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Fundamentals of Residential Construction, 4th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-97800-9
752 pages
February 2017
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The leading guide to professional home construction, updated and expanded

Fundamentals of Residential Construction is the definitive guide to single family and multifamily home building that details every step of the construction process. From siting and foundations to finishing details, this book provides a complete walk-through of professional home construction. Over 1,200 drawings and photographs animate the textbook, while interactive supplementary online resources help facilitate an understanding of the material. This fourth edition accommodates the latest developments in materials and methods, including new coverage of sustainable building and energy efficiency, multifamily construction, prefabricated building components, and CAD/BIM planning tools in residential construction. Authoritative coverage of wood light-frame construction, building systems, industrialized fabrication, insulating concrete forms, light-gauge steel and masonry construction, multi-family buildings, and more provides a solid foundation in residential construction methods, tools, and processes.

Building a home requires a deeply integrated understanding of materials, structures, codes, and management procedures. Because the process involves such a broad array of considerations and challenges, construction professionals must regularly draw on a clear body of knowledge to keep a project running smoothly. This book helps you lay the groundwork of expertise required to successfully complete a residential project.

•          Learn the advantages and disadvantages of common materials and systems

•          Understand site preparation, foundations, and framing

•          Delve into the details of roofing, finishing, and energy efficiency

•          Understand heating/cooling, plumbing, and electrical options

•          Examine the latest codes, costs, and management best practices

Designing and constructing a home presents a unique project dynamic; people's homes are their sanctuaries, where they make the memories of a lifetime. They must be designed to be lived in, not simply "used." Lifetime costs play a major role in decision-making, materials must be carefully chosen and sourced, and spaces must be structured to be efficient yet enjoyable. Fundamentals of Residential Construction shows you how to bring it all together to turn a project into a family's cherished home. 

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Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Part One Context for Building 1

Chapter 1 The Context for Residential Construction 3

1.1 History 4

1.2 A Culture of Building 6

1.3 Construction Systems 9

1.4 Types of Residential Development 11

1.5 Zoning Ordinances, Building Codes, and Other Legal Constraints 17

1.6 Building Costs and Financing 19

1.7 Building a House: The Typical Process 22

1.8 MasterFormat 26

Chapter 2 Sustainability Aspects of Construction 31

2.1 Why Sustainability Matters for Buildings 32

2.2 Environmental Responsibility: Building Green 35

2.3 Comprehensive Certification Systems 45

Chapter 3 The Construction Community: Builders, Contractors, and Developers 51

3.1 History 52

3.2 Builders and Contractors 54

3.3 Obtaining Work 58

3.4 The Residential Developer 60

3.5 Training the Construction Community 67

3.6 Green Builders, Contractors, Remodelers, and Developers 68

3.7 Tools of the Trade 70

3.8 Safety 72

Chapter 4 The Design Community 77

4.1 History 78

4.2 Residential Designers 79

4.3 Consultants 81

4.4 The Design Process 84

4.5 Design Sources 89

4.6 Communication between Designer and Builder 91

4.7 Green Designers 94

Part Two Materials 97

Chapter 5 Wood and Wood Products 99

5.1 Trees 100

5.2 Lumber 104

5.3 Wood Products 114

5.4 Chemical Treatment 127

5.5 Wood Fasteners 128

5.6 Wood-Manufactured Building Components 134

5.7 Types of Wood Construction 134

Chapter 6 Masonry 141

6.1 History 142

6.2 Mortar 145

6.3 Concrete Masonry 146

6.4 Brick Masonry 156

6.5 Stone Masonry 168

6.6 Other Types of Masonry Units 172

6.7 Special Problems of Masonry Construction 173

Chapter 7 Concrete 179

7.1 History 180

7.2 Cement and Concrete 181

7.3 Making and Placing Concrete 184

7.4 Formwork 188

7.5 Reinforcing 188

7.6 ACI 301 195

Part Three Wood Light Frame House Construction 199

Chapter 8 Rough Site Work 201

8.1 Design Considerations 202

8.2 Organizing the Site for Construction 203

8.3 Site Preparation 203

8.4 Excavation 205

8.5 Site Utilities 206

8.6 Surface Water Drainage 211

8.7 Grading 214

Chapter 9 Foundations 221

9.1 Foundation Loads 222

9.2 Foundation Settlement 222

9.3 Soils 223

9.4 Designing Foundations 224

9.5 Footings 226

9.6 Concrete Foundation Walls 229

9.7 Concrete Masonry Foundation Walls 232

9.8 Concrete Slab Foundations 233

9.9 Wood Foundations 240

9.10 Precast Concrete Foundations 240

9.11 Pier Foundations 240

9.12 Anchor Bolts and Hold-Downs 241

9.13 Drainage and Waterproofing 241

9.14 Foundation Insulation 244

9.15 Backfilling 246

9.16 Foundation Design and the  Building Codes 247

Chapter 10 Floor and Wall Framing 251

10.1 History 252

10.2 The Platform Frame 253

10.3 Building the Frame 255

Chapter 11 Roof Framing 281

11.1 History 282

11.2 Roof Types and Parts 283

11.3 Building the Roof 285

11.4 Wood Framing and the Building Codes 301

11.5 The Uniqueness of Wood Light Frame Construction 303

Chapter 12 Finishing the Roof 309

12.1 Preparation for Roofing 310

12.2 Roof Slope 312

12.3 Steep Roofs 313

12.4 Low-Slope Roofs 326

12.5 Roof Edge Details 331

12.6 Roof Drainage 334

12.7 Roofing and the Building Codes 336

Chapter 13 Windows and Exterior Doors 341

13.1 Windows 342

13.2 Exterior Doors 354

Chapter 14 Finishing the Exterior Walls 363

14.1 The Weather Barrier Membrane 365

14.2 Exterior Trim 366

14.3 Siding 366

14.4 Exterior Paints and Coatings 375

14.5 Ladders and Scaffolds 382

Chapter 15 Plumbing 389

15.1 Plumbing Basics 390

15.2 Planning for Pipes 394

15.3 Rough-in Plumbing 395

15.4 Finish Plumbing 398

15.5 Plumbing Codes 398

15.6 Other Piping Systems 399

Chapter 16 Heating and Cooling 407

16.1 Choosing a System 408

16.2 Forced-Air Systems 410

16.3 Radiant Panel Systems 416

16.4 Other Hydronic Heating Systems 420

16.5 Ductless, Mini-Split Heat Pumps 421

16.6 Local Source Heaters 421

16.7 Finishing a Heating/Cooling System 425

16.8 Heating and Cooling Systems and the Building Codes 426

Chapter 17 Fireplaces and Stoves 431

17.1 Selecting a Fireplace 433

17.2 Planning for Fireplace Construction 434

17.3 The Masonry Fireplace 434

17.4 Masonry Heaters 444

17.5 Factory-Built Fireplaces 444

17.6 Freestanding Stoves 448

17.7 Fireplaces and the Building Codes 449

Chapter 18 Electrical Wiring 455

18.1 Wiring Basics 456

18.2 Electrical System Design 461

18.3 Rough-in Electrical Installation 464

18.4 Finish Electrical Work 466

18.5 Electrical Wiring and the Building Codes 467

18.6 Low-Voltage Wiring 467

Chapter 19 Thermal Insulation 471

19.1 The Thermal Envelope and Its Components 473

19.2 Thermal Insulation Materials 478

19.3 How Much Insulation? 482

19.4 Installation of Insulation 483

19.5 Control of Water Vapor 485

19.6 Ventilation of Cavities 487

19.7 Control of Air Infiltration 491

Chapter 20 Interior Surfaces 497

20.1 Wall and Ceiling Finish 498

20.2 Finish Flooring 505

Chapter 21 Finishing the Interior 517

21.1 Interior Doors 518

21.2 Cabinets 521

21.3 Finish Carpentry and Trim 528

21.4 Paints and Coatings 535

Chapter 22 Finish Sitework 541

22.1 Paving Systems 542

22.2 Level Changes 545

22.3 Porches and Decks 549

22.4 Finish Grading 550

22.5 Fencing 551

22.6 Outdoor Lighting 553

22.7 Irrigation 554

22.8 Planting 555

Part Four Alternative Construction Systems 559

Chapter 23 Panelized and Prefabricated Construction 561

23.1 The Concept of Prefabricated and Panelized Construction 563

23.2 Types of Panels 563

23.3 Framed Panel Systems 565

23.4 Structural Insulated Panels 568

23.5 Prefabricated (Factory-Built) House Construction 580

Chapter 24 Timber Frame Construction 587

24.1 The Uniqueness of the Timber Frame 589

24.2 Materials and Structure of the Timber Frame 592

24.3 Building a Timber Frame House 594

24.4 Timber Framing and the Building Codes 597

Chapter 25 Loadbearing Masonry and Concrete Construction 603

25.1 Loadbearing Masonry 604

25.2 Insulating Concrete Forms 610

Chapter 26 Light-Gauge Steel Construction 621

26.1 Light-Gauge Steel Frame Construction 622

Chapter 27 Low-Tech, Low-Energy Construction 637

27.1 Earthen Construction 638

27.2 Stacked Log Construction 646

27.3 Straw Bale Construction 651

Part Five Multifamily Building Construction 665

Chapter 28 Multifamily Construction Systems 667

28.1 History 668

28.2 Special Issues 671

28.3 Foundations 671

28.4 Framing 680

28.5 Acoustical Separation 687

28.6 Fire Protection 690

28.7 Systems 692

28.8 Accessibility 694

28.9 Site Management 695

Glossary 703

Index 727

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Author Information

EDWARD ALLEN, FAIA, has a teaching career spanning more than thirty years, including as a faculty member at Yale University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is the best-selling author of The Architects Studio Companion; Architectural Detailing; Form and Forces; and Fundamentals of Building Construction, all published by Wiley.

ROB THALLON, Associate Professor at the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts, is the best-selling author and coauthor of Graphic Guide to Frame Construction; Graphic Guide to Site Construction; and Graphic Guide to Interior Details.

ALEXANDER C. SCHREYER is Senior Lecturer and Program Director at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he heads the Building and Construction Technology program and is a faculty member in Architecture. He is a wood engineering researcher and the author of Architectural Design with SketchUp, Second Edition, published by Wiley.

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