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Building Construction : Principles, Materials, and Systems

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For one or two semester courses in Construction Methods and Materials and Design courses in Architecture.

This book's unique two-part organization provides an unparalleled exploration of building construction. By first focusing on basic principles (Part One), it sets the groundwork for the presentation of materials and methods of construction (Part Two). Part One emphasizes basic principles common to the performance of most materials; Part Two deals primarily with specific materials and assemblies. This organization fosters a real understanding of general concepts and develops skills that will sustain over time. Written by an author team with decades of professional and academic experience in architecture, building construction, engineering, training and teaching this outstanding new product emphasizes a visual approach to learning. It includes more than 1,400 original illustrations and an extra large trim size (9" x 12") that provides an open and inviting layout that students are sure to appreciate.
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  • Hardback | 1008 pages
  • 236.22 x 304.8 x 43.18mm | 2,834.94g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 0130494216
  • 9780130494214

Table of contents

Table of Contents


1. An Overview of the Building Delivery Process

2. Governmental Constraints on Construction

3. Loads on Buildings

4. Load Resistance-The Structural Properties of Materials

5. Thermal Properties of Materials

6. Air Leakage and Water Vapor Control

7. Fire-Related Properties

8. Acoustical Properties of Materials

9. Principles of Joints and Sealants (Expansion and Contraction Control)

10. Principles of Sustainable Construction


11. Materials for Wood Construction-I (Lumber)

12. Materials for Wood Construction-II (Manufactured Wood Products, Fasteners and Connectors)

13. Wood Light Frame Construction-I

14. Wood Light Frame Construction-II

15. Structural Insulated Panel System

16. The Material Steel and Structural Steel Construction

17. Light-Gauge Steel Construction

18. Lime, Portland Cement and Concrete

19. Concrete Construction-I (Formwork Reinforcement and Slabs-on-Ground)

20. Concrete Construction-II (Site-Cast and Precast Concrete Framing Systems)

21. Soils; Foundation and basement Construction

22. Masonry Materials-I ( Mortar and Brick)

23. Masonry Materials-II ( Concrete Masonry Units, Natural Stone and Glass Masonry Units)

24. Masonry and Concrete Bearing Wall Construction

25. Rainwater Infiltration Control in Exterior Walls

26. Exterior Wall Cladding-I (Masonry, Precast Concrete, GFRC and Prefabricated Masonry)

27. Exterior Wall Cladding-II (Stucco, EIFS, Natural Stone and Insulated Metal Panels)

28. Transparent Materials ( Glass and Light-Transmitting Plastics)

29. Windows and Doors

30. Glass-Aluminum Wall Systems

31. Roofing-I ( Low-Slope Roofs)

32. Roofing-II (Steep Roofs)

33. Stairs

34. Floors Coverings

35. Ceilings

APPENDIX A - SI System and U.S. System of Units

APPENDIX B - Preliminary Sizing of Structural Members


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About Walter Scarborough

B. Arch, University of Roorkee, India
M. Building Science, University of Sydney, Australia
Ph.D., University of Liverpool, U.K.

Member of the UT-Arlington faculty since 1985. Licensed Professional Engineer (State of Texas); Fellow, Indian Institute of Architects and Registered Architect; Member, The National Society of Professional Engineers (USA) and the Construction Specification Institute (USA). Graduate Advisor in Architecture, 1986-1991. Previously taught at The School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi as professor, and at The University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, as Director of the Architectural Engineering Program. Prior planning, design, and construction practice in New Delhi. Received Outstanding Teacher Award, University of Petroleum and Minerals, 1985, and the Top Award from the Government of India in the Low Cost Housing Design Ideas Competition, 1975.

Master of Architecture, University of Oregon 1997
Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon 1983
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Oregon 1983
BS Geography, University of Oregon 1972

Professor Armpriest's teaching and research interests are in architectural construction materials and methods, the expression of structure and materials in northwest regional architecture, architectural design, and the relationship between building systems and the natural systems and processes of the site.

Associate Professor,Dept. of Architecture, University of Idaho, 2006 to present
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Architecture, University of Idaho, 2001 to 2006
Project Manager, Gary Moye Architect, Eugene, Oregon 1997-2001
Housing developer/construction manager, non-profit housing projects 1994-96
Associate professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Cincinnati, 1985-1992

Vice President and Director of Specifications
HKS Architects

Walter Scarborough has almost 30 years of comprehensive experience in architecture and building construction, and has worked in contract document production, construction contract administration, and architectural specifications. He has been with HKS (over 1,000 employees, 14 US offices, and 2 international offices) for over 20 years. Projects he has worked on include a variety of building types: healthcare, office buildings, sports, recreational, convention centers, entertainment, hospitality, justice and detention, educational, and banks. As director of specifications, he is responsible for product research, new master specification development, and maintaining a standard of building product quality; and also has overview responsibilities for a dozen specifiers that produce specifications for HKS projects.

Bachelor of Architecture, Urban Design Option
Texas Tech University

Registered Architect: Texas

CSI - Construction Specifications Institute
AIA - American Institute of Architects

CSI Certifications
CDT - Construction Documents Technologist
CCS - Certified Construction Specifier
CCCA - Certified Construction Contract Administrator
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