- Hardcover: 1024 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 6 edition (October 14, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118138910
- ISBN-13: 978-1118138915
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1.4 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods 6th Edition
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The updated text includes new renderings and photographs, which is both useful and nice. It is also updated to include information about construction innovations, sustainable building, the latest building codes and technical notes. Included with each new book is the interactive resource center access code, which includes super handy resources and additional information.
The book itself is chopped into 24 manageable chapters which begin with the foundations of building and building foundations. It then moves through wood construction, masonry, steel concrete and into roofing, glass, cladding and finishes with interiors. Every now and then the text is sprinkled with "From Concept to Reality" sections which, as the name implies, show you a real example of the technique being studied. This is super for me, because I learn better when I can fit the information I am learning into a real world example. The book also has ample illustrations, renderings and pictures to help cement the information.
Written by experts and meticulously detailed, this is a must have in the library of any student or professional who wants a handy reference or to learn more about the world of construction.
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.
I think the Exercises in Building Construction paper back is
splendid for additional practices exercises that train illiteracy
and provide concepts of how to break down the Fundamentals.
So students can clearly understand the roles of building codes,
safety inspections, materials testing resulting in fines/ penalties,
and methods that are used today that date back to Ancient Rome.