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Building Construction Illustrated Paperback – 7 Mar 2008

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 4th Edition edition (7 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470087811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470087817
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.8 x 27.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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“…does exactly what it says on the cover…skilfully detailed illustrations, comprehensive definitions and general construction advice on practical matters”. Building Engineer August 2008

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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 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 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 under–standing 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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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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anyone who has seen or used these books before will know what a fantastic resourse they are

brilliant detailing, excellent for technicians, architects and designers alike

well worth the money
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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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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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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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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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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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I used this book when I was doing my degree in Architecture and it saved my life when it came to articulating the technical build up of components and it helped me understand details. The images are clear and the accompanying text is easy to understand. Francis D. K. Ching always produces great books.
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