"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.