Building Construction Illustrated

Building Construction Illustrated

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The classic visual guide to the basics of building construction, now with a 3D digital building model for interactive learning For over 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. New to this edition are digital enhancements delivered as an online companion to the print edition and also embedded in e-book editions. Features include a 3D model showing how building components come together in a final project.
* llustrated 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 * Contains archetypal drawings that offer clear inspiration for designers and drafters * Reflects the 2012 International Building Codes and 2012 LEED system This new edition of Building Construction Illustrated remains as relevant as ever, with the most current knowledge presented in a rich and comprehensive manner that does not disappoint.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 219 x 280 x 22mm | 1,286g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 5th Edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1118458346
  • 9781118458341
  • 128,253

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Building Construction Illustrated is the go-to resource for answers to questions about the basic concepts underlying every construction project. With rich illustrations and detailed discussions of building concepts, this book gives you the knowledge you need to succeed in residential and commercial construction, architecture, and structural engineering.

This new edition of the revered industry standard remains as relevant as ever--providing the latest information in renowned author Francis D.K. Ching's signature style that blends in-depth content and extraordinary illustration. Ching also expands on his decades-long commitment to environmentally-sensitive construction principles designed to reduce reliance on active environmental control systems and the energy they consume.

With detailed instructions, beautiful graphic presentation, and access to new, interactive digital content, Building Construction Illustrated includes:

Core, introductory information about construction materials and methods--topics covered in architectural and building technology education and learned by designers, technologists, and managers.

Clear and accurate drawings that illustrate state-of-the-art construction processes and materials--updated and revised to include the latest knowledge on sustainability, incorporation of building systems, and use of new materials.

A digital 3-D model showing how building components are assembled--offered in a companion web site:

Whether you are brushing up on the basics or looking for inspiring new construction ideas, Ching's Building Construction Illustrated is an essential reference guide.
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Table of contents

Preface 1 The Building Site 2 The Building 3 Foundation Systems 4 Floor Systems 5 Wall Systems 6 Roof Systems 7 Moisture & Thermal Protection 8 Doors & Windows 9 Special Construction 10 Finish Work 11 Mechanical & Electrical Systems' 12 Notes on Materials A Appendix Bibliography Index
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About Francis D. K. Ching

FRANCIS D.K. CHING is Professor Emeritus of Architecture at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is the bestselling author and coauthor of numerous architecture and design books, including Architectural Graphics; Building Codes Illustrated; Architecture: Form, Space, and Order; A Visual Dictionary of Architecture; A Global History of Architecture; Building Structures Illustrated; and Design Drawing. Mr. Ching s works have been translated into more than eleven languages and are recognized for their clear explanations and graphic presentations of complex material.
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