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A valuable resource of technical standards and data for architects
As a former Dean and Professor of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York (1990-2000) and former Visiting Professor at Yale School of Architecture and Chair of Yale's Master of Environmental Design Program (1970-1990), Mr. Donald Watson, FAIA, NCARB, and Mr. Michael J. Crosbie, Ph.D., an adjunct professor of architecture at the Roger Williams University School of Architecture, utilize their experience and expertise in architectural journalism, research, practice and education in compiling and editing the "Time-Saver Standards for Architectural Design." (8th Edition)
For over 60 years, "Time-Saver Standards for Architectural Design" has been a valuable resource of technical standards and data for architects. It includes 5 parts organized per the Uniformat II classification system (from bottom to top, and from outside to inside of a building), contributed by a number of experts in the field:
Part A is Substructure. It discusses foundations and basement construction: soils and foundation types; retaining walls, subsurface moisture protection.
Part B is Shell. It discusses superstructure (overview of structures; design loads; designs for different types of structures: wood, steel, concrete, and masonry), exterior closure (overall view of exterior wall systems; thermal insulation; building movement; corrosion of metals; moisture control and the building envelop; watertight exterior walls; exterior doors and hardware; windows; solar control), and roofing (roofing systems, gutters and downspouts; roof openings and accessories).
Part C is Interiors. It discusses interior constructions (suspended ceiling systems; interior partitions and panels), stair cases (stair design; stair dimensioning), and dimensions (dimensions of the human figure; universal design and accessible design; design standards for pedestrian circulation; parking and vehicular circulation).
Part D is Services. It discusses conveying systems (elevators and escalators), plumbing (plumbing systems; sanitary waste systems; special plumbing systems), HVAC systems (HVAC systems for commercial buildings, special HVAC equipment), and fire protection (fire protection sprinkler systems; special fire protection systems; fire alarm systems), electrical systems (communication and security systems; electronic systems specialties; lighting)
Part E is appendixes, including: mathematics and drawings, units of measurements, the SI metric systems, and a table of contents for CD Rom.
"Time-Saver Standards for Architectural Design" includes many interior line drawings, such as sections and details, etc. They are practical, clear and straight forward: showing you where you should place flashing, drip, and weep holes, etc.
"Time-Saver Standards for Architectural Design" has 640 pages. It is a valuable resource of technical standards and data for architects.
Gang Chen, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Author of "Architectural Practice Simplified," "LEED GA Exam Guide," "Planting Design Illustrated," and other books on various LEED exams, architecture, and landscape architecture