The time-saving resource every architect needs
The Architect’s Studio Companion is a robust, user-friendly resource that keeps important information at your fingertips throughout the design process. It includes guidelines for the design of structure, environmental systems, parking, accessibility, and more. This new sixth edition has been fully updated with the latest model building codes for the U.S. and Canada, extensive new information on heating and cooling systems for buildings, and new structural systems, all in a form that facilitates rapid preliminary design. More than just a reference, this book is a true companion that no practicing architect or student should be without.
This book provides quick access to guidelines for systems that affect the form and spatial organization of buildings and allows this information to be incorporated into the earliest stages of building design. With it you can:
- Select, configure, and size structural systems
- Plan for building heating and cooling
- Incorporate passive systems and daylighting into your design
- Design for parking and meet code-related life-safety and accessibility requirements
Relying on straightforward diagrams and clear written explanations, the designer can lay out the fundamental systems of a building in a matter of minutes—without getting hung up on complicated technical concepts. By introducing building systems into the early stages of design, the need for later revisions or redesign is reduced, and projects stay on time and on budget. The Architect’s Studio Companion is the time-saving tool that helps you bring it all together from the beginning.
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About the Author
EDWARD ALLEN, FAIA, has been a member of the faculties of Yale University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has frequently taught as a guest at other institutions across the United States. He is the bestselling author of The Architects Studio Companion, Architectural Detailing, Form and Forces, and Fundamentals of Building Construction, all published by Wiley.
JOSEPH IANO is an author, illustrator, and practicing architect who has taught design and technology in schools of architecture throughout the United States. He has also worked in the construction trades. Currently, he heads a Seattle design firm that provides technical and quality management consulting. He has collaborated with Edward Allen on numerous publications, including Fundamentals of Building Construction.
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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.
Table of Contents
HOW TO USE THIS BOOK ix
SECTION 1 DESIGNING WITH BUILDING CODES 1
1. DESIGNING WITH BUILDING CODES 3
SECTION 2 DESIGNING THE STRUCTURE 19
1. SELECTING THE STRUCTURAL SYSTEM 21
2. CONFIGURING THE STRUCTURAL SYSTEM 37
3. SIZING THE STRUCTURAL SYSTEM 55
SECTION 3 DESIGNING WITH DAYLIGHT 139
1. DESIGN CRITERIA FOR DAYLIGHTING SYSTEMS 141
2. CONFIGURING AND SIZING DAYLIGHTING SYSTEMS 151
SECTION 4 DESIGNING SPACES FOR MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL SERVICES 159
1. SELECTING HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEMS FOR LARGE BUILDINGS 161
2. CONFIGURING AND SIZING MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL SERVICES FOR LARGE BUILDINGS 185
3. PASSIVE HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEMS 221
4. MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS FOR SMALL BUILDINGS 239
SECTION 5 DESIGNING FOR EGRESS AND ACCESSIBILITY 265
1. CONFIGURING THE EGRESS SYSTEM AND PROVIDING ACCESSIBLE ROUTES 267
2. SIZING THE EGRESS SYSTEM 301
3. STAIRWAY AND RAMP DESIGN 317
SECTION 6 DESIGNING FOR PARKING 333
1. DESIGN CRITERIA FOR PARKING FACILITIES 335
2. CONFIGURING PARKING FACILITIES 343
3. SIZING PARKING FACILITIES 355
SECTION 7 DESIGNING WITH HEIGHT AND AREA LIMITATIONS 369
1. HEIGHT AND AREA LIMITATIONS 371
2. HEIGHT AND AREA TABLES 391
EXAMPLE USE OF THIS BOOK 479
UNITS OF CONVERSION 485