European Building Construction Illustrated Paperback – 3 Jan 2014
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“If a highly descriptive and well illustrated guide to building construction is what you are after, look no further.” (Civil Engineering, 1 November 2014)
“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 to European building regulations and standards, 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
- References relevant building regulations and standards and the 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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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.
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.
Based in the States, Ching has been very influential in American architecture. Originally this book was published for guidance there. It looks at everything from foundations to the finished article. It was a great success and proved highly popular. I am not in the least surprised that Wiley, the publishers, decided to adapt it for use here, taking into account the UK and European building rules. I am only surprised they took so long! The result is this brilliant collaboration between Frank Ching and Mark Mulville.
This is a highly practical book and I would not recommend it to anyone whose interest in architecture is mostly of an aesthetic nature. While it is mainly aimed at architects, engineers, and students of architecture and design, and will generate tremendous local interest amongst them, I have little doubt, from personal experience, that it will provide valuable insight for the practical lay-person with its stress on visual presentation. It is a great addition to my growing library.
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