The Architect’s Portable Handbook: First-Step Rules of Thumb for Building Design

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Fully updated with the 2009 IBC International Building Code, this practical guide delivers the key data you need in every step of an architectural project–from initial planning and estimating through design and completion. The Architect’s Portable Handbook, Fourth Edition, provides the latest code and cost information, along with a wealth of easy-to-follow diagrams, charts, tables, and checklists for building materials, components, and assemblies. This is a must-have on-the-job companion for every design professional. This book covers the topic on

  • Land planning
  • Grading and drainage
  • Soils
  • Site improvements
  • Landscaping and irrigation
  • Green architecture
  • Concrete
  • Masonry

  • Metals
  • Wood
  • Thermal and moisture protection
  • Doors, windows, and glass
  • Finishes
  • Specialties
  • Equipment
  • Interiors
  • Assemblies
  • Conveying systems
  • Plumbing and HVAC
  • Lighting and electrical

All the construction details are illustrated and explained in a simple way. The informations are very complete and it is extremely useful for students and architects to understand  the rule of thumb during the planning, design construction stage.


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