The Architect's Portable Handbook: First-Step Rules of Thumb for Building Design 4/e

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McGraw Hill Professional, Mar 8, 2010 - Architecture - 688 pages
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The Essentials of Building Design--at Your Fingertips!

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.

Get practical coverage of:

  • 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

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I finally broke down and bought my own. Its got great info that is useful on the fly. Only prob is its a little out of date on code issues and estimating values I was trying to hold out for a newer version but found myself borrowing it more and more. Next to Ching its another great reference. Read full review


Part 2 Site
Part 3 Concrete
Part 4 Masonry

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John Patten (Pat) Guthrie, AIA is principal of John Pat Guthrie Architects, Inc. A licensed architect in 13 states, he is the author of McGraw-Hill's Cross Check: Integrating Building Systems and Working Drawings.

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