More Details about Building Construction

General Information  
Author(s)Maden Mehta
Edition2nd Edition
Publish YearJuly 2016


The science of building construction and design is evolving more quickly than ever before. 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. This organization fosters a definitive understanding of general concepts before moving on to more complex concepts. Salient Features "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."