• Learning to Build
The Building Life Cycle
Assessing Green Buildings
• The Work of the Design Professional: Choosing Building Systems
• Construction Standards and Information Resources
Construction Trade and Professional Associations
• The Work of the Construction Professional: Constructing Buildings
Providing Construction Services
• Trends in the Delivery of Design and Construction Services
Improving Collaboration Among Team Members
Improving Efficiency in Production
Improving Information Management
• Recurring Concerns
An ironworker connects a steel wide-flange beam to a column.
(Courtesy of Bethlehem Steel Company)
We build because most human activities cannot take place outdoors. We need shelter from sun, wind, rain, and snow. We need dry, level platforms for our activities. Often we need to stack these platforms to multiply available space. On these platforms, and within our shelter, we need air that is warmer or cooler, more or less humid, than outdoors. We need less light by day, and more by night, than is offered by the natural world. We need services that provide energy, communications, and water and dispose of wastes. So, we gather materials and assemble them into the constructions we call buildings ...