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Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods, 5th Edition by Edward Allen, Joseph Iano

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MAKING BUILDINGS

Learning to Build

Sustainability

The Building Life Cycle

Assessing Green Buildings

The Work of the Design Professional: Choosing Building Systems

Zoning Ordinances

Building Codes

Other Constraints

Construction Standards and Information Resources

Standards-Setting Agencies

Construction Trade and Professional Associations

MasterFormat

The Work of the Construction Professional: Constructing Buildings

Providing Construction Services

Construction Scheduling

Managing Construction

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 ...

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