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Building Construction Illustrated [Paperback]

Francis D. K. Ching
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25 Mar 2014
The classic visual guide to the basics of building construction, now with a 3D digital building model for interactive learning For over 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 ever, providing 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. New to this edition are digital enhancements delivered as an online companion to the print edition and also embedded in e–book editions. Features include a 3D model showing how building components come together in a final project. llustrated 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 Contains archetypal drawings that offer clear inspiration for designers and drafters Reflects the 2012 International Building Codes and 2012 LEED system This new edition of Building Construction Illustrated remains as relevant as ever, with the most current knowledge presented in a rich and comprehensive manner that does not disappoint.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 5th Edition edition (25 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118458346
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118458341
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.5 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 261,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The classic visual guide to core principles of building construction, now with a Companion Web Site Building Construction Illustrated is the go–to resource for answers to questions about the basic concepts underlying every construction project. With rich illustrations and detailed discussions of building concepts, this book gives you the knowledge you need to succeed in residential and commercial construction, architecture, and structural engineering. This new edition of the revered industry standard remains as relevant as everproviding the latest information in renowned author Francis D.K. Chings signature style that blends in–depth content and extraordinary illustration. Ching also expands on his decades–long commitment to environmentally–sensitive construction principles designed to reduce reliance on active environmental control systems and the energy they consume. With detailed instructions, beautiful graphic presentation, and access to new, interactive digital content, Building Construction Illustrated includes: Core, introductory information about construction materials and methodstopics covered in architectural and building technology education and learned by designers, technologists, and managers. Clear and accurate drawings that illustrate state–of–the–art construction processes andmaterialsupdated and revised to include the latest knowledge on sustainability,incorporation of building systems, and use of new materials. A digital 3–D model showing how building components are assembledoffered in acompanion web site: Whether you are brushing up on the basics or looking for inspiring new construction ideas, Chings Building Construction Illustrated is an essential reference guide.

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. Chings works have been translated into more than eleven languages and are recognized for their clear explanations and graphic presentations of complex material.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Its the best book for beginners 15 July 2014
By Joanna
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Its the best book for beginners ! I use it while studying Architectural Technology and Construction Managment and it really has answers to most of my questions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 1 Aug 2014
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Brilliant Thank you
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3.0 out of 5 stars hairline print 27 Feb 2014
By Steve Phlegar - Published on
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I have found the two earlier editions on my shelf to be absolutely invaluable ~ they are disintegrating from heavy use. But, I'm afraid that the old ones will wear even more, because the hair line print, both the text and the drawings in this edition (undoubtedly the best edition yet for content) is a chore. I don't know what they were thinking ~ going green by saving ink? I'm going to try to adapt to the pale gray but I'm not optimistic about succeeding. A return may ultimately be in order along with the purchase of a new copy of an older more legible edition. Two point five stars for now, but will re-comment if I find it to be keeper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource 27 Mar 2014
By Gauda - Published on
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I've been a fan of Ching and this book specifically for years. I've "borrowed" my brother's copy he used for school many times. He finally had to ask for it back.

This book is a great, really great resource. Certainly for a school setting, but also for a homeowner or DIY person. No, it won't make you a contractor, but it will definitely provide the basics of what is/isn't allowed, how a structure works, materials, etc. In fact, I think this book is so comprehensive that it can be a little hard to follow the text, even though it isn't poorly written and the topic isn't esoteric. There's just so much information at times I find myself a bit overwhelmed. This is when I take a small break and then get back to it.

This edition includes newer, more relevant content about "sustainable" building, recent developments in technology and building materials, as well as a companion website. If you're a serious DIY person or want to tackle a larger project, I think this book is a must have as it will provide far more information than an episode on HGTV or a seminar at the larger home centers. If you're a student in architecture or similar areas then this is probably part of your book list.

I really like this new edition, however, I DO agree with the other review about the print. It certainly is more faint and a little harder to read than the print in my brother's book (probably ten years old now). This is really the only bad thing I can say about it, but content wise, editing, writing, illustrations, I can't complain. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The content is excellent. The font used is absolutely horrendous and makes the book nearly unreadable 2 April 2014
By M. Erb - Published on
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I have been looking for a book such as this for years. I was not aware of this book until it became available to me in the Amazon Vine program.

It's a very comprehensive book that covers all aspects of building construction. And by comprehensive, I mean exactly that. It covers everything from the building site to foundations, floor systems, wall systems, roof systems, moisture & thermal protection, doors & windows, finish work, mechanical & electrical systems and notes on materials.

If you've been curious about what it takes to plan and construct a building but you're not a contractor, this is a great overview. Perhaps you won't be fully equipped to build a garage or shed if you've never built one before or had any experience in construction. But at the very least this will get you up to speed with the lingo and concepts involved in construction. It will enable you to communicate more easily with an architect or contractor if you are having a house built. If nothing else, it is a wonderful way to learn more about building construction if you are not really into building construction.

The content in this book is excellent. It is illustrated very well.

What is not excellent is the font used throughout the book, I can barely read this. The font weight is very thin and the font face is horrendous, I don't think the publisher could have chosen a worse font if they had tried.

I very nearly rated this book 2 stars because of the difficulty I am having reading it. But the content is king so I've given it 4 stars. If legibility is top on your list, then you will definitely be disappointed in this book no matter how good the content is.

I recommend this book with reservations.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Updated and definitive reference of building construction 13 May 2014
By hyytekk - Published on
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Anyone studying building design, construction and sustainability would be well advised to have this reference in their library for perusal to clarify fine points or just to better understand the latest developments. The scope is comprehensive and well illustrated with diagrams and graphics, as most reviewers have detailed. Anyone familiar with blue prints is familiar with the preferred and traditional script and fonts used. A similar, almost cursive style of font was chosen in this book's printing and is consistent and attractive. However, the very small size of the font and fineness of the line construction, no doubt to conserve a smaller and manageable footprint and page count, renders the reference as a whole excruciatingly difficult to read. Perhaps with so many noting the same difficulty, future printings will adjust the font and format. For content, there is little argument this is a five star reference. For usability, it is perhaps 3 minus. A wealth of information by the master, Mr. Ching, with an unfortunate usability issue.
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful book 12 Jun 2014
By Henfie - Published on
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This book provides many details and illustrations for easier understanding and reference. However, the book was a little difficult to read because of the font, which I found slightly irritating. Still, this book is great for technical details, especially for starting architecture students.
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