While construction details can add to the style and aesthetic appeal of a building, they are useless unless they can successfully provide the basic functional requirements of satisfying the building’s purpose, protecting against the elements, providing durable interior finishes, and making construction efficient and economical. Most building problems and outright failures occur because of poorly designed or constructed details.
Although detailing is vitally important for preventing problems, it is becoming a lost art at the same time that it is becoming more complex due to the proliferation of new materials and construction techniques, more stringent energy and sustainability requirements, and safety and security concerns. Architecture schools rarely provide students with the fundamental grounding in detailing and specifying or spend as much time on them as on design and other subjects.
In architectural practice, final detailing is often left until the end of the design and documents phases, when time and money are limited, for their thorough development. The Architect’s Handbook of Construction Detailing provides architects, interior designers, contractors, students, and others involved with the construction industry with a convenient source of detailing and specification information on hundreds of commonly used details and materials.
Although no one book can provide all the details that are used in construction, the Architect’s Handbook of Construction Detailing provides basic detail configurations that can be used as the basis for project-specific detail development. Because detailing is closely tied to specifying, this book also provides fundamental material data and information.
The written information is coordinated with the illustrated details in a keynote format. The current edition of this book updates and expands features in the first edition. Details have been revised to reflect new technologies and more stringent requirements for energy conservation. New sections have been added on concrete with insulation, autoclaved aerated concrete, glass fiber reinforced concrete panels, precast concrete with insulation, multistory wood framing, structural insulated panels, vegetated protected membrane roofing, weather barrier concepts, thermoplastic polyolefin roofing, fire-resistant glazing, proprietary gypsum wallboard slip joints, and laminate flooring.
The keynoting system has been updated from the previous Construction Specifications Institute’s five-digit MasterFormatTM numbering system to the current six-digit system. All illustrations have been redrawn and industry standard references, including ASTM and ANSI standards, have been updated, as have the sources for information in the appendices.
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