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Building Construction Illustrated Paperback – 25 Apr 1991

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Product details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Van Nostrand Reinhold International; 2nd Ed edition (25 April 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0442234988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0442234980
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 22.2 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,080,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The original edition of this illustrated guide to building construction introduced the student of architecture and interested lay people to the basic principles of how buildings are built. It provided an overview of the major systems of a building, how each is constructed, and how each is influenced by its relationship to other systems. While this second edition retains this perspective, it updates information where appropriate, and includes coverage of basic structural steel, reinforced concrete, and curtain wall systems. It presents as clearly as possible the material and structural choices available to the designer, and how these choices affect a building's form and dimensions, and its relationship to its site. Since this visual imagery is implicitly a very important element in the presentation of the material, information in this second edition continues to be conveyed primarily through graphic illustrations.

This handbook is organized according to a building's major components and systems.

* The Building Site * The Building * Foundation Systems * Floor Systems * Wall Systems * Roof Systems * Doors and Windows * Thermal and Moisture Protection * Special Construction * Finish Work * Mechanical and Electrical Systems * Notes on Materials --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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The first edition was entirely hand-drawn (the 2nd ed. may be as well) and covers the difference between a hip and a gable roof, slabs, grade beams and other details of modern construction. If you want to know the difference between western platform and balloon framing, this is a fine book. It's primarily a reference book, but it could be read cover to cover.
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While beautifully written and extremely well presented, this book is written for American construction and is completely unsuitable for students studying construction technology in the UK because the terminology and even the units of measurement are simply WRONG. Any UK student relying on Ching for construction will get low marks because the work will be incorrect. If you want a good textbook Barry's Introduction to Construction of Buildings is the only one I have found that is comprehensively correct and up to date.
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This book gives simple guides to design work. Like a simplified "Graphic Standards". Ching offers super illustrations, lots of details and answers a lot of questions for me as an architecture student. I recommend to all designers.
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If you're an Architect student and you don't have this. Get it. It's phenomenal, the work that has gone into creating this biblical monstrosity guide to how buildings do ANYTHING/EVERYTHING blows my mind. It's an everlasting fountain of knowledge on this topic, the drawings are clear, the index is solid. As far as your degree goes you will never make a better investment.
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Lots of information.
Lots of explanatory drawings.
Easy to read and flick through.

I just wished there was a version using the metric system...
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I am currently following an Energy Assessor course and am not to familiar with building methods.This book gives all that detail in clear diagrams that i can understand [ and if i can then anybody should be able ]. I can certainly recommend this book to other beginners wanting to learn about building methods.
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perfect for any architecture student or related.
very cheap compared to most design books, grab one and keep it.
Gives so much help and understanding to construction, itll cover more than you think too, like solar shading etc...
One to keep for the personal library.
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