Understanding Buildings: A Multidisciplinary Approach
Understanding Buildings provides students in architecture and other allied disciplines with a basic introduction to building technology in all its aspects. This general, multidisciplinary text provides an overall explanation of the building process through an examination of underlying principles as well as design examples. In seven chapters, the book discusses structure, enclosure, climate services, utility services, lighting, acoustics, fire safety, and future needs. It is generously illustrated with 400 diagrams, tables, charts, and construction details.Esmond Reid is an architectural writer and consultant.
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What a great book for a non-architect and non-engineer!
The information is easily understood and gives the reader a good understanding of the systems that work together to create dwellings. I found that once I understood the concepts I was able to think about improvments I could make to my house.
You could satisfy at least 2 full units of this years HNC construction from this book alone. Easier to digest than Chudley or Mitchells