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

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SELECTING INTERIOR FINISHES

Installation of Mechanical and Electrical Services

The Sequence of Interior Finishing Operations

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CONSIDERATIONS OF SUSTAINABILITY IN SELECTING INTERIOR FINISHES

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Selecting Interior Finish Systems

Appearance

Durability and Maintenance

Acoustic Criteria

Fire Criteria

Relationship to Mechanical and Electrical Services

Changeability

Cost

Toxic Emissions from Interior Materials

Trends in Interior Finish Systems

Workers complete installation of an elaborate ceiling made of gypsum board. The corners of the steplike construction have been reinforced with metal corner bead, and the joints and nail heads have been filled and sanded, ready for painting. (Courtesy of United States Gypsum Company)

The installation of interior finish materials—ceilings, walls, partitions, floors, casework, finish carpentry—cannot proceed at full speed until the roof and exterior walls of a building are complete and mechanical and electrical services have been installed. The roof and walls are needed to shelter the moisture-sensitive finish materials. The mechanical and electrical services generally must be covered by the interior finish materials, and thus must precede them. ...

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