Illustrated Dictionary of Building Design and Construction

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-12-01
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
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With in-depth definitions, and more photos, drawings, and diagrams than any similar reference, this book will prove invaluable to anyone in the building industry. The wide range of topics makes it the only single volume reference to cover all aspects of design, construction, and related business terminology. Categories covered include: Project Management Construction Process and Management Design-Build, Eco-Design, and Green Building Marketing and Presentation

Author Biography

Ernest Burden (New York, NY) is the author of many noted books on architectural drawing and presentation, including Entourage (currently in its 4th edition), Illustrated Dictionary of Architecture, and Illustrated Dictionary of Architectural Restoration. An architect and marketing communications consultant, he is a frequent lecturer at conventions of the AIA, ASID, and SMPS. He conducts workshops nationwide on marketing and presentation techniques.

Table of Contents

Administration (business policies and procedures; agreements)Areas (room attributes of all building types)Building Components (substructure; superstructure; walls, roof, windows, doors)Building Failures (causes and remedies)Building Systems (mechanical; electrical; elevators; fire protection; life safety)Building Trades (carpentry; drywall; electrical; masonry; glazing; woodworking)Building Types (Auditorium through Zoo)Components (typical building parts and systems – isolated as to methods of installation)Construction (foundations, framing, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, roofing, etc.)Construction Management (client/GC relationships; procedures)Construction (tools; materials; procedures; business; finance)Contractual Terms (types of project delivery; payments; negotiating)Costs (management; estimates; indexes; GMP [Guaranteed Maximum Price])Design (services and processes; from site research to construction documents)Design-Build (contractual arrangements; management procedures)Ecological Design and Construction (green buildings; materials; construction methods)Expenses (direct; indirect; salary; staffing)Financing (construction cost estimating; financing)Interior Finishes (doors; windows; trim; cabinets; lighting; painting)Joint Ventures (responsibilities; agreements; partnerships)Legal (contracts; liabilities; licenses; insurance)Marketing (research; collateral; database management; proposals; presentations)Materials (concrete; brick; masonry; stone; steel; fabric; plastics; wood)Project Delivery (project management methods and procedures)Renovations/Remodeling (materials and specialized procedures)Restorative Technology (cleaning; repairing; replicating; restoring)Reports (field; financial; progress; project status; site analysis)Scheduling (production of drawings and specifications; construction phasing)Site Development (master planning; utilities; site preparation)Specifications (building codes; construction documents; masterspec)Subcontractors (outline of functions of all related building trades and procedures)Technology (new high-tech materials and methods of construction)Training (architectural and construction job positions)Web (internet and intranets; project-specific web sites)Zoning (building codes and ordinances)

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