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architects handbook of construction detailing second edition pdf

While construction details can add to the style and aesthetic appeal of a building, they are
useless unless they can successfully provide the basic functional requirements of satisfying the
building’s purpose, protecting against the elements, providing durable interior finishes, and
making construction efficient and economical.

Most building problems and outright failures occur because of poorly designed or constructed details. Although detailing is vitally important for preventing problems, it is becoming
a lost art at the same time that it is becoming more complex due to the proliferation of new
materials and construction techniques, more stringent energy and sustainability requirements,
and safety and security concerns. Architecture schools rarely provide students with the fundamental grounding in detailing and specifying or spend as much time on them as on design and
other subjects. In architectural practice, final detailing is often left until the end of the design
and documents phases, when time and money are limited, for their thorough development.

The Architect’s Handbook of Construction Detailing provides architects, interior designers,
contractors, students, and others involved with the construction industry with a convenient
source of detailing and specification information on hundreds of commonly used details and
materials. Although no one book can provide all the details that are used in construction, the
Architect’s Handbook of Construction Detailing provides basic detail configurations that can be
used as the basis for project-specific detail development. Because detailing is closely tied to
specifying, this book also provides fundamental material data and information. The written
information is coordinated with the illustrated details in a keynote format.

The current edition of this book updates and expands features in the first edition. Details
have been revised to reflect new technologies and more stringent requirements for energy
conservation. New sections have been added on concrete with insulation, autoclaved aerated
concrete, glass fiber reinforced concrete panels, precast concrete with insulation, multistory
wood framing, structural insulated panels, vegetated protected membrane roofing, weather
barrier concepts, thermoplastic polyolefin roofing, fire-resistant glazing, proprietary gypsum
wallboard slip joints, and laminate flooring.