Building Construction Illustrated 4th Edition by Ching
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Building Construction Illustrated 4th Edition by Ching

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Building Construction Illustrated Contents

  • The Building Site
  • The Building
  • Foundation Systems
  • Floor Systems
  • Wall Systems
  • Roof Systems
  • Moisture & Thermal Protection
  • Doors & Windows
  • Special Construction
  • Finish Work
  • Mechanical & Electrical Systems
  • Notes On Materials
  • Appendix

Preface to Building Construction Illustrated Fourth Edition

The first edition of this illustrated guide to building construction introduced students and builders of architecture to the fundamental principles that govern how buildings are erected.

The second edition provided a more expansive survey of building construction by adding coverage of structural steel, reinforced concrete, and curtain wall systems.

The third edition remained a comprehensive introduction to the principles underlying building construction while refining the graphic format and organization of the first two editions, incorporating an expanded discussion of structural principles, elements,

and systems and coverage of pile and caisson foundation systems, and referencing the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines and the MasterFormat™ system established by the Constructions Specifications Institute (CSI) for organizing construction information.

A common thread that wove itself through the first three editions and continues in this fourth edition is the attitude that buildings and sites should be planned and developed in an environmentally sensitive manner, responding to context and climate to reduce their reliance on active environmental control systems and the energy they consume.

To this end, this text describes the Architecture 2030 Challenge and outlines the LEED® Green Building Rating System™ in Chapter One, and references specific LEED criteria wherever appropriate.

Additional enhancements for this edition include updating section numbers to correspond to the 2004 edition of the CSI MasterFormat™ system, complying with the requirements of the 2006 edition of the International Building Code®, introducing green roof systems, and expanding the discussion of the rain screen principle and its application in exterior cladding systems.

It would be nearly impossible to cover all building materials and construction techniques, but the information presented herein should be applicable to most residential and commercial construction situations encountered today.

Construction techniques continue to adjust to the development of new building materials, products, and standards.

What does not change are the fundamental principles that underlie building elements and systems are constructed.

This illustrated guide focuses on these principles, which can serve as guideposts when evaluating and applying new information encountered in the planning, design, and construction of a building. Each building element, component, or system is described in terms of its end-use.

The specific form, quality, capability, and availability of an element or component will vary with manufacturer and locale.

It is therefore important to always follow the manufacturer’s recommendation in the use of a material or product and to pay careful attention to the building code requirements in effect for the use and location of a planned building.

It is the user’s responsibility to ascertain the appropriateness of the information contained in this handbook and to judge its fitness for any particular purpose. Seek the expert advice of a professional when needed. 

Metric Equivalents

The International System of Units is an internationally accepted system of coherent physical units, using the meter, kilogram, second, ampere, kelvin, and candela as the base units of length, mass, time, electric current, temperature, and luminous intensity.

To acquaint the reader with the International System of Units, metric equivalents are provided throughout this book according to the following conventions:

  • All whole numbers in parentheses indicate millimeters unless otherwise noted.
  • Dimensions 3 inches and greater are rounded to the nearest multiple of 5 millimeters.
  • Nominal dimensions are directly converted; for example, a nominal 2 x 4 is converted to 51 x 100 even though its actual 1-1 /2" x 3-1 /2" dimensions would be converted to 38 x 90.
  • Note that 3487 mm = 3.847 m.
  • In all other cases, the metric unit of measurement is specified.
  • Refer to the Appendix for metric conversion factors.

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