Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods

Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods 

Edward Allen

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This book is about the materials and methods of building construction. Throughout it, alternative ways of building are described: different structural systems, different methods of building enclosure, and different interior finishes. Each has characteristics that distinguish it from the alternatives. Sometimes the material is selected chiefly for its visual qualities, as in choosing one type of granite over another, selecting a particular color of paint, or specifying a special pattern of tile. Visual distinctions can extend beyond surface qualities. A designer may prefer the massive appearance of a masonry bearing wall building to that of a more slender exposed steel frame on one project, yet would choose the steel for another. Choices may be made for functional reasons, as in selecting a highly durable and water-resistant polished concrete instead of carpet or wood for a restaurant kitchen floor. Or, choices can be made on purely technical grounds, as, for example, in selecting a construction system that is noncombustible, so as to achieve a suitable level of building fire safety.

Content :
  • Making Buildings
  • Foundations and Sitework
  • Wood
  • Heavy Timber Frame Construction
  • Wood Light Frame Construction
  • Exterior Finishes for Wood Light Frame
  • Interior Finishes for Wood Light Frame
  • Brick Masonry
  • Stone and Concrete Masonry
  • Masonry Wall Construction
  • Steel Frame Construction
  • Light Gauge Steel Frame Construction
  • Concrete Construction
  • Sitecast Concrete Framing Systems

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