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Organization and Approach

  • Now FULL COLOR throughout!
  • A unique organization creates an unparalleled exploration of building construction—principles of construction are covered in Part 1, and materials and systems of construction are covered in Part 2—providing students with a balanced learning approach.
  • A focus on principles in Part 1 emphasizes the basic principles common to the performance of most building materials. By doing this in the classroom, the authors have experienced that they can preclude or reduce repetition when progressing from one material or system to another later on in the course. This focus also encourages critical thinking and informed decision making related to building materials and methods of construction. These principles will sustain over time even as materials and systems/assemblies are bound to change.  
  • The logical organization in Part 2 presents the materials and systems in an order based on the extent of their use in the working world. 
  • Sustainability has always been a cornerstone of coverage in this modern text. A comprehensive chapter and thorough integration of content is featured throughout.
  • Extensive cross-referencing allows for quick and thorough referencing from Part 2 (Materials and Systems) to the underlying principles in Part 1(Principles of Construction). This gives instructors and students maximum flexibility and the ability to start with Part 2 if they prefer. This may be particularly appealing for a one semester course.

Content, Illustrations, and Pedagogy

  • Hundreds of original photographs and drawings have been developed specifically for this text—clearly illustrating difficult concepts and ideas.
  • An extra large trim size of 9” x 12” allows for an open and inviting layout so students can learn easily and effortlessly. 
  • Numerous examples with solutions prepare students for exams and real-world applications. 
  • Principles in Practice sections demonstrate practical applications of key concepts and reinforce the fundamentals that will sustain over time.
  • A chapter on “Sustainable Construction” and the Focus on Sustainability boxes highlighted throughout the text address contemporary “green” issues that face the construction industry today.
  • Practice Quizzes are integrated within each chapter allowing readers to test their comprehension before moving on to additional concepts.
  • Expand Your Knowledge boxes offer readers the opportunity to learn more about a relevant topic being discussed in the main body of the text.
  • Margin Notes include additional information and help clarify selected topics.
  • End of chapter Key Terms, Review Questions, Selected Websites and suggestions for Further Reading make studying for exams or doing additional research a breeze.

Author Team and Development Process

  • A uniquely qualified author team builds on the professional experience of an architect, engineer, construction site manager and academic.
  • A team of expert technical reviewers participated in an unparalleled review process—one where field experts reviewed raw manuscript for technical and conceptual accuracy. 
  • Another team of experienced educators contributed exhaustive insights during the development process—insights and suggestions that were later incorporated into the book.

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The science of building construction and design is evolving more quickly than ever before. The second edition of this outstanding text builds on the previous version. It incorporates the latest updates available, features hundreds of new pieces of artwork, and is now in FULL COLOR! Written by an author team with decades of experience in architecture, building construction, engineering, and teaching, Building Construction: Principles, Materials & Systems 2nd Edition 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. 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 readers are sure to appreciate.


Plus! A completely revamped and expanded companion website, "MyConstructionKit", is also available!

Table of Contents

Part 1:  Principles

Chapter 1      An Overview of the Building Delivery Process—How Buildings Come into Being

Chapter 2      Construction Regulations and Standards

Chapter 3      Loads on Buildings

Chapter 4      Load Resistance—The Structural Properties of Materials

Chapter 5      Properties of the Envelope–I: Thermal Properties

Chapter 6      Properties of the Envelope–II: Air and Water Vapor Control

Chapter 7      Fire-Related Properties

Chapter 8      Acoustical Properties of Materials

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

Chapter 10    Principles of Sustainable Construction


Part 2:  Materials and Systems

Chapter 11    Soils and Excavations

Chapter 12    Below-Grade Construction: Foundation Systems and Basements

Chapter 13    Materials for Wood Construction–I (Lumber)

Chapter 14    Materials for Wood Construction–II (Engineered Wood, Fasteners, and Connectors)

Chapter 15    Wood Light Frame Construction–I

Chapter 16    Wood Light Frame Construction–II

Chapter 17    Structural Insulated Panel System Construction

Chapter 18    The Material Steel and Steel Components

Chapter 19    Structural Steel Construction

Chapter 20    Light-Gauge Steel Construction

Chapter 21    Lime, Portland Cement, and Concrete

Chapter 22    Concrete Construction–I (Formwork, Reinforcement and Slabs-on-Ground)

Chapter 23    Concrete Construction–II (Site-Cast and Precast Concrete Systems)

Chapter 24    Masonry Materials–I (Mortar and Brick)

Chapter 25    Masonry Materials–II (Concrete Masonry Units, Natural Stone, and Glass Masonry Units)

Chapter 26    Masonry and Concrete Bearing Wall Construction

Chapter 27    Exterior Wall Cladding–I (Principles of Rainwater Infiltration Control)

Chapter 28    Exterior Wall Cladding–II (Masonry, Precast Concrete, and GFRC)

Chapter 29    Exterior Wall Cladding–III (Stucco, EIFS, Natural Stone, and Insulated Metal Panels)

Chapter 30    Glass, Glazing and Light-Transmitting Plastics

Chapter 31    Windows and Doors

Chapter 32    Exterior Wall Cladding–IV (Glass-Aluminum Wall Systems)

Chapter 33    Roofing–I (Low-Slope Roofs)

Chapter 34    Roofing–II (Steep Roofs)

Chapter 35    Stairs

Chapter 36    Floor Coverings

Chapter 37    Ceilings


Appendix A      System of Units

Appendix B      Preliminary Sizing of Structural Members

References and Further Reading

Answers to Quizzes

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