Handbook of Alternative Materials in Residential Construction

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State-of-the-art guide to better, stronger construction methods and materials There's a better way to build houses with materials that are: cheaper; easier to use; stronger; more durable; more fire resistant; and kinder to the environment. This indispensable handbook guides you through these new materials and the implementation of new methods for the present and future. Written by experts who have hands-on design and construction experience with these tested and proven new homebuilding materials, this book shows you how to expedite the building process and cut costs in foundations and basements; floor systems; exterior walls and roof systems; interior doors and hardware; interior partitions; heating and cooling systems; plumbing; and electrical systems. Whether you're building or designing a home, renovating, or simply shopping, the handbook gives you details on several alternative materials per building phase, point-by-point comparisons of new materials and traditional materials, a case study comparison and cost analysis of traditional versus alternative design, CAD drawings of a residential design prototype, universal accessibility design strategies, and a manufacturers' source guide.

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The Accessible Home
Foundations and Basements
Floors and Floor Systems

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About the author (1998)

Richard T. Bynum, Jr., is an innovative architect who owns his own firm in Greenville, South Carolina. He and his co-author are working with the City of Greenville, Clemson University, the United States Department of Energy, and Duke Energy to build two identically designed houses, one of which is constructed with conventional materials, the other with the materials discussed in this book. Mr. Bynum earned his Master of Architecture Degree from Clemson University, a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture from North Carolina State University, and was a formerly a project architect with Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback, & Associates in Atlanta, Georgia. Daniel L. Rubino is construction administrator for Odell Associates, Inc., a prestigious building firm in Greenville, where he works closely with the design team to ensure quality planning and acts as a liaison among the owner, contractor, and designers. He formerly worked for Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo Associates and operated his own residential building firm to experiment with new materials in construction. He has a masters in architectural design and construction from Porter & Chester Institute in Connecticut.

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