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Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods, 7th Edition





Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods, 7th Edition

Edward Allen, Joseph Iano

ISBN: 978-1-119-44619-4 December 2019 944 Pages

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Edward Allen and Joseph Iano’s Fundamentals of Building Construction has been the go-to reference for thousands of professionals and students of architecture, engineering, and construction technology for over thirty years. The materials and methods described in this new Seventh Edition have been thoroughly updated to reflect the latest advancements in the industry. Carefully selected and logically arranged topics—ranging from basic building methods to the principles of structure and enclosure—help readers gain a working knowledge of the field in an enjoyable, easy-to-understand manner. All major construction systems, including light wood frame, mass timber, masonry, steel frame, light gauge steel, and reinforced concrete construction, are addressed.

Now in its Seventh Edition, Fundamentals of Building Construction contains substantial revisions and updates. New illustrations and photographs reflect the latest practices and developments in the industry. Revised chapters address exterior wall systems and high-performance buildings, an updated and comprehensive discussion of building enclosure science, evolving tools for assessing environmental and health impacts of building materials, and more. New and exciting developments in mass timber construction are also included. 

This Seventh Edition includes:

  • 125 new or updated illustrations and photographs, as well as 40 new photorealistic renderings
  • The latest in construction project delivery methods, construction scheduling, and trends in information technology affecting building design and construction
  • Updated discussion of the latest LEED and Living Building Challenge sustainability standards along with expanded coverage of new methods for assessing the environmental impacts of materials and buildings
  • Expanded coverage of mass timber materials, fire resistance of mass timber, and the design and construction of tall wood buildings
  • Revised end-of-chapter sections, including references, websites, key terminology, review questions, and exercises
  • Fully-updated collection of best-in-class ancillary materials: PowerPoint lecture slides, Instructor’s Manual, Test Bank, Interactive Exercises, and more
  • Companion book, Exercises in Building Construction, available in print and eBook format

For the nuts and bolts on building construction practices and materials, Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods, 7th Edition lays the foundation that every architect and construction professional needs to build a successful career. 

Preface to the Seventh Edition

1 Making Buildings

Learning to Build

Buildings and the Environment

The Work of the Design Professional

The Work of the Construction Professional

Trends in the Delivery of Design and Construction Services

2 Foundations and Sitework  

Foundation Requirements

Earth Material

Sustainability and Foundations and Sitework [AU: sustainability sidebar]

Earthwork and Excavation


Foundations as Building Enclosure


Designing Foundations

Foundations and the Building Code

3 Wood  


Sustainability and Wood [AU: sustainability sidebar]


Wood Products

Plastic Lumber

Wood Panel Products

Protecting Wood from Decay and Fire

Chemical Wood Preservative Treatments [AU: sidebar]

Wood Fasteners and Adhesives

Wood Product Adhesives and Formaldehyde [AU: sidebar]

Prefabricated Wood Components

Case Study: French American School [AU: case study with special TOC formatting, previously “From Concept to Reality”]

4 Heavy Timber and Mass Timber Construction  

Types of Construction

Sustainability and Heavy Timber and Mass Timber Construction [AU: sustainability sidebar]

Fire Resistance of Heavy Timber and Mass Timber

Calculating the Fire Resistance of Mass Timber Components [AU: sidebar]

Traditional Heavy Timber Construction

Contemporary Heavy Timber Construction

Mass Timber Construction

Wood-Concrete Composite Construction

Longer Spans in Heavy Timber

For Preliminary Design of Heavy Timber and Mass Timber Structures [AU: sidebar]

5 Wood Light Frame Construction  


Platform Frame  

Sustainability and Wood Light Construction  [AU: sustainability sidebar]

Foundations for Wood Light Frame Structures  

Building the Frame  

Variations on Wood Light Frame Construction  

Preliminary Design of Wood Light Frame Structures  [AU: sidebar]

Wood Light Frame Construction and the Building Codes  

Uniqueness of Wood Light Frame Construction  

6 Exterior Finishes for Wood Light Frame Construction  

Protection from the Weather  


Windows and Doors  

Paints and Coatings  [AU: sidebar]


Corner Boards and Exterior Trim  

Sealing Exterior Joints  

Sustainability and Paints and Other Coatings  [AU: sustainability sidebar]

Exterior Painting, Finish Grading, and Landscaping  

Exterior Construction  

7 Interior Finishes for Wood Light Frame Construction  

Completing the Building Enclosure  

Sustainability and Insulation Materials for Wood Light Frame Construction  [AU: sustainability sidebar]

Wall and Ceiling Finish  

Millwork and Finish Carpentry  

Proportioning Fireplaces  [AU: sidebar]

Proportioning Stairs  [AU: sidebar]

Flooring and Ceramic Tile Work  

Finishing Touches  

8 Brick Masonry  



Sustainability and Brick Masonry  [AU: sustainability sidebar]


Brick Masonry  

Masonry Wall Construction  

9: Stone and Concrete Masonry  

Stone Masonry  

Sustainability and Stone and Concrete Masonry  [AU: sustainability sidebar]

Concrete Masonry  

Other Types of Masonry  

Masonry Wall Construction  

10: Masonry Wall Construction  

Types of Masonry Walls  

Preliminary Design of Loadbearing Masonry Structures  [AU: sidebar]

Spanning Systems for Masonry Bearing Wall Construction  

Detailing Masonry Walls  

Special Problems of Masonry Construction  

Movement Joints in Buildings  [AU: sidebar]

Masonry Paving  

Masonry and the Building Codes  

Uniqueness of Masonry  

11: Steel Frame Construction  


The Material Steel  

Preliminary Design of Steel Structures  [AU: sidebar]

Joining Steel Members  

Details of Steel Framing  

The Construction Process  

Fire Protection of Steel Framing  

Longer Spans and Higher-Capacity Columns in Steel  

Fabric Structures  [AU: sidebar]

Sustainability and Steel Frame Construction  [AU: sustainability sidebar]

Steel and the Building Codes  

Uniqueness of Steel  

12: Light Gauge Steel Frame Construction  

The Concept of Light Gauge Steel Construction  

Sustainability and Light Gauge Steel Framing  [AU: sustainability sidebar]

Light Gauge Steel Framing  

Other Uses of Light Gauge Steel Framing  

Preliminary Design of Light Gauge Steel Frame Structures  [AU: sidebar]

Insulating Light Gauge Steel Frame Enclosures  

Finishes for Light Gauge Steel Framing  

Advantages and Disadvantages of Light Gauge Steel Framing  

Light Gauge Steel Framing and the Building Codes  

Metals In Architecture  [AU: sidebar]

Case Study: Camera Obscura at Mitchell Park, Greenport, New York  [AU: case study sidebar]

13: Concrete Construction  


Cement and Concrete  

Sustainability and Concrete  [AU: sustainability sidebar]

Making and Placing Concrete  



Concrete Creep  


Concrete Standards  

Innovations in Concrete  

14: Sitecast Concrete Framing Systems  

Casting a Concrete Slab on Grade  

Casting a Concrete Wall  

Casting a Concrete Column  

One-Way Floor and Roof Framing Systems  

Two-Way Floor and Roof Framing Systems  

Sitecast Posttensioned Framing Systems  

Other Types of Sitecast Concrete  

Cutting Concrete, Stone, and Masonry  [AU: sidebar]

Longer Spans in Sitecast Concrete  

Designing Economical Sitecast Concrete Buildings  

Preliminary Design of Sitecast Concrete Structures  [AU: sidebar]

Sitecast Concrete and the Building Codes  

Uniqueness of Sitecast Concrete  

15: Precast Concrete Framing Systems  

Precast, Prestressed Concrete Structural Elements  

Preliminary Design of Precast Concrete Structures  [AU: sidebar]

Assembly Concepts for Precast Concrete Buildings  

Manufacture of Precast Concrete Structural Elements  

Joining Precast Concrete Members  

Fastening to Concrete  [AU: sidebar]

Composite Precast/Sitecast Concrete Construction  

The Construction Process  

Sustainability and Precast Concrete Framing Systems  [AU: sustainability sidebar]

Precast Concrete and the Building Codes  

Uniqueness of Precast Concrete  

16: Designing the Building Enclosure  

Functional Requirements of the Building Enclosure  

Sustainability and the Building Enclosure  [AU: sustainability sidebar]

Keeping Water Out  

Controlling the Flow of Heat  

Controlling Air Leakage  

Controlling the Diffusion of Water Vapor  

Sealing Joints in the Exterior Wall  

17: Roofing  

Low-Slope Roofs  

Sustainability and Roofing  [AU: sustainability sidebar]

Steep Roofs  

Dissimilar Metals and Galvanic Corrosion  [AU: sidebar]

Cool Roofs  

Green Roofs  

Photovoltaic Systems  

Roofing and the Building Codes  

18: Glass and Glazing  


The Material Glass  

Sustainability and Glass  [AU: sustainability sidebar]

Other Types of Glass  [AU: sidebar]


Glass and Energy  

Glass and the Building Codes  

Case Study: Skating Rink at Yerba Buena Gardens  [AU: case study sidebar]

19: Windows and Doors  


Plastics in Building Construction  [AU: sidebar]

Sustainability and Windows and Doors  [AU: sustainability sidebar]


Other Window and Door Requirements  

20: Cladding with Masonry and Concrete  

Masonry Veneer Curtain Walls  

Stone Curtain Walls  

Precast Concrete Curtain Walls  

Exterior Insulation and Finish System  

CASE STUDY: Seattle University School of Law  [AU: case study sidebar]

21: Cladding with Metal and Glass  


Sustainability and Cladding with Metal and Glass  [AU: sustainability sidebar]

Aluminum and Glass Framing Systems  

An Outside Glazed Curtain Wall System  

Double-Skin Facades  

Sloped Glazing Systems  

The Curtain Wall Design Process  

Metal Panel Cladding  

22: Selecting Interior Finishes  

Installation of Mechanical and Electrical Services  

The Sequence of Interior Finishing Operations  

Sustainability and Interior Finishes  [AU: sustainability sidebar]

Selecting Interior Finishes  

Other Surface Flammability Criteria  [AU: sidebar]

Long-Term Trends in Interior Finish Systems  

23: Interior Walls and Partitions  

Interior Walls and Fire Criteria  

Partition Framing  

Sustainability and Gypsum and Other Wall Covering Products  [AU: sustainability sidebar]

Plaster Partitions  

Plaster Ornament  [AU: sidebar]

Gypsum Board Partitions  

Masonry Partitions  

Wall and Partition Facings  

24: Finish Ceilings and Floors  

Finish Ceilings  

Types of Ceilings  

Sustainability and Finish Ceilings and Floors  [AU: sustainability sidebar]

Finish Flooring  

Types of Finish Flooring Materials