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Building Construction Illustrated Paperback – February 8, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0470087817 ISBN-10: 0470087811 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 4 edition (February 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470087811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470087817
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...does exactly what it says on the cover...skilfully detailed illustrations, comprehensive definitions and general construction advice on practical matters". Building Engineer August 2008

From the Back Cover

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.

  • Illustrated throughout with clear and accurate drawings that present the state of the art in construction processes and materials

  • Updated and revised to include the latest knowledge on sustainability, incorporation of building systems, and use of new materials

  • Archetypal drawings offer clear inspiration for designers and drafters

  • Reflects the most current building codes and CSI Master Format numbering scheme

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.


More About the Author

Francis D.K. Ching is a registered architect and Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is the bestselling author of numerous books on architecture and design, all published by Wiley. His works have been translated into over eighteen languages and are regarded as classics for their renowned graphic presentation.

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Book arrive in the expected condition in the expected amount of time.
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I bought this to help study for my ARE's, but in truth this is an essential reference book for any architect/designer/student's office.
kestrel
These are easy to follow illustrations that really help explain what Ching is attempting to describe in the text.
Darren Harrison

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By haribo on May 6, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Don't buy a kindle version of this book.
Image resolution is very low that you can't even read illustration.
They should scan it with high resolution and kindle should have zoom-in tool!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Darren Harrison VINE VOICE on August 4, 2011
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When I was hired as a technical writer for a major construction company I faced one potentially devastating obstacle. Without a background in construction I was often befuddled by a lot of the techno-lingo that engineers use when describing methods employed on the projects they were working on. I needed to understand these processes so I could write them up in easy to understand terms for chasing other work, but it would not be possible to quiz every engineer to explain these methods to me. I needed some desk reference that laid it out for me.

After consulting a colleague of mine they recommended picking up a copy of Ching's "Building Construction Illustrated" and it is probably the most valuable purchase I could have made. Ching describes almost every commercial construction technique you could conceive off, but it's the "Illustrated" part that is the real value in this work.

The description of each procedure is wonderfully illustrated with over 1,000 diagrams and graphical representations. These are easy to follow illustrations that really help explain what Ching is attempting to describe in the text. As such I am constantly referring to this book when I come across a term I am not familiar with and it has not let me down since. I am then able to translate the process into layman's language for all the people who sit on selection committee's who may or may not have an engineering background.

I've even had estimators stop by my desk at work and when surveying the line of books on the shelf relating to construction and marketing - this is the book they invariably praise.

This book comes highly recommended.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Burnam on October 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
I purchased this manual while preparing for my NCIDQ examination. While it is not an in depth manual for architects, or someone studying architecture, it has the perfect amount of information for Interior designers.

There are many many illustrations, and the verbiage pertaining to the illustration is written next to it with an arrow pointing. For example: the header over a door is explained in detail, and then an arrow points to it in the door assembly illustration.

I found the information in this book very helpful when preparing for the examination, and many of the questions pertained to the information in this book.

A great addition to the library of any interior designer.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. head on February 16, 2007
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This book By Francis Ching is short on text and long on illustrations. The large pages help show a clear picture in most instances. The illustrations are both the saving grace and bane of this work. When they are good they are really good, no better way to identify and pass along, various building techniques than to portray each in a sketch. The bad illustrations will cause you to twist and turn the book trying to make some sense of the picture. Illustrations like these need titles, such as "top view" , "side view " etc. Sometimes to save space I suppose, the author juxtaposed various views in irrational positions so a common viewpoint can not be figured upon. The lack of text makes these mystery illustrations all the more confusing. Aside from a few confusing pictures, the majority of the book is very informative. This book will be valued as a reference. It thoughly covers most subjects in a "Pros" and "Cons" type style, quickly cutting to the chase.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MUATH on May 13, 2012
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I'm a civil engineer taking a drafting class. This is the best book that i have ever read about building construction. Goz ahead and buy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike B. on January 9, 2014
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It's a great book, but please avoid the Kindle edition (like others have said) until they re-scan the book. The images (which are 80% of this book) are very very pixelated and on top of the low resolution scan, they are super compressed with tons of JPEG artifacts making the text difficult to read and sometimes impossible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Brewington on February 6, 2014
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The kindle version appears to be useless. I cant read illustrations and drawings have very poor resolution. They should not be sold.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bing Hu on December 31, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
The contents of the book are good, but the drawing quality in kindle edition is terrible. You can hardly recognize the annotations of drawings.
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