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Building Construction Illustratedby Francis D. K. Ching
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The classic visual guide to the basics of building construction, now with the most current information
For nearly 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 and equips readers with useful guidelines for approaching virtually any new materials or techniques they may encounter.
Laying out the material and structural choices available, it provides a full under–standing of how these choices affect a building's form and dimensions. 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.
With its comprehensive and lucid presentation of everything from foundations and floor systems to finish work, Building Construction Illustrated, Fourth 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.
Book News Annotation:
This time-tested introduction to the principles of building construction offers both written and visual descriptions of each stage of the design process, including site selection, building components, wall systems, mechanical systems, and finish work. Over 1,000 line drawings provide clear illustrations of the techniques and processes being described. The fourth edition reflects the Architecture 2030 Challenge, the LEED green building rating system, and the 2006 edition of the International Building Code. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This manual of residential and light construction includes step-by-step guidelines on the building site, foundation systems, moisture and thermal protection, and other techniques required. Features more than 1,000 illustrations.
Whether building a summer cottage in the woods or homesteading off the grid, this book gives readers a logical and sensible approach to building permanent shelter in out-of-the-way places. Including everything from choosing and clearing a site and creating an electrical power source, to clearing the land and creating a foundation, this book offers instruction on building an A-frame cabin or a rustic log cabin with a framed roof. Also included is a special section on designing small buildings to cope with Mother Nature, inlcuding earthquakes, heavy snow, high wind, and flooding.
For over thirty years, Building Construction Illustrated has offered an outstanding introduction to the principles of building construction. Now this Fourth Edition has been expertly revised and updated to address the latest advances in materials, building technology, and code requirements.
Updated and revised to include the latest knowledge on sustainability and 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.
This new edition of Building Construction Illustrated continues to offer the fundamental principles of construction materials and methods, presented in a rich and comprehensive manner that that is easy to comprehend. Whether involved with residential building or commercial construction, interior architecture or structural engineering, Building Construction Illustrated gives clear answers in a beautiful presentation.
About the Author
John Kelsey is a journalist, an editor, and a writer specializing in woodworking and furniture making. He is a former editor in chief of Fine Woodworking magazine, and the author of Furniture Projects for the Deck and Lawn and Kid Crafts: Woodworking. He currently serves as the Editorial Director for Fox Chapel Publishing.
Table of Contents
1. Getting Started
*Clearing the building site
*Removing logs, stumps and roots
*A foundation on poles
*Masonry piers for stronger supports
*A continuous block wall
2. Four simple structures
*A cottage of prefab panels
*A house suspended on poles
*A strong framed roof
*Ready-made roof framing
*Covering the roof
*A rustic log cabin
*Raising the walls
*Finishing the building
3. Making the Best of Nature\'s Worst
*Strengthening a house in earthquake country
*Tying a house together against the wind
*Lay of the land: clues to foil a flood
*Preparing for deep snow
4. Adding the Amenities
*Tapping a water supply
*Picking the right pump
*A submersible pump for a drilled well
*Putting in an all-purpose sink
*Simple waste disposal
*Heating with wood
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