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by Francis D. K. Ching

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ISBN: 0470087811
Author: Francis D. K. Ching
Language: English
Publisher: Wiley; 4 edition (March 3, 2008)
Pages: 480
Category: Home Improvement & Design
Subcategory: Home
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 171
Size Fb2: 1498 kb
Size ePub: 1457 kb
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Building Construction Illustrated is the go-to resource for answers to questions about the basic concepts underlying every construction project.

Building Construction Illustrated is the go-to resource for answers to questions about the basic concepts underlying every construction project. With rich illustrations and detailed discussions of building concepts, this book gives you the knowledge you need to succeed in residential and commercial construction, architecture, and structural engineering.

among books that help architects to prepare drawings for commercial building construction. However, this is not a practical book for designing, renovating, or repairing a home. Ching’s book is primarily a catalog of detail drawings, arranged in these chapters

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For over three decades, Building Construction Illustrated has offered an outstanding introduction to the principles of building construction. Ching's signature style. Its rich and comprehensive approach clearly presents all of the basic concepts underlying building construction. Features include a 3D model showing how building components.

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The classic visual guide to the basics of building construction, now with a 3D digital building model for interactive learning For over three decades, Building Construction Illustrated has offered an outstanding introduction to th. .

The classic visual guide to the basics of building construction, now with a 3D digital building model for interactive learning For over three decades, Building Construction Illustrated has offered an outstanding introduction to the principles of building construction. The classic visual guide to the basics of building construction, now with a 3D digital building model for interactive learning For over three decades, Building Construction Illustrated has offered an outstanding introduction to the principles of building construction.

474 Pages · 2008 · 12. 7 MB · 3,679 Downloads ·English. by Francis D. K. Ching. You have survived, EVERY SINGLE bad day so far. ― Anonymous.

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.

Comments:

Deeroman
I have been searching for books that guide the reader through the design of an ideal home. I purchased BUILDING CONSTRUCTION ILLUSTRATED, by Francis Ching, because of its large reader base and exceptionally favorable reviews.

Based on my search, I rate this book as best in its class, i.e., among books that help architects to prepare drawings for commercial building construction.

However, this is not a practical book for designing, renovating, or repairing a home. I suggest two books that are more useful for readers with a residential interests.

WHAT IT CONTAINS

Ching’s book is primarily a catalog of detail drawings, arranged in these chapters:

1. The Building Site
2. General Structural Issues
3. Foundations
4. Floors
5. Walls
6. Roofs
7. Moisture & Thermal Protection
8. Doors & Windows
9. Stairs, Fireplaces, Space Layout, etc.
10. Interior Finishes
11. HVAC & Electrical
12. Materials & Fasteners
APPENDIX. Dimensions, Loads, Fire Protection, Noise, etc.

The book has about 500 pages. The drawings number in the thousands, so there is a lot of information on each page. I can’t imagine any other construction book that has a greater volume of sheer detail.

The drawings are extensively annotated. The annotations are as important as the drawings themselves, providing an education about each assembly.

In addition to the detail drawings, Ching includes a number of illustrated tutorials on various topics, such as structural forces, that are informative and well rendered.

Unfortunately, in this fifth edition, the text is almost illegibly small and light. The spidery font is a disaster. Even with strong glasses and good lighting, reading the text is a chore. Also, the graphics tend to be somewhat too small. The book is printed entirely in monotone black, or maybe it’s dark grey. These flaws seriously undermine the usability of the book.

WHAT IT ISN’T

Ching’s book is not a design guide. It is like a trunk full of building blocks that contains no guidance in assembling the blocks. Ching does not distinguish between methods and materials of different merit. For example, the book passes no judgement on flat roofs, active and passive solar heating, and forced-air heating, all of which have serious shortcomings.

Also, it provides only limited coverage of fundamental design issues, including energy efficiency, comfort, and indoor health.

This book is not for residential applications. Its attempt to cover both commercial and residential construction proves to be impractical. The two worlds of construction have little commonality of methods or materials. The great bulk of this book is oriented toward commercial construction, for example, with coverage of heavy steel and concrete structures. Someone who is designing a home would have to search for needles of useful information in this haystack.

BETTER BOOKS FOR RESIDENTIAL DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION

For those interested in residential design and construction, I recommend two books that are more useful, and certainly more accessible, than Ching’s book.

The best design guide for homes is SUPER HOUSE: DESIGN YOUR DREAM HOME FOR SUPER ENERGY EFFICIENCY, TOTAL COMFORT, DAZZLING BEAUTY, AWESOME STRENGTH, AND ECONOMY, by Donald Wulfinghoff. This uniquely user-friendly guide uses eight “Steps” to create an ideal home from foundation to roof, or to deal with any individual part of a house, such as replacing the windows. It goes straight to the most desirable methods and materials, ignoring the rest. It pursues energy efficiency, comfort, health, strength, and durability throughout. Also, it warns the reader of commonplace bad practices to avoid.

The best comprehensive reference book for residential construction data is THE VISUAL HANDBOOK OF BUILDING AND REMODELING, by Charlie Wing. It illustrates residential structures and materials in great depth, but offers no systematic design guidance.

The diagrams and formatting of both books use color very effectively. In addition, SUPER HOUSE uses hundreds of color photographs to illustrate good and bad practices.
Dugor
I have found the two earlier editions on my shelf to be absolutely invaluable ~ they are disintegrating from heavy use. But, I'm afraid that the old ones will wear even more, because the hair line print, both the text and the drawings in this edition (undoubtedly the best edition yet for content) is a chore. I don't know what they were thinking ~ going green by saving ink? I'm going to try to adapt to the pale gray but I'm not optimistic about succeeding. A return may ultimately be in order along with the purchase of a new copy of an older more legible edition. Two point five stars for now, but will re-comment if I find it to be keeper.

OK --- this is an addendum to above: The fifth edition is for me NOT a keeper - I've given it to a friend who has only rare need for this type of reference material, in contrast to my frequent need and use. I have normal eyesight, and the text in the fifth edition is both pale and diminutive to such an extent that I find it illegible in any practical sense. I'm very disappointed in that I was eagerly looking forward to this new edition. The drawings are usable, but taxing for the same reasons. What we have is Beethoven's Fifth delivered underwater. What a bummer! Two stars.
Oreavi
I wanted to purchase this book for professional and personal edification.

This is a terrific source of information that is well-organized and well presented. There is a newer edition, but most of the information hasn't changed significantly so the older edition is not inherently out of date and useless.

Although I did consider a Kindle edition, this book is so rich with graphics that I would recommend getting the paperback edition because it is far easier to read and understand.

You will not go wrong with this book, and I learned so much about construction materials, technique and choices that I am far more knowledgeable than I was before purchase. This is a must have for professionals, but for the savvy consumer of contracting services, this is a good way of understanding what a contractor or designer is getting you into when engaging their services. An armed consumer is a richer consumer (armed with knowledge of course!)

Highly recommended.
Weetont
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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