Building Construction: Principles, Materials, and Systems

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Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2008 - Technology & Engineering - 988 pages
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The authors have combined their diverse professional and educational backgrounds to produce a resource that presents the complexity of building construction in an accessible volume. It clearly provides the basics of building science as applied to the art of transforming materials and systems into constructible buildings. The book appropriately addresses each of the primary building assemblies - foundations, walls, floors, ceilings, and roofs - and how they join, seal and integrate with other components. The performance of building enclosures and systems is reviewed in detail, which enhances the reader's understanding of the comprehensive, integrated nature of the building design and construction process. Almost all building materials and systems have been covered in depth. The book is unique among other books on the subject because it is joining efforts of three authors, two of whom are engaged full time in academia, and the third who has an extensive background in the profession. Offers a new approach to construction principles, materials and methods. Divided into two parts to illustrate current and traditional practices of construction: Part I 10 chapters deal primarily with the principles of building materials' and building assemblies' performance; Part II 25 chapters deal primarily with specific materials and assemblies. This book will serve as an indispensable reference for practitioners of architecture, engineering and construction.

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B. Arch, University of Roorkee, India
M. Building Science, University of Sydney, Australia
Ph.D., University of Liverpool, U.K.

Member of the UT-Arlington faculty since 1985. Licensed Professional Engineer (State of Texas); Fellow, Indian Institute of Architects and Registered Architect; Member, The National Society of Professional Engineers (USA) and the Construction Specification Institute (USA). Graduate Advisor in Architecture, 1986-1991. Previously taught at The School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi as professor, and at The University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, as Director of the Architectural Engineering Program. Prior planning, design, and construction practice in New Delhi. Received Outstanding Teacher Award, University of Petroleum and Minerals, 1985, and the Top Award from the Government of India in the Low Cost Housing Design Ideas Competition, 1975.

Master of Architecture, University of Oregon 1997
Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon 1983
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Oregon 1983
BS Geography, University of Oregon 1972

Professor Armpriest's teaching and research interests are in architectural construction materials and methods, the expression of structure and materials in northwest regional architecture, architectural design, and the relationship between building systems and the natural systems and processes of the site.

Associate Professor,Dept. of Architecture, University of Idaho, 2006 to present
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Architecture, University of Idaho, 2001 to 2006
Project Manager, Gary Moye Architect, Eugene, Oregon 1997-2001
Housing developer/construction manager, non-profit housing projects 1994-96
Associate professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Cincinnati, 1985-1992

Vice President and Director of Specifications
HKS Architects

Walter Scarborough has almost 30 years of comprehensive experience in architecture and building construction, and has worked in contract document production, construction contract administration, and architectural specifications. He has been with HKS (over 1,000 employees, 14 US offices, and 2 international offices) for over 20 years. Projects he has worked on include a variety of building types: healthcare, office buildings, sports, recreational, convention centers, entertainment, hospitality, justice and detention, educational, and banks. As director of specifications, he is responsible for product research, new master specification development, and maintaining a standard of building product quality; and also has overview responsibilities for a dozen specifiers that produce specifications for HKS projects.

Bachelor of Architecture, Urban Design Option
Texas Tech University

Registered Architect: Texas

CSI - Construction Specifications Institute
AIA - American Institute of Architects

CSI Certifications
CDT - Construction Documents Technologist
CCS - Certified Construction Specifier
CCCA - Certified Construction Contract Administrator

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