The new edition of the definitive guide to professional home construction, fully updated and revised
Fundamentals of Residential Construction provides clear, accurate, and accessible guidance to every step of single family and multifamily home construction, covering site preparation, project delivery methods, scheduling, foundations, framing, roofing, finishes, heating and cooling, plumbing and electrical, as well as emerging techniques such as prefabricated construction. Illustrated with more than 1,250 high-quality drawings, photographs, and photorealistic renderings throughout, this thorough textbook addresses all major construction systems: light wood frame, heavy timber, masonry, light gauge steel, steel frame, reinforced concrete construction, and outdoor structures.
The fifth edition is thoroughly revised to reflect the industry's latest methods, materials, technologies, and green building approaches, offering the most up-to-date explanations of today's residential construction systems and current building codes, including the International Residential Code (IRC) and energy codes. This edition features entirely new materials sections on metals, plastics, and composite construction as well as expanded and updated content on ventilation, air-sealing, decks, and outdoor structures.
Provides a solid foundation in residential construction methods, tools, and processes
Discusses the latest codes, costs, trends, and best practices in design and construction
Offers timely coverage of sustainable building, energy efficiency, multifamily construction, prefabricated building components, CAD/BIM planning tools, and carbon-conscious construction
Includes access to a newly updated companion website with an instructor's manual, chapter exercises, hands-on 3D interactive activities, and other supplementary resources
Fundamentals of Residential Construction, Fifth Edition, remains essential reading for anyone looking to successfully complete a residential project. It is a perfect textbook for students in architecture, construction science, construction management, and building technology, and is a valuable reference for professional builders, construction managers, and designers.