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Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods [Hardcover]

by Edward Allen, Joseph Iano
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December 10, 2008 047007468X 978-0470074688 5
Now in its Fifth Edition, this essential textbook has been used by thousands of students annually in schools of architecture, engineering, and construction technology. The bestselling reference focuses on the basic materials and methods used in building construction, emphasizing common construction systems such as light wood frames, masonry bearing walls, steel frames, and reinforced concrete. New introductory material on the processes, organization, constraints, and choices in construction offers a better look at the management of construction. New sections covering the building envelope uncover the secrets to designing enclosures for thermal insulation, vapor retarders, air barriers, and moisture control. The Fifth Edition also features more axonometric detail drawings and revised photographs for a thoroughly illustrated approach and the latest IBC 2006, CSI MasterFormat, ASTM references, and LEED information.

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"In the new fifth edition of Fundamentals of Building Construction, Allen and Iano set a new benchmark by incorporating sustainability issues into a mainstream construction textbook, section by section, as in this concise overview from the first chapter. We also look forward to a future edition of their outstanding book in which appropriate sustainability considerations have penetrated every topic and page." (ArchitectureWeek, April 13, 2009)

From the Back Cover

The leading book on building construction——thoroughly renovated from the ground up

For the nuts-and-bolts on building construction practices and materials, thousands of professionals and students of architecture, engineering, and construction technology have turned to Edward Allen and Joseph Iano's Fundamentals of Building Construction. This new Fifth Edition of the bestselling reference and textbook provides the most up-to-date survey of the basic materials and methods used in building construction.

Using the latest building codes, standards, and developments in materials and technologies as its basis, this book covers the complete range of construction activities—from excavating and foundations to cladding and interior finishes—and examines common construction systems such as light wood frame, masonry bearing wall, steel frame, and reinforced concrete construction.

The Fifth Edition adds a host of updated and completely new information on such current topics as:

  • The changing role of the construction contractor in the process of making buildings

  • Construction management and methods of project delivery

  • Controlling the movement of heat, air, and moisture through the building enclosure

  • Sustainability and green building techniques

  • Innovations in glass, concrete, wood, and other construction materials

  • The 2006 International Building and Residential Codes, 2004 MasterFormat, and the latest ASTM references and LEED standards

Supplemented by Exercises in Building Construction, Fifth Edition, available separately, Fundamentals of Building Construction, Fifth Edition lays the foundation every architect and construction professional needs to build a successful career.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 5 edition (December 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047007468X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470074688
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.6 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Edward Allen has taught for more than thirty years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale University, and the University of Oregon. He is the bestselling author of Fundamentals of Building Construction, Fifth Edition.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable September 4, 2010
By J. Lin
I've owned it for six years, and it is still one of my go-to reference guides whenever I have doubts regarding certain materials & methods. The authors not only explain the construction process and materials involved, but also provide the (building) scientific context for many of the typically encountered assemblies in today's construction industry. If you're a student, please don't be intimidated by the sheer mass of this book. You'll be thankful for the solid foundation this book provides when you transition from academia to practice.

With that said, this book will not provide exhaustive detail on any particular type of construction (such a book will most likely not fit on any one bookshelf or hard drive), but it will certainly point you in the right direction whether you are searching for pre-determined solutions or are developing your own details.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Introduction January 8, 2011
This is an introduction to construction techniques that is very well written and excellently illustrated. The coverage is very broad - masonry, steel frame, wood frame, cast concrete, etc., and the explanations in each area are all detailed. The only real criticism I have is that there are not too many references to other work.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Purchase April 9, 2009
By A. Bell
I bought this book for a class I was taking in graduate school and it is phenomenal. It explains everything in great detail without the useless wordy paragraphs other books contain. Great pictures and overall great explanations of how things work.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The kindle version is good by needs improvement. May 14, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is required for my Building Construction classes (Architecture Major). The book itself is well written and is full of helpful drawings, details, diagrams, and photos.

I opted to get the Kindle version, the ability to search the book by keyword and reducing the size and weight of the book down to my tablet being the biggest reasons. I really liked it but it has had its shortcomings.

First off, it has no page numbers. Many kindle books have page numbers that coincide with their hardcopies (it may read Location 500 Page 60, Location 501 Page 60, Location 502 Page 61, etc) I can't see why it wouldn't be done here other than the fact that there are a lot of pages. Still, with the amount I am charged to buy the book I should expect these things.

Next, there are periodic mistakes in the book. Some are simple like sentences with no spaces in them but other are more severe. For example in Chapter 14, Location 13563 Figures 14.43 and 14.44 the images for each Figure are exactly the same. 14.43 is supposed to show One-way sitecast concrete framing systems but instead it shows a copy of the two-way. Mistakes like these are unacceptable in a book like this.

Lastly, there is on average one image for every two chapters that is "not available in this digital edition". I can understand that the copyright holders of some images may not want them available on a digital format but if that is the case why not come up with a substitute. Especially because, to my memory, all of the missing images I've seen are photographs of existing buildings (for example the end of Chapter 12 Location 11885 the photo of the sciences center at Dartmouth). Omitting the image shouldn't be the answer.

The book is otherwise a fantastic book and over the 6 months I've owned it I have been able to use it as a reference even outside my BC classes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK September 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have this book on my Kindle Fire and it works great for my Architecture classes! It gets 4 stars for vivid quality and responsiveness. It would've gotten 5, but there's no way to jump to a specific page number.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars book March 8, 2012
By jonjon
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great book.. even wotking architects use this book as a guide that means that when your a student that orders this book your going to be using it for the rest of your life
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - Very valuable resource October 13, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent book. I am currently studying for the ARE in California. I borrowed the Second Edition from a coworker of mine for my first exam. That edition was full of good, accurate information. I am studying for another exam for the ARE and decided to purchase this book for myself. This edition is a couple hundred more pages than the second edition and is still just as good, if not better, than the second edition. My coworker purchased his book for a college course he took and still occasionally references that book through his work days. I tend to get most of my questions answered by looking up things in this book. Very good price for this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book February 4, 2011
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Very interesting book with a lot of graphics, pictures and valuable information. Definitely a must-have for anyone related with design, architecture or construction. I highly recommend it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars dont buy it!!!
i bought one of the expensive architecture's book from them, they didnt supply trucking number and i have been waiting 15 days and still my book didnt come!!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nevnihal Durhan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
My step son is an architecture student at UO. His prof said this is a must have. He loves it.
Published 2 months ago by Theresa A. Pachtner
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you always wanted some kind person to let you know.
Clear, concise, complete. Bought this book, will keep it always, after class completed - reading and studying it word for word.
Published 2 months ago by Deep Blue
5.0 out of 5 stars You Should Have This One
I Love this book. its very useful. it has lots and lots of pictures, info and related stuff to explain the methods of construction. this is one of my Engineering Bibles. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Abdulazeez
4.0 out of 5 stars Page numbers are required for all text books.
Book is great but Amazon needs to re-think how it defines location within a book. Page numbering synced to the published version are necessary when you are dealing with a textbook... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robert S.
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice
The book was almost new when I got it. I was very surprised. I recommend it. You will get your money's worth
Published 6 months ago by Mouhamed Lo
3.0 out of 5 stars For Class
I got this for my class and it serves it's purpose. The illustrations and diagrams are easy to understand and are very clear, however sometimes the way things are worded makes... Read more
Published 6 months ago by JaredL
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
This seems like a great book. The book was required for my son's Construction class. The delivery time frame for this book was great.
Published 6 months ago by Venus L, Sherman
3.0 out of 5 stars only hing wrong with the book
Through out the entire book, there are sentences, paragraphs and pages highlighted. Other than that the book is in great condition.
Published 6 months ago by Luis Gomez
3.0 out of 5 stars class book
this book was for a class. it arrived on time and in the condition it was stated to be in. what more can you say about a class book
Published 6 months ago by Jordan Foley
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