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Building Construction: Principles, Materials, and Systems, 3rd edition

  • Walter Scarborough
  • Madan L. Mehta
  • Diane Armpriest
Building Construction: Principles, Materials, and Systems

ISBN-13:  9780134454177

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For one- or two-semester courses in Construction Methods and Materials and Design in Architecture.


Promoting comprehensive understanding in general and complex concepts in construction

Exceptionally well-received and one of the most acclaimed university-level books on construction, Building Construction, Principles, Materials and Systems is a comprehensive and fully illustrated introduction to construction methods and materials. It’s informed by a core philosophy that sufficient grounding in the principles and science of construction is the best way to equip today’s designers and constructors to respond successfully to rapid changes in the built environment. By ensuring students are well-versed in the science and technology of materials and systems, the text aims to better prepare architects, engineers, and constructors to produce a resilient and sustainable built environment—a need that will grow with increasing urbanization across the globe. 


The science of building construction and design is evolving more quickly than ever before. The Third Edition of this outstanding text builds on the previous versions. It incorporates the latest updates available, features over one thousand new end-of-chapter problems, and now addresses common errors related to the topic. The organization of the text fosters a definitive understanding of general concepts before moving on to more complex concepts. Emphasizing a visual approach to learning, it includes original illustrations.

Table of contents

PART I: Principles of Construction

An Overview of the Building Delivery Process (How Buildings Come Into Being)

Design and Constructions Regulations

Loads on Buildings

Load Resistance (The Structural Properties of Materials)

Properties of the Envelope-I (Thermal Properties

Properties of the Envelope-II (Air and Water Vapor Control)

Fire and Smoke-Related Properties

Acoustical Properties of Materials

Principles of Joints And Sealants (Expansion and Contraction Control)

Principles of Sustainable Construction

Soils and Excavations

Below-Grade Construction (Foundation Systems and Basements)

PART II: Material and Systems of Constructions

Materials for Wood Construction-I (Lumber)

Materials for Wood Construction-II (Engineered Wood Products, Fasteners, and Connectors)

Wood Light-Frame Construction-I

Wood Light-Frame Construction-II

Structural Insulated Panel Construction

Material Steel and Steel Components

Structural Steel Construction

Cold-Formed Steel construction

Lime, Portland Cement, And Concrete

Concrete Construction-I (Formwork, Reinforcement, and Slabs-On-Ground)

Concrete Construction-II (Site-Cast And Precast Concrete Framing Systems)

Masonry Materials-I (Mortar and Brick)

Masonry Materials-II (Concrete Masonry Units, Natural Stone, and Glass Masonry Units)

Masonry and Concrete Bearing Wall Construction

Exterior Wall Cladding-I (Principles of Rainwater Infiltration Control)

Exterior Wall Cladding-II (Masonry, Precast Concrete, and GFRC)

Exterior Wall Cladding-III (Stucco, Adhered Veneer, Eifs, Natural Stone, and Insulated Metal Panels)

Glass, Glazing, and Light-Transmitting Plastics

Windows and Doors

Exterior Wall Cladding-IV (Wall System in Glass)

Roofing-I (Low-Slope Roofs)

Roofing-I (Steep Roofs)


Floor Coverings


Appendix A: SI System and U.S. System of Units

Appendix B: Preliminary Sizing of Structural Members


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Published by Pearson (January 12th 2017) - Copyright © 2018