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The classic visual guide to the basics of building construction, now with a 3D digital building model for interactive learning

For over three decades, Building Construction Illustrated has offered an outstanding introduction to the principles of building construction. This new edition of the revered classic remains as relevant as ever, providing the latest information in Francis D.K. Ching''s signature style. Its rich and comprehensive approach clearly presents all of the basic concepts underlying building construction.

New to this edition are digital enhancements delivered as an online companion to the print edition and also embedded in e-book editions. Features include a 3D model showing how building components come together in a final project.

  • llustrated throughout with clear and accurate drawings that present the state of the art in construction processes and materials
  • Updated and revised to include the latest knowledge on sustainability, incorporation of building systems, and use of new materials
  • Contains archetypal drawings that offer clear inspiration for designers and drafters
  • Reflects the 2012 International Building Codes and 2012 LEED system

This new edition of Building Construction Illustrated remains as relevant as ever, with the most current knowledge presented in a rich and comprehensive manner that does not disappoint.

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THE CLASSIC VISUAL GUIDE TO CORE PRINCIPLES OF BUILDING CONSTRUCTION, NOW WITH A COMPANION WEB SITE

Building Construction Illustrated is the go-to resource for answers to questions about the basic concepts underlying every construction project. With rich illustrations and detailed discussions of building concepts, this book gives you the knowledge you need to succeed in residential and commercial construction, architecture, and structural engineering.

This new edition of the revered industry standard remains as relevant as ever—providing the latest information in renowned author Francis D.K. Ching''s signature style that blends in-depth content and extraordinary illustration. Ching also expands on his decades-long commitment to environmentally-sensitive construction principles designed to reduce reliance on active environmental control systems and the energy they consume.

With detailed instructions, beautiful graphic presentation, and access to new, interactive digital content, Building Construction Illustrated includes:

Core, introductory information about construction materials and methods—topics covered in architectural and building technology education and learned by designers, technologists, and managers.

Clear and accurate drawings that illustrate state-of-the-art construction processes and materials—updated and revised to include the latest knowledge on sustainability, incorporation of building systems, and use of new materials.

A digital 3-D model showing how building components are assembled—offered in a companion web site: wiley.com/go/constructionillustrated.

Whether you are brushing up on the basics or looking for inspiring new construction ideas, Ching''s Building Construction Illustrated is an essential reference guide.

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THE CLASSIC VISUAL GUIDE TO CORE PRINCIPLES OF BUILDING CONSTRUCTION, NOW WITH A COMPANION WEB SITE

Building Construction Illustrated is the go-to resource for answers to questions about the basic concepts underlying every construction project. With rich illustrations and detailed discussions of building concepts, this book gives you the knowledge you need to succeed in residential and commercial construction, architecture, and structural engineering.

This new edition of the revered industry standard remains as relevant as ever―providing the latest information in renowned author Francis D.K. Ching''s signature style that blends in-depth content and extraordinary illustration. Ching also expands on his decades-long commitment to environmentally-sensitive construction principles designed to reduce reliance on active environmental control systems and the energy they consume.

With detailed instructions, beautiful graphic presentation, and access to new, interactive digital content, Building Construction Illustrated includes:

Core, introductory information about construction materials and methods―topics covered in architectural and building technology education and learned by designers, technologists, and managers.

Clear and accurate drawings that illustrate state-of-the-art construction processes and materials―updated and revised to include the latest knowledge on sustainability, incorporation of building systems, and use of new materials.

A digital 3-D model showing how building components are assembled―offered in a companion web site: wiley.com/go/constructionillustrated.

Whether you are brushing up on the basics or looking for inspiring new construction ideas, Ching''s Building Construction Illustrated is an essential reference guide.

About the Author

FRANCIS D.K. CHING is Professor Emeritus of Architecture at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is the bestselling author and coauthor of numerous architecture and design books, including Architectural Graphics; Building Codes Illustrated; Architecture: Form, Space, and Order; A Visual Dictionary of Architecture; A Global History of Architecture; Building Structures Illustrated; and Design Drawing. Mr. Ching''s works have been translated into more than eleven languages and are recognized for their clear explanations and graphic presentations of complex material.

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Nancy
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
A Treasury of Architectural Graphics, to be Used with Other Books
Reviewed in the United States on July 14, 2017
I have been searching for books that guide the reader through the design of an ideal home. I purchased BUILDING CONSTRUCTION ILLUSTRATED, by Francis Ching, because of its large reader base and exceptionally favorable reviews. Based on my search, I rate this book... See more
I have been searching for books that guide the reader through the design of an ideal home. I purchased BUILDING CONSTRUCTION ILLUSTRATED, by Francis Ching, because of its large reader base and exceptionally favorable reviews.

Based on my search, I rate this book as best in its class, i.e., among books that help architects to prepare drawings for commercial building construction.

However, this is not a practical book for designing, renovating, or repairing a home. I suggest two books that are more useful for readers with a residential interests.

WHAT IT CONTAINS

Ching’s book is primarily a catalog of detail drawings, arranged in these chapters:

1. The Building Site
2. General Structural Issues
3. Foundations
4. Floors
5. Walls
6. Roofs
7. Moisture & Thermal Protection
8. Doors & Windows
9. Stairs, Fireplaces, Space Layout, etc.
10. Interior Finishes
11. HVAC & Electrical
12. Materials & Fasteners
APPENDIX. Dimensions, Loads, Fire Protection, Noise, etc.

The book has about 500 pages. The drawings number in the thousands, so there is a lot of information on each page. I can’t imagine any other construction book that has a greater volume of sheer detail.

The drawings are extensively annotated. The annotations are as important as the drawings themselves, providing an education about each assembly.

In addition to the detail drawings, Ching includes a number of illustrated tutorials on various topics, such as structural forces, that are informative and well rendered.

Unfortunately, in this fifth edition, the text is almost illegibly small and light. The spidery font is a disaster. Even with strong glasses and good lighting, reading the text is a chore. Also, the graphics tend to be somewhat too small. The book is printed entirely in monotone black, or maybe it’s dark grey. These flaws seriously undermine the usability of the book.

WHAT IT ISN’T

Ching’s book is not a design guide. It is like a trunk full of building blocks that contains no guidance in assembling the blocks. Ching does not distinguish between methods and materials of different merit. For example, the book passes no judgement on flat roofs, active and passive solar heating, and forced-air heating, all of which have serious shortcomings.

Also, it provides only limited coverage of fundamental design issues, including energy efficiency, comfort, and indoor health.

This book is not for residential applications. Its attempt to cover both commercial and residential construction proves to be impractical. The two worlds of construction have little commonality of methods or materials. The great bulk of this book is oriented toward commercial construction, for example, with coverage of heavy steel and concrete structures. Someone who is designing a home would have to search for needles of useful information in this haystack.

BETTER BOOKS FOR RESIDENTIAL DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION

For those interested in residential design and construction, I recommend two books that are more useful, and certainly more accessible, than Ching’s book.

The best design guide for homes is SUPER HOUSE: DESIGN YOUR DREAM HOME FOR SUPER ENERGY EFFICIENCY, TOTAL COMFORT, DAZZLING BEAUTY, AWESOME STRENGTH, AND ECONOMY, by Donald Wulfinghoff. This uniquely user-friendly guide uses eight “Steps” to create an ideal home from foundation to roof, or to deal with any individual part of a house, such as replacing the windows. It goes straight to the most desirable methods and materials, ignoring the rest. It pursues energy efficiency, comfort, health, strength, and durability throughout. Also, it warns the reader of commonplace bad practices to avoid.

The best comprehensive reference book for residential construction data is THE VISUAL HANDBOOK OF BUILDING AND REMODELING, by Charlie Wing. It illustrates residential structures and materials in great depth, but offers no systematic design guidance.

The diagrams and formatting of both books use color very effectively. In addition, SUPER HOUSE uses hundreds of color photographs to illustrate good and bad practices.
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Rose Hilbert
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A great book, but an unreadable printing job
Reviewed in the United States on February 10, 2019
The printing of this book is way too light. I have the first edition that I bought in 1988, and it is great. A friend has the 3rd edition and many pages are the same. His 3rd edition is very readable - nice crisp black text. My just purchased 5th edition is pure eye strain... See more
The printing of this book is way too light. I have the first edition that I bought in 1988, and it is great. A friend has the 3rd edition and many pages are the same. His 3rd edition is very readable - nice crisp black text. My just purchased 5th edition is pure eye strain - light gray text on the white page. See my photo comparing otherwise identical pages. Is this a bootleg copy? Certainly no one is doing quality control at Wiley if this is a legitimate copy. After reading reviews I won''t buy the kindle edition either, because it is so pixelated it is unusable. This is a great book and I was planning on using it for teaching a class. But not until they fix the printing quality.
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Meghan L. Shannon
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Don''t Buy the Kindle Version
Reviewed in the United States on August 11, 2018
This book is a great resource, but don''t waste your money on the Kindle version. The formatting is very strange and I''ve looked endlessly for a setting that allows the pages to be set as the print version intends. The layout and formatting of the book is critical to being... See more
This book is a great resource, but don''t waste your money on the Kindle version. The formatting is very strange and I''ve looked endlessly for a setting that allows the pages to be set as the print version intends. The layout and formatting of the book is critical to being able to comprehend the material.
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Xin Huang
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Great Content, Poor Printing
Reviewed in the United States on December 15, 2018
This book has great content. It definitely helps people new in the construction/consulting industry. It also helps experienced engineers specialized in a particular field understand the other disciplines. But the printing HURTS MY EYES! The paper is too reflective and... See more
This book has great content. It definitely helps people new in the construction/consulting industry. It also helps experienced engineers specialized in a particular field understand the other disciplines. But the printing HURTS MY EYES! The paper is too reflective and the fonts are too small. I would highly recommend to buy the older version.
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Lauren
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Get the earlier edition that you can actually read
Reviewed in the United States on November 3, 2019
The content is good (of course since it’s a Ching book), but I can’t believe they published this book without seeing how the text would print first. Isn’t that Arch 101?? I’m not even 30 and I’m straining to read the content in good light. I should have bought a previous... See more
The content is good (of course since it’s a Ching book), but I can’t believe they published this book without seeing how the text would print first. Isn’t that Arch 101?? I’m not even 30 and I’m straining to read the content in good light. I should have bought a previous edition like everyone else recommended. Definitely bummed.
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Steve Phlegar
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Not a Keeper
Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2014
I have found the two earlier editions on my shelf to be absolutely invaluable ~ they are disintegrating from heavy use. But, I''m afraid that the old ones will wear even more, because the hair line print, both the text and the drawings in this edition (undoubtedly the best... See more
I have found the two earlier editions on my shelf to be absolutely invaluable ~ they are disintegrating from heavy use. But, I''m afraid that the old ones will wear even more, because the hair line print, both the text and the drawings in this edition (undoubtedly the best edition yet for content) is a chore. I don''t know what they were thinking ~ going green by saving ink? I''m going to try to adapt to the pale gray but I''m not optimistic about succeeding. A return may ultimately be in order along with the purchase of a new copy of an older more legible edition. Two point five stars for now, but will re-comment if I find it to be keeper.

OK --- this is an addendum to above: The fifth edition is for me NOT a keeper - I''ve given it to a friend who has only rare need for this type of reference material, in contrast to my frequent need and use. I have normal eyesight, and the text in the fifth edition is both pale and diminutive to such an extent that I find it illegible in any practical sense. I''m very disappointed in that I was eagerly looking forward to this new edition. The drawings are usable, but taxing for the same reasons. What we have is Beethoven''s Fifth delivered underwater. What a bummer! Two stars.
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Draw4Luv
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Fantastic Resource, Tons of Information & Great Graphics!
Reviewed in the United States on April 8, 2014
Once again, Mr. Ching has taken his classic Building Construction Illustrated to a whole new level! The 5th Edition adds great new information on sustainability, new materials & practices and updates building MEP systems. As a 20+ year architect, I find my copies of his... See more
Once again, Mr. Ching has taken his classic Building Construction Illustrated to a whole new level! The 5th Edition adds great new information on sustainability, new materials & practices and updates building MEP systems. As a 20+ year architect, I find my copies of his book to be my favorite references - they are never far from my hand for both residential and commercial projects.

My ONLY complaint about the 5th edition is the type size and style... it''s TINY! Maybe they were trying to make room to cram in more information, or maybe it is my aging eyes, but the text in this book is very small, very thin and very narrow, making it very hard to read!

Despite that, this is a must have for design students, professionals, do-it-yourselfers and yes, even contractors!
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Zeke Reich
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lost its charm
Reviewed in the United States on February 3, 2019
Love the 2nd edition, just got the 5th. What a sell out disaster. The 2nd sparkles- a visually integrates whole that reflects a beautiful mind and eye at work. The 5th sags under Wiley’s weight- terrible text typeface, irrelevant relationship between this typeface and the... See more
Love the 2nd edition, just got the 5th. What a sell out disaster. The 2nd sparkles- a visually integrates whole that reflects a beautiful mind and eye at work. The 5th sags under Wiley’s weight- terrible text typeface, irrelevant relationship between this typeface and the bold header, text and pictures stuck together. Visual issues may sound like quibbles but the visual grace of the 2nd edition is what makes it such a treasure. Come back, Professor Ching!
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eeva197
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Well done again
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 12, 2016
Purchased a long while back, what a great Author very detailed information and easy on the eye
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 21, 2020
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Highly recommend!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 15, 2016
I used this book when I was doing my degree in Architecture and it saved my life when it came to articulating the technical build up of components and it helped me understand details. The images are clear and the accompanying text is easy to understand. Francis D. K. Ching...See more
I used this book when I was doing my degree in Architecture and it saved my life when it came to articulating the technical build up of components and it helped me understand details. The images are clear and the accompanying text is easy to understand. Francis D. K. Ching always produces great books.
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Sandra Figler
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 4, 2015
One of the best books for architecture students
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great book for all interior design students!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 29, 2014
great book for all interior design students!
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