150 Best Eco House Ideas covering the diversity of current trends in sustainable home design, and is both the perfect resource for designers, interior decorators, and architects, as well an inspirational sourcebook for all homeowners interested in creating warm and inviting homes that cause only a fraction of the environmental impact of those created using conventional building methods.
For over three decades, Building Construction Illustratedhas offered an outstanding introduction to the principles ofbuilding construction. This new edition of the revered classicremains as relevant as ever, providing the latest information inFrancis D.K. Ching's signature style. Its rich and comprehensiveapproach clearly presents all of the basic concepts underlyingbuilding construction.
New to this edition are digital enhancements delivered as anonline companion to the print edition and also embedded in e-bookeditions. Features include a 3D model showing how buildingcomponents come together in a final project.llustrated throughout with clear and accurate drawings thatpresent the state of the art in construction processes andmaterialsUpdated and revised to include the latest knowledge onsustainability, incorporation of building systems, and use of newmaterialsContains archetypal drawings that offer clear inspiration fordesigners and draftersReflects the 2012 International Building Codes and 2012 LEEDsystem
This new edition of Building Construction Illustratedremains as relevant as ever, with the most current knowledgepresented in a rich and comprehensive manner that does notdisappoint.
The Interactive Resource Center is an online learningenvironment where instructors and students can access the toolsthey need to make efficient use of their time, while reinforcingand assessing their understanding of key concepts for successfulunderstanding of the course. An access card with redemption codefor the online Interactive Resource Center isincluded with all new, print copies or can bepurchased separately. (***If you rent or purchase aused book with an access code, the access code may have beenredeemed previously and you may have to purchase a new access code-ISBN: 9781118986837).
The online Interactive Resource Center containsresources tied to the book, such as:Interactive Animations highlighting key conceptsPhoto Gallery of architectural precedents illustrated in thebookFlashcards for focused learning
Architecture: Form, Space, and Order, Fourth Edition isthe classic introduction to the basic vocabulary of architecturaldesign, updated with new information on emerging trends and recentdevelopments. This bestselling visual reference helps both studentsand professionals understand the vocabulary of architectural designby examining how space and form are ordered in the environment.
Essential and timeless, the fundamental elements of space andform still present a challenge to those who crave a deeperunderstanding. Taking a critical look at the evolution of spaces,Architecture distills complex concepts of design into aclear focus that inspires, bringing difficult abstractions to life.The book is illustrated throughout to demonstrate the conceptspresented, and show the relationships between fundamental elementsof architecture through the ages and across cultures. Topicsinclude:Primary elements and the principles of space designForm and space, including light, view, openings, andenclosuresOrganization of space, and the elements and relationships ofcirculationProportion and scale, including proportioning systems andanthropometry
Complete Book of Framing, Second Edition is an updated,easy-to-learn guide to rough carpentry and framing written by anexpert with more than thirty years of framing experience. This bookguides the reader through the steps on framing floors, walls,roofs, door and window openings, and stairs. Hundreds of colorphotographs and illustrations help the reader understand the basicsas well as advanced framing methods. This Second Edition isupdated to match the framing techniques to the 2009 InternationalBuilding Code, and introduces the concept of "green framing"regarding material use and handling.Deals with the new corrosive treating methods that began to beused in 2004 for pressure treated woodCovers the time and energy-saving benefits of positiveplacement nail guns, which have become the industry standard forfastening light gage hardwareIncludes a glue-laminated beam weight chart, along with adescription of crane operations for setting these beams
Starting with the basics, this book begins with types of lumber,nails, and what tools are needed, followed by detailed, fullyillustrated steps for framing each building element—fromplanning and layout through specific nailing patterns.Framer-Friendly Tips throughout the book show how to get a taskdone right—and more easily.
An essential one-volume reference of architectural topics usingFrancis D.K. Ching's signature presentation. It is the onlydictionary that provides concise, accurate definitions illustratedwith finely detailed, hand-rendered drawings. From Arch to Wood,every concept, technology, material and detail important toarchitects and designers are presented in Ching's unique style.Combining text and drawing, each term is given a minimumdouble-page spread on large format trim size, so that the term canbe comprehensively explored, graphically showing relations betweenconcepts and sub-termsA comprehensive index permits the reader to locate anyimportant word in the text.This long-awaited revision brings the latest concepts andtechnology of 21st century architecture, design and construction tothis classic reference work
It is sure to be by the side of and used by any seriousarchitect or designer, students of architecture, interiordesigners, and those in construction.
Prefab Modern explores the best prefabricated houses on the market today, from all over the world along with a resource directory on how you can purchase them. Included are case studies from all over the US and around the world, from top architects and designers.
Prefab is the inevitable next step to "cool" housing as the market looks for reasonably priced housing for first and second homes. Prefab Houses Designsource is the perfect guide to this undeniable and fascinating trend.
Of the many plans submitted, one stood out--a daring and unorthodox solution to vaulting what is still the largest dome (143 feet in diameter) in the world. It was offered not by a master mason or carpenter, but by a goldsmith and clockmaker named Filippo Brunelleschi, who would dedicate the next twenty-eight years to solving the puzzles of the dome's construction. In the process, he did nothing less than reinvent the field of architecture.
Brunelleschi's Dome is the story of how a Renaissance genius bent men, materials, and the very forces of nature to build an architectural wonder we continue to marvel at today. Denounced at first as a madman, Brunelleschi was celebrated at the end as a genius. He engineered the perfect placement of brick and stone, built ingenious hoists and cranes to carry an estimated 70 million pounds hundreds of feet into the air, and designed the workers' platforms and routines so carefully that only one man died during the decades of construction--all the while defying those who said the dome would surely collapse and his own personal obstacles that at times threatened to overwhelm him.
Even today, in an age of soaring skyscrapers, the cathedral dome of Santa Maria del Fiore retains a rare power to astonish. Ross King brings its creation to life in a fifteenth-century chronicle with twenty-first-century resonance.
If you want to go beyond the basics and start using SketchUp 3D modeling software in all phases of your design, The SketchUp Workflow for Architecture is the perfect place to start. From preliminary schematics to construction documentation and everything in between, the book sketches out a workflow that is flexible enough to use from start to finish. You'll discover helpful techniques, smart tips, and best practices that will make your design process easier, as well as helping you easily export your models into BIM programs.
The book includes in-depth coverage of the lightly-documented LayOut toolset and video tutorials on more advanced methods.Goes beyond the basics into intermediate and advanced techniques for architects, designers, and engineers who want to use SketchUp in all stages of designGuides you from basic schematics through design development to construction documentationIncludes best practices for organizing projects and workflows and helpful tipsProvides special coverage of the LayOut toolset, an often-underused component of SketchUp Pro
The SketchUp Workflow for Architecture is a valuable addition to your design toolkit.
Now in its sixth edition, this bestselling reference focuses on the basic materials and methods used in building construction. Emphasizing common construction systems such as light wood frame, masonry bearing wall, steel frame, and reinforced concrete construction, the new edition includes new information on building materials properties; the latest on "pre-engineered" building components and sustainability issues; and reflects the latest building codes and standards. It also features an expanded series of case studies along with more axonometric detail drawings and revised photographs for a thoroughly illustrated approach.
With the majority of the world's population shifting to urbancentres, urban planning—the practice of land-use andtransportation planning to help shape cities structurally,economically, and socially—has become an increasingly vitalprofession. In Urban Planning For Dummies, readers will geta practical overview of this fascinating field, including studyingcommunity demographics, determining the best uses for land,planning economic and transportation development, and implementingplans. Following an introductory course on urban planning, thisbook is key reading for any urban planning student or anyoneinvolved in urban development.
With new studies conclusively demonstrating the dramatic impactof urban design on public psychological and physical health, theimpact of the urban planner on a community is immense. And with awide range of positions for urban planners in the public,nonprofit, and private sectors—including law firms, utilitycompanies, and real estate development firms—having afundamental understanding of urban planning is key to anyone evenconsidering entry into this field. This book provides a usefulintroduction and lays the groundwork for serious study.Helps readers understand the essentials of this complexprofessionWritten by a certified practicing urban planner, with extensivepractical and community-outreach experience
For anyone interested in being in the vanguard of building,designing, and shaping tomorrow's sustainable city, UrbanPlanning For Dummies offers an informative, entirely accessibleintroduction on learning how.
Fundamentals of Residential Construction is the definitive guide to single family and multifamily home building that details every step of the construction process. From siting and foundations to finishing details, this book provides a complete walk-through of professional home construction. Over 1,200 drawings and photographs animate the textbook, while interactive supplementary online resources help facilitate an understanding of the material. This fourth edition accommodates the latest developments in materials and methods, including new coverage of sustainable building and energy efficiency, multifamily construction, prefabricated building components, and CAD/BIM planning tools in residential construction. Authoritative coverage of wood light-frame construction, building systems, industrialized fabrication, insulating concrete forms, light-gauge steel and masonry construction, multi-family buildings, and more provides a solid foundation in residential construction methods, tools, and processes.
Building a home requires a deeply integrated understanding of materials, structures, codes, and management procedures. Because the process involves such a broad array of considerations and challenges, construction professionals must regularly draw on a clear body of knowledge to keep a project running smoothly. This book helps you lay the groundwork of expertise required to successfully complete a residential project.
• Learn the advantages and disadvantages of common materials and systems
• Understand site preparation, foundations, and framing
• Delve into the details of roofing, finishing, and energy efficiency
• Understand heating/cooling, plumbing, and electrical options
• Examine the latest codes, costs, and management best practices
Designing and constructing a home presents a unique project dynamic; people's homes are their sanctuaries, where they make the memories of a lifetime. They must be designed to be lived in, not simply "used." Lifetime costs play a major role in decision-making, materials must be carefully chosen and sourced, and spaces must be structured to be efficient yet enjoyable. Fundamentals of Residential Construction shows you how to bring it all together to turn a project into a family's cherished home.
Business, legal, and technical trends in architecture areconstantly changing. The Architect's Handbook of ProfessionalPractice has offered firms the latest guidance on those trendssince 1920.
The Fifteenth Edition of this indispensable guidefeatures nearly two-thirds new content and covers all aspects ofcontemporary practice, including updated material on:Small-firm practice, use of technologies such as BIM, andproject delivery methods, such as IPD and architect-leddesign-buildCareer development and licensure for emerging professionals andstate-mandated continuing education for established architectsBusiness management topics, such as organizational development,marketing, finance, and human resourcesResearch as an integrated aspect of architectural practice,featuring such topics as evidence-based design and research in asmall-firm context
The Fifteenth Edition of The Architect's Handbook ofProfessional Practice includes access to a website thatcontains samples of all AIA Contract Documents (in PDF format forMac and PC computers). With comprehensive coverage of contemporarypractices in architecture, as well as the latest developments andtrends in the industry, The Architect's Handbook of ProfessionalPractice continues to be the essential reference for everyarchitect who must meet the challenges of today's marketplace withinsight and confidence.
Guide to the LEED Green Associate V4 Exam is acomprehensive study guide for the LEED Green Associate v4 exam.Written by a LEED expert and consultant who actually passed theexam, this guide provides a first-hand account of preparationstrategies that work. The book is designed to work with how peoplestudy, organized for quick navigation, with sample questions andflashcards throughout. The companion website offers additionalstudy aids, including more sample test questions andflashcards. The book covers all topics and principles includedon the exam, and provides all the information necessary topass.
Passing the LEED Green Associate v4 exam is the only way to getthe Green Associate credential, so a complete, comprehensive studyguide is essential. The Guide to the LEED Green AssociateExam has been updated specifically to align with the mostcurrent version of the exam. Topics include:The three tiers of the credentialing processConcepts and processes of sustainable designLEED design strategies and technologiesHow and what to study for the exam
Beyond just providing information, this book offers the insightof someone who's been there, and can manage expectations andeliminate surprises. Motivating, engaging, and packed with expertadvice, the Guide to the LEED Green Associate Exam helpseager professionals prepare for – and pass – the LEEDGreen Associate v4 exam.
Architectural Graphics is the classic bestsellingreference by one of the leading global authorities on architecturaldesign drawing, Francis D.K. Ching. Now in its sixth edition, thisessential guide offers a comprehensive introduction to usinggraphic tools and drafting conventions to translate architecturalideas into effective visual presentations, using hundreds of theauthor's distinctive drawings to illustrate the topic effectively.This updated edition includes new information on orthographicprojection in relation to 3D models, and revised explanations ofline weights, scale and dimensioning, and perspective drawing toclarify some of the most difficult concepts. New examples of modernfurniture, APA facilities, and presentation layout provide moreup-to-date visuals, and the Reference Center features all newanimations, videos, and practice exercises.
Architectural graphics are key tools for conveying designthrough representation on paper or on screen, and this book is theultimate guide to mastering the skill, then applying your talent tocreate more effective design communication.Understand multiview, paraline, and perspective drawingMaster interior sections using a variety of techniquesRender tonal value, enhance depth, and convey illuminationDevelop professional-quality layouts for presentations
Architectural graphics both inform the design process and serveas the means by which a design is interpreted and built. Completemastery of the tools and conventions is essential to the successfuloutcome of any project, and mistakes can cause confusion, timedelays, increased costs, and possible catastrophe. ArchitecturalGraphics is the comprehensive guide to professionalarchitectural drawing, with insight from a leading authority in thefield.
In his distinctive graphic style, world-renowned author andarchitecture educator Francis D.K. Ching takes us on anotherexciting journey through the process of creation. In DesignDrawing, Second Edition, he unmasks the basic cognitiveprocesses that drive visual perception and expression,incorporating observation, memory, and rendering into a creativewhole. This edition unites imaginative vision with fundamentalarchitectural principles to cover the traditional basics ofdrawing, including line, shape, tone, and space. Guiding the readerstep-by-step through the entire drawing process, DesignDrawing also examines different types of drawing techniquessuch as multiview, paraline, and perspective drawings -- and howthey can be applied to achieve stunning results. In addition, thisedition:Goes beyond basic drawing books—Ching not onlycovers the principles, media, and techniques of drawing, but alsoplaces these within the context of what and why designersdraw.Features more than 1,500 hand-rendereddrawings—beautiful illustrations that reinforce theconcepts and lessons of each chapter.Includes a supplemental CD-ROM—viewers will gain agreater appreciation of the techniques presented in this bookthrough the power of animation, video, and 3D models. Twelve newmodules are included, as is a video of the author demonstratingfreehand techniques in a step-by-step manner.
For professional architects, designers, fine artists,illustrators, teachers and students alike, this all-in-one packageis both an effective tool and an outstanding value, demonstratingconcepts and techniques in a visually stimulating format thattransends comparable works in the field.
In Urban Acupuncture, Lerner celebrates these “pinpricks” of urbanism—projects, people, and initiatives from around the world that ripple through their communities to uplift city life. With meditative and descriptive prose, Lerner brings readers around the world to streets and neighborhoods where urban acupuncture has been practiced best, from the bustling La Boqueria market in Barcelona to the revitalization of the Cheonggyecheon River in Seoul, South Korea. Through this journey, Lerner invites us to re-examine the true building blocks of vibrant communities—the tree-lined avenues, night vendors, and songs and traditions that connect us to our cities and to one another.
Urban Acupuncture is the first of Jaime Lerner’s visionary work to be published in English. It is a love letter to the elements that make a street hum with life or a neighborhood feel like home, penned by one of the world’s msuccessful advocates for sustainable and livable urbanism.
Taking into account changing demographics and changing lifestyles, Gehl emphasizes four human issues that he sees as essential to successful city planning. He explains how to develop cities that are Lively, Safe, Sustainable, and Healthy. Focusing on these issues leads Gehl to think of even the largest city on a very small scale. For Gehl, the urban landscape must be considered through the five human senses and experienced at the speed of walking rather than at the speed of riding in a car or bus or train. This small-scale view, he argues, is too frequently neglected in contemporary projects.
In a final chapter, Gehl makes a plea for city planning on a human scale in the fast- growing cities of developing countries. A “Toolbox,” presenting key principles, overviews of methods, and keyword lists, concludes the book.
The book is extensively illustrated with over 700 photos and drawings of examples from Gehl’s work around the globe.
Introduction to Architecture presents the essential textsand drawings of Francis D. K. Ching for those new to architectureand design. With his typical highly graphic approach, this is thefirst introductory text from Ching that surveys the design ofspaces, buildings, and cities. In an easy to understand format,readers will explore the histories and theories of architecture,design elements and process, and the technical aspects of thecontemporary profession of architecture.
The book explains the experience and practice of architectureand allied disciplines for future professionals, while those wholove the beauty of architecture drawing will delight in thegorgeous illustrations included.Overview of the issues and practices of architecture in anall-in-one introductory textIncludes new chapters and introductory essays by James Eckler,and features more than 1,000 drawings throughoutProfessor Ching is the bestselling author of numerous books onarchitecture and design, all published by Wiley; his works havebeen translated into 16 languages and are regarded as classics fortheir renowned graphical presentation
For those pursuing a career in architecture or anyone who lovesarchitectural design and drawing, Introduction toArchitecture presents a beautifully illustrated andcomprehensive guide to the subject.
To be competitive, contractors and homebuilders need to know howto generate complete, accurate estimates for labor and materialcosts. This book guides readers through the entire estimatingprocess, explaining in detail how to put together a reliableestimate that can be used not only for budgeting, but also fordeveloping a schedule, managing a project, dealing withcontingencies, and ultimately making a profit.
Completely revised and updated to reflect the new CSIMasterFormat 2010TM system, the Second Edition of this practicalguide describes estimating techniques for each building system andhow to apply them according to the latest industry standards. Costconsiderations and quantity takeoff and pricing are included forvirtually every type of work found in residential and lightcommercial projects, from demolition, concrete, and masonry towindows and doors, siding, roofing, mechanical and electricalsystems, finish work, and site construction.
Complete with many new graphics and references to professionalconstruction cost databases, the new edition provides experiencedcontractors and novices alike with essential information on:
How to correctly interpret plans and specifications, reflectingupdates to contract documents since the first edition
Computer estimating techniques and new estimating software forperforming quantity takeoff
The best methods for conceptual estimating as well as theextremely useful topic of parametric estimating
How to allocate the right amounts for profit and contingencies,and other hard-to-find professional guidance
How a unit price estimate is built along with labor issues andbudgeting for subcontractor work
This fully updated Third Edition covers principles of designing buildings that use the sun for heating, wind for cooling, and daylight for natural lighting. Using hundreds of illustrations, this book offers practical strategies that give the designer the tools they need to make energy efficient buildings.Hundreds of illustrations and practical strategies give the designer the tools they need to make energy efficient buildings.Organized to quickly guide the designer in making buildings respond to the sun, wind and light.
Taking energy from the grid when necessary and returning any excess energy produced, almost-off-the-grid homes function on a fraction of the energy required by most houses, and additionally are more comfortable, healthier, quieter inside, and far cheaper to operate. As energy costs continue to rise, the almost-off-the-grid house proves its worth.
Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid profiles more than 30 of the most energy-efficient homes in the United States, and this hardworking guide reveals how homeowners can achieve similar results with floor plans, the latest, most efficient technologies, and multiple images of the exterior and interior of each home.
Praise for Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid:
Recipient of the 2013 Robert Bruss Gold Book Award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE)
“You can build a high quality, environmentally friendly and efficient home at a reasonable price with a look and feel of a traditional home. Advancements like those used in our house and the other houses in this book will transform the homebuilding industry.” —Christine Todd Whitman, former governor of New Jersey and administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
“The time has come to throw out the old stereotypes and to embrace prefab building techniques as the way of the future—and the best approach for today. For anyone wanting to create a house that’s sustainable in every sense of the word, this book is an excellent place to start.” —Sarah Susanka, architect and author of The Not So Big House series
“I'm passionate about prefab because I know that it can spark an incredibly positive change in the building industry and dramatically reduce costs and construction duration. Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid is an enlightening guide on using prefab to create your own affordable, energy-efficient home.” —Bruce Ratner, chairman and chief executive of the Forest City Ratner Companies
“Sheri Koones highlights the many ways of using prefabrication to create almost-off-the-grid homes that are not only environmentally friendly but often operate at nearly zero annual energy cost. . . . This is an easy-on-the-eyes guide that includes floor plans and multiple images of the exterior and interior of each home. It is not a manual for green construction, but a general overview of aspects of prefab and green construction. And it does that well.” —Natural Life magazine
“If you’re ready to do something about your energy dependence, or if you enjoy stories of people who’ve bucked the trends, you owe it to yourself to give Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid a look. Beautifully illustrated, it ends with a great resources list for the homes showcased.” —Examiner.com
“Indispensable guide to creating the ideal, almost-off-the-grid home. . . . This text is both timely and tempting to anyone interested in inhabiting a more comfortable and cost-efficient abode.” —Bask
“This attractive coffee-table-style book, the third in Koones’s Prefabulous series, features 32 prefabricated houses that, to a greater or lesser extent, boast environmentally friendly, efficient, and renewable-energy elements.” —Publishers Weekly
Architectural programming is a team effort that requires closecooperation between architects and their clients. ProblemSeeking, Fifth Edition lays out a five-step procedure thatteams can follow when programming any building or series ofbuildings, from a small house to a hospital complex. This simpleyet comprehensive process encompasses the entire range of factorsthat influence the design of buildings.
This Fifth Edition of the only programming guideappropriate for both architect and client features new informationrelated to BIM, integrated practice, and sustainable design whenprogramming. Supplemented with more than 120 illustrations anddiagrams updated for this edition, this indispensable resourceprovides revised technical information and faster, easier access toexplanations, examples, and tools, including:
Guidance on incorporating the latest technological tools whenprogramming
A primer on discounted cash flow analysis and net present valueanalysis
Project statement examples organized by project phase andbuilding type
Useful techniques for data management, functional relationshipanalysis, and more
The USGBC released LEED v4 in GreenBuild International Conference and Expo in November, 2013. The GBCI started to include the new LEED v4 content for all LEED exams in late Spring 2014. We have incorporated the new LEED v4 content in this book.
Starting on December 1, 2011, GBCI began to draw LEED AP BD+C Exam questions from Green Building and LEED Core Concepts Guide. We have also incorporated the latest information from this book.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is one of the most important trends in development and is revolutionizing the construction industry. It has gained tremendous momentum and has a profound impact on our environment.
From this book, you will learn how to:
1. Pass the LEED AP BD+C Exam.
2. Register and achieve LEED certification for a building.
3. Understand the intent of each LEED prerequisite and credit.
4. Calculate points for LEED credits.
5. Indentify the credit path, submittal requirements, synergies, possible strategies and technologies, project phase, LEED submittal phase, and responsible party for each prerequisite and credit.
6. Earn extra credit (exemplary performance) for LEED.
7. Implement the related codes and standards.
8. Obtain points for categories not yet clearly defined by the USGBC.
Most of the existing books on LEED and the LEED exams are too expensive and complicated to be practical or helpful. This guide fills in the blanks and demystifies LEED. It uncovers the secrets, codes, and jargon for LEED as well as the true meaning of "going green." It provides a solid foundation and fundamental framework for LEED. It covers every major aspect of LEED in plain and concise language, and introduces it to ordinary people. This guide is easy to carry around. You can read it whenever you have a few extra minutes.
It is an indispensable book for ordinary people, developers, brokers, contractors, administrators, architects, landscape architects, engineers, interns, drafters, designers, and other design professionals.
What others are saying about LEED BD&C Exam Guide …
“Passed on first try, only used this guide
“This is the best study guide HANDS DOWN. If you're serious about passing the LEED AP BD&C exam on your first try, this is the one you've been looking for! I bought Mr. Chen's LEED Green Associate Exam Guide2 months ago and passed it on the first try as well. I purchased the USGBC reference guide and Mr. Chen's LEED BD&C Exam Guide. I never opened the USGBC reference guide, only studied from Mr. Chen's study guide. I followed Mr. Chen's instructions and studied the guide for 2 weeks (yes, I have a full-time job). I did ignore the mnemonics, not my learning style (makes it more confusing to me). The exam was not easy, but I prepared and stuck to this material. I am not a good test taker by no means. I reviewed the technical data of the guide about 6 times and ignored everything else I had read or heard about the exam. Here's a piece of advice that I picked up from this book, spend less time on practice tests and more time studying! I have a subscription to a web exam simulator (rated the best) and only did about 100 questions, until I realized that I was wasting my valuable time. Find a good book and stick to it. This is also a great reference guide to use on everyday projects. Review the material, try to understand it, then try to memorize it through repetition. I would like to shake your hand and say THANKS AGAIN MR. GANG CHEN !!! ”
“Excellent Guide and Good Manual
“I passed the LEED AP BD+C and the LEED AP ID+C exams this year and Gang Chen's books were my primary study material! The books are easy to read and use. Gang Chen provides study hints and guidance as well as an outline format that makes it easy for the reader to grasp key points. He also provides an excellent review of the entire accreditation process which can save people time in personal research. The books are more than study guides; they are helpful as reference manuals because of the easy to follow format. Definitely a keeper in my bookshelf for future project reference.”
—Karen M. Scott
“Great resource for studying for the LEED Exam!
“I have taken and passed the LEED AP BD+C exam and know what it takes. As this author says, it's not an easy exam and he is right. What is critical to passing is having great teaching tools and this book is one of them. He touches on every aspect of how to memorize data, how questions are formed, what to expect on tricky questions, the content the test writers are looking for and every little detail you need to know when preparing for this exam. I highly recommend this author's books if you are serious about passing any of the LEED exams, hopefully on the first try!”
—S. Jennifer Sakiewicz
“LEED BD & C Exam Study Guide
“Gang Chan's study guide is an excellent resource in preparing to take the LEED AP BD+C exam particularly if one follows the study recommendation made in the guide. It does not replace the LEED Reference manual as the definitive source for technical information but more importantly provides a structure for the study of the information that is easily understood and when followed should provide good assurance of success in passing the exam the 1st time. This is a 'keeper'!”
“Good summary of information to memorize for the test
“Chen's exam guide is a good summary of the test relevant information in the LEED reference guide. He underlines specific information that is important to commit to memory for the test. It is a good way to understand which information needs to be strictly memorized if you are preparing for the test in a short amount of time and have a good understanding of the LEED process through your professional experience. I passed the test with a very high score on my first try, and I did use this guide, one other, the LEED reference manual, online sources, a class, and many years of personally working on and completing online LEED submittals through my work. The week before taking the test I used it to commit point values and those kind of details to memory... ”
“Not a bulky ref guide
“LEED BD&C Exam Guide does a great job in highlighting and summarizing the key points and concepts in USGBC ref guide. If you only have limited amount of time for LEED AP BD+C exam preparation, definitely go for this book.”
“Very valuable guide!
“I am a lighting designer and am preparing to take the LEED BD+C exam...I got LEED BD&C Exam Guide to prepare for the LEED AP BD+C Exam and it was fairly well organized to help me refresh my memory on the background LEED knowledge I had. All the specifics that one needs to know about each credit such as the Purpose of the credit, Credit path, Submittals, Strategies and technologies etc, are clearly organized for every credit. In addition the author also employs the smart technique of Mnemonics which helps in memorizing the vast amount of information in a simplified manner.”
“Immensely valuable and utterly to the point, a true must have!
“This is an excellent publication by Gang Chen that outlines precisely all the key points one need for success. I personally appreciate the easy to adopt memorization technique offered by the author. Practice exams are very comprehensive yet summarized and not to mention highly effective learning tool as it is designed in this book. It is a very delightful experience for me to have this outstanding publication. In a word, this definitely worth the money and for me it turns out extraordinarily helpful.”
—Shanaz, who passed LEED AP BD+C Exam on the first try
“I found LEED BD&C Exam Guide to be very detailed and very helpful. I plan to take the exam soon, and I feel fully prepared for it.”
— Yousuf Asadzoi
“I had appeared for GA and passed. I loved the content and the underlined highlights. I read your book; it gave me insight and knowledge on how credits are applied. Some questions in your book helped me answer ones on the test. Good book, I'll go through it once again when I appear for AP.”
—Haresh Vibhakar, AIIA (India), AIA, LEED Green Associate, Architect
“A good outline
“The book is an excellent outline to learn the necessary items required to study for the exam. It is not a comprehensive study guide in and of itself. Practice exam is good indicator of test preparation.”
“Solid LEED Study Guide
“This is the kind of book I wish was available when I did my original LEED AP exam. It teaches you how to study, which is so important when school is a distant memory. The bulk of the book helps you review and memorize with mnemonics the concepts for each credit that you need to know for the exam. The questions are good representations of questions on the exam. I would recommend to anyone studying for their exam, that they:
- First read the chapters in this book on how to study;
- Second read the actual LEED BD+C guide to give you the background information on the credits and gain comprehension. Underline and review as the author indicates to get the most out of your study time.
- Finally read the rest of this exam guide to help you review and memorize for the exam.”
“Very Helpful Guide
“Gang Chen's LEED BD&C Exam Guides very helpful in consolidating information from USGBC and GBCI sources as well as providing the information that is necessary for the exam without excess irrelevant information. I highly recommend this book for preparation for the LEED BD+C exams.”
No other book so clearly connects the form of our cities to their ecological, economic, and social consequences. No other book takes on this breadth of complex and contentious issues and distills them down to such convincing and practical solutions. And no other book so vividly compares and contrasts the differing experiences of U.S. and Canadian cities.
Of particular new importance is how city form affects the production of planet-warming greenhouse gases. The author explains this relationship in an accessible way, and goes on to show how conforming to seven simple rules for community design could literally do a world of good. Each chapter in the book explains one rule in depth, adding a wealth of research to support each claim. If widely used, Condon argues, these rules would lead to a much more livable world for future generations—a world that is not unlike the better parts of our own.
Written by an award-winning author and veteran sex therapist, this practical, innovative, and often passionate book addresses the explosion of pornography use, advises couples on defusing conflict about it, guides parents in helping their kids deal with it, advises people concerned about their use of it, and shows how honest talk about sex can resolve America's "porn panic."
So what did happen when Internet porn flooded America? The rates of sexual assault, divorce, and child molestation declined. And yet various religious groups, politicians, some feminists, anti-trafficking activists, and many marriage counselors talk unceasingly about the damage porn viewing is doing to our society. They have created a "PornPanic" that has demonized the recreation of some 60 million Americans.
Americans are always ready for new reasons to feel guilty and ashamed of their sexuality, and Internet porn is the newest reason. Wives and girlfriends worry that they can't compete with it; teens use it as a misguided substitute for sex education, often disturbed by intense adults-only imagery; and psychologically vulnerable people get caught up in hours of compulsive porn surfing every night, feeling isolated and inadequate as a result.
Fortunately for his many readers, however, using clear reasoning, clinical expertise, and political savvy, Klein shows that for most people, porn is not the real problem. With the experience gained from 34 years of doing therapy—that's 35,000 sessions—Klein asks a simple but profound question: when we talk about porn, what are we really talking about?
This book eases readers' minds as Klein addresses common concerns and debunks common myths while identifying what we should be concerned about. Most importantly, the author explains how we can heal America's obsession with porn by engaging in honest talk about sex—something he knows is neither simple nor easy. The text includes sample conversations to help adults talk to each other about pornography, and suggestions for parents on how to talk to their kids about porn—healthy discussions to help their kids develop "Porn Literacy." This book offers honest, thorough, expert information desperately needed by a nation of people driven to panic about pornography.
Structures are an essential element of the building process, yetone of the most difficult concepts for architects to grasp. Whilestructural engineers do the detailed consulting work for a project,architects should have enough knowledge of structural theory andanalysis to design a building. Building StructuresIllustrated takes a new approach to structural design, showinghow structural systems of a building—such as an integratedassembly of elements with pattern, proportions, and scale—arerelated to the fundamental aspects of architectural design. Thebook features a one-stop guide to structural design in practice, athorough treatment of structural design as part of the entirebuilding process, and an overview of the historical development ofarchitectural materails and structure. Illustrated throughout withChing's signature line drawings, this new Second Edition isan ideal guide to structures for designers, builders, andstudents.Updated to include new information on building code compliance,additional learning resources, and a new glossary of termsOffers thorough coverage of formal and spatial composition,program fit, coordination with other building systems, codecompliance, and much moreBeautifully illustrated by the renowned Francis D.K. Ching
Building Structures Illustrated, Second Edition is theideal resource for students and professionals who want to makeinformed decisions on architectural design.
This companion guide to the 2013 AIA National ConventionPresentation “Architect’s Guide to ConstructionSpecifications” provides excerpts from important industrypublications regarding the preparation of construction documents. Material was carefully selected from the followingbooks:
- CSI ConstructionSpecifications Practice Guide
- Architect’s Guide tothe US National CAD Standard
- CSI Construction ContractAdministration Practice Guide
- Architect’s Handbook ofProfessional Practice 14e
Additional excerpts have been provided from CSI Formats toprovide an overview of organizational standards for Specificationsincluding:
Added material includes examples for comment document types, whichcan also be used as templates: Outline Specification; ShortForm Specification; Certification and Seals Page; andAddendum
This e-only book is an essential companion to thepresentation or can stand alone as a necessary reference providingusers ready access to key understanding of the methods ofspecifying; organizing structures for building information; andother components that should be considered in the preparation of aproject manual.