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Building Construction: Principles, Materials, & Systems 2009 UPDATE, CourseSmart eTextbook

By Medan Mehta, Walter Scarborough, Diane Armpriest

Published by Prentice Hall

Published Date: Oct 23, 2009

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For one or two semester courses in Construction Methods and Materials and Design courses in Architecture.


The science of building construction and design is evolving more quickly than ever before. The “2009 Update” of this outstanding text builds on the previous version and incorporates the latest updates available. Written by an author team with decades of experience in architecture, building construction, engineering, and teaching, Building Construction: Principles, Materials & Systems 2009 Update is a comprehensive and fully illustrated introduction to construction methods and materials.  Continuing on with the books unique organization–Principles of Construction are covered in Part One and Materials and Systems of Construction are covered in Part Two–allows for complete coverage of both the basic principles and specific materials and systems of building construction. This organization fosters a real understanding of general concepts and develops skills that will sustain over time. Emphasizing a visual approach to learning, it includes more than 1,400 original illustrations and an extra large trim size (9” x 12”) that provides an open and inviting layout that students are sure to appreciate.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents 



1.      An Overview of the Building Delivery Process

2.      Governmental Constraints on Construction

3.      Loads on Buildings

4.      Load Resistance—The Structural Properties of Materials

5.      Thermal Properties of Materials

6.      Air Leakage and Water Vapor Control

7.      Fire-Related Properties

8.      Acoustical Properties of Materials

9.      Principles of Joints and Sealants (Expansion and Contraction Control)

10.  Principles of Sustainable Construction



11.  Materials for Wood Construction—I (Lumber)

12.  Materials for Wood Construction—II (Manufactured Wood Products, Fasteners and Connectors)

13.  Wood Light Frame Construction—I

14.  Wood Light Frame Construction—II

15.  Structural Insulated Panel System

16.  The Material Steel and Structural Steel Construction

17.  Light-Gauge Steel Construction

18.  Lime, Portland Cement and Concrete

19.  Concrete Construction—I (Formwork Reinforcement and Slabs-on-Ground)

20.  Concrete Construction—II (Site-Cast and Precast Concrete Framing Systems)

21.  Soils; Foundation and basement Construction

22.  Masonry Materials—I ( Mortar and Brick)

23.  Masonry Materials—II ( Concrete Masonry Units, Natural Stone and Glass Masonry Units)

24.  Masonry and Concrete Bearing Wall Construction

25.  Rainwater Infiltration Control in Exterior Walls

26.  Exterior Wall Cladding—I (Masonry, Precast Concrete, GFRC and Prefabricated Masonry)

27.  Exterior Wall Cladding—II (Stucco, EIFS, Natural Stone and Insulated Metal Panels)

28.  Transparent Materials ( Glass and Light-Transmitting Plastics)

29.  Windows and Doors

30.  Glass-Aluminum Wall Systems

31.  Roofing—I ( Low-Slope Roofs)

32.  Roofing—II (Steep Roofs)

33.  Stairs

34.  Floors Coverings

35.  Ceilings


APPENDIX A – SI System and U.S. System of Units

APPENDIX B – Preliminary Sizing of Structural Members



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