Building Construction Illustrated Paperback – 17 Oct 2000
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From the Back Cover
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this on the basis of reviews as I wanted to understand building construction a little clearer as seen through the eyes of the uninitiated. Read morePublished on 24 Jun. 2014 by Leo Fender was a genius says -
No problems, book in a good condition. Contains basics for architecture students. Very well organized, clear. Loads of illustrations. Worth buying it.Published on 20 Mar. 2013 by Jana Kefurtova
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