How Buildings Work The Natural Order of Architecture
Edition: 3rd 2004 (Revised)
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Description: Illustrated with hundreds of illuminating line drawings, this classic guide reveals virtually every secret of a building's function: how it stands up, keeps its occupants safe and comfortable, gets built, grows old, and dies--and why some buildings do this so much better than others. Drawing on things he's learned from the many buildings he himself designed (and in some cases built with his own hands), Edward Allen explains complex phenomena such as the role of the sun in heating buildings and the range of structural devices that are used for support, from trusses and bearing walls to post-tensioned concrete beams and corbeled vaults. He stresses the importance of intelligent design in dealing with such problems as overheating and overcooling, excessive energy use, leaky roofs and windows, fire safety, and noisy interiors. He serves up some surprises: thermal insulation is generally a better investment than solar collectors; board fences are not effective noise barriers; there's one type of window that can be left open during a rainstorm. The new edition emphasizes "green" architecture and eco-conscious design and construction. It features a prologue on sustainable construction, and includes new information on topics such as the collapse of the World Trade Center, sick building syndrome, and EIFS failures and how they could have been prevented. Allen also highlights the array of amazing new building materials now available, such as self-cleaning glass, photovoltaics, transparent ceramics, cloud gel, and super-high-strength concrete and structural fibers. Edward Allen makes it easy for everyone--from armchair architects and sidewalk superintendents to students of architecture and construction--to understand the mysteries and complexities of even the largest building, from how it recycles waste and controls the movement of air, to how it is kept alive and growing.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/1/2005
Size: 8.75" wide x 11.25" long x 1.00" tall
|Prologue : sustainable building|
|The outdoor environment|
|The human environment|
|The concept of shelter|
|Providing for thermal comfort|
|Thermal properties of building components|
|Controlling the radiation of heat|
|Controlling air temperature and humidity|
|Controlling air movement|
|Keeping water out|
|Seeing and illumination|
|Hearing and being heard|
|Providing concentrated energy|
|Fitting buildings to people|
|Providing structural support|
|Providing for building movement|
|Getting a building built|
|Keeping a building alive and growing|
|Building components and building function|