensions would be converted to 38 x 90.
- Note that 3487 mm = 3.847 m.
- In all other cases, the metric unit of measurement is specified.
- Refer to the Appendix for metric conversion factors.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Buy the hard copy if you actually read the material and study the diagrams. The image quality is awful and once you zoom in, you can't scroll down to see/read the rest of the page. I have the Nook app for my Mac, not sure if that makes a difference. I have purchased other construction books and have no problem, this one in particular was a complete waste of money.