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European Building Construction Illustrated

European Building Construction Illustrated [Kindle Edition]

Francis D. K. Ching , Mark Mulville
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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“In summary, this European version of an established book is welcomed and deserves to take its place alongside more advanced and detailed texts on the shelves of students as well as university, college and office libraries.” (Building Engineer, April 2014) “This is a comprehensive primer” (The RIBA Journal, May 2014)

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The first European edition of Francis DK Ching’s classic visual guide to the basics of building construction.

For nearly four decades, the US publication Building Construction Illustrated has offered an outstanding introduction to the principles of building construction. This new European edition focuses on the construction methods most commonly used in Europe, referring largely to UK Building Regulations overlaid with British and European, while applying Francis DK Ching’s clear graphic signature style. It provides a coherent and essential primer, presenting all of the basic concepts underlying building construction and equipping readers with useful guidelines for approaching any new materials or techniques they may encounter.

European Building Construction Illustrated provides a comprehensive and lucid presentation of everything from foundations and floor systems to finish work. 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 1000 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 effectively communicate construction processes and materials
  • Provides an overview of the mainstream construction methods used in Europe
  • Based around the UK regulatory framework, the book refers to European level regulations where appropriate.
  • References leading environmental assessment methods of BREEAM and LEED, while outlining the Passive House Standard
  • Includes emerging construction methods driven by the sustainability agenda, such as structural insulated panels and insulating concrete formwork
  • Features a chapter dedicated to construction in the Middle East, focusing on the Gulf States

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 77853 KB
  • Print Length: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (11 Aug 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #297,461 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I requested this as I am a great fan of Ching's very accessible books on architectural history A Global History of Architecture and space, form and function Architecture: Form, Space, and Order. I am NOT a professional or student of architecture, just someone interested in the built environment and architectural drawing.

This book really is for the professional or trainee architect as it explores the nitty-gritty of specific architectural elements, from wall, floor, roof systems, to moisture and thermal protection, finish work and the provision of electrical and mechanical elements. All these are accompanied, of course, by Ching's very clear drawingsThe commentary is underpinned by reference to UK building regs and European requirements where appropriate. Because of its largely technical nature, this is not a text I am likely to look at very frequently and I have to confess that this is the first of Ching's books that I have found easy to put down. But that reflects my failure to recognise the book's very precise practical/theoretical purpose, not any weakness in the book.

I can't pretend I love the book, but that is simply because it is a ore specialised text than I had imagined: it certainly merits 5 stars for the clarity and inclusiveness of its detail, a real boon to any architecture student or newly qualified professional who would find this a very handy treasure trove of essential information and high quality illustrations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 1 May 2014
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Excellent reference textbook for any architect, both professional and trainee. An essential purchase for those with any interest or knowledge in construction or engineering. Recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reference for the construction enthusiast 29 April 2014
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This publication was of initial interest because what building construction I do get involved with, usually as a sideline to my normal work, is expected to reach industry standard. This book was ideal for reassuring me and my customers. It contains a vast amount of information, I can only judge it by areas I am familiar with, damp-proofing, timber joinery, for example. I was very impressed with the clear accurate way each topic was covered, and especially by the illustrations. They set this book ahead of the competition. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting and detailed 24 April 2014
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European Building Construction Illustrated by Francis DK Ching: This is an interesting book. I didn’t really know what to expect when I ordered this. As a fan of architecture, both visually and from TV shows such as Grand Designs I have always had an interest in this subject. This book is really aimed at the professional architect or builder. It is a very detailed illustrated guide to European architectural design, construction and specifications from a technical perspective. It is very detailed on measurements, regulations, weights & measures, etc, on all aspects of building construction techniques. Still I found it very interesting and if I ever get the chance to self-build am sure it will be an invaluable reference. However, this is an amateur viewpoint.
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By Ross Boardman VINE VOICE
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When you work with plans, even as an amateur, like me, you need to know if they are feasible. You can spend all day putting in the various places you want doors, floors, windows and stairs. It's almost fun to move things around when you designing a dream home. Then reality kicks in as you need to obey different rules.

First you need to understand the methods of construction. You cannot design a roof as a plane on a graphics package, you need to know which materials are in use and how they are put together. Likewise, is that staircase you are proposing of a standard in terms of it's slope and the correct components. Secondly, it has to be of a construction that complies with local building regulation.

This book covers all of this in a way that you know what all your options are. If you can find a method of construction that fits with your project, meets building regulations, can be costed and your contractor can understand, then you are able to build it. The diagrams that accompany the work are highly detailed and make you understand what considerations you have to make.

Aesthetically this is a beautiful book to look through. It is also highly thorough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best visual reference to construction 14 Mar 2014
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Francis Ching seems to have corned the market in beautiful looking visual books on architecture. I bought the first edition of this title years ago mainly because it looked so accessible with all the art by Cassandra Adams. Her work in later editions has been slightly enhanced and the original text which she hand-lettered is now set in Tekton.

What I find surprising, for a technical book, is that this is the first European edition, almost forty years since the original American title was published. Though there are many common elements to building in the US or Europe there are a some differences. For example: in the vehicular parking section in the US edition standard car dimensions are 1980 to 5485mm, in the European edition the a standard car is 1900 to 4500mm. Language plays its part too, in the US edition index there is a reference to a Rabbet joint, it's absent from the European edition index (it's a rebate joint) the US edition has a graphic of jalousie windows which are is not in the European edition. Elevators are common to both editions.

The book is an obvious choice for architectural students (as would be Ching's other great book:A Visual Dictionary of Architecture) or anyone interested in how buildings are erected. The hundreds of beautiful illustrations explain in precise detail what is going on inside and outside of a building. Visually I thought it was so much better than Chudley and Greeno's Building Construction Handbook which still seems to be using CAD art and type from the original 1988 edition.
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