Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods by Edward Allen, Joseph Iano pdf free download.
Now in its sixth edition, this bestselling reference focuses on the basic materials and methods used in building construction. Emphasizing common construction systems such as light wood frame, masonry bearing wall, steel frame, and reinforced concrete construction, the new edition includes new information on building materials properties; the latest on “pre-engineered” building components and sustainability issues; and reflects the latest building codes and standards. It also features an expanded series of case studies along with more axonometric detail drawings and revised photographs for a thoroughly illustrated approach.
This book doesn’t pull any punches, covering all aspects of construction, from building sites to foundations to wood types to fasteners to framing, siding, windows, doors, concrete, masonry, glass, glazing, roof types, roofing and on and on and on. The authors aren’t just touching on these subjects, but delving deeply into each one. For example, with regard to roofing, they discuss roofing underlayment, eaves, rakes, roof drainage, overhangs, area dividers, low-slope roofs, steep roofs, cool roofs, roofing codes, etc. But they don’t just talk, they provide detailed cutaway views with dimensions, descriptions of what everything shown is and what it does. If you’re an architect, structural engineer, construction manager, builder or anyone technically curious enough to learn the details of construction materials and methods, then an investment in your own copy of this book would certainly be worthwhile.
The book, by the way, also comes with an access code to the John Wiley and Sons Interactive Resource Center, but it’s only good for 540 days (after which, I believe, you would have to pay for continued access), it’s for student rather than professional access (not sure of the distinction), and the tools don’t really offer much that the book itself doesn’t. The code gives you access to images, animations, flash cards, renderings, self-tests and a glossary. As I said, nothing special there. The book’s all you really need for your money.
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