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Building Construction Illustrated Paperback – 17 Oct 2000

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Comprehensive and up–to–date–

the classic visual guide to the basics of building construction

For twenty–five years, Building Construction Illustrated has offered an outstanding introduction to the principles of building construction. Now this Third Edition has been expertly revised and updated to address the latest advances in materials, building technology, and code requirements.

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. Topics within each chapter are organized according to the CSI MasterFormat(TM), making the book extremely easy to use.

Special features of this edition include integrated coverage of environmentally friendly materials, sustainable building construction strategies, and ADA requirements, as well as the inclusion of both metric and standard U.S. measurements throughout the book.

With its clear presentation of the basic concepts underlying building construction, Building Construction Illustrated, Third 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.

About the Author

FRANCIS D.K. CHING is a registered architect and a professor at the University of Washington. He is the author of six highly successful architecture books, including Design Drawing and Architectural Graphics, all published by Wiley. CASSANDRA ADAMS is an architect and consultant in construction management and ecological design. She has taught architecture, construction, and environmental courses at the University of Washington and the University of California–Berkeley.


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Excellent book, good graphics, concise yet comprehensive - but it is an American book, so U.K. readers should back it up with something like Chudley/Greeno's "Building Construction Handbook".
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By Robin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Nov. 2002
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I bought the first edition of this book years ago and what attracted me to it was the very accessible way it was produced, it just looked so inviting. Francis Ching writes about technical matters in a simple straightforward style and Cassandra Adams illustrations are a joy to look at. She produced the entire book (except for the bar-code) by hand, cover, title page, contents, index and drew over a thousand technical illustrations and even hand wrote the detailed captions. This latest updated edition uses the same illustrations but the text is now typeset in a typeface (Tekton, I think) very similar to her handwritten style.

As other reviewers have said this is not a book for the DIY handyman but a guide to construction basics (though essentially in the US) chapters deal with the site, the building, foundations, floors, walls, roofs, moisture protection, doors and windows, finish work, mechanical and electrical, materials. The thirty-two page Appendix gives addition technical information, followed by a ten page index.

I do have one very minor criticism of this latest edition though, for some odd reason the publisher's have decided to print all the illustrations in a tint of black which detracts them from their original beauty. However this will not stop readers from enjoying and learning from a unique looking book that can hardly be improved on. A masterpiece.
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Idiot overseas lecturer recommended this- and then failed anyone who referred to it.Very pretty, but useless because American- use Chudley so that your work conforms to regs. Waste of money...grrrr.
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I really like this book....only reason it doesn't have the full 5 stars, is because it was obviously intended for an American market, and as such some terms, and details are not relevant/typical of UK construction.
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I read this book in library when I was studying in University of Southern California in Los Angeles and was looking for a book on architecture in real world. I loved it, I bought it many years later simply because I loved to have it in my book collection. It turned out to be a very good buy. The illustrations are great! Ching has a great talent to simplify complicated issues and make them very easy to understand.

Gang Chen, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Author of "Architectural Practice Simplified," "LEED GA Exam Guide," "Planting Design Illustrated," and other books on various LEED exams, architecture, and landscape architecture
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