Building ConstructionPrinciples, Materials, & Systems: International Edition
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The science of building construction and design is evolving more quickly than ever before. The second edition of this outstanding text builds on the previous version. It incorporates the latest updates available, features hundreds of new pieces of artwork, and is now in FULL COLOR! Written by an author team with decades of experience in architecture, building construction, engineering, and teaching, Building Construction: Principles, Materials & Systems 2nd Edition is a comprehensive and fully illustrated introduction to construction methods and materials.
Continuing on with the books unique organization, Principles of Construction are covered in Part One and Materials and Systems of Construction are covered in Part Two. Emphasizing 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 readers are sure to appreciate.
Plus! A completely revamped and expanded companion website, "MyConstructionKit", is also available!
Part 1: Principles
Chapter 1 An Overview of the Building Delivery Process—How Buildings Come into Being
Chapter 2 Construction Regulations and Standards
Chapter 3 Loads on Buildings
Chapter 4 Load Resistance—The Structural Properties of Materials
Chapter 5 Properties of the Envelope–I: Thermal Properties
Chapter 6 Properties of the Envelope–II: Air and Water Vapor Control
Chapter 7 Fire-Related Properties
Chapter 8 Acoustical Properties of Materials
Chapter 9 Principles of Joints and Sealants (Expansion and Contraction Control)
Chapter 10 Principles of Sustainable Construction
Part 2: Materials and Systems
Chapter 11 Soils and Excavations
Chapter 12 Below-Grade Construction: Foundation Systems and Basements
Chapter 13 Materials for Wood Construction–I (Lumber)
Chapter 14 Materials for Wood Construction–II (Engineered Wood, Fasteners, and Connectors)
Chapter 15 Wood Light Frame Construction–I
Chapter 16 Wood Light Frame Construction–II
Chapter 17 Structural Insulated Panel System Construction
Chapter 18 The Material Steel and Steel Components
Chapter 19 Structural Steel Construction
Chapter 20 Light-Gauge Steel Construction
Chapter 21 Lime, Portland Cement, and Concrete
Chapter 22 Concrete Construction–I (Formwork, Reinforcement and Slabs-on-Ground)
Chapter 23 Concrete Construction–II (Site-Cast and Precast Concrete Systems)
Chapter 24 Masonry Materials–I (Mortar and Brick)
Chapter 25 Masonry Materials–II (Concrete Masonry Units, Natural Stone, and Glass Masonry Units)
Chapter 26 Masonry and Concrete Bearing Wall Construction
Chapter 27 Exterior Wall Cladding–I (Principles of Rainwater Infiltration Control)
Chapter 28 Exterior Wall Cladding–II (Masonry, Precast Concrete, and GFRC)
Chapter 29 Exterior Wall Cladding–III (Stucco, EIFS, Natural Stone, and Insulated Metal Panels)
Chapter 30 Glass, Glazing and Light-Transmitting Plastics
Chapter 31 Windows and Doors
Chapter 32 Exterior Wall Cladding–IV (Glass-Aluminum Wall Systems)
Chapter 33 Roofing–I (Low-Slope Roofs)
Chapter 34 Roofing–II (Steep Roofs)
Chapter 35 Stairs
Chapter 36 Floor Coverings
Chapter 37 Ceilings
Appendix A System of Units
Appendix B Preliminary Sizing of Structural Members
References and Further Reading
Answers to Quizzes
Organization and Approach
- Now FULL COLOR throughout!
- A unique organization creates an unparalleled exploration of building construction—principles of construction are covered in Part 1, and materials and systems of construction are covered in Part 2—providing students with a balanced learning approach.
- A focus on principles in Part 1 emphasizes the basic principles common to the performance of most building materials. By doing this in the classroom, the authors have experienced that they can preclude or reduce repetition when progressing from one material or system to another later on in the course. This focus also encourages critical thinking and informed decision making related to building materials and methods of construction. These principles will sustain over time even as materials and systems/assemblies are bound to change.
- The logical organization in Part 2 presents the materials and systems in an order based on the extent of their use in the working world.
- Sustainability has always been a cornerstone of coverage in this modern text. A comprehensive chapter and thorough integration of content is featured throughout.
- Extensive cross-referencing allows for quick and thorough referencing from Part 2 (Materials and Systems) to the underlying principles in Part 1(Principles of Construction). This gives instructors and students maximum flexibility and the ability to start with Part 2 if they prefer. This may be particularly appealing for a one semester course.
Content, Illustrations, and Pedagogy
- Hundreds of original photographs and drawings have been developed specifically for this text—clearly illustrating difficult concepts and ideas.
- An extra large trim size of 9” x 12” allows for an open and inviting layout so students can learn easily and effortlessly.
- Numerous examples with solutions prepare students for exams and real-world applications.
- Principles in Practice sections demonstrate practical applications of key concepts and reinforce the fundamentals that will sustain over time.
- A chapter on “Sustainable Construction” and the Focus on Sustainability boxes highlighted throughout the text address contemporary “green” issues that face the construction industry today.
- Practice Quizzes are integrated within each chapter allowing readers to test their comprehension before moving on to additional concepts.
- Expand Your Knowledge boxes offer readers the opportunity to learn more about a relevant topic being discussed in the main body of the text.
- Margin Notes include additional information and help clarify selected topics.
- End of chapter Key Terms, Review Questions, Selected Websites and suggestions for Further Reading make studying for exams or doing additional research a breeze.
Author Team and Development Process
- A uniquely qualified author team builds on the professional experience of an architect, engineer, construction site manager and academic.
- A team of expert technical reviewers participated in an unparalleled review process—one where field experts reviewed raw manuscript for technical and conceptual accuracy.
- Another team of experienced educators contributed exhaustive insights during the development process—insights and suggestions that were later incorporated into the book.
Madan Mehta, B.Arch., M.Bdg.Sc., Ph.D., P.E., is a faculty member at the School of Architecture, University of Texas at Arlington, and teaches courses in construction and structures. He was previously the Director of the Architectural Engineering Program at King Fahd University, Saudi Arabia. A licensed professional engineer (Texas), Fellow of the Institute of Architects (India), and Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, he has worked in India, Australia, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, and the United States. With academic credentials in both architecture and engineering, he ran a comprehensive architecture/engineering practice while working as a faculty member at the Delhi School of Architecture, and he worked for a large general contractor in the United States during a leave of absence. He is the author of several full-length books and monographs on building construction, architectural structures, and architectural engineering.
Walter R. Scarborough, CSI, SCIP, AIA, is Vice President and Regional Manager for Hall Building Information Group, LLC. He is a specifications consultant and registered architect (Texas) with over 35 years of comprehensive technical architectural experience in specifications, document production, and construction contract administration. He has produced documents and administered construction for a large number and variety of building types. Previously the Director of Specifications for 10 years for one of the largest architectural firms in the world, he was responsible for building sciences research, manager of a department of specifiers, and master specification development and maintenance, in addition to being the specifier for major healthcare, sports, detention, municipal, and commercial projects, some valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars. He is active in the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) at the local level (past president, secretary, and technical director) and national level (Education Committee and Practice Guide Task team), holds several CSI certifications, is Chairman of the Institute’s Education Committee, was awarded CSI’s prestigious J. Norman Hunter Memorial Award for advancing building sciences and specifications, and is the revision author for CSI’s Project Delivery Practice Guide and its associated education program.
Diane Armpriest, M.L.A., M. Arch., is Associate Professor and Chair, Faculty of Architecture and Interior Design, College of Art and Architecture, University of Idaho. Before joining the faculty in 2001, she worked as an architectural project manager, and as a project developer and construction manager for neighborhood nonprofit housing providers. Her teaching and research interests include the pedagogy of architectural building construction technology, the expression of structure and materials in Northwest regional architecture, and the relationship between building and site. Previously, she was Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Cincinnati. Highlights of her work there include research in resource-efficient design and construction and working with students on design-build projects.